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Come to the Smokies for the mountains, the streams and rivers and the food! We’ve got some restaurant updates for you – new restaurants and updates to some old favorites.

Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown

The long-awaited opening of star chef Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown happened in June. FACE Amusement Group and Guy Fieri opened the restaurant chain at 2655 Teaster Lane Suite 100 at the Mountain Mile Shopping Complex in Pigeon Forge.c

Fieri, a famed chef, author, and Emmy Award-winning television personality, opened the 43,000-square-foot family entertainment center that includes a 300+ seat restaurant; a 14-lane Duck Pin bowling alley; over 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art arcade games ranging from redemption to virtual reality and beyond; a full-service Freaky Tiki bar; a photo opportunity in front of an iconic 1968 Chevy Camaro; and of private parties options.

Guy Fieri’s Downtown Flavortown is FACE Amusement’s seventh establishment in Pigeon Forge. It also owns Arcade City, Rockin’ Raceway, Big Top Arcade, and 7D Dark Ride Adventure, in addition to Chicken Guy! Gatlinburg (also with Guy Fieri) and Arcade City Gatlinburg, both of which opened in 2021.

Famous Culinary Combinations

The menu includes Guy Fieri’s famous culinary combinations including Spaghetti Meatball Waffle, the highly stacked Trash Can Nachos with melty cheese and a sweet BBQ flavor 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 starters include the Dragon’s Breath Chili Cheese Fries (crispy fries with chili, cheddar, sour cream, pico de gallo, crispy onions and bacon); Cheeto Dusted Chicharrones (crispy chicharrones with cheddar cheese powder, sea salt, chopped bacon and crispy jalapenos); and The Chicken Avocado Flatbread.

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 a 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.

Is your mouth watering?

New Restaurants and Old Favorites

While we’re on Teaster Road, which runs parallel with the Parkway behind the Old Mill/Island, let’s talk about some other hot spots.

Junction 35

Junction 35 is a distillery, restaurant, and music venue. Located at 2655 Teaster Lane, Junction 35 offers a variety of spirits including bourbon, rye whiskey, moonshine, vodka, gin, and rum and has hand crafted a selection of specialty cocktails using its bold spirits to deliver a unique experience with those spirits.

Equally unique, the food menu, serving up Tennessee Poutine: Rosemary Fries topped with beef gravy, shredded Deli Brisket and Wisconsin fried Cheese curds;  “Not your Sweet Potato Casserole” – Waffled sweet potato fries topped with our marshmallow sauce and candied Pecans; Pimento Dip – Aged Cheddar, Pimento peppers topped with smoked Sausage, served with flash fried Saltine crackers; Smoked wings; Smoked meat BBQ trays; Burgers with pimento cheese, bacon jam, caramelized onions (Junction 35), salmon burger, even The Beyond Burger; and a southern staple – Shrimp and Grits.

Burgers & Wings

Blue Moose Burgers & Wings is a family sports bar at

2430 Teaster Lane. Fun names and fun food are the name of the game here.

Buc’s Poker Chips are a one-of-a-kind local legend and seriously southern treat. These dill pickle rounds are breaded and fried to golden perfection. Served hot and crisp with a creamy ranch dip.

Blue’s Rocky Mountain Platter includes delectable combination of Blue’s favorite snacks: Blue’s Cheese & Bacon Gourmet Fries, Moose-A-Rella Sticks and Boneless Wings.


Pulled Pork Nachos are a Southern twist on a Moose favorite. Crispy corn tortilla chips topped with queso dip, melted Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, slow-cooked BBQ pulled pork, sliced green onions, special seasoned sour cream and bbq sauce.

There also are jalapeno bites, fries, Bavarian pretzels and cheese dip, fried mushrooms, wings, specialty sandwiches including Wild Ranch Chicken Wrap, The High Rocks Hot Ham and Swiss Melt and Fried Pickle Buffalo Chicken. And there are wings, burgers, fun sides such as fried corn on the cob and desserts.

Speaking of desserts, Scoops Ice Cream Parlor, is located at 3060 Teaster Lane, and offers up lots of different flavors to choose from in cups, cones, shakes and specialty sundae’s.

Coming soon on Teaster

For more new restaurants, Azul Cantina, at 2655, promises a flavorful twist on traditional Tex-Mex dining using wood-fire grilling methods in traditional Mexican cooking styles with roots from South America to Texas. Not to mention, their recipes are made from scratch with authentic ingredients and pair well with our homemade cerveza-style lager and hand-crafted cocktails featuring top shelf tequilas and our own Agave distilled spirits. Bright decor, friendly staff, and beautiful views from the first rooftop bar will welcome visitors when it opens.

Updates on Teaster:

Feaster’s on Teaster’s, located at 2391 Parkway, Traffic Light #2, is a Native American themed restaurant featuring farm-fresh and made-from-scratch meals. Indian fry bread, Indian tacos, pulled barbecue pork, cactus chili, gulf shrimp, skillet pork chop, Chocktaw-chicken and steak tips are just a few of the menu items.

Restaurant Updates

On July 14, Feaster’s announced on its Facebook page that it would closing its dining room and transitioning to a catering only business.

Additionally, Hickory Cabin Restaurant & Catering – a local barbeque spot – posted on its Facebook page that it will be closing by the end of July due to a “struggle with sky-high inflation and lack of employees.”

Now back to some open spots for wonderful Smoky Mountain meals.

Tulsi Indian Cuisine is an Indian street food restaurant located at 3784 Parkway, Pigeon Forge.

The Yard Milkshake Bar, 2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, is located in Lumberjack Square, offers unique, beautiful and tasty combinations including this month’s specials such as The Patriot (cookies and cream, cookie monster layers with red marshmallow cream in a vanilla iced jar with red white and blue sprinkles. It even has a rock candy sparkler!) Along with these, there’s also a cookie batter waffle sundae, praline pecan brownie ice cream, or even The Dolly, a Pigeon Forge exclusive, packed with all of Dolly Parton’s favorite sweet treats: strawberry ice cream with rainbow marshmallow drizzle in a chocolate iced jar rolled in rainbow sprinkles with pretzels! WHAT! Yum! By the way, they also have vegan options.

Guy Fieri Creation

Chicken Guy! is another Guy Fieri creation. This one – located 727 Parkway in Gatlinburg – offers all-natural chicken tenders, skewers, sandwiches and salads, plus a variety of over 20 house-made sauces. Visitor favorites at the existing locations include the Bourbon Brown Sugar BBQ sandwich and the Triple Double Mint.

Trotter’s BBQ, 127 Bruce Street in downtown Sevierville is a new restaurant with a whole hog barbecue concept.

Also, this new restaurant  opened as a casual dining spot with 20 beers on tap, indoor and outdoor seating, and live music.

Beginnings and Endings

Starters include pork rinds, pimento cheese, smoke wings, boiled peanuts and pork belly burnt ends. There are barbecue sandwiches and platters as well.

Didn’t get enough dessert? Check out Smoky Mountains Creperie at 812 Parkway Suite 111, in Gatlinburg. Along with the sweet ones, there are also savory crepes – a delight I discovered in France when I lived there in the 90s. So much yum!

Sweet crepes include:

Savory crepes – my favorite – include:

Book Your Stay

Now, are you ready to book a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains and try some of these new restaurants and classic delights? Let American Patriot Getaways find you a wonderful cabin to make memories and to be your home base.

 American Patriot Getaways can help.  Our professionally cleaned cabins are all over the Smoky Mountains, and we have plenty of cabins close to Dollywood and all Pigeon Forge adventures.

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