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My Family’s Favorite Restaurant in the Smokies

I debated whether I wanted to share this with you, or keep it to myself. For the greater good, I decided to share. My family’s favorite place to eat in the Smokies isn’t located off the Parkway. It’s not a hole in the wall or something flashy. Our favorite place to eat while visiting the Smokies is Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery located inside Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa.

This buffet has amazing food—full of Southern favorites. We’re talking chicken, prime rib, collard greens, mashed potatoes, salmon, etc. The awesome part is, you don’t have to stay at the resort to eat there! And we love that there’s a new variety of food every night. It’s not a standard buffet; it’s always changing!

Insider Tip

Be sure to grab a bowl of Dolly’s “Stone Soup” while you’re there. It’s something she ate a lot of as a child. Here’s how Dolly explains it in her book My Life and Other Unfinished Business:

“Mama had a way of sensing which one of us kids needed a little extra attention, which one might be a little down. One way she had of treating this was to make stone soup. She would announce that we were having stone soup for supper and send us all out to pick out a pebble… When we had all found a rock and come back to the kitchen, Mama would look at each stone and talk about its merits and how well each child had done in discovering it. Then, without fail, she would choose the rock found by the neediest of us. She would scrub it clean and then put it in the old black kettle as it boiled on the stove. Of course she would put in tomatoes and okra and potatoes and onions and salt pork. She would explain to her wide-eyed brood of rock collectors that these things just added a little extra flavoring to the natural goodness of the stone.”

Not only is the soup and all the other food great, but the perfectly-styled decor and atmosphere in Song & Hearth makes it a fun place to eat: the reclaimed barn wood ceilings, Dolly’s handwritten recipe for life, and my family just can’t get over the huge chandelier in the center dining room that’s made from old pots. Plus, be sure to check out the quilts that represent the different seasons. The decor is a farmhouse lover’s dream!

The last time we were there, prime rib was on the menu, and it was perfection. They’ll cook it to your liking.

There’s even a kids’ buffet that’s full of childhood favorites, like mac ‘n cheese and tater tots!

Insider Tip

You can take home the kids’ cup—a perfect souvenir from your visit.

The dessert bar, ahhhhhh! I love the bite-size options so I can try everything.

You’ll have a great meal, whether you’re going to Dollywood or not—whether you’re a resort guest, or not!

The breakfast buffet is available Monday-Saturday 7:30 – 11 a.m.
$17.95 (12 and older) and $8.45 (ages 4-11)

Sunday brunch is available 8 a.m. – noon
$22.95 (12 and older) and $12.45 (ages 4-11)

À la carte lunch hours vary seasonally*

The dinner buffet is available daily 5:30 – 9:30 p.m.*
$22.95 (12 and older) and $13.95 (ages 4-11)

*There is also an all-day dining menu available 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. in The Lounge. This option allows you to order items from Song & Hearth even when the restaurant is closed. It’s also a good opportunity if you prefer something smaller than the buffet for dinner. [Hello, fried chicken biscuit sliders!]

By | 2018-02-08T13:29:44+00:00 February 8th, 2018|Dining|0 Comments

About the Author:

Kristin Peddicord was born and raised in East Tennessee. She’s a proud wife, grateful mama, photographer, blogger, adoption advocate, farmhouse lover, and silver leader with Young Living Essential Oils. She is the founder of Joy in the Waiting, a blog created to encourage mamas and future mamas to find joy in the waiting. Growing up near Dollywood, Kristin and her family visited often and she has many childhood memories there. She wants to continue that family tradition and recreate those same memories with her family while also making new traditions. Kristin is excited to share her decades of knowledge about Dollywood, her love of Dollywood’s Splash Country, and her newest obsession which is the DreamMore Resort and Spa! You can follow Kristin on Instagram at Joyinthewaiting and Tennessee_farmhouse.
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