Ahhh… barbecue. When I think of barbecue, I think no further than Bennett’s of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. I can smell it now.
Bennett’s is a locally-owned barbecue joint that’s been around since 1991. Both locations, on the main strips of both Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, are welcoming and well-decorated. The menu boasts about what you’d expect from a barbecue place, and the barbecue is fabulous, with the famous sauce served on the side, so you can use as much or little as you want. But what I love most is the salad bar. With about every topping you can imagine comes deli salads and homemade soup. Yum! I love to tag this onto my meal. It’s great for the kids, too.
Bennett’s has been awarded “Best Ribs and BBQ” in the region for four of the last eight years. I’d like to make it a personal mission to try the winners from the off years.
Bennett’s is an experience, from the wooden barrel-type decor to the quirky things they do, like have roses available for moms on Mother’s Day. You can tell this place is locally owned — it’s just got that kind of heart and soul.
So what are the negatives? Well, for one thing, it’s a bit pricey. The website doesn’t run prices, but I seem to remember that we end up paying a bit more than we would for what would seem to be similar restaurants — Applebee’s or the like. Also, there’s always a long wait. They do offer call-ahead seating, however — 865-436-2400 for Gatlinburg or 865-429-2200 for Pigeon Forge.
For more information or for specific location information, visit Bennett’s website.
And don’t take my word for how great this place is. Try it yourself — here’s a coupon for 10% off dinner at Bennett’s!