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 September 26, 2017
Some folks enjoy dining out for the experience of being waited on by a staff of servers and enjoying their favorite foods prepared by the hands of professional cooks and chefs. Others, however, enjoy the sheer variety of foods that a restaurant can offer and find it difficult to narrow their selections down to just an entrée and a couple of sides.
If you identify with the latter group, then it sounds like you may be a buffet kind of person. And the next time you're visiting us here in the Great Smoky Mountains, you'll be in luck, because we're home to a smorgasbord of buffet-service restaurants. (See what we did there?) In addition to being able to enjoy a wide variety of dishes, you can always be sure to eat your fill (and sometimes more than your fill) for one cost-effective price.
This week, we'll give you a quick overview of just a few of the places in the buffet world in the Smokies.
Aunt Granny's All-You-Care-To-Eat Buffet
You actually have to be at Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge to partake of the buffet at this eatery, but it's been a visitor favorite for a long time. Aunt Granny's (that's what Dolly's nieces and nephews call her, by the way) serves a broad selection of home-cooked American foods, including fried chicken, a taco bar, mashed potatoes, cornbread, biscuits, a salad bar, desserts and more.
Miss Lillian's Smokehouse and Fried Chicken
Hey, while we've got you inside the gates at Dollywood, we have to recommend this park eatery as well. The selection includes fried chicken, country-fried steak or smoked chicken, complemented by sides like mashed potatoes, green beans and brown sugar cinnamon apples. The highlight of every meal is having Miss Lillian, one of Dollywood's lovable street characters, toss you one of her fresh-from-the-oven biscuits herself.
Reagan's House of Pancakes
There's a blue million pancake restaurants in the Smokies, but at Reagan's in downtown Gatlinburg, you can get the breakfast buffet for one price and have your fill of pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, eggs to order, fresh fruit and much more. Why do a national chain breakfast buffet when you can get local flavor instead? This place has also been a top-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor.
Wood Grill Buffet
We usually try to steer you away from national brands here, but this small chain operated by Western Sizzlin' might be worth a look-see. They're known for their home-style chicken salad, slow-cooked pot roast and fried chicken, but you'll find a bounty of carving stations, homemade casseroles, fresh salads, country vegetables, fresh-baked bread and sweet desserts. Look for it on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.
Captain Jim's Seafood Buffet
Who doesn't like all-you-can-eat seafood? At Captain Jim's in Pigeon Forge, enjoy your fill of ocean flavors, with items that range from crab legs, fried oysters and peel-and-eat shrimp to baked salmon, crawfish and seafood lasagna. And yes, you can expect a full selection of vegetables, sides and desserts as well.
Sakura Japanese Buffet
Not all buffets around here are strictly Southern cooking. At Sakura, located on the Parkway in Sevierville, you'll be able to dig into authentic Asian fare, including sushi, hibachi items and desserts.
We do recommend, however, that you save all that chowing down for AFTER your next visit to Smoky Mountain Ziplines. But hopefully, you'll work up quite an appetite after spending a few hours with us at the best place to zipline Sevierville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg have to offer.