3 of the Best Smoky Mountain Restaurants to Dine at on Your Vacation

Posted by Darryl Payne in Things To Do

A great local place to eat with plenty of seafood.

When you take a Smoky Mountain vacation, your options for where to eat are endless! You can buy groceries and cook meals in your cabin, stick with what you know by dining at a chain restaurant, or branch out and try one of the local establishments. To help you decide where you should eat when you visit, we've put together a list of 3 of the best Smoky Mountain restaurants:

1. Captain Jim's Seafood Buffet

Seafood restaurants aren't just for the beach! ​Captain Jim's Seafood Buffet​ brings fresh seafood to Pigeon Forge in the form of an all-you-can-eat, full-service buffet! You can choose from peel-n-eat shrimp, raw oysters in season, crab cakes, tilapia, crawfish, shrimp linguini, and so much more. Make sure to try some of their signature Claw Chowder while you're there too! If someone in your family isn't a big fan of seafood, there are options for them to enjoy as well. The buffet also includes fried chicken, pot roast, macaroni and cheese, assorted vegetables, twice-baked potatoes and fresh bread. You will have no problem satisfying your hunger at this delicious restaurant!

2. Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe Pigeon Forge​ has been serving locals and visitors for more than 10 years! It is so much more than your average restaurant. This location features 12,000 square feet of stylish space, including seating for more than 400 guests, private event space for up to 450, an outdoor patio, a live music stage and more! You will be able to dine in music history. The Smoky Mountain restaurant offers a unique look at the history and future of music with 3 dining areas featuring memorabilia from 3 of your favorite musicians: Dolly Parton, Jimi Hendrix and Madonna. You will find hundreds of collectible items on display in the cafe, where you can enjoy authentic American cuisine, like legendary burgers, steak and barbecue.

3. Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe

Come hungry and leave happy when you visit ​Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe​! This restaurant serves you the most fun meal around, featuring more than 100 animatronic chickens. It serves up delicious Southern food for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Enjoy their gourmet pancakes or signature biscuit dishes for the most important meal of the day, a tasty chicken sandwich for lunch, or Frizzle's Family Style Dinner to start your evening off right! Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe has an all-you-can-eat family style feast served with your choice of 3 entrees, 4 sides and 1 dessert per person! Your options include homestyle chicken and dumplings, meatloaf, chicken fried steak and more, with sides ranging from mac and cheese to fried okra!

Bonus: Sweet Sensations Ice Cream Parlor

If you're craving something sweet, head to ​Sweet Sensations Ice Cream Parlor​ located in the LazerPort Fun Center in Pigeon Forge! The ice cream shop serves Edy's slow churned ice cream that the whole family will love. There are 22 different ice cream flavors that can be served in cones, sundaes, shakes or banana splits!

You will have no problem finding a delicious place to eat while you're on vacation. Browse some more mouth-watering ​Smoky Mountain restaurants​, then start planning your trip!

Visit the Pigeon Forge version of the Hard Rock Cafe.
Family style restaurant in Pigeon Forge that has animated chickens.



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