It was our first night in to Pigeon Forge – all my kids wanted was fried chicken. Seriously – who doesn’t? We attempted to go to Paula Deen’s restaurant – yeah, that wasn’t happening without call ahead or a 3 hour wait. Since it was about 8PM, I did a quick search to see what restaurants in the area were high ranked. Mama’s Farmhouse was in the top 5, had all you can eat fried chicken and was right behind our hotel. Score!
The whole “all you can eat” and family style dining was all new to us. For 19.49/person, you get a salad, biscuits, choice of 3 entrees, 5 sides and a dessert. Big old fat fest!
Even at 8, they were still on about a 15 minute wait. When we got sat, it looked like the restaurant had been hit by a bomb! Apparently, a lot of people like to get down with the family style dining. I did hear a man, as he was paying, complaining about the price. Dude – look at the menu before you hog down fried chicken.
Our server was awesome – we could tell that she had been crazy busy before us, yet she still had the energy to be nice and accommodating.
I love iced tea. I really love iced tea served in adorable mason jars. 🙂
We all got a salad to start – it had an apple cider dressing as the house. AMAZING. Even my kids who are ranch addicts loved this dressing! I even liked the crunchy black eyed peas.
For our entrees, we got Fried Chicken (of course), meatloaf and turkey/dressing. We picked broccoli casserole, mashed potatoes, creamed corn, macaroni and cheese and chicken and dumplings as our sides.
The food was pretty good – the fried chicken was probably the best thing on the table. Mashed potatoes were super runny. I’m a major macaroni and cheese snob because I crush the mac’n’cheese making. With family dining, you can request as much “extra” stuff as you’d like. The only thing we got more of was the fried chicken. I don’t think the family dining style was really created for us.
We each got to pick a dessert, too – banana pudding (have I mentioned that I HATE bananas?), peach cobbler or chocolate chip cookies. I forgot to take a pic but the chocolate chip cookies were really delicious. Probably because they just came out of the oven!
We were crazy stuffed – waddled to our hotel and watched some football. It was okay but can’t say that I’d have to go again. If I’m going to do family style dining and spend that kind of money, I’m going to Paula Deen’s.