The Local Goat Restaurant Review
The restaurant is located at 2167 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN
Phone number is 865-36-3035
This little restaurant popped up a couple years ago on the Pigeon Forge Parkway, replacing the O'Charley's that was in the building. It calls itself an American style restaurant where everything is made from scratch in the kitchen. Now that I've been there a couple times, I can tell you abut our experiences there and what we found.
First, the menu is all locally sourced food, that's an idea I really like.
Food is also GMO free, antibiotic and steroid free, and free of high fructose corn syrup. The beef is aged 28 days and hand-cut onsite.
My flame-grilled ribeye definitely tasted flame-grilled. My only concern with it was that I ordered it medium and it was pretty raw in the middle. I could have sent it back, but it was very large piece so I chose to take it home and cook it further myself when I ate my leftovers, which I did. It was delicious. With the exception of the slightly undercooked steak, all of the food pictured that we had was excellent.
The first thing that jumped out at me was the big variety on the menu, as well as the interesting selections. For example: Shrimp and grits are not found just anywhere. It happens to be a favorite of mine. So when ever i see it on a menu, I know this place thinks outside the box.
Here is what we ordered:
Flame-grilled Ribeye and loaded baked potato and flame grilled salmon with broccoli and carmelized onion mashed potatoes.
I found a few things a little strange but not a deal breaker. 1.) When asking for my Coke in a to-go cup, the answer was that they don't have to go cups available, so don't plan on taking your drink with you 2.) They won't allow you to come in and order a take-out meal. That was the strangest one and makes me wonder why they would turn down business that way, but to each his own.
There is a unique and interesting patio feature that has roll up garage doors and a fireplace. It seats up to a group of 60 people-and as of this writing, there is no charge to reserve it. What a find for large groups!
Lunch on a different day, I had the Crab Cake BLT My sister had Grilled Shrimp and Bacon Salad:
The menu is not your everyday menu. It's what sets Local Goat apart. You will find interesting things like deep fried deviled eggs and steak nachos on the appetizer list, along with favorites like fried green tomatoes and Tennessee Whiskey glazed wings.
The Lunch Menu has some things I will definately be going back to try: (Again, too bad they don't do takeouts!)
Tavern Steak Salad and the Autumn Harvest Salad along with the Lamb Burger and the BGT Burger. One of these has something on it called "bacon jam". Who knew? Salad dressings include interesting selections like honey-lime vinaigrette and hot bacon among others.
If you are brave you may want to try the "Elvis"- oh yea! A peanut butter, smoked bacon and fried banana sandwich.
The Dinner Menu is also pretty amazing:
Bhaahhby Back Ribs (pork), Fettuccine Rocco, and Sirloin Combo plate, just to name a FEW. Some of the side choices can be anything from whipped sweet potatoes and fried rice all the way to hand cut french fries.
Does anyone ever have room for it? Thank goodness to-go boxes are allowed for those eating in.
You could try the White Chocolate Bread Pudding with seasonal ice cream or how 'bout Chandler's Warm Chocolate Lava Cake. Yes, there are more to choose from here too.
Craft Beers from the tap include 20 something varieties, most of which are regional craft brewers. The drink and wine menu is pretty impressive with homemade bar mixes and fresh squeezed limes. Drinks listed on the extensive menu include local names like Blackberry Farm, Mill Creek, Nantahala Bryson City, and more.
Maybe you can tell we really like this place? I give it a 9 out of 10 (hey no one's perfect) but it's close! We experienced good service and the prices are fair for what you get.
The atmosphere is casual and there is a tv for watching sports if you so choose but we didnt find it too loud or annoying like some places. The bar area also has a stand alone shuffleboard game.