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Amusement Today, the global trade magazine for amusement park news, has named Dollywood as the best theme park for food for the 4th time in 7 years! When you think of the world-class theme park, you think of rides, and entertainment, and fun, but did you know you can find some of the most delicious food in the Smoky Mountains inside these gates? To make sure you don’t miss out on all the mouth-watering treats, we’ve put together a list of the top food at Dollywood to try when you go.
1. Cinnamon Bread
We’re sure you’ve heard about Dollywood’s world-famous cinnamon bread! You can find this delicious treat at The Grist Mill. The bread is served hot from the oven for a melt-in-your-mouth dessert you can’t get anywhere else. The theme park serves about 350 loaves of the cinnamon bread in just one hour!
Meatloaf may not seem like the typical dish you would order at a theme park, but it’s definitely one you’ll want to try at Dollywood! If you’re in the mood for Southern-style comfort food, you can find it at Front Porch Cafe in the Showstreet section of the theme park. The meatloaf is a menu favorite, crusty on the outside and rich with meat on the inside.
3. Sampler Platter at Granny Ogle’s
Granny Ogle’s Ham ‘n’ Beans serves up a plate of your favorite Southern staples! The best thing to order here is the Sampler Platter so that you can have it all. The platter includes beef pot roast and smoked pit ham served with mashed potatoes and gravy, pinto beans, turnip greens and fruit cobbler. You will love every bite!
4. 25-Pound Apple Pie
Can you even imagine digging into a warm, delicious 25-pound apple pie? Only at Spotlight Bakery will you find this pastry. The pies are baked fresh every day in a cast iron skillet to guarantee a nice, flaky crust. You can get an individual slice, which weighs 3 pounds, or splurge and get the whole pie!
5. Fried Chicken Sandwich
The fried chicken sandwich is one of the most popular foods at Dollywood. You can find this sandwich at Frannie’s Food Truck, located in Jukebox Junction. The reason these sandwiches are so good is all because of one secret ingredient: pickle juice! Frannie’s Food Truck marinates all their chicken in the pickle juice, resulting in a one-third pound chicken sandwich that can’t be beat. Pair it with a side of crinkle cut fries!
6. Funnel Cakes
Another way to satisfy your sweet tooth at Dollywood is to enjoy a funnel cake! One of the best places to find this delectable dessert is Crossroads Funnel Cakes. The shop has an award-winning red velvet funnel cake and a variety of toppings to customize any funnel cake you want, including chocolate, vanilla glaze, strawberries and Reese’s Peanut Butter!
7. Pork Barbeque
The best pork barbeque of any theme park in the country can be found at Hickory House BBQ in Dollywood! Order a delicious BBQ pork sandwich to get a taste of this award-winning recipe. The sandwiches come with a side of baked beans and fries. You really don’t want to miss the chance to try this tasty meal!
8. All-You-Care-To-Eat Buffet at Aunt Granny’s
Ending our list of food at Dollywood that you have to try is, well, everything at Aunt Granny’s Restaurant! Aunt Granny’s lets you sample a little bit of everything with their all-you-care-to-eat buffet. On the buffet, you’ll find everything from fried chicken and fish to side dishes like green beans and mashed potatoes. There is even a salad bar, dessert bar, and special items just for the kids!
Where to Stay
There is no better place to stay for your trip to Dollywood than The Inn on the River! Our Pigeon Forge hotel puts you just a short drive away from the theme park. We have rooms that are great for every occasion, from romantic getaways to family vacations. Enjoy amenities like an indoor and outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast and more. You can even take the trolley right from our hotel to Dollywood! For more reasons to stay with us, take a look at our blog, “5 Reasons Families Love Staying at Our Hotel near Dollywood.”
Start planning your trip today to try all the delicious food at Dollywood! Browse our Pigeon Forge hotel rooms and book your stay.