Are you tired of dining at the same restaurants every time you visit the Smoky Mountains? Dine somewhere different the next time you’re here! Although we love the many places that serve up some delicious Southern cooking, that’s not the only type of cuisine you can enjoy in the Smokies. If you’re ready to step outside the box and visit a new restaurant, take a look at these 4 unusual places to eat in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg:

1. Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe

It doesn’t get much more unusual than animatronic chickens serenading you while you eat! That’s exactly what you’ll experience at Frizzle Chicken Farmhouse Cafe. This breakfast spot is a top choice for families because it offers both fun and food! The menu includes everything from chicken and waffles to pancakes and French toast. The kids will even get to enjoy a stack of pancakes shaped like a bear! If you’d love to see animatronic chickens singing and dancing while you eat, this is a top spot for you.

2. Wild Plum Tea Room

tea put and mug with sandwichAnybody in the mood for a tea party? Wild Plum Tea Room in Gatlinburg is an Old World-style tea house that offers guests tea, sandwiches, and muffins in a rustic mountain lodge setting. It is proud to offer some of Gatlinburg’s best homemade lunch dishes! The Wild Plum Medley is one of the most popular choices among guests, which includes chicken salad, the soup of the day, and the salad of the day. Sip on some of their Wild Plum Tea while you dine, which you can enjoy hot or iced! They also have a special children’s menu for those who are 10 and younger. This truly is one of the most unique places to eat in Gatlinburg!

3. Cookie Dough Monster

Don’t let the name fool you, Cookie Dough Monster offers so much more than just cookie dough! Visitors can enjoy gourmet grilled cheeses, chicken sandwiches, juicy burgers, and so much more. One of the best parts about dining here is that each item on the menu has a fun and creative twist! For example, there’s the Hennifer Lopez, which is a fried chicken breast sandwich with bacon, cheddar, fried egg, and maple syrup. You can also try the Taco-Bout It Grilled Cheese, which has Sourdough, cheddar, seasoned ground beef, shredded leaf lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream. On the menu, you’ll also find fresh salads, a kids’ menu, cookie dough, cookies, and milkshakes!

4. Country Roads Axe Co.

pepperoni pizzaWant to have some fun before or after you dine? Country Roads Axe Co. is one of the most unusual places to eat in Pigeon Forge because you wouldn’t expect the food to be as good as it is. Arrive ready to try your hand at axe throwing, and leave happy and full from pizza, wings, and beer! This axe throwing attraction is home to West by God Coalfired Pizza. The restaurant offers Black Diamond Pies, inspired by the New Haven “apizza” style. You can also enjoy pepperoni rolls, wings, salads, sandwiches, and more. Visitors can also take advantage of the “IPourIt” portion of the attraction, which features 24 different beers on tap that you pour yourselves. There are also sours, ciders, and seltzers available!

You can’t go wrong with any of these unusual places to eat in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg! If you’re looking for even more food options, check out these hidden local restaurants in Gatlinburg.