Po-tay-toe, po-tah-toe, any way you say it, I’ll eat it! If I was told I could only have one food item every day for the rest of my life, I’d choose potatoes. Is it the healthiest option? Probably not. Is it the most versatile? Definitely! Being that I can’t go to Dollywood without getting some food, I appreciate the fact that the park restaurants clearly understand the greatness of potatoes, and there are so many options available. Dolly herself said her favorite food is potatoes. She has stated, and I quote, “I never met a spud I didn’t like.” I feel that deep in my soul. I knew Dolly and I were kindred spirits! (I didn’t realize I was so passionate about potatoes until I started writing this, but here we are. This is a judgement-free zone, friends.) With all that being said, I was on a mission to find as many potato food items at Dollywood as I could, and I was certainly not disappointed. As I came to a restaurant, I had to do a spud search, and I found that at Dollywood, you can have potatoes for any meal!
Starting with breakfast, I first stopped at Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort and Spa. In Song & Hearth: A Southern Eatery the breakfast buffet offers breakfast potatoes. They are roasted potatoes mixed with peppers and full of flavor. The perfect side dish for a hearty breakfast.
For lunch there are multiple options, and of course I had to try them all. When I think of lunch potatoes, I think fries—and there were certainly enough fries to go around. Regular fries with burgers at Red’s Drive-In, steak fries, ‘chips’ to go with fish ‘n’ chips, twirled ‘taters’ with a corn dog, BBQ fries, all the fries! Another good lunch option I found was the skillet potatoes with steak flatbread at the Big Skillets in Market Square. I smelled them from a mile away and couldn’t help but stop.
Usually for dinner at Dollywood I choose a sit-down or family-style restaurant, and getting mashed potatoes as a side is a must. Sometimes though, they don’t even have to be on the side because Dollywood has graced us with the famous meatloaf stacker. Savory meatloaf under a heaping pile of mashed potatoes topped with gravy. So good!
You thought I was finished with dinner, didn’t you? Not quite! Last but not least, the final meal of the day is dessert. I wasn’t sure I could pull this one off, but the Sweet Shoppe had it covered for me with potato candy. That’s right, candy made from potatoes! The potato candy is a regional candy that emerged as a local favorite during the Great Depression as a way for the people of Appalachia to provide their children with an inexpensive treat. There’s a video about Dollywood’s Potato Candy.
As you can see, Dollywood is not shy with the potato options, and that’s how I like it! Next time you’re at the park, see if I missed any spuds. I’m always happy to have more choices!