In the tourist mecca of Pigeon Forge, saying you have the best of anything is a bold statement. Competition is rife no matter what the claim, so you can’t make the statement without backing it up, at least to some effect. That’s just what the staff do at Alamo Steakhouse & Saloon. Not only do they offer an array of hand-cut, cooked-to-order steaks, but they also have a range of seafood and chicken dishes for customers who want lighter fare.
Steakhouses are called steakhouses for a reason, but that doesn’t mean the other offerings aren’t as stellar as the steaks. Alamo offers chicken, pork, and seafood options that taste exquisite. The oak-fired pork chops bring all the smoky flavors of the steaks to the pork realm with sizzling, juicy results. If you love chicken, opt for the Texas-inspired San Antonio chicken dinner. The chef takes a grilled chicken breast, smothers it with two cheeses, barbecue sauce, onions, tomatoes, and scallions. The result is something a little different from your normal steakhouse fare.
When you dine at a steakhouse, you’re expecting a meal that you won’t soon forget. However, the sheer amount of choices can put your mind in a tailspin. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a sample dinner for you to try if you’re feeling indecisive.
- Bacon Wrapped Shrimp: You just can’t go wrong with bacon-wrapped anything. Like the other offerings, it’s grilled on an oak fire for that smoky flavor, but it’s also dipped in honey barbecue sauce for a sweet and savory glaze that heightens the flavor of the shrimp.
- Wedge Salad: While some might say a wedge salad looks like one that wasn’t completely prepared, there’s something gratifying about a hunk of lettuce on your plate. The shape keeps the lettuce moist and refreshing. When you top it with bleu cheese crumbles, bacon, red onion, and a mix of bleu cheese and Catalina dressings, it’s a healthy pairing that provides a different type of flavor scheme.
- Horseradish Crusted Filet: If you’re headed to any steakhouse for the first time, there’s no reason not to go with the most popular item. At Alamo, that item is the horseradish crusted filet. This hand-cut filet mignon is the restaurant’s top cut of meat, and the horseradish-Parmesan topping adds a nice spice to the mix. Order it medium-rare or medium to get the most out of this option.
- Sides: You have two options here: healthy or potatoes. It’s not that potatoes aren’t healthy, but Alamo offers them French fried, mashed, or baked, which is the holy trinity of potato sides. If you don’t want that many carbs, go with steamed vegetables or sauteed mushrooms.
- Apple Crisp: Crisps and cobblers dominate menus in the South, but only a few actually deliver. The apple crisp at Alamo is an award-winning recipe that has the right balance of tartness and sweetness. Throw a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top and it’s heaven in your mouth.
With heaping portions and cooked-to-order steaks, Alamo Steakhouse & Saloon is a breath of fresh air on the chain restaurant-dominated Parkway in Pigeon Forge. Make sure to bring your appetite or even a pair of loose-fitting pants. You’re going to need both.
- Weekend reservations come highly recommended to avoid a long wait and must be made at least 48 hours in advance. If you’re unable to make dinner reservations, head over to the Alamo Steakhouse around 3 p.m. The restaurant changes over from the lunch to dinner menu at this time of day, and there are usually fewer customers.
- Even with great reviews on Yelp, note that you may want to ask for your steak one level rarer than normal. Some patrons cite an overcooked steak to their liking. When in doubt, opt for medium-rare instead of medium.