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Top 8 Tasty Foods at Dollywood You Have to Try When You Visit

When you think of Dollywood, you think of rides, entertainment, and fun, but did you know you can find some of the most delicious food in the Smoky Mountains inside these gates? There are all kinds of Dollywood restaurants you’ll want to try. To make sure you don’t miss out on all the mouth-watering treats, we’ve put together a list of the top foods at Dollywood to try when you go.

1. Meatloaf

meatloaf with ketchup

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! 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 at this Dollywood restaurant, crusty on the outside and rich with meat on the inside.

2. 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 at this Dollywood restaurant 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!

3. 25-Pound Apple Pie

large apple pie with golden crustCan 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!

4. 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 beaten. Pair it with a side of crinkle-cut fries!

5. Funnel Cakes

funnel cake topped with strawberriesAnother way to satisfy your sweet tooth is to enjoy a funnel cake! One of the best places to find this delectable dessert is Crossroads Funnel Cakes, one of the most popular Dollywood restaurants. 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!

6. 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!

7. All-You-Care-To-Eat Meal at Aunt Granny’s

Aunt Granny's Restaurant at DollywoodEnding 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 meal. Served family-style, you’ll find a grand spread of everything from fried chicken and fish to side dishes like green beans and mashed potatoes. There is even starters, salad, and dessert options!

8. 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 cinnamon bread in just one hour! If you can’t make it to Dollywood to get your favorite treat, use this Dollywood cinnamon bread recipe to make it at home!

Where to Stay

Exterior of The Inn on the RiverThere 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 foods at Dollywood! Browse our Pigeon Forge hotel rooms and book your stay.