Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown, a new mixed-use entertainment venue, restaurant and bar is now open in Pigeon Forge.
But Downtown Flavortown isn’t just another Guy Fieri themed restaurant.
This 43,000-square-foot, 300-seat restaurant and entertainment center features food, state-of-the-art arcade games, a 14-lane duckpin bowling ally and a full premium bar.
Think of it along the same line as Dave and Busters, but Guy Fieri themed.
Who owns Downtown Flavortown?
The flagship attraction is owned and operated by FACE Amusement Group in partnership with Guy Fieri.
If FACE sounds familiar to locals, it’s because Downtown Flavortown is FACE amusement’s seventh establishment in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
Additional properties include Arcade City, Rockin’ Raceway, Big Top Arcade and 7D Dark Ride Adventure. It also includes Chicken Guy Gatlinburg and Arcade City Gatlinburg, both of which opened in 2021.
Inside the huge venue, an iconic 1968 Chevy Camaro is on display for a photo opportunity. There’s also a gift shop and several entertainment options to explore. Additionally, the entertainment center offers several options for private parties.
“This is the perfect pairing of a chef-focused restaurant with a family entertainment center, and a natural extension of our relationship with Guy Fieri and his team,” said Bucky Mabe, CEO of FACE.
“Only the ultimate explorer of all-American flavor could mash up this ridiculously exciting range of unexpected combinations that will be sure to turn a family night out into lifelong memories.”
Support for this project was provided by John Morgan, entrepreneur and owner of WonderWorks.
What does Flavortown mean?
First of all, Guy Fieri is an American restaurateur, author and award-winning television presenter from the Food Network.
He coined the name “Flavortown” after an off-the-cuff comment about a pizza that looked like a manhole cover.
That one-liner took off. Before he knew it, he had built an imaginary world in his own mind called “Flavortown”, frequently making jokes and references to the fictional land during his shows.
Eventually, he started referring to himself as “Mayor of Flavortown”.
The name would later become the inspiration for Flavortown Kitchen – a delivery-only restaurant concept with multiple locations across the United States and eventually, Downtown Flavortown in Pigeon Forge.
“No matter where you go in this great country, I can put ya on the road to Flavortown, real-deal food and good times, that’s what I’m all about. But there’s one experience that I’ve been saving for a special time and place.”
“I’m talking next level, go big or go home, the ultimate party … Scratch-made food, craft cocktails, tiki bar, bowling, gaming … you name it, we’re bringing it!” said Guy Fieri in a press release.
What is on the menu at Downtown Flavortown?
Pigeon Forge visitors will undoubtedly get a unique dining experience at Downtown Flavortown.
Some of the worldwide bestsellers include a wide selection of sandwiches, burgers and waffles.
For starters, the famed chef offers Trash Can Nachos, served in a tin tower stuffed with corn tortilla chips, smoked pork, cheddar, black beans, jalapenos, sour cream, pickled red onions, cilantro, pico de gallo and bourbon brown sugar with Motley Que BBQ sauce.
Other famous starters include the Dragon’s Breath Chili Cheese Fries (crispy fries with chili, cheddar, sour cream, pico de gallo, crispy onions and bacon) and Cheeto Dusted Chicharrones (crispy chicharrones with cheddar cheese powder, sea salt, chopped bacon and crispy jalapenos).
Main menu items at Downtown Flavortown
For your main meal, Downtown Flavortown offers some huge burger creations, like the Bacon Mac ‘N’ Cheeseburger with crispy applewood bacon, SMC (short for Super Melty Cheese), lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle with crispy onions and a garlic butter brioche bun.
The Motley Que Pulled Pork sandwich has pulled pork shoulder, signature bourbon brown BBQ sauce, American slaw, pickle chips, aged cheddar, crispy onion straws and signature donkey sauce on a toasted pretzel bun.
This menu item was featured on “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives”.
There are also creations here you won’t find anywhere else. For example, we tried the Spaghetti Meatball Waffle, which was certainly one of the most unique dishes we’ve ever had.
Downtown Flavortown offers an extensive selection of liquors and craft cocktails. Craft beers are also available at the full-service tropical Tiki Bar.
Be sure to try Guy’s Famous BBQ Bloody Mary, the Tattooed Mojito, the Caliente Margarita or Flavortown’s Long Island.
For the more adventurous, they offer Bubblin Bowls, which are made for parties of three or more to share.
Lastly, desserts include selections such as cheesecake and layered chocolate whiskey cake.
How is the food at Downtown Flavortown?
If you’re looking for a restaurant experience, there may be no better place than Downtown Flavortown.
If you’re a meat and potatoes kind of guy, it may not be your jam.
These culinary creations combine some pretty unique flavors. The BBQ is sweet. The marinara was a little spicy. The food combinations are something you would be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.
For example, in case you skimmed over it, I just mentioned that I ate a waffle with spaghetti on top. Spaghetti. On a waffle. Actually, it was in the waffle.
Honestly? It wasn’t bad. Would I eat it again? Probably not.
Did it make for a good conversation piece? Absolutely.
One of our favorite items we ordered was probably the Chicken Avocado Flatbread. But if your goal in life is to combine Southern foods like shrimp and grits on top of a waffle, this is your place.
Where is Guy Fieri in Pigeon Forge?
Downtown Flavortown in Pigeon Forge opened on March 8, 2022.
It is located at 2655 Teaster Lane, Suite 100 in Pigeon Forge, TN 37863 at the Mountain Mile shopping complex.
Finally, what do you think about Guy Fieri’s local stamp on the area? Have you tried Downtown Flavortown?
Let us know in the comments below.
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