J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen

J.T. Hannah's Kitchen - Pigeon Forge: Great Atmosphere with Good Food
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

From the décor to the mason jars in lieu of glasses, this is a Southern eating experience. The fried foods, desserts, burgers, and sandwiches are excellent. However, steer clear of the steaks, which are oftentimes cooked incorrectly.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen, which is located in Pigeon Forge near Light #6, is an independently and locally owned Southern eatery. The restaurant initially opened in mid-2011 and has quickly become a favorite with locals and visitors due to the great casual dining experience and reasonable prices. J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen is one-of-a-kind – no chain experience here!

Everything from the décor to drinking from Mason jars gives the restaurant a laid-back, but classy feel to it. The exterior building façade and the interior sets the atmosphere for a great meal.

Some of the menu favorites include:

Handmade Potato Chips
Fresh, homemade potato chips that are buffalo seasoned

Fried Pickles
Incredible-tasting fried pickle chips (a Yankee’s nightmare)

Killin Me” Burger
A full pound of USDA ground sirloin topped with everything imaginable

Chicken Tenders
Beer-battered chicken fingers that leave you smiling

Mountain Mudd Cake
Oreo crust with a slice of ice cream, chocolate, whipped cream, and a cherry

If you are looking for a local perspective, the bartenders are some of the most hospitable in town. They are more than happy to provide local recommendations and help you plan your trip.

Although J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen bills itself as a restaurant that specializes in steaks and seafood, we recommend steering clear of the fine food and sticking to the burgers, sandwiches, and fried foods. This is a delicious restaurant that is definitely worthy of a visit.

The History
The restaurant is named after J.T. Hannah who operated the largest freight warehouse and stockyards in East Tennessee in the early 1900s. J.T. had an exclusive contract to distribute the finest seafood, livestock, whiskey, and other supplies to the entire area. As was customary, he opened a kitchen and bunkhouse to serve the needs of his out-of-town workers that commuted in each week. Eventually, the lunchroom became famous and non-workers wanted to frequent it. In the 1930s, the warehouse and stockyard closed down, but the restaurant opened its doors to the general public.

Insider Tips:
If you sign up for a J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen reward card on the official website, you get a free dessert on your first visit ($6.99 value).

J.T. Hannah’s Kitchen is located in downtown Pigeon Forge near traffic light #6.