November 09, 2021
A day in Pigeon Forge isn’t complete without a trip to The Island! Filled with tons of dining, shopping and entertainment options, this is the must-visit destination in the Smokies. If you find yourself getting hungry while exploring this entertainment center, you’re in luck! There are tons of awesome places to grab a bite to eat. Here are the top 5 restaurants at The Island in Pigeon Forge:
If you’re craving down home cooking straight from Paula Deen’s cookbooks, then this is the place for you. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is serving up Southern specialities that will leave you coming back for more. Luckily, all meals at this Pigeon Forge restaurant are served family-style, meaning you can have as much as you want of the incredible entrees, sides and desserts. After you’ve enjoyed your meal, head downstairs to the gift shop and pick up Paula’s cookbooks so you can learn how to make these mouth watering dishes yourself!
In the mood for a thick burger or juicy steak? Head down to Timberwood Grill and enjoy any of their incredible meat options, including Trapper Jack’s Handcut Sirloin, the Gunpowder Ribeye or the Smokemont Beef Brisket. If you’re bringing little ones with you, they can choose from any of the delicious options on the kids menu, including their own Skillet Steak. Make sure to save room for dessert so you can try their Mountain Berry Cobbler and Kahlua Chocolate Brownie.
One of the best restaurants at The Island in Pigeon Forge, according to both locals and visitors, is Mellow Mushroom. Serving up some of the best pizza in the Smokies, Mellow Mushroom has options for everyone. Whether you’re a meat lover, vegetarian or cheese enthusiast, you’ll find your perfect slice here. They even have an entire gluten free menu available for those with dietary restrictions. You can even order a cocktail to pair with your pizza pie if you’d like. We suggest the Peach Buzz or Sunset in Paradise.
If you’ve got thick skin and an appetite to match, pull up a seat at Dick’s Last Resort in Pigeon Forge. This interactive dining experience is unlike any restaurant you’ve probably ever been to. Don’t take it personally when the staff are rude and sarcastic, that’s the whole point! Feel free to take a few jabs back at them yourself, but keep it classy. Menu wise, Dick’s offers an array of sandwiches and salads, as well as a few specialty entrees like The Dolly and Mama Dick’s Mac ‘N Cheese.
No matter what time of day you visit The Island in Pigeon Forge, it’s always 5 o’clock when you walk through the doors of Margaritaville. You may be in the mountains, but you’ll feel like you’ve made it to the beach in this unique restaurant. Take a bite out of paradise and enjoy any of the options from their impressive food and drink menus. Make sure to start with the Lava Lava Shrimp and a round of margaritas.
Now that you know a little more about the best restaurants at The Island in Pigeon Forge, you can begin deciding where you want to dine next time you’re visiting the Smokies. Still looking for a place to stay? Check out all of our large cabins in Pigeon Forge and book your stay today!