Top 10 Must-Eats in Pigeon Forge & the new Local Goat!

While savory Southern dining is a specialty in the heart of the South in the Great Smoky Mountains, the tourism has lured some fantastic food concepts with the promise of year-round business resulting in a variety of eateries you may not have expected here in Pigeon Forge! From Italian and Cuban to German, and Mexican, dig into all kinds of mouthwatering dishes during your stay in a Pigeon Forge Tennessee Cabin. All of our cabins boast fully loaded kitchens along with serene Smoky Mountain views of the forestry, rivers, or rolling peaks; perfect for saving a few dollars by cooking a couple meals in the cabin and splurging on the most delectable plates offered at the variety of top-rated restaurants in the Smoky Mountains.

  1. Local Goat
    As one of Pigeon Forge’s newest additions, Local Goat-New American Restaurant is making a big splash with its savory eats made from locally sourced and sustainable menu including mouthwatering burgers, wings, and more. Plus, enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and extensive craft beer selections! In the family-friendly bar area, kids and parents can try their hand on the vintage shuffleboard while enjoying a game on the many large flatscreen TVs.
  2. Smokies Cuban Café
    From the little island in the Gulf with a big personality comes this authentic gem hidden in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Enjoy mouthwatering sandwiches, pulled-pork platters, fried plantains, real fruit smoothies in this charming little café right off the Parkway in downtown Pigeon Forge. A friendly staff and owner are there to answer all your questions if this is your first Cuban dining experience, and it’s certainly a fantastic spot to start!
  3. J. Del’s Pizza
    Fresh ingredients, generous toppings, and cooked to perfection – all you could ever ask for in a scrumptious pizza! While you are more than welcome to dine-in, this is a great place to pick up a couple pizzas and sides before heading back to the cabin for board games and movie nights on the large flatscreen or in the home theater room.
  4. Poynor’s Pommes Frites
    After shopping, watching the magical Island Show Fountain, and accomplishing your mission in The Escape Game at The Island in Pigeon Forge, get a little taste of some of Germany’s favorite authentic treats at Poyner’s Pommes Frites! Mouthwatering sausages are served up on homemade rolls along with fries so good they were featured on USA Today’s Top Ten Must Try French Fries!
  5. Harpoon Harry’s Crab House
    A little bit of New Orleans flair can be found in the Smoky Mountains at Harpoon Harry’s Crab House with the delectable plates like gator bites, crab cake, frog legs, glazed salmon, and crab parmesan grouper! Feed your seafood cravings with Alaskan King Crab Legs and twin lobster tails – and they even offer sushi!
  6. Johnny Carino’s
    Craving some good pasta dishes, homemade garlic bread, and perfectly cooked calamari? Head to the Smoky Mountains’ little slice of Italy at Johnny Carino’s and settle in for a romantic night in a lovely Italian atmosphere with great reviews, good prices, and of course, divine dishes!
  7. The Peddler Steakhouse
    Located in the preserved and renovated Ogle cabin just outside the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, you are in for a real treat at the Peddler Steakhouse. Tender, freshly cut steak, delicious sides, and serene views of the Pigeon River through large windows make this a Smoky Mountain dining experience you won’t soon forget.
  8. No Way Jose’s
    In the heart of downtown Gatlinburg is a little bit of Mexico! Curve those Latin cravings with sizzling fajitas, chips and queso, tacos, and thirst-quenching margaritas while seated on the beautiful patio overlooking the river!
  9. Pigeon Forge Deli
    This is another little hidden gem in the downtown area of Pigeon Forge where those gluten sensitivities and those with or without allergies will find a great menu full of homemade delights, sandwiches, and more for a budget-friendly meal!
  10. Log Cabin Pancake House
    A list of restaurants in the Smokies could not be complete without at least one pancake house! Built to replicate all the lovely log cabins nestled in the mountains of the surrounding area, settle into your seat and pick up your utensils because you will want to be nice and ready for the mouthwatering, buttery pancakes the size of the plates.