Johnson Family Restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

What Makes the Johnson Family of Restaurants So Darned Good?
20 years ago, Bruce Johnson first realized his lifelong dream of opening a BBQ restaurant. Since then, Bruce has opened 4 more restaurants, offering cuisine ranging from steak to ice cream, and even gourmet pizza.

Even though the types of food they offer vary, all Johnson Family Restaurants focus on the same core values:

  • Quality food
  • Friendly service
  • Family atmosphere
  • Good value for your money
  • Freshly prepared food

COVID-19 UPDATE August 29, 2020. All restaurants shown below are open but are choosing one day per week to close, in order to give the staff a break. During the pandemic, with social distancing and constant mask-wearing, the already hard job of service becomes even more difficult, as the Family websites explain. As big fans of Johnson restaurants, we’re happy to see how the Johnson Family cares about its workers – and has just announced it will continue this staggered schedule through September. Please see each website for details of open/close times.

We’re also happy to note that all the restaurants in the Johnson Famly have installed iWave air filters, which have a demonstrated effect in diminishing Coronavirus pathogens in the air [see this link for more]. We salute these efforts and hope you will enjoy patronizing these restaurants.

Check out each of these Johnson Family Restaurants and see what they have to offer

Alamo Steakhouse

Locals have voted this steakhouse the best maker of steaks in the area for six different years. The food here is so good that even the Washington Post recommends it!

Black Angus beef is the specialty, but delicious appetizers, seafood, chicken, and other dinners are available too. There’s a menu just for the kids, private booths, and a large private dining room that holds up to 50.

705 E. Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-9998
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3050 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 908-9998

Bennett’s BBQ

If you love hickory-smoked BBQ, Bennett’s is the place to be! Winner of 2013’s “Best Ribs, Best BBQ in the County”.

You can’t go wrong with any of the sumptuously tender BBQ meals at Bennett’s. They use their own secret sauce, and smoke your pork, chicken, or beef up to 14 hours before serving. Many customers swear they’ve had the best BBQ in the world at Bennett’s.

714 River Rd.
Gatlinburg, TN 37738
(865) 436-2400
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2910 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 429-2200

Big Daddy’s Pizzeria

They don’t even keep a freezer on the premises – that’s how fresh the ingredients are! All Big Daddy’s pizzas are homemade, and get topped off with their own sauces and ingredients.

If you love thin-crust pizza, you’ll love Big Daddy’s! And when the kids are done, let them have a blast in the arcade at the Pigeon Forge location.

1820 Parkway
Sevierville, TN 37862
(865) 908-1123
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3053 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 429-7171

Mama’s Farmhouse

Ever been to a restaurant without a menu? At Mama’s, you have no choice but to enjoy a great meal every time!

You get a mix of delicious Southern-style vegetables and meat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Then, top it off with a strawberry, banana, or peach dessert.

Look for the big silo!
208 Pickel St.
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 908-4646

Mad Dog’s Creamery

Funnel cakes and soft-serve ice cream have just been added to Mad Dog’s menu! But, you can get hand-dipped ice cream 10 months out of the year (closed January and February).

Make sure you make a pit stop here when you visit Pigeon Forge on your family’s vacation!

3048 Parkway
Pigeon Forge, TN 37863
(865) 774-5558