Harpoon Harry's in Pigeon Forge TN

Harpoon Harry’s Crab House in Pigeon Forge Review: Is It Worth It?

Alliteration? Check. Jaunty nautical theming complete with a giant blue crab over the entrance? Check.  A menu with decidedly non-seafood options like frog legs and mountain trout? Check. Ladies and gentlemen, I can officially declare that Harpoon Harry’s has everything you’d want in a seafood restaurant located roughly 400-600 miles from saltwater.  Who owns Harpoon Harry’s? Harpoon Harry’s Crab House

Dick's Last Resort at the Island in Pigeon Forge (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

16 Restaurants in Pigeon Forge That Take Reservations

First-time visitors to the Smokies will quickly notice a less-than-desirable quirk about local restaurants in Pigeon Forge – reservations are a rare offering. There may be many reasons why a local restaurant decides it’s better off without a reservation system, particularly in Pigeon Forge. But the primary reason boils down to money. You see, it just doesn’t make sense to

A Donut Friar éclairé with the shop sign in the background

Donut Friar Gatlinburg Tips – Parking, Payment & More (2023)

The Donut Friar in Gatlinburg: Parking, menu and what you should know It was the late 1960s. Gatlinburg investors Jim and June Gerding – owners of The Pancake Pantry – along with David and Peggy Dych – owners of Ole Smoky Candy Kitchen – had their eyes on a piece of land to develop next to the Pantry.  It was

Pirates Voyage and Dolly Parton's Stampede

Pirates Voyage vs Dolly’s Stampede: Which Dinner Show Is Better?

Dolly Parton’s Stampede is a legend in the tourist dinner theater game. Born in 1988, today it is part of the partnership between tourism business powerhouse Herschend Family Entertainment, Sevier County legend angel-on-Earth Dolly Parton and Fred Hardwick, chairman of the board of World Choice Investments. The Stampede with its horse tricks, musical numbers and down-home comedy has flourished and

Reagan's House of Pancakes

Here Are the Best All You Can Eat Buffets in Pigeon Forge; Top 3 Ranked

When I was a kid growing up in the Midwest, buffets – also known as smorgasbords – were all the restaurant rage. I can remember going to a newly opened buffet in the tiny Hoosier town of Bedford and marveling at the array of culinary delights laid out before us. We were in awe of the salad bar. The quality of

The Peddler Steakhouse in Gatlinburg, Tenn. (photo by Daniel Munson/TheSmokies.com)

The Peddler Steakhouse: The Most Romantic Dinner for Two in Gatlinburg

The Peddler in Gatlinburg has delicious food and a unique ambiance. The best part is, its location in downtown Gatlinburg makes this steakhouse the “go-to” place for a romantic dinner. The Peddler began in a cabin built by the Ogles, a legendary East Tennessee family whose name is attached to many meaningful locations in and around the Smokies. The Peddler violin

The Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, located next to the Apple Barn, is a great choice for a place to eat in the Smokies (photo by Alaina O'Neal/TheSmokies.com)

12 Gluten-free Restaurants in Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and Sevierville

Trying out a new restaurant for someone with a food allergy or sensitivity can be a stressful venture, especially while on vacation. At all times, you’re a single “oopsie” away from a serious problem.  As someone who not only suffers from a life-threatening food allergy but also has family members with special dietary needs, I understand this anxiety all too

Coffee moonshine

Moonshine Coffee Recipe With Ole Smoky

Welcome to part two of our Moonshine Mixin’s series. Last week we were mixing up some tasty moonshine margaritas. This week, we’re going to get a little caffeinated. This is another simple recipe and easy to make with ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Quick disclaimer: this recipe will involve a bit more planning ahead than the last recipe

Melting Pot and TGI Fridays

Restaurants in Gatlinburg That Take Reservations; Your Complete List

If you’re a new visitor to the Smokies, you may quickly notice a quirk about local restaurants in Gatlinburg – reservations are a rare offering. Even worse, wait times to the tune of 2-3 hours long are all too common. Unless you want to get stuck eating fast food on your vacation when hunger strikes, I highly recommend you have


Best Lunch Spots for Families With Kids in Pigeon Forge; Our Top 6 Picks

Vacationing with kids is never stressful at all! … said no one ever. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great until someone starts feeling a bit hangry in the backseat. And it can feel daunting to find an affordable lunch spot that will make both kids and adults happy. But fortunately, there are lots of great lunch spots in Pigeon Forge