Is the Blue Moose in Pigeon Forge worth it? An honest review

Blue Moose in Pigeon Forge

Local favorite Blue Moose in Pigeon Forge only has one problem – someone let the secret out and it wasn't me (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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Blue Moose Burgers & Wings bills itself as Pigeon Forge’s only family sports grill and best-kept secret by local residents since 2007.

Problem is, the secret is getting out. More on that later.

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Blue Moose Burgers and Wings’ outdoor patio is stroller and pet-friendly. Patios like this are a rarity in the Smokies (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Where is the Blue Moose in Pigeon Forge?

The Blue Moose is located in one of those rare semi-hidden pockets of Pigeon Forge where it’s not exactly on the beaten path. But it’s also not exactly off the beaten path either.

You’re likely going to have to at least know what you’re looking for to find it.

It’s located behind Carinos Italian and Bullfish Grill off of Teaster Lane and shares a shopping center with Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Three Monkeys Photo Emporium.

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There are individual flat-panel televisions in almost every booth at Blue Moose (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

What makes the Blue Moose unique?

They are famous for their award-winning Jumbo Chicken Wings (both boneless wings and traditional wings are available), Angus Beef Burgers and dozens of flat-screen televisions.

I have to say, I feel like I’m a fairly well-traveled person and cannot recall ever dining at a restaurant that has flat-panel televisions built into the booth like the Blue Moose.

It’s a unique feature, to say the least.

Other than their famous wings and burgers their menu features a variety of casual American fare including sandwiches, hot dogs, salads and cold beer.

They also have a small take-out nook for to-go and online orders.

Jumbo Chicken Wings with a side of ranch dressing at Blue Moose (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

But the thing that really makes it feel unique, at least to me, is threefold.

First, it’s the comfortable feel, quality food and genuinely attentive staff (yes, attentive even in these times) which can be hard to find in a town typically overrun by tourists.

Second, it’s the family-friendly atmosphere – which is typically hard to find in a sports bar (they even have a kid’s menu).

Finally, it’s the affordable prices.

Again, this town is plagued by what we sometimes call the “tourist tax”. We’re not quite at Disney-level pricing yet however food and activities can feel inflated from time to time. But not at Blue Moose. Large plates and massive portion sizes range from $7.99 to $36.99 (kids menu items are about $5 per entree), with most items hovering around the $12 range.

It’s this unique set of traits, that in my mind, really sets Blue Moose apart from the herd (moose joke).

The spicy Hawaiian Luau Burger with savory hamburger meat and Applewood bacon. Blue Moose’s burgers are some of the juiciest burgers in the Smokies (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

What to order: Popular menu items at Blue Moose

Popular appetizers include Bacon Cheeseburger Sticks (don’t forget to add a side of dipping ranch), Buc’s Poker Chips (fried pickles – a southern treat), Pulled Pork Nachos (BBQ nachos with a southern twist), Kick’N Jalapeno Bites, Crispy Fried Potato Skins, Moose-A-Rella Sticks, Double-Dipped Onion Rings and Blue’s Rocky Mountain Platter.

And if you love soft pretzels, don’t forget about the Bavarian Pretzels and Twisted Cheese Dip. Trust me, you can never go wrong with signature beer cheese dip. It’s a beautiful thing and a delicious pick.

Popular entrees include the quarter-pound Tennessee Dog, the Chicken Philly (similar to a Philly cheesesteak sandwich), the aforementioned Jumbo Chicken Wings, the Angus Beef Burgers at least one side of french fries and deep-fried corn for the table.

And if you do order a side of fries, consider upgrading to Italian Parmesan or Cajun for an additional charge.

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For dessert, the recommended favorite is Jassca’s Peanut Butter Fudge Pie featuring ice cream with peanut butter cups with an Oreo cookie crust.

Alternatively, you might want to save room for dessert afterward at Gigi’s Cupcakes located conveniently next door.

On our last trip, we ordered the Hawaiian Luau Burger, the Jumbo Chicken Wings and the Wild Ranch Chicken Wrap.

There are 18 different flavors and five different dry rubs available for the wings ranging in heat level from mild to spicy. Recommended sauces include Flame Thrower, Sriracha Ranch, Black Jack, Hot Teriyaki and Signature Hot.

For the brave – or the stupid depending on your vantage point – there’s also the Atomic sauce, the hottest option at the restaurant.

Blue Moose’s Wild Ranch Chicken Wrap with flour tortilla, iceberg lettuce, cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes and creamy ranch dip (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

Is Blue Moose in Pigeon Forge worth it?

While worth varies depending on personal preference, I would say that overall the Blue Moose is absolutely “worth it” with only a single caveat … the wait.

Overall, I’ve never had a bad meal or a bad experience at Blue Moose.

And it’s one of our all-time favorite casual dining go-to’s in the area.

A family of four can generally dine for around $40-$50 and that’s including four entrees with beverages and at least one appetizer or dessert. So I’d say that’s a pretty good deal.

But I would also recommend catching them on a non-peak day.

Blue Moose, once a local secret, now suffers from the same crowd problems that the rest of Pigeon Forge experiences.

This is inherently the problem with “best kept secrets” – they don’t stay secret for long.

On a weekend night, waits can be as long as 45 minutes to an hour. Our last trip was in the middle of the day on a Wednesday and we still experienced a 20-minute wait.

But let me be clear. Blue Moose uses a phone-based wait system that will let you know when your table is ready which is extremely convenient. And I never mind a 20-minute wait for Blue Moose.

But an hour-long wait is debatable. At least in my mind.

I try to reserve hour-long waits for something a bit more special than a sports bar – like The Peddler in Gatlinburg or The Greenbrier Restaurant.

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I mean the wings are great but are they “wait an hour” great? I’ll save that for a finely prepared medium-rare steak and Michelin-level chef service, please and thank you.

What do you think of the Blue Moose Burgers & Wings? Is it “worth it”? Let us know in the comments below.

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10 thoughts on “Is the Blue Moose in Pigeon Forge worth it? An honest review”

  1. Blue Moose is definitely worth the wait and in our families opinion the all time best restaurant in Pigeon Forge! We usually go more than once when we are down there on vacation because we like it so well. The service has always been great and the food is amazing. I would recommend this place over and over again!

  2. We discovered the Blue Moose three years ago, and it immediately became one of our favorites. The food is amazing and so is the service. Another great feature is their pet friendly patio. Our little poodle always travels with us, and we really appreciate that. As a matter of fact, after typing this comment, I’m ready for some Blue Moose!!! ❤️

  3. A million times, the Blue Moose is worth it! Been going there for 10 years and never have I been let down by the food or the service! Keep rocking, Blue Moose!

  4. Blue moose is definitely worth the wait!! There’s a server named Paul that works there . I highly recommend getting him to wait on you because he gives such wonderful service and the food is always great!

  5. We really enjoyed ourselves and ate some good food, I will definitely make another visit when we are in the area!

  6. I think it is worth it, a little hard to get too but worth in every way.
    One reason why I like they allow pets, plus service dogs. They even have a pet bowl that you can buy. The food is awesome.

  7. I think it is worth it, a little hard to get too but worth in every way.
    One reason why I like they allow pets, plus service dogs. They even have a pet bowl that you can buy. The food is awesome. And great

  8. The blue moose is definitely worth it.we live in alabama and we go there twice every time we visit pigeon forge.everything on menu is worth trying.

  9. My family loves Blue Moose! Just went for the 2nd time in August and looking forward to returning as soon as we are able!

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