Best Places to Eat in Pigeon Forge: Hidden Gems to Check Out

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Hidden Gems: Best Places to Eat in Pigeon Forge

When you’re on vacation, one of the first things we all do is find the best places to eat! There are great places to eat in Pigeon Forge that you can’t find anywhere else. Local cuisine can give you a real “taste” of the area. (Pun intended) Sure, you can go to your chain restaurants and some of them do offer various menus that reflect the local flavors, but if you want a true reflection of Pigeon Forge, here’s a list of hidden gems that you need to try on your next visit. These local restaurants are some of the best places to eat in Pigeon Forge!

Old Mill Square

Tucked away off the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, Old Mill Square gives you a great taste of southern cuisine. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner…Old Mill earns it’s reputation as one of the top restaurants in Pigeon Forge. You can expect to eat several meals while on vacation at Old Mill Square. As you walk in, the smell of freshly baked bread hits you like a ton of bricks and your mouth instantly begins to water. You’ll enjoy great southern classics like country fried steak, sugar cured ham, pot roast, chicken and dumplings and more. All dinners are served family style with fresh veggies. Directions to Old Mill Square

The Old Mill is one of the best places to eat in Pigeon Forge

The Old Mill is a favorite place to eat in Pigeon Forge for visitors and locals alike.


The Old Mill Time-Lapse Video

Spend an afternoon at The Old Mill with the next chapter in our time-lapse video series 😀 There’s so many things to see and do when you visit this historical district of #PigeonForge

Posted by Pigeon Forge Chamber on Tuesday, August 2, 2016


Poynor’s Pommes Frites

Located in The Island in Pigeon Forge is a unique culinary experience. Poynor’s offers incredible German cuisine. Original bratwurst, Pommes Frites/ Belguim Frites, handmade dipping sauces, fresh baked broetchen, and spaghetti ice cream. Yep, spaghetti ice cream. Don’t worry, it’s just ice cream that looks like spaghetti. Poynor’s is also the highest rated restaurant in Pigeon Forge on The reviews don’t lie, this is one of the best places to eat in Pigeon Forge. Directions to Poynor’s Pommes Frites

ice cream spaghetti - poyners pommes frites is one of the best places to eat in pigeon forge

The ‘spaghetti’ is actually handcrafted vanilla bean ice cream crafted on-site, the ‘sauce’ is strawberry topping, and the ‘breadsticks’ are hand made sugar cookies!


Apple Valley Creamery

Yep, dessert! Found just outside Pigeon Forge in Sevierville, Apple Valley Creamery is located at the historic Apple Barn and Cider Mill. If you want the best ice cream in town, this is your place. All of their ice cream is handmade from the best ingredients. Apple Valley Creamery uses local fruits and products to make their ice cream. You can also find amazing milkshakes, bannana splits, and handmade bread at the Creamery! Don’t forget to try the deep dish apple pie and the award winning Smoky Mountain fudge. Directions to Apple Valley Creamery

Apple Valley Creamery selection makes it one of the best places to eat in Pigeon Forge

Apple Valley Creamery has the best ice cream, milkshakes, and banana splits in town!


Happy Birthday Apple Valley Creamery!To celebrate their 25th anniversary today, The Apple Valley Creamery has a very special offer: only $1 for a scoop of ice cream! Be sure to swing by today to help them celebrate 🙂

Posted by Pigeon Forge Chamber on Saturday, June 25, 2016


J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen

Who’s ready for a delicious burger?! J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen has one of the best burgers you’ll ever taste. If you’re feeling like more than a burger, J.T. Hannah’s offers amazing steaks and seafood entrees. If you’re craving bbq, you can sink your teeth in their award winning St. Louis Spare Ribs. Once you’ve finished up the main course, be sure you order their mouth-watering strawberry short cake. Be sure you’re hungry when you walk in the door, because you’ll get a lot of food for the price. Directions to J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen

JT Hannah's burgers make it one of the best places to eat in Pigeon Forge

J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen offers an unforgettable experience on the Parkway


Huck Finn’s Catfish

Can you guess what Huck Finn’s specializes in? Huck Finn’s is a family owned and operated restaurant in the heart of Pigeon Forge. They pride themselves on delicious food, great prices, and amazing service. If catfish is what you crave, you can have all you can eat at Huck Finn’s. Their all you can eat catfish and chicken is world famous. Just search #HereIsHuck on Instagram! The also offer an extensive southern menu stocked full with country fried steak, grilled chicken, frog legs, shrimp and more! Each meal is kicked off with all you can eat ‘vittles.’ which is coleslaw, white beans, french fries or mashed potatoes, hushpuppies, dill pickles and onion slices. Directions to Huck Finn’s Catfish

Quality ingredients make Huck Finn's one of the best places to eat in Pigeon Forge

Huck Finn’s Catfish is known throughout the country for its delectable US raised catfish


Mama’s Farmhouse

If you want some real southern comfort food, Mama’s Farmhouse is where it’s at. First, they serve up all your country favorite’s, family style. This really is like being at your grandmother’s house on a Sunday afternoon. Also, all the food is brought to your table in big bowls and dishes. Get what you want, and pass it around the table. Fried chicken, chicken fried steak, turkey, honey ham, meatloaf and more, are all paired with your favorite side dishes. This is certainly a Pigeon Forge restaurant that will take you back to your childhood. Directions to Mama’s Farmhouse

The fried chicken makes Momma's Farmhouse one of the best places to eat in Pigeon Forge

The fried chicken at this family-style restaurant is amazing!


Alamo Steakhouse

Some places claim to have the “best of this” or the “best of that” but Alamo Steakhouse can actually back up “best steaks in town”. In 2013, Alamo Steakhouse was voted as having the best steaks in Sevier County. Their beef is hand cut and cooked over an open oak fire. What does this mean? It means this steak is to die for! Aside from the delicious steaks, Alamo Steakhouse offers a huge selection of sandwiches, salads, soups and an extensive wine list. With such amazing steaks, it’s easy to see why they are one of the best places to eat in Pigeon Forge! Directions to Alamo Steakhouse

The steaks are to die for at this best place to eat in Pigeon Forge

Alamo Steakhouse offers one of the best steaks in all of East Tennessee


Smokies Cuban Cafe

Smokies Cuban Cafe is the only place in the Smokies where you’ll find authentic Cuban food that represents generations of family cooking. The small, intimate setting is a backdrop to some of the best food in Pigeon Forge. Talk to anyone who knows Cuban food. They’ll tell you their Cuban sandwich is the most authentic you’ll find north of Miami. Also, don’t skip out on the Cuban coffee! Visit them and see why they are one of the best places to eat in Pigeon Forge. Directions to Smokies Cuban Cafe

Authentic Cuban food makes this one of the best places to eat in Pigeon Forge

The Cuban sandwich at Smokies Cuban Cafe is the most authentic north of Miami


Local Goat – New American Restaurant

may be a new restaurant, but it’s quickly established itself as one of the best places to eat in Pigeon Forge. Everything is the restaurant is made from scratch. They order all of their food from locally sourced and sustainable farms. Their bar is to die for, too. They offer 24 craft beers, 20 of which are regionally sourced from local breweries. Plus, they have craft cocktails and fine wines. Whether for lunch or a drink after work, the Local Goat offers an unforgettable experience. Directions to the Local Goat

Locally sourced food and lots of craft beers make Billy Goat Tavern one of the best places to eat in Pigeon Forge

The Local Goat prides itself on locally sourcing its scratch made food and craft beer.


Ribbon Cutting for Billy Goat TavernWe had a blast today at the ribbon cutting for Billy Goat Tavern, an awesome new restaurant featuring locally sourced food and craft beer!

Posted by Pigeon Forge Chamber on Tuesday, August 30, 2016


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