A while ago a friend of mine posted about his meal at Mama’s Farmhouse in Pigeon Forge. The report was extremely positive. On a recent trip to Sevier County, The Grub Spouse and I decided to start our day with a hearty breakfast at the restaurant, which also serves lunch and dinner. The restaurant is a block from the Parkway on Pickel Street, and while we’re still nice in the summer, the traffic in Pigeon Forge that morning was oddly (but pleasantly) sparse.
We arrived a few minutes after they opened and found ourselves amongst a handful of morning customers. A hostess showed us a table in one of the many farm-themed dining rooms. We had to wait for our server to deliver food to a nearby group of eight, but eventually she came and took our drink order.
Ordering food at Mama’s Farmhouse is simple, as all meals are served family style. Everything listed on the menu is part of the meal and they bring you portions based on the number of people in your party. It’s also an all-you-can-drink format, so if you run out of anything, they’ll net you more. It’s similar to how they do things at Paula Deen’s home kitchen. The price of breakfast at Mama’s Farmhouse: $14.99 per person.
Here’s what’s currently on the breakfast menu: Roulades (sweet pastries), Chicken Tenderloin, Chocolate Sauce, Buttermilk Cookies, Peach Butter, Blueberry Muffins, Hash Brown Casserole, Applewood Bacon , scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, sausage patties, sausage sauce and cheese grits . Within minutes of taking our order, our server was back with all of the above items. It took us a while to arrange all the dishes and platters the way we wanted, but it didn’t take long for us to taste everything.
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• Reels: These were completely forgettable.
• Chicken Tenders: The chicken was ok, but the breading was floury.
• Chocolate sauce: My grandma made chocolate sauce, and what I put on my cookie wasn’t that. Spouse does too, and mom’s version seemed too liquid in comparison.
• Biscuits: This was one of the highlights of the meal. Our cookies were well baked, neither too dense nor too light. It was the only item we asked for seconds of.
• Peach butter: We didn’t even try.
• Blueberry muffins: They must have been beside themselves that morning. We never saw any on our table.
• Hash brown casserole: Excessively loaded with sodium, and the consistency was slimy.
• Bacon: Another highlight, because how can you screw up bacon? These slices were cooked to a good consistency – not too crispy, not too chewy.
• Scrambled eggs: They were served hot and sufficiently cooked. There’s nothing worse than runny eggs.
• Fruit: In this case, it was cantaloupe, pineapple and grapes. Again, the fruit is the fruit. It’s hard to mess it all up.
• Sausage: These patties were dry and dense. This pork experience was not as satisfying as the bacon.
• sausage sauce: It was well executed, probably the best item we tried all morning. The cookie and gravy combo was a highlight of the meal for both of us.
• cheese porridge: The grains were much too liquid. I could barely hold a bite on my fork without it slipping through my teeth.
At least the staff took care of us. The waiter and hostess checked us in often, although our waiter spoke very loudly for some indiscernible reason.
Mama’s Farmhouse is part of the same group of restaurants that includes Bennett’s Pit Bar-B-Que, Alamo Steakhouse, Mama’s Chicken Kitchen, and Big Daddy’s Pizzeria, all of which cater to Smoky Mountain tourists. I have previous experience only with Bennett’s where I was never particularly impressed with the BBQ.
In short, I learned two things from my experience at Mama’s Farmhouse: 1. Never follow that particular friend’s restaurant advice again. 2. Mom needs help in the kitchen.
Address: 208 Pickel Street, Pigeon Forge
No alcohol service
Hours: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday to Tuesday
This Pigeon Forge restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in an all-you-can-eat family format.