Located at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Pigeon Forge is not only a place for outdoor enthusiasts and family travelers — it’s a place for foodies. For more information on Pigeon Forge, visit their official website.
I. Fried Okra, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen 131 The Island Dr #8101, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Located at The Island, Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is a fantastic place to visit when you have an appetite. The menu is served family style and is all you can eat, minus appetizers. Choose between an array of sides and between 2-3 meats. While it’s not included in the all-you-can-eat options, I absolutely recommend that you try the fried okra. It’s flavorful, perfectly breaded, and a southern staple as far as I am concerned. While I’ve had fried okra in many restaurants south of the Mason-Dixon Line, I think Paula Deen’s is the best.
II. N’awlins Style BBQ Shrimp, Local Goat 2167 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
The N’awlins Style BBQ Shrimp is a classic dish — but, it doesn’t have any BBQ sauce. Generally made with butter, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and spices — it is sinfully delicious. I order it every time I find it on a menu and Local Goat’s version gets 2 thumbs up from me.
Order the full pound, you’ll thank me afterwards.
III. Margarita, Changes In Latitudes Bar at the Margaritaville Island Hotel: 131 The Island Dr Suite 5118, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
Located in the lobby of the beautiful Margaritaville Island Hotel, the Changes In Latitudes Bar is a great spot to stop and have an adult beverage. If you are an island lover like me – more specially, a Parrothead – this is the place for you. And when you’re in a Jimmy Buffett bar, you have to order a margarita.
IV. Fried Shrimp, Timberwood Grill: 131 The Island Dr #1101, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
If visiting The Island, and I absolutely recommend that you do, hop down to Timberwood Grill for fried shrimp. Butterflied, perfectly fried, and served with the most delicious cocktail sauce — they are finger-lickin’ good.
V. Famous Cinnamon Bread, Dollywood:2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
I would argue that Dollywood is equally famous for their food and amusement park entertainment. While I don’t ride rides, I still love going to the park — but, I go solely to eat. The Cinnamon Bread is the most iconic offering in the park and it is simply delectable. You can have it plain or served with either icing or apple butter on the side.