Pigeon Forge locals often love to eat at restaurants that serve fresh Southern American fare and grilled classics. From award-winning jumbo wings to fall-off-the-bone ribs, Pigeon Forge is one of the best places to indulge in the all-American comfort food diet. Even so, you can also find international cuisine, unique breakfasts, and rare seafood delights in this famous resort town of the Smokies.

    Whether you want to feast on hand-tossed pizzas while listening to live country music or grab a creative pancake before a day of exploration, you’ll find something for different taste buds around Pigeon Forge. Wondering where to find Pigeon Forge’s best local food scenes? Here’s where the locals themselves recommend.

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    Elvira’s Café

    For kicking the day off with a locally adored breakfast

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    Elvira’s Café is a spacious mountainside restaurant serving Southern American dishes with a slight Russian twist. It’s a favourite spot with the locals for its breakfast menu, which includes homemade crepes and French toast paired with bacon and eggs. The all-American lunch and dinner dishes are just as delectable. Try the café signature prime rib to cure your hunger pangs.

    Elvira’s Café is busiest around 10 am, so try to get there for an early breakfast to beat the queues and grab a table with a view of the surrounding mountain vistas. It takes about 20 minutes to drive to the restaurant from the main tourist area, but the locals will tell you it’s well worth the trip.

    Location: 4143 Wears Valley Rd, Sevierville, TN 37862, USA

    Open: Sunday and Monday from 9 am to 2 pm, Tuesday–Thursday from 8 am to 2.30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 865-366-2263

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    Blue Moose Burgers & Wings

    Award-winning all-American classics

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    Blue Moose Burgers & Wings is the top local sports bar and restaurant for those with a palette for traditional American fare. With around 30 flat-screen TVs constantly playing the latest local and national sports, it offers a menu includes a variety of gourmet burgers as well as award-winning jumbo wings, which come in 16 flavours such as Honey BBQ, Sweet Thai Garlic and Sriracha Ranch.

    If you want to treat yourself to some locally loved comfort food, try the hamburger with grilled cheese sandwiches as buns. After lining your stomach, you can enjoy a refreshing cask ale or lager, which include locally sourced and international favourites.

    Location: 2430 Teaster Ln # 108, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 865-286-0364

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    The Old Mill Restaurant

    One of the oldest local spots in town

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    Head to the Old Mill Restaurant to try some of the best country cooking in the Smokies. It’s a family-style Southern diner that occupies a 19th-century mill overlooking the Little Pigeon River. As you immerse yourself in the local history and culture, you can feast on homemade classics like pot roast and country-fried steaks.

    To eat like a local, try the Old Mill signature corn chowder, which goes great with freshly baked bread. There’s an onsite shop selling homemade baked goods, confectionery, jams, jellies, stone-ground grains, and even pottery.

    Location: 164 Old Mill Ave, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 865-429-3463

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    Holston’s Kitchen

    Mouthwatering steaks in a traditional country setting

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    Holston’s Kitchen has a preserved appearance to give it that Old West vibe. It sources almost all its fare from local suppliers, from its hand-cut ribeye steaks to its produce, sauces and desserts. Menu favourites include Hawaiian chicken, sirloin steak and fish and chips, but we recommend trying the juicy prime ribs and leaving enough room for the signature strawberry shortcake.

    On top of its traditional Southern offerings, Holston’s Kitchen holds weekly events such as Saturday Brunch and Mexican Mondays. You shouldn’t struggle to find a table for breakfast or lunch, but you might want to book a dinner spot in advance.

    Location: 639 Dolly Parton Pkwy, Sevierville, TN 37862, USA

    Open: Sunday–Thursday from 11 am to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +1 865-365-4205

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    Hickory Cabin Restaurant

    Barbequed delights from a quaint lunch diner

    • Food

    Hickory Cabin Restaurant is a small, family-owned lunch diner that’s a little off the radar for visitors but adored by the locals. It specialises in Southern barbequed delights such as slow-smoked pulled pork sandwiches, ribs, steaks and chicken wings, and its signature BBQ sauces have won numerous awards. Its dessert menu is just as mouthwatering, but the locals often recommend the banana pudding.

    On most days, Hickory Cabin Restaurant is only open from 11 am to 3 pm. Seating space can be limited, but a takeaway service is available. We recommend booking in advance if you want to dine in during the evening on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

    Location: 105 Joy St, Sevierville, TN 37862, USA

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 11 am to 3 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 865-286-5985

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    Smoky’s Pancake Cabin

    Creative pancakes and tasty morning bites

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    Smoky’s Pancake Cabin is a breakfast and lunch diner that serves morning delights such as omelettes, fresh sandwiches and a variety of homemade pancakes that have earned a loyal following. It’s famous with the locals for its signature Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes, though grilled cheese sandwiches with hash browns and bacon always go down a treat.

    Smoky’s Pancake Cabin is only open from 8 am to 1 pm daily, making it an ideal place to fuel up before a day of exploring the Smokies. On busy days, it can take up to 30 minutes to get a table, but the unique array of pancakes makes the wait more than worthwhile.

    Location: 4235 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 1 pm

    Phone: +1 865-412-0986

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    Smoky Mountain Brewery

    A family-friendly rustic microbrewery in Pigeon Forge

    • Food
    • Nightlife
    • Families

    The Smoky Mountain Brewery is a family-friendly restaurant that’s locally adored for its hand-tossed pizzas, delectable chicken wings and American favourites liked steaks, burgers and sandwiches. Its home-brewed beers, which include the Cherokee Red Ale and Tuckaleechee Porter, make perfect meal pairings. On most nights, live entertainment includes live country music acts, making the Smoky Mountain Brewery a great place to dive into Southern culture.

    With plenty of HD TVs and late opening hours, the Smoky Mountain Brewery is an ideal spot to enjoy a tasty meal, catch up with the sports or end the night with a few unique beverages. If you’d like a quiet lunch, we recommend getting there before 4 pm.

    Location: 2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 865-868-1400

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    Local Goat

    Hearty dinners paired with craft beers

    • Food

    The Local Goat specialises in locally sourced and sustainable contemporary and traditional classics, with menu items ranging from fall-off-the-bone ribs to stuffed piquillo peppers. Local favourites include flame-grilled salmon, deviled eggs and hand-cut sirloin. With over 25 craft beers available, you won’t struggle to pair your meal with a delicious boozy beverage.

    Make your beer budget stretch further by visiting the Local Goat during happy hour, which gets you $1 off all draft beers and wines between 3 pm and 6 pm. Head over on Saturday to buy bottles of wine at half price from 11 am to 10 pm.

    Location: 2167 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +1 865-366-3035

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    Pigeon Forge Deli

    Homemade baked goods popular with locals

    • Food

    The Pigeon Forge Deli is a quaint neighbourhood deli with a mom-and-pop shop atmosphere, popular with the locals for its sandwiches, confectionary items and pies made fresh daily. Its menu includes a range of signature subs, salads and classics like grilled cheese sandwiches. To try a local favourite, order the tomato basil soup with an open-faced pot roast.

    For about $2, you can make any sub on the menu gluten-free. There’s also plenty available for vegetarians and those with special dietary requirements. Remember that on weekdays, the doors close at 3 pm, though the deli is open for extended hours on Friday and Saturday.

    Location: 159 E Wears Valley Rd #13, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 11 am to 3 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 7 pm (closed on Sunday)

    Phone: +1 865-908-3713

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    Huck Finn's Catfish

    Premium seafood and unique delicacies

    • Food

    Huck Finn's Catfish menu features plenty of Southern seafood favourites like Mississippi catfish, shrimp, trout and haddock as well as grilled dishes like boneless chicken breast and pork loin. Besides its extensive a-la-carte menu, this restaurant’s main draw is its all-you-can-eat dinners, which are very reasonably priced.

    If you want to try something a little different, try some of the unique delicacies at Huck Finn's Catfish, such as gator tail and fried frog’s legs. Head there before 3 pm to get a decent-sized meal from the lunch menu for under $10.

    Location: 3330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, USA

    Open: Daily from 11.30 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 865-429-3353

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    Joshua Saunders | Contributing Writer

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