Best 3 Restaurants in Pigeon Forge with Delicious Southern Cooking

If you are looking for the best comfort food to eat in Pigeon Forge, then the Oak Tree Lodge has some suggestions. Taste authentic Southern cooking, and even learn about the area with these restaurants in Pigeon Forge.

1. The Apple Barn 

If you’re looking for a sweet treat during your vacation, you can’t beat The Apple Barn! Located on an apple orchard with over 4,000 trees, this legendary general store is home to a Cider Bar where you can sample a variety of apple-flavored Southern desserts. Some of the sweets you’ll find at The Apple Barn include Fried Apple Pies, Fresh Baked Apple Pies (with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream),  Apple Cinnamon Donuts, Apple Dumplings, Old Fashioned Apple Stack Cakes, and Apple Butter Muffins. The Apple Barn is also famous for its freshly squeezed apple cider, which you can enjoy by the glass or in a special souvenir mug. After your snack, we recommend exploring the general store, which sells thousands of apple-themed products. A jar of apple butter makes a fantastic souvenir or gift for your friends and family members back home! 

2. J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen BBQ ribs and sides at a restaurant.

J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen is another one of the best restaurants in Pigeon Forge for Southern cuisine. Named after a successful businessman in the Smoky Mountains, J.T. Hannah’s boasts a unique retro decor that is reminiscent of the 1930s. Decorated with black and white pictures and whiskey barrels, the restaurant doubles down on its theme by serving all of its drinks (including sweet tea) in mason jars. Some of the most popular menu items at J.T. Hannah’s include the ribs, burgers, country fried chicken, catfish, and the French dip sandwich. Be sure to save room for dessert because Mama Laura’s Famous Strawberry Short Cake is not to be missed!

3. Holston’s Kitchen 

A meal at Holston’s Kitchen never disappoints! This charming restaurant serves all of your favorite Southern dishes, including country fried steak, pork spare ribs, fried shrimp, ribeye steaks, and pulled pork sandwiches. Throughout the week, Holston’s offers a number of special promotions, such as Mexican Mondays, Prime Rib Wednesdays, and Saturday Brunch. No matter when you choose to visit, you will enjoy Holston’s friendly service and delightfully rustic atmosphere. 

After you fill your stomach at one of the best Southern restaurants in Pigeon Forge, you can come back to relax at our hotel. You can curl up in a comfy bed, or take it easy in a Jacuzzi tub. To start planning your vacation, browse the beautiful rooms at the Oak Tree Lodge!