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The 4 Best Mom and Pop Restaurants in Pigeon Forge

Mama's Farmhouse
April 9, 2021

Pigeon Forge is filled with unique restaurants and delicious food that everyone can enjoy! However, if you’re looking for authentic southern food from local, mom and pop joints, there are a few spots you have to hit on your next trip. Here are the 4 best mom and pop restaurants in Pigeon Forge:

1. Mama’s Farmhouse

All-you-can-eat family style food, just like Mama made it! Mama’s Farmhouse prepares delicious, southern fixings that will leave you wanting more. With no buffet lines you can decide what you want more and less of and the servers will keep it coming! This approach guarantees the freshest food with the least amount of waste. Mama’s Farmhouse’s award-winning biscuits are a fan-favorite, and you can take home the biscuit mix with you when you purchase a bag at Mama’s Pantry. Make sure you try Mama’s banana pudding, featured on the list of Best Banana Pudding in Tennessee!

2. Huck Finn’s Catfish


Family owned and operated, Huck Finn’s Catfish has been frying the best catfish and chicken since 1995. This award-winning, all-you-can-eat restaurant is one of the most unique spots in Pigeon Forge! Enjoy fresh coleslaw, white beans with turkey ham, scratch made hush puppies, and more! After experiencing the Smoky Mountains or having fun at attractions like Dollywood or Splash Country, settle down at a Huck Finn’s table and enjoy fresh catfish with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy!

3. Lil Black Bear Cafe

If you’re looking for a new breakfast and lunch spot in Pigeon Forge, you need to check out Lil Black Bear Cafe! Their breakfast menu features everything from a classic stack of hot pancakes to veggie and meat omelettes. Their lunch menu consists of yummy soups, sandwiches, and salads, like the warm philly steak and cheese or the hearty chef salad. Lil Black Bear Cafe’s friendly staff and kid-friendly atmosphere will bring your family back year after year. Lil Black Bear Cafe is closed Sunday and Monday, so make sure you swing by sometime between Tuesday and Saturday.

4. Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe

Frizzle Chicken

Named after the Frizzle chicken, Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe is one of the most fun restaurants in Pigeon Forge! Located next to the world famous Comedy Barn Theater, listen to the songs of Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse’s animatronic chickens while your kids enjoy gourmet pancakes or signature biscuit dishes. Even the pickiest eaters will find something delicious at Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe. Open 7am to 1pm, swing by for all-day breakfast and an amazing lunch menu!

All of the unique and fun aspects of these Smoky Mountain eateries earn them the titles of best mom and pop restaurants in Pigeon Forge! After you stuff your bellies with food from any of these delicious restaurants, come back to our beautiful Smoky Mountain lodge and relax for the evening. We look forward to seeing you!