It’s no secret that Gatlinburg is a tourist town.
Businesses and restaurants are always battling it out for your attention and vacation dollars, most of them trying to offer the best food, entertainment and experience money can buy.
It can be hard to compete with.
And in a town with such competition, sometimes you have to stand out from the crowd.
Dare to be different. Dare to … not give a damn.
Did you have a bad experience? Good, it’s all part of the plan. 5 stars.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Dick’s Last Resort.
How did the founders of Dick’s Last Resort come up with such an unusual concept?
Dick’s Last Resort started in 1985 in Texas. The website’s description of the restaurant’s origin is also a bit tongue in cheek, but the idea is that a character named Dick was “hard up” in the 80s and started a restaurant as his “last resort”.
Some sources say that the restaurant was initially a fine-dining establishment, which totally flopped.
So the story goes, Dick instead returned to his roots, and started a place where he could be true to himself.
“Is Dick real? Hell yes,” says the website.
And now we have a concept with rude staff, cheeky menu items and obnoxiously large cocktails.
And, strange as though the concept may seem, it’s been around for more than 30 years.
What to expect at Dick’s Last Resort
Looking through the restaurant reviews on Google is quite hilarious.
You’ll see reviews such as:
“The food was awful. Drinks were weak. The staff was totally rude … We had a blast. Highly recommend.”
“I was treated very rudely. It was wonderful.”
The schtick to this restaurant is that they are “funny rude”.
I didn’t hear anything too harsh while we were there. They want to make you laugh, not make you cry. But it’s important to understand, it’s all part of the Dick’s Last Resort plan.
We had a few straws thrown our way, and we were urged to remember the tip line any time we had a request. Our bartender called the guys next to us “creepers”. Throughout the meal, staff will yell at each other from across the restaurant.
It’s abrasive, obnoxious and all in good fun, and certainly the kind of place where you will either love it or hate it.
But the main selling point of a place like Dick’s is the custom-insult paper hats.
When we went, they must have been out of the regular tall paper hats, because the ones we received looked a little “Handmaid’s Tale” to me.
And while I’m sure they have a stack of pre-written hats somewhere in the back, it’s still fun to ask your friends, “What does mine say?” and try not to pretend like you’re kind of excited to hear what you got.
Mine read, “Easier than third-grade math” in sloppy handwriting. My sister’s said, “It’s just a rash, eat around it”.
Dick’s Last Resort food menu and prices
At a place like Dick’s, you don’t come for the food. You come for the experience.
But, since you might as well eat, Dick’s serves American-style food and cocktails.
A strong majority of the drinks come in souvenir logo glasses.
Drinks include moonshine in mason jars, draft and bottled beer, wine, a variety of cocktails and the famous 45-oz Fun Bowl Margarita.
Food items include traditional Americana food with cheeky titles like Dick’s Huge 12” Wiener (a hot dog), the Crybaby Burger (vegan burger) and The Dolly (chicken breasts).
Prices range from $15.99 for a burger to about $20.99 for barbecue and ribs. It’s tourist pricing, but there are some options that I think are actually pretty affordable for the portion size.
You can view the Gatlinburg menu on Dick’s Last Resort’s website.
Dick’s Last Resort locations
Dick’s Last Resort has less than a dozen locations across the country, and two of them are located around the Great Smoky Mountains.
Dick’s in Pigeon Forge is located at 131 The Island Drive, inside The Island. The location in Gatlinburg is along the main strip at 903 Parkway.
Other locations include:
- Dallas, Texas
- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Las Vegas, Nevada (2 locations)
- North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- Panama City Beach, Florida
- San Antonio, Texas
Note that at the time of this writing, the outdoor patio in Gatlinburg is closed due to staffing shortages.
However, you are able to grab food and drinks from the bar and sit in a designated patio section. See the host for details.
Have you been to Dick’s Last Resort? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.