When you travel, chances are you're looking for unique restaurants to eat at. Places that depict the personality of the town you're visiting. Sure, you could eat at a franchise, but why? You can do that anywhere. If you're in the mood for a true Smoky Mountain vacation then country cookin' will definitely be on your menu. Here are several outstanding restaurants to check out the next time you're in Pigeon Forge or the surrounding areas.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so start your morning off right with a hearty southern meal. Made-from-scratch pancakes (never from a mix!) are light, fluffy and piled high. Of course no self-respecting southerner would be caught dead at breakfast without grits or biscuits and gravy. You can find all that and more - as well as an incredible lunch buffet - at Log Cabin Pancake House. This restaurant has been a landmark since 1973 and fills up fast, but the food makes the short wait well worth it.
Looking for a true mountain meal that puts a little bit of everything southerners love on one plate? Belly on up to Huck Finn's Catfish & Chicken. Buffet-style dining lets you sample everything they offer or you can order from a menu full of traditional favorites. Obviously, fried catfish and fried chicken are their specialties, but you can also try country fried steak with milk gravy, chicken livers, rainbow trout, fried green tomatoes, fried okra, homemade cobbler and more. Wash it all down with a big ole glass of sweet tea and you can officially call yourself an honorary southerner.
If the thrill of the grill is what you crave, Alamo Steakhouse serves up some scrumptious lunches and dinners. Winner of repeated "Reader's Choice," "Best Restaurant" and "Best Steak" awards, Alamo Steakhouse delivers upscale food in a casual atmosphere. Try a Black Angus fillet mignon, prime rib or the whopper 36 ounce porterhouse. Love seafood? Catch the oak-grilled salmon, baked grouper or ruby red mountain trout. A huge selection of salads along with burgers, chicken and pork mean you can get just about anything your heart (or stomach) desires.
Truly a one-of-a-kind restaurant, located adjacent to the Old Mill. This is family dining served up at it's best. Great for an early breakfast or a large lunch. This fun place to eat features authentic Appalachian cuisine with all the fixin's. Come and eat and then browse the Old Mill gift shop. Choose your time wisely as this place tends to get pretty busy at peaks time.
A visit to Pigeon Forge simply wouldn't be complete without at least one meal amid the huge front porch and apple orchard of the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant. Apple fritters, southern fried chicken, turkey and dressing, smoked ham with redeye gravy, and garden veggies cooked up fresh every day are just part of the delicious items on the menu. Visit for breakfast, lunch and supper. Don't miss Sunday dinner. It's a real treat!
When you want a real Smoky Mountain cuisine experience, choose from a few of these outstanding southern restaurants. You'll leave with your belly full and a smile on your face.