Crowned Best Overall Restaurant by the Knoxville News Sentinel in 2010, Puleo’s Grille takes tongues on a whirlwind taste tour with its eclectic menu of Southern and Italian classics. Circle tooth wagons around scrumptious orders of fried green tomatoes partnered with a savory side of stone-ground cheese grits and country gravy ($6.99), or lay a delectable claim on Italian mainstays such as lasagna ($11.99) or artichoke- and caper-flecked chicken piccata, which gets its beauty sleep atop a bed of linguini draped in lemon wine sauce ($14.99).
Modern hanging lamps glow like downturned martini glasses, casting buttery light onto Angus beef burgers, New York-style deli sandwiches, and combination platters of deep-fried catfish and 10-ounce sirloin steak. Through a cacophony of clinking billiard balls and rapid-fire darts, servers emerge with chilly brews by the draft or bottle. After catching the game on one of The Shack In Kodak's flat-screen TVs, guests can peruse the indoor veranda, which houses live bands on the weekends and choreographed dance routines by inanimate objects after hours.
Thick curtains separate Bistro 109’s interior from the light and clamor of the street, allowing for the intimacy of a meal shared by flickering candlelight. The quiet dining room also contrasts with the bistro’s kitchen, where chefs glaze duck breast with Vermont maple syrup and sear filets of yellowtail tuna. While they craft these and other dishes from sustainable and organic ingredients, a musician stationed in the front of the restaurant taps the ivories on a baby grand piano and twirls his finger around the rims of nearby wine glasses.
A statue of Old MacDonald himself greets visitors to Ripley’s Old MacDonald’s Farm Mini Golf, a floppy straw hat casting a shadow across his overalls. His arm is locked in a neighborly wave in front of a gauntlet of animated farm animals and barnyard scenes surrounding three 18-hole mini-golf courses. Ceramic pigs sun themselves alongside a winding stream and wily rabbits poke their heads out of burrow holes. A classic red barn serves as the clubhouse, where players can discuss highlights of the round and arcade games release happy digital chatter like a calculator dreaming about pi.
At Big Daddy's Pizzeria, a 550-degree wood-fired brick oven bakes handcrafted dough, house-made sauces, and fresh ingredients into specialty pizzas. The Pigeon Forge eatery is the newest of five restaurants owned by the Johnson family—a local family that has nourished Sevier County with fresh cuisine for the past 20 years. Chefs cover 10- and 12-inch thin crusts with their traditional palomino sauce—a fusion of homespun alfredo and marinara—before tossing the pies with gourmet soy-cheese, gorgonzola, prime-rib, or pine-nut toppings. The Johnsons' house-made focaccia cushions wood-fired sandwiches, and glasses brim with draft beers and wine. In the spacious dining room, a pastoral countryside mural and framed artwork beam down upon cushy red booths and white-clothed tables, while a wooden awning and brick walls surround an outdoor patio. At the Pigeon Forge location, a brand-new arcade entertains guests with video games, providing a welcome diversion from thinking about how their stomachs are as happy as a dentist swimming through the Colgate factory's toothpaste river.
CiCi’s Pizza combines the variety of a buffet with the thrill of bottomless pizza. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily and then slathered with homemade marinara and showered with toppings ranging from traditional pepperoni and Italian-style sausage to creative combinations including buffalo chicken and mac 'n' cheese. The buffet is stocked with a plethora of fresh pastas, as well as signature salads with the option to put tossing talents to the test at the salad bar. After they've feasted on savory options, diners can revisit the buffet for dessert including freshly baked brownies, slices of apple pizza, and cinnamon rolls drizzled with icing—or they can eat dessert first, thereby tearing an irreparable hole in the space-time continuum.
At King Tut Grill, guests feast on a smorgasbord of Mediterranean-inspired sandwiches, salads, pastas, and grilled meats. The food unites a diverse spectrum of cuisines from all over the world, with falafel sandwiches, ribeye steaks, oven-baked clams, and eggplant casseroles served side by side. Dinners vary from day to day, with special menus such as Thursday's grilled chicken, Friday's fish bake, or Wednesday's Egyptian night with Middle Eastern delicacies. On Saturday, King Tut's chefs summon up a romantic dinner atmosphere with feasts of fruit salads, t-bone steaks, and tender chicken marsala accented with candlelight and servers pretending to play the violin through mime.