My wife and I took a day off work recently and drove up to Pigeon Forge to see a movie (Guardians of the Galaxy) and do some shopping. After the movie, being unfamiliar with the area restaurant-wise, we considered eating at a local regional chain, but decided instead to consult Urbanspoon, and I’m glad we did. I did a search for nearby restaurants and sorted by popularity. I was surprised to see a place with a 100% rating, a German restaurant named Poynor’s Pommes Frites. Intrigued by the unusual perfect score, we set out to find it. Pigeon Forge being what it is, and Google Maps not being perfect, we ended up having to call to ask for directions, only to be told if we could find the giant ferris wheel, we couldn’t miss it, which turned out to be true.
The simplicity of Poynor’s menu commends itself to my heart. Several variants of bratwurst, french fries, more than a dozen dipping sauces for the fries, and at least one extremely creative dessert. My favorite of the brats we sampled is the Nuremberg. The fries were excellent, although on future trips I will likely forego the brat + fries combo and go for a double order of sausage.
I would, and in fact have, returned to Poynor’s for the brats. But the most delightful thing I consumed on our first visit was a dessert – Spaghetti Ice. I watched them make this and it was awesome. They run vanilla bean ice cream through a pasta maker, producing a bowl full of spaghetti ice cream, that is then covered in chocolate and raspberry sauce, with gingerbread “bead sticks” on the side, topped with a couple of chocolate “meat balls.” I don’t normally go for cutes desserts, but this was just too tasty to mind.
So the food, all of it, was great. And if you’re in Pigeon Forge, you should definitely give Poynor’s a try just for that alone.
The reason you’ll love Poynor’s, however, and the reason you’ll return, perhaps even the next day as we did, is the amazing customer service provided by the owners and staff at Poynor’s. To say these folks are friendly would be to say the sun is bright or that Magners hard cider is the best beverage on the planet. A husband and wife team, each of them visited our table multiple times during our visits, checking to see how we liked our food and making easy conversation. When they learned we were from the area, they were thrilled, saying they loved having locals become regulars, as that’s what helped them cut through the winter, when tourism drops off. I love supporting local small businesses like this, and we’ll be heading back in the near future.