I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think getting an appetizer is the best part of eating out! The research involved in this one was lots of fun! We sampled all kinds of goodies and came up with these as our top three favorite appetizers in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge:
The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe in Pigeon Forge
We discovered this restaurant through another blog post. Someone recommended it more highly than the more well-known Old Mill Restaurant. (Which, by the way, is a very fun, family-style restaurant.)
The Old Mill Pottery House Cafe is located across the street from the main Old Mill Restaurant, beside the Pottery Store. It serves very yummy sandwiches, quiches, salads, soups, etc. Everything is homemade, including the dishes! It’s great fun. But on to the appetizer.
The Loaded Homemade Potato Chips are AMAZING! You can see in this picture how amazing. They come with cheese, bacon, and green onions, plus a great dipping sauce. There were plenty to share — we were very hungry, but still couldn’t quite finish them off between the four of us. Delicious!
Calhoun’s in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge
Oh yes. For the record, I LOVE hot pretzels. I love the warm, chewy goodness. I love the big salt (I never ask for “no salt” like you’re supposed to…). I love, love interesting dipping sauces!
Calhoun’s doesn’t disappoint. These yummy warm pretzels are great with both the beer cheese sauce and the warm mustard they bring along, too. (But the cheese dip is the best. By far. Of course.) You get five pretzels in an order, so, again, there’s plenty to share! Try them!
Cost: $8.75 (and SO worth it!)
The Best Italian Cafe and Pizzeria in Gatlinburg
The menu says it best: “Baked fresh daily from the finest ingredients, baked to a golden brown. Topped with olive oil, freshly chopped garlic, freshly prepared Parmesan and Romano cheeses and a blend of fresh herbs and spices.”
Of these three appetizers, this is the one to over-order on. I’ve always wished for more! They are just plain amazing! In fact, my stomach is growling right now, just thinking about these little bits of amazingness.
Here’s a tip — keep the dish after you finish the rolls. The leftover oil/garlic/cheesey mix is wonderful to dip your pizza crust in!
Okay, that doesn’t sound very healthy. But you’re out for pizza, after all.
Cost: $3.99 for a half dozen, but don’t even mess with this. Go for the whole dozen, which costs $5.99.
What are your “can’t miss” appetizers in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge? Let me know!