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Bubble Waffle with Ice Cream

5 New Restaurants in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains You Have to Try

Pigeon Forge has always been full of fantastic restaurants that both visitors and locals love! Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty Southern meal, a slice of pizza, or something to satisfy your sweet tooth, you are sure to find it in Pigeon Forge. Recently, the area has become home to a number of new places to eat that have taken visitors by storm. Here are 5 new restaurants in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains that you have to try:

1. Dulce Nitrogen – Ice Cream & Bubble Tea

three cups of bubble teaDulce Nitrogen of the latest restaurants to open on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge, bringing bubble tea and waffles to the Smoky Mountains! This unique restaurant serves different flavors of bubble tea, ranging from exotic flavors to locally inspired favorites. Bubble tea is a milk or fruit-based tea that is served with chewy tapioca balls at the bottom. You can also get special made-to-order bubble waffles with nitrogen ice cream. They can be filled with chocolate chips, gruity pebbles, sprinkles or Oreo. A bubble waffle is a snack invented in Hong Kong that features a puffy waffle that’s folded into a cone and filled with ice cream. If you’re in the mood to try something that is new and delicious, give Dulce Nitrogen a try!

2. Yee-Haw Brewing Co.

New to The Island in Pigeon Forge, Yee-Haw Brewing Co. is one of Tennessee’s most popular breweries. Its new location in the Smokies allows visitors to enjoy a pint or a flight of the brewery’s signature beers. The venue includes 20 taps that serve all of the brewery’s products, and it is the first location to offer large format bottles of bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey aged beers. Although it is technically a taproom and not a restaurant, it does sell delicious food, as well as a great selection of Yee-Haw merch. On weekends, you can hear live music!

3. Cliff Top Grill & Bar

cheeseburger and friesFor a delicious dinner with a spectacular view, head to Anakeesta in Gatlinburg and dine at Cliff Top Grill & Bar! This restaurant is located in Firefly Village at the top of Anakeesta Mountain, offering views that can’t be beat. You can enjoy a variety of menu items, from their famous fried green tomatoes, to a Smoky Mountain burger, to their Smokehouse Stacker! For dessert, try a slice of rainbow cake, a festive 5-layer cake with sweet vanilla buttercream. After your meal, head over to The Bar at the Top of the World and grab a drink in a one-of-a-kind setting.

4. Five Oaks Farm Kitchen

Five Oaks Farm Kitchen is located on the Parkway in Sevierville and welcomes friends and neighbors who are craving Southern cooking and hospitality. To start your morning off right, visit for breakfast and order off a menu that serves everything from griddle cakes to casseroles. Try something sweet like griddle cakes covered in sweet cream butter and warm maple syrup, or go for a more hearty breakfast with eggs, biscuits and gravy, and steak! If you go for dinner, make sure you bring a big appetite! Order off their Smokehouse menu for favorites like a pulled pork plate and prime rib, or choose something from the Farm Table menu like fried chicken or stuffed peppers. And make sure you save room for a delectable dessert like blackberry dumplings or scratch-made banana pudding!

5. Cookie Dough Monster

edible cookie dough with sprinklesYou don’t have to have a sweet tooth to love this restaurant in Pigeon Forge! Cookie Dough Monster specializes in more than just edible cookie dough. They have a huge variety of cookie dough, gourmet grilled cheese, sandwiches, hamburgers and so much more. Everything is made in-house daily, and they are constantly adding new items to the menu. One of their most popular items is the Monster Burger, which is topped with lettuce, white American cheese and blue 1000 Island dressing! You can come just for the cookie dough, or try one of their tasty dishes.

Wondering what else is new to do in the area? Check out these new things to do in the Smoky Mountains in 2021!

Where to Stay

When you want to be near all of these new and delicious restaurants in Pigeon Forge and the Smoky Mountains, stay at The Inn on the River! Our hotel has guest rooms that provide the perfect amount of comfort after your meal. You can also enjoy all of our hotel amenities like our indoor and outdoor pools, our hot tubs, our outdoor fire pit, and so much more.

Browse all of our hotel rooms and book your stay today to try these new restaurants in Pigeon and the Smoky Mountains!