Johnson Family Restaurants in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg

What Makes the Johnson Family of Restaurants So Darned Good?

Decades ago, Bruce Johnson opened his first BBQ restaurant and fulfilled his dream of owning a restaurant. Now, Johnson Family Restaurants has grown by leaps and bounds in the Smokies and features restaurants offering just about any type of food your family is looking for. No matter which restaurant in the Johnson Family you choose, you will find the friendly service, comfortable atmosphere, and fresh food they have become famous for.

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!

Taking the family out to a fantastic dinner just has a way of making you feel like you’re on vacation, and both locations of Alamo Steakhouse offer refined yet casual ambience, friendly service, and delicious food that make them worth a visit. Every steakhouse worth its salt better have quality beef cooked to perfection, and Alamo Steakhouse allows you to choose from a variety of cuts such as Ribeye, Porterhouse, and Filet Mignon and have them prepared according to your preference. The steaks come from Black Angus beef and are hand-cut and aged in house for maximum flavor. The steaks aren’t the only star of the show at Alamo, however, and those in your group looking beyond the beef will find an extensive menu full of inventive appetizers, a variety of seafood and chops, and much more

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”.

If you’re craving real, hickory-smoked BBQ during your trip to the Smoky Mountains, then you need to make your way to Bennett’s BBQ in either Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. They have been doing BBQ the right way for over 25 years, and the dedication to the craft and care show in the fall-off-the-bone tender meats, some of which are smoked for up to 14 hours, and in their signature sauce. All of your BBQ favorites including pork shoulder, beef brisket, chicken, and baby-back ribs are available, many of them as a platter or a sandwich. If you’re really hungry you can opt for one of the combos that gives you a taste of several of their signature BBQ classics.

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

Fresh ingredients, hand-made dough, and blazing hot wood-fired ovens are the benchmarks for great pizza, and Big Daddy’s pizzeria has them all. The toppings and sauces they offer are so fresh, they don’t even keep a freezer in the restaurant!

Pick from among their creative specialty pizzas or build your own, and maybe add some of their famous homemade meatballs as an appetizer. 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!

For a true southern country cooking experience in the Smokies, head to Mama’s Farmhouse in Pigeon Forge. A variety of southern classics such as fried chicken, meatloaf, and country fried steak are all on the menu, but keep in mind that not every entree is available every day. Each selection comes with a choice of down-home sides such as macaroni and cheese, creamed corn, and cole slaw to round out that traditional country dining experience. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention the acclaimed buttermilk biscuits, which won the People’s Choice Award at the 2015 International Biscuit Festival. Mama’s Farmhouse is also open for a hearty breakfast if you need to fuel up for your day of exploration

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).

When your sweet tooth hits, nothing satisfies quite like some hand-made ice cream, and Mad Dog’s Creamery and Donuts has just the cure. Whether you want a simple scoop of chocolate or a giant sundae with all the fixings, the selection of sweets at Mad Dog’s will satisfy your cravings. Both locations in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge now offer light and airy donuts, crispy funnel cake, and much more. Special dog donut treats are also available if you want to bring your four-legged companion.

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