Best Eats in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee


Anybody visiting Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park will have no trouble finding a place to eat – there are hundreds. The trick is to find a good one. These “bests” are Roadfood’s choices to enjoy a unique eating experience that is delicious and memorable, served with genuine hospitality.


Carver’s Applehouse Restaurant

In the rolling country north of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Carver's is known for apple fritters, fried pies, and lovely local produce for sale.


Lil Black Bear Cafe

Tiny diner just off Pigeon Forge's busy Parkway in the Smoky Mountains, Lil Black Bear is an oasis of personal charm and country cooking with crazy twists.


Smokies Cuban Cafe

Genuine Cuban food in the Smoky Mountains includes pressed Cuban sandwiches, beef and seafood, tropical shakes, rum cake and caramel-sauced flan.


Local Goat

Local Goat is Pigeon Forge's stylish (but casual) New American eatery with a menu of interesting burgers (& more), and a wide selection of adult beverages.


Sawyer’s Farmhouse Breakfast

Sawyer's Farmhouse Breakfast is a reliable, full-menu breakfast spot on Pigeon Forge's bustling Parkway. Pancakes are a specialty.


Wild Bear Tavern

Superb German fare in a Pigeon Forge hotel restaurant includes schnitzels, bratwurst, and potato pancakes, plus a full array of Old World beers and wines.


Boss Hogg’s BBQ

Family-friendly, comfortable, colorful BBQ just outside Pigeon Forge, Boss Hogg's serves great pork, brisket, chicken and all the right side dishes.


Elvira’s Cafe

A big country restaurant with small town charm and a broad menu to make everyone happy, Elvira's is a getaway in the beautiful rolling hills of East Tennessee.


Bakin Bishop

Charming bakery in the Smokies just outside Pigeon Forge, Bakin Bishop makes fantastic cupcakes with even more fantastic icings. Each one assembled to order.


Grandmothers Kitchen

Grandmothers Kitchen is a serene oasis of true country cooking and genuine hospitality. Smoked meats are great; coconut pineapple cake is a must-eat.