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The Inn On The River

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2492 Parkway, Pigeon Forge ,TN 37863

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4 of the Best Pigeon Forge Restaurants for Families You Have to Try

Pigeon Forge is the best place to visit for families, and it’s not just because of all the family-friendly attractions. In Pigeon Forge, you won’t have to worry about finding a restaurant that the whole family will love — you just have to worry about choosing from all the delicious options! To help narrow down your choices, we’ve put together a list of 4 of the best Pigeon Forge restaurants for families that you have to try.

1. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen

Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen is one of the top restaurants for families. It offers guests classic Deen family recipes like Southern-style entrees, delicious side dishes and delectable desserts. The restaurant is open for all three meals and is located in The Island in Pigeon Forge. Visit in the afternoon to experience all of the family fun at The Island, like The Great Smoky Mountain Wheel and The Island Show Fountains, then have dinner at Paula Deen’s! Enjoy family-style dining where you get to choose 3 dishes like pot roast, fried chicken and meatloaf, 4 side dishes, and a dessert for everyone in the family!

plate of fried chicken in restaurant2. Mama’s Farmhouse

Mama’s Farmhouse has some of the best Southern country cooking in the Smoky Mountains! In 2017, it won an award for the best family-friendly restaurant in Tennessee. You can bring your family to this restaurant for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and expect to leave full and happy after every family-style meal. For breakfast, enjoy warm and delicious pinwheels, award-winning made-from-scratch biscuits, hashbrown casserole and so much more. For lunch and dinner, dine on fried chicken, country fried steak, macaroni and cheese, broccoli casserole, peach cobbler, and more. Entree options vary based on the day. After the kids devour their dessert, let them burn off their sugar rush in Mama’s outdoor play area that has play houses, games and other kid-friendly entertainment.

3. Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que

Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que serves up hickory smoked perfection! Their ribs, chicken, pulled pork and beef briskets are basted in Bennett’s special sauce, then smoked for up to 14 hours. For breakfast, Bennett’s offer the best all-you-can-eat breakfast bar in the Smoky Mountains! It includes Belgian waffles, pulled pork eggs, sausage, bacon, French toast and other breakfast favorites. For lunch, try their Family Feast that feeds 4, with smoked BBQ, BBQ beans, potato salad, coleslaw and bread. For dinner, try one of their famous combos! There is even a menu just for the kids with BBQ chicken, corn dogs, hot dogs, chicken tenders and more.

4. Big Daddy’s Pizzeria

whole pepperoni pizzaBig Daddy’s Pizzeria is not your average pizza place! Your pizza is cooked in a 550-degree, wood-fired flame in a one-of-a-kind brick oven. You can choose from a variety of different pizzas, from the classic Cheese Pizza to their signature Smoky Mountain Cheesesteak Pizza. There is even a Personal Kid’s Pie that is the perfect size for the little ones to enjoy. It comes with your choice of topping, a kid’s drink and a homemade cinnamon sugar donut. After you eat, take the kids to play in the arcade!

These are just 4 of the many delicious Pigeon Forge restaurants that families love, and when you stay at The Inn on the River, you will be close to them all! Browse all of our Pigeon Forge hotel rooms to book your stay near the best food in town.