Monday, July 20, 2015

The Island + Paula Deen's Family Kitchen

There is honestly no place like Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Built around The Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg has developed into a big tourist destination. In all honesty, it's kind of like the redneck Vegas. You can get married, ride go-carts, and sample moonshine all on the same street! If you've never been it's hard to explain but if you're ever in the region it's worth a weekend visit!

Growing up we would go fairly often since it's only around a 3 hour drive. Now that my sister lives in Knoxville (roughly 30 minute drive) I find myself there more and more. This past weekend my mom, sister, and I decided to explore the new development called The Island. We had never been and were looking for something new since we've been so many times. It's full of restaurants, shops, small amusement park, and a hotel. If you've ever been to Myrtle Beach it reminded me of Barefoot Landing (but not as many shops). 


The Island

Some attractions include Margaritaville Island Hotel, Island Ropes Course, Old Smoky Moonshine, and countless novelty shops. 

But if I'm being completely candid we went for one particular reason...to eat at Paula Deen's Family Kitchen

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen

Paula Deen has been somewhat controversial as of late and I of course don't agree with some of the things she's done. However, I always enjoyed watching her show, recipes, and the lady can make a pretty good biscuit. I have always wanted to visit her restaurant in Savannah but haven't had a chance to make it there yet so was excited to get a taste closer to home. 

After scouting out the menu we decided we would go for breakfast in order to best avoid the crowds. You know a meal is going to be good when it starts out with complimentary raisin cinnamon rolls.


The restaurant serves a family style meal at a fixed price. You choose 3 home dishes (bigger entrees), 1 breakfast meat, and 2 sides to share among the table. We chose the chicken and waffles, everyday breakfast casserole, ooey gooey butter pancakes, black pepper bacon, biscuits and gravy, and country fried potatoes. In true Paula Deen fashion it was over the top and I expected nothing less.

Paula Deen's Family Kitchen

I'm very particular and not easily impressed when it comes to southern food. I was born and raised on it so it takes more than the Cracker Barrel to get me going. Everything we had was very good besides the pancakes that were a little underwhelming. The consensus at the table was that the biscuits and gravy, breakfast casserole, and bacon were the favorites. The bacon was seriously so good and unlike anything I had ever had. The thick brown sugar glaze was out of this world good.

All in all, I would recommend visiting Paula's Family Kitchen! It's truly an experience and for $14.99 a person you more than get your money's worth. After eating go walk around The Island and explore to work some calories off and avoid a food coma! 




21 comments:

  1. Oh my, that looks way better than what I had for breakfast! We need to check that out. We're close to Gatlinburg too and usually go every other year or so. We go to Savannah every year when we're in Hilton Head but have never made it to her restaurant! I'd love to go!

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  2. Wow. All of that is so new. My family and I used to go to Gatlinburg every single summer. All of my aunts and uncles live in Knoxville, so we were able to spend time with family plus do touristy things all during the same trip. I went for my 22nd birthday in 2012, but that was the last time I've been. The Island looks pretty exciting, and those pictures look not like Gatlinburg at all, but so beautiful.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

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  3. I totally need to check this place out, it looks so cute. I totally want to try Paula's restaurant. Those cinnamon rolls look so good.

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  4. I love Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge! We spent several nights of our honeymoon in Gatlinburg so I have sweet memories there. I've heard about Paula's new restaurant but haven't heard from anyone who's eaten there - thanks for the great review! Breakfast might just be the way to go. Yum!

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  5. I think I'm full just reading this post. I love how that restaurant is set up. That is super cheap for all that you got! This area looks like so much fun, if I'm ever around I will have to remember it!

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  6. I totally agree about Paula Deen. I think personal issues aside she is a spectacular cook and I do enjoy watching her shows and making her recipes.

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  7. That breakfast looks spectacular!

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  8. oh. my. goodness. that breakfast looks amazing!

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  9. What a cute little town! That breakfast looks amazing! Definitely on my bucket list now!

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  10. LOVE Gatlinburg! We used to go there every year as a family and I've been really wanting to go back soon with J! I haven't gotten to check out The Island yet but it looks really fun. I definitely think we're going to have to add Paula Deen's restaurant to our itinerary the next time we visit :)
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  11. All that food looks DELISH! I've been wanting to go check out Gatlinburg, hopefully in the fall for the foliage and fall events :-D

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  12. Yum! That sounds so good. I agree, being raised on good Southern food gives you the right to be picky and unimpressed! I know that feeling well and I'm the biggest judge myself.

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  13. That first picture is so beautiful! Glad you had such a wonderful weekend-- those chicken and waffles look amazing!

    Alyssa
    www.alyssawithana.com

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  14. it sounds so yummy! i'm picky on my southern food too, so glad it didn't disappoint.

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  15. Sooo pretty. I wish I could be there right now.

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  16. That is such a great price for all that food especially if the quality and taste was really good!

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  17. The food looks super good! If I ever make it out there, I'll be sure to visit!
    XOXO,
    Shyann

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  18. Lol redneck Vegas cracked me up! The pictures look awesome and it sounds like a fun place! My mouth is watering at the sight of those cinnamon rolls! Yum!

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  19. The food at Paula Deen's looks sooooo good! Would love to visit the Smokey Mountains!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

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  20. Yummo! Those cinnamon rolls look amazing! Great blog!!! I am now following from friend making...I would love it if you would follow me back at http://annstersdomain.blogspot.com

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  21. Wow this Paula Deen meal looks absolutely amazing! I LOVE southern food, so hearing about good places that we can go visit is always important to me! Love it!! :)

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