Blog for Zip line Attraction in the Smoky Mountains
Located in Pigeon Forge, TN and near Gatlinburg and Sevierville.
By Ross Bodhi Ogle
Posted on June 18, 2019
One of the great things about vacationing is not having to cook. Being able to eat out makes mealtime a lot easier, because other people are doing all the preparing and serving. Sometimes, though, it can be tough for a family to agree on exactly where to eat when traveling. With so many restaurant choices (especially in the Smokies), visitors are faced with narrowing down the selection three times a day, and that can be difficult when you're trying to cater to everyone's preferences.
That's why we're going to make a few restaurant recommendations this week, specifically for eateries known for serving a buffet or all-you-care-to-eat menu. These places offer a wide range of items and enough of a selection that everyone in the family or the group should be able to find something to suit their liking.
This buffet stop serves three meals a day, from a variety of breakfast foods (including omelets) to a lunch menu that features Italian, Asian, Southwestern and American food bars as well as salad bar, breads, vegetables and desserts. For dinner, look for wood-grilled steaks, baby back ribs, seafood items, kids' favorites, potato bar and both rotisserie and fried chicken. The dessert bar offers cobblers, cakes, soft serve ice cream and more.
As the name suggests, seafood is the name of the game at this Pigeon Forge buffet. Items include crab cakes, fried oysters, sautéed clams, all-you-can-eat crab legs, raw oysters, fried catfish, butterfly shrimp and many other ocean-based goodies. Also look for soups, salads, vegetables, hush puppies and a wide selection of desserts.
Most folks are probably familiar with this national chain, which lays out quite a spread for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Guests can choose from more than 150 items, including grilled-to-order sirloin steaks, pork, seafood and shrimp as well as traditional favorites like pot roast, fried chicken, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, salads and their famous yeast rolls.
Located at The Island, this celebrity-owned restaurant doesn't serve a buffet in the traditional sense, but the format is all-you-can-eat. They serve separate breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, and with each, your group can choose a specific number of items from different categories. Breakfast options include French toast and butter pancakes, while lunch and dinner choices include fried chicken, beef pot roast, meatloaf and spare ribs. Your choices are brought to your table and served family style, but note that you're not allowed to take leftovers home.
To visit this buffet eatery, you'll have to get into Dollywood first. But it's long been one of the most popular restaurants within the Pigeon Forge theme park. (By the way, Aunt Granny is what Dolly Parton's nieces and nephews call her.) For lunch and dinner, the spread features the likes of fried chicken and fish, mashed potatoes, cornbread, biscuits and more. There's also a salad bar, a dessert bar and a selection of buffet items just for kids.
And as long as you're in Pigeon Forge, you might as well work in a trip to Smoky Mountain Ziplines. We're located just two miles off the Parkway but set in a remote, wooded outpost in the foothills where you can zipline Pigeon Forge and then pick the buffet restaurant of your choice and fill up on your favorite items.
And yes, we do recommend that you go ziplining BEFORE you head for the all-you-can-eat buffet. To us, it makes more sense than stuffing yourself and then flying among the treetops.