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I saw a commercial on Food Network talking about food at Dollywood but I never found out what they were talking about.
So... is there anything worth eating?

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  1. Nothing? really?
    No fried chicken or anything... I might be there this summer, just wanted to know if there's a certain place people like to go. Or eat outside the park?

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    1. re: CookieEater

      There is one place called Aunt Granny's that has a pretty extensive buffet of lots of southern options. I can't believe I know that.
      http://www.dollywood.com/food-dining/...

      1. re: rcburli

        "Aunt Granny's all-you-care-to-eat" who can resist a line like that?

        I just read something about "fresh fried pork rinds" somewhere in the park. ooh.

    2. There is a place called Mel's Diner in Pigeon Forge, might want to give it a try

      1. I saw the piece on Food Network and it sounded like Dollywood has some of the best amusement park foods, but then again I take what I see on the Food Network with a grain of salt.

        Here's a good post about the food at Dollywood http://www.epinions.com/kifm-review-3...

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        1. re: Erika RollerGirl

          The Dollywood website is a little confusing about the Aunt Granny's breakfast buffet. It says Aunt Granny's always opens 30 min before the park, which is 9am most days. But:
          "On days when Dollywood opens at 10 a.m., head straight to Aunt Granny’s for the All-You-Care-To-Eat breakfast buffet, served until 11 a.m. "

          But it only opens at 10am irregularly. Does this mean Aunt Granny's only has the breakfast buffet on those irregular days? So what do they have on the other days?

        2. I have been going to Dollywood for years and love it. They have a lot of different restuarants, and I would say its better than what you get at most theme parks. Just like others are saying, Aunt Granny's is a great buffet with a lot of stuff. Had the best biscuits and gravy I've ever had right there. This page goes into all the different restuarants and has pics of them, too. http://somewhereinthemountains.blogsp... . The Market Square, where they cook peppers and onions in giant skillets, will just draw you in. It smells awesome! I think there is a pic of that also, come to think of it.

          1. Inside the park there is a bakery that sells small loaves of warm cinnamon sugar bread...hands down the best thing I ate there. I would probably go back just to eat that bread again.

            We ate the sausage and peppers for lunch...it was good but nothing to write home about. I wanted to try the BBQ but did not have a chance to.

            I also got a caramel apple cider that was pretty tasty around the same area as the sausages. We also discovered a stand that had skillet apple pies for sale, each slice was 1/4 of the pan and HUGE. Each slice must have weighed several pounds. Sadly, by the time we discovered those we were entirely too stuffed to continue and did not get one. They looked and smelled great though!

            Outside the park we ate at the Dixie Stampede, which was fun but I don't remember any of the food (except that you have to eat with your hands).

            We also ate at the Apple Barn restaurant, which had typical country food and a zillion courses (not really worth stuffing yourself over)...the only thing I remember about the meal was the apple fritters with apple butter-yum! The Apple Barn also makes cider, and they have a cider bar, a store (full of apple-related products), a candy shop, ice cream shop, winery...unfortunately by dinner time a lot of the shops were closing, so we only got to go to the general store. The apple butter was good.