Frizzle Chicken Cafe, the Most Kid-Friendly Breakfast in the Smokies

exterior of frizzle farmhouse cafe in pigeon forge tn

Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe is more than a breakfast. It's an experience (photo by Morgan Overholt/

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There’s no shortage of pancake restaurants in Pigeon Forge. So if you want to sling some flapjacks, you have to stand out.

Every flapjack slinger in the county is fighting for an edge. At Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse, that edge is more than 100 singing, animatronic Frizzle chickens that line the interior of the restaurant.

While the pancakes are good, the singing chickens Feather Locklear, Tanya Clucker, Oprah Henfrey and Elvis Preslay are the real stars of this show.

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Do the chickens sing at Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse?

Not only do these animatronic chickens sing, but they also dance.

My dignity would like me to report to you that I sat there begrudgingly, eye-twitching, enduring this live-action descent into the cartoon-colored reality in which our kids grow up.

But the truth is, I enjoyed it. 

When the chickens lined up along the top of the wall stopped singing, my 4-year-old looked me in the eye, her mouth lined in the chocolate syrup and whipped cream of her bear pancakes.

“That was the silliest thing,” she said.

And then we both laughed. She went back to eating her pancakes while dancing in her chair to the music replaying in her head. Meanwhile, my heart nearly burst with joy.

a wall of animatronic singing chickens at frizzle farmhouse cafe
The animatronic singing chickens do different songs throughout the day (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

How often do the chickens sing at Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse?

The chickens sing about every thirty minutes so you can usually enjoy at least two songs during your breakfast.

It’s a bit like Disney’s Tiki Room. And a bit like Chuck E. Cheese. In other words, it’s great. It’s a fun place, even though it’s a little cheesy.

I often find myself at odds with the cornier aspects of East Tennessee culture. For example, it’s the stuff that gets us looked down upon by visitors who don’t eat at restaurants with checkered tablecloths or say the word y’all with confidence.

Sometimes I cringe at how much Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge lean into the stereotypes.

And then other times I sit in a restaurant next to the Comedy Barn with a bunch of strangers joining Hen Solo and Princess Laya squawking “Bah, bah, baaaaa”.

dolly part-hen the singing chicken at frizzle farmhouse cafe
Many of the robotic chickens have punny names, like Dolly PartHen (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

What is a ‘Frizzle’ chicken?

According to the restaurant’s website, Frizzle is a breed of chicken. They tend to be docile, gentle and quiet.

Also, it says, they have unique feathers that curl outward instead of lying flat. But at this restaurant, the Frizzles are the superstar chickens.

sausage, eggs and hashbrowns at frizzle farmhouse cafe
Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe offers a traditional breakfast. Above: Hashbrowns, sausage and scrambled eggs (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

What kind of food does Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe have?

For the uninitiated diners, Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse traffics in one of the most competitive markets in Pigeon Forge: Pancakes.

Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse serves Southern-style breakfast and lunch only. In fact, it opens at 7 am and closes for the day around 1 pm.

Ain’t nobody getting pancakes from singing chickens for dinner, I guess. But remember that hours are subject to change.

When we went, there was a bit of a wait. The restaurant stayed nearly full until well after noon and closing time approached.

The food was good, and the staff was pretty fast in moving people along and getting their food ready.

Read Also: 11 Best Breakfast Spots in Pigeon Forge From a Local

Chicken and Waffles at Frizzle chicken
The restaurant is known for the gourmet pancakes, but the chicken and waffles is another popular choice (photo by Kim Grayson/

What should you order?

The one-page menu offers all the breakfast staples, including pancakes, waffles, sausage and gravy, omelets, French Toast and Special Bear Cakes (bear-shaped pancakes) for the little ones.

The kids liked their pancakes. My teenage daughter recommends the Cinnamon Roll Pancakes which may have briefly given her diabetes but sure looked good.

The wife enjoyed her French Toast. They also offer traditional items such as waffles, omelets, sausage gravy, bacon and classic biscuits.

I had the Country-fried Steak Biscuit which was tasty and I would have it again.

The dish portions are generous. And the prices are quite affordable, ranging from about $8.99-$12.99 for adults and $5.99 for kids.

View the full menu here.

Read Also: 15 Best Things To Do in Pigeon Forge With Kids [COUPONS]

little girl with bear shaped pancakes at frizzle chicken farmhouse cafe
Kids can order special bear-shaped pancakes (photo by John Gullion/

Does Frizzle Chicken Cafe offer lunch?

Yes. The lunch menu offers a variety of sandwiches including a chicken sandwich, chipped ham, hamburgers, chicken tender and BLT sandwiches. All are served with cole slaw and French fries.

Kids can choose from burgers, grilled cheese or chicken tenders, served with either fries or a fruit cup.

But my recommendation is that if you go to a pancake eatery, get some pancakes.

frizzle chicken sign with shirts for sale
Frizzle Chicken is a fun place to visit, especially for little ones (photo by Alaina O’Neal/

Is Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe worth it?

Ultimately, here’s the thing: 

How many times have you eaten breakfast in your life, particularly when visiting the Smoky Mountains? How many do you actually remember?

I can promise you Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe gave my family the most fun Southern-style breakfast experience. And they’re going to remember for a long time.

Customers of all ages will enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the entertainment.

The restaurant is located at 2785 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

Have you visited Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe in TN? Did you enjoy it? Let us know in the comments.

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John Gullion

John Gullion, Managing Editor at the Citizen Tribune, is a freelance contributor for LLC – the parent company of and

3 thoughts on “Frizzle Chicken Cafe, the Most Kid-Friendly Breakfast in the Smokies”

  1. I live in the area and had never even hear of this restaurant, then my great niece, from out of state, asked to eat here. I had to look it up online to find it.
    I was surprised to find plenty of parking. It was almost noon but our wait was not unreasonable. The service and food was good, although I think it catered to younger folks. The entertainment was fun. My great niece danced her chicken dance to the clucking music. We all, adults and children, had a good time. I think this is a great place to take children for breakfast or lunch. (maybe include those adults that act like children too) The prices were reasonable too. Given an opportunity, I would visit again.

  2. This is one of the places Dolly Parton purchased as few years ago. She got it, The Comedy Barn, The Hatfield & McCoy Dinner Fued, and the Smoky Mountain Opry when her company bought them from the previous owner who wanted to retire.

  3. Frizzel chicken is so awesome. Everytime we visit pigeon Forge, we have breakfast here. We have tried Shineys, but they have nothing on Frizzel chicken. They have the best pancakes, and the most awesome chuck wagon sandwich. I 100% love this place

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