This has been the week of Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg! I've shared about Dollywood & the Dixie Stampede as well as all the fun things there are to do! Well today - it's all about the food!
Smoky Mountain Trout House for our dining experience.
It's a tiny little place - looks larger from the outside but it's super tiny and very tight. There is a server that's probably been there for 50 years and she's a hoot.
We got these pretty fantastic hush puppies to start with - so good! Then we got salads with our meals - they were better than average for sure (good ranch). I ordered the Smoked Whole Mountain Rainbow Trout served with bacon butter and sauteed mushrooms and onions ($20.95).
Why Should You Go? I wish I would have gotten a simple fried trout but all in all - it was surprisingly good. The decor is severely outdated and the tables are too close together. We felt the prices were a bit high as well - but it appears that's par for the course in a vacation town. That said - it's a quality product with ample servings.
Luigi's. We were actually looking for something else but it was so hot and we were so tired - when we saw this - we stopped there and went for it.
Parking in the lots near here ranges from $5-10 - the $5 lots are super small and few and far between. The $8 lots are pretty common - just don't do the $10 lot!
Luigi's wasn't busy but they were short-staffed the day we were there so it took a while to get our food. We considered stealing a leftover piece from the table next to us (they looked like clean people!!). But when the food came - it was worth it! The garlic knots were SO GOOD!!!! I dipped them in the garlic butter in the bottom of the pan - sooooo good! The pizza was good too.
Why Should You Go? It's really good! We loved it and because it's not flashy - and kind of on the end of the main drag - it's not as busy! This would be great for a to-go as well - you could call ahead and then just pull in front and pick it up. Get the garlic knots!!
We tried Flapjacks - which is on the front end of Gatlinburg. Actually there's a bunch of them in Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg - but this particular one was as you're coming into G.
Flapjacks was fine - it was good - Tanner's pancake bear was cute the biscuits and gravy were fine. Everything was fine. Nothing was amazing - but that's ok - it was all good. Good service, good food, clean place. Definitely a solid place.
Why Should You Go? It's a good option - very solid experience - I'm sure it's very consistent as well and free parking!
No Way Jose's as a great place to grab a drink and people watch. Well - we had a 13 year old with us - so sitting at the outside bar wasn't an option (he couldn't even go in that area???) - so we decided to just eat in as everybody was in the mood for Mexican food.
Our food was fine - not the best Mexican by any means - but it was okay. Tanner went for the fried ice cream because he was still full from lunch - and you know what - it was vacation so that's ok! Ice cream for dinner!
Why Should You Go? It is great people watching and right in the center of a bunch of activity - so go for drinks for sure!
Mad Dog's Creamery on our way to the cabin - so we decided to try it one morning. Well - unfortunately for Larry - all their donuts had eggs - so I got a couple since we were there.
Why Should You Go? The donuts were good and the shirts were fun - plus they have some cute dog stuff too including a dog bowl so pup can get a drink when you stop in! (Free Parking!)
Hungry Bear BBQ (free parking!) looked good and was local - so we went for it.
We all got pulled pork - I added the coleslaw and then got mac & cheese and baked beans on the side. The pulled pork was really good - I didn't love the coleslaw. The baked beans and mac & cheese were good as well.
Why Should You Go? For me - this was one of the best restaurants on the trip - if not the best. The food was really affordable and pulled pork was tender and juicy. It's a little bit out of town but it's on the way to rafting - so go there too!
Bullfish Grill. (free parking - Pigeon Forge)
The fresh bread was good - I got bacon wrapped scallops. Really - they were awful. The scallops themselves were cooked ok but they tasted a little gritty and that awful sauce on top was not good. You don't need to cover up scallops with funky orange sauce!
Why Should You Go? Meh - I'd skip it - especially for the price. (steaks were between $25-30)
Atrium Pancakes - we were going to go mini-golfing in town and decided to eat first. So we asked for a reco from some people outside the mini-golf - there was a deli right next door. The lady quickly told us NOT to go to the deli - and to head to Atrium Pancakes just a block up. (Parking was like $2/hour by mini-golf)
Atrium Pancakes is a big ol' diner and they have like 20 kinds of pancakes!! Coconut Chocolate Chip, Raisin-Walnut, Caribbean!! (Those last ones have banana, walnut and coconut!) They also have a Baked Apple Pancake which is supposedly famous.
Nick got these potato rags - which were basically home fries killed with peppers, onions and lots of cheese. Oh my - they looked amazing! I got an omelet while Larry was on a meat mission with sausage and bacon.
Why Should You Go? This was our favorite breakfast place! We loved it and I would HIGHLY recommend it.