Riverstone Family Restaurant stands just outside of Cades Cove and the Smoky Mountains, ready to welcome hungry travelers with homestyle Southern comfort fare. Old-fashioned buttermilk pancakes, grits, and omelets help patrons refuel before continuing their cross-country skipping treks. In addition to sandwiches and more than 15 entrees founded on certified Angus beef, the restaurant's chefs toss out sides such as fresh soup, turnip greens, and fried okra.
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.
Loco Burro's owners wanted to create an environment that reflected the festive flavors of their menu, which is packed with zesty Tex-Mex fare, such as sizzling fajitas and margaritas blended with fresh citrus juice. In the dining room, the staff keeps the party popping with crowd-pleasing challenges, such as The Whole 5 lb. Chiuaua burrito, which wins competitors who consume it within an hour a free burrito and a T-shirt. Meanwhile, the restaurant's bucking mechanical donkey awaits a courageous rider or a romantic evening out with a mechanical dishwasher. On the roof, the restaurateurs arranged a sophisticated patio that boasts stunning Great Smoky Mountain views, hypnotizing fire pits, light strings, and tables and couches where guests can continue the merrymaking under the stars.:m]]
At The Cabin Cafe, there's no need to wonder how the food was prepared?patrons can watch the magic happen in the eatery's open kitchen. The culinary team specializes in gourmet sandwiches, such as classic cubans with slow-cooked pork, or reubens stuffed with house-made corned beef. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, the eatery also brightens mornings with hearty quiches and rich cups of coffee, as well as a selection of brunch favorites including homemade buttermilk biscuits topped with pepper gravy.
At The Mafia House, Godfather-style script crawls across the building and the heading of the menu, acting as a prelude to the mobster-themed pizza parlor's offerings. Scarface Starters, including garlic rolls dusted with a three-cheese blend, give way to notoriously named Columbo's Calzones and Machine Gun hot subs stuffed with pastrami or inside violin cases. Hand-tossed New York-style pizzas are made with fresh dough and sauce and topped with fresh ingredients that range from piles of pepperoni to medleys of fresh tomato, ham, and salami.
The party experts at Dining Delicacies transform humble abodes into romantic five-star restaurants with gourmet meals comprised of elegant appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts, each handcrafted from local and organic ingredients. Since cooking and cleaning up can take away from romance and organizing three-legged potato-sack races, Dining Delicacies' meal magicians alleviate hosting hassles by preparing, serving, and tidying up after four-course samplings of delectable dishes. Each menu is fully personalized but might tempt a couple with pan-seared chicken breasts sheathed in artichoke-cream sauce, seasonal seafood bedecked with fresh herbs, or lamb-flank roulade.