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Downtown Flavortown in Pigeon Forge: An Honest Review With Menu, Photos

Downtown Flavortown in Pigeon Forge

Downtown Flavortown is one of the newer restaurants in Pigeon Forge (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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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 alley and a full premium bar. Think of it along the same line as Dave and Busters, but Guy Fieri-themed.

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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, 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.

The arcade at downtown flavortown
The new Downtown Flavortown features over 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art arcade games ranging from redemption to virtual reality (photo by Bill Burris/TheSmokies.com)

“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. Support for this project was provided by John Morgan, entrepreneur and owner of WonderWorks.

Spaghetti Waffle at Downtown Flavortown
Downtown Flavortown offers Guy Fieri’s famous culinary combinations which include this Spaghetti Meatball Waffle (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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 “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 mind called “Flavortown”, frequently making jokes and references to the fictional land during his shows. Eventually, he started referring to himself as the “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.

Trashcan nachos at Downtown Flavortown
The highly stacked Trash Can Nachos at Downtown Flavortown have melty cheese and a sweet BBQ flavor (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

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 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.

Chicken Avocado Flatbread at Downtown Flavortown
The Chicken Avocado Flatbread at Downtown Flavortown (photo by Morgan Overholt/TheSmokies.com)

How is the food at Downtown Flavortown?

It’s different. 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. Specifically, 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.

The bowling ally
The impressive 43,000-square-foot family entertainment center has a 14-lane duck pin bowling alley (photo by Bill Burris/TheSmokies.com)

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 at the Mountain Mile shopping complex.

So 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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12 thoughts on “Downtown Flavortown in Pigeon Forge: An Honest Review With Menu, Photos”

  1. We live here and are excited to see Flavortown getting ready to open! Have family who live 5 hours away also watching for opening! They will be here in the spry, ready to visit!

  2. Looking forward to the new restaurant and game center. We love the Pigeon Forge area!!!
    This will be a great asset to the town.

  3. We will be visiting this establishment ASAP. Our next trip is the last week of December 2021 thru the fist week of January 2022. I know our 6 year old will love the arcade.

  4. Ohio here and can’t wait to come down and get one his burgers. I had one at Cancun airport while waiting on our flight to come home and it was the best juiciest burger I’ve ever had. Please build one in Columbus Ohio it is his hometown.

  5. Finally!! A bowling alley that stays open late and sells alcohol! Been waiting since 2010 so I’m sure this will be the new local Hangout.

  6. we traveled 3 hours , first to get in on open day , was seated at 11,15 no one was in our area so wasnt busy. Got drinks 11.20 , was excited . Placed order at 11,30 . got nachos fast . and then sadley we were forgotten. we ask about food 2 times finally ask again at almost 1 pm . they brought half of our order and it was cold. Spoke to manager and left area, played some games and left Starving . We were disappointed, Time ran out , also Josesp diddnt ask us if we wanted to reorder or offered anything to do for us for all the time we waited and wasted.

  7. We saw Downtown Flavortown advertised on a billboard as we headed in to town. We decided to stop on the way to our cabin. The wait was almost 2 hours so we decided to come back another day. We made a reservation and we were excited- hubby is a big Guy Fieri fan. Sad to say the food the a big let down and so was the service. I would not recommend waisting your time and money.

  8. I ate here June 28, 2023 and the food and experience was good. I ate here again July 9, 2023 and the food was awful and poor service. The food quality was terrible. The chicken tenders had a chemical taste, My cheeseburger was partially raw. Both my daughter and myself got sick before we left the establishment. I will never eat here again.


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