Dining News: Front Porch Café Shifts Back to A La Carte

This is another “we heard you” moment. Dollywood is changing its Front Porch Café menu mid-season to give you what you asked for this year.

Starting July 2, guests who dine at Front Porch Café will be able to order off an á la carte menu rather than select family-style options. I love that Dollywood is a place that recognizes the value of feedback—and is willing to pivot as needed to meet guests’ expectations.

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Prominently positioned on the corner of Showstreet and Dollywood’s Market Square, Front Porch Café is a popular eatery that has seen a few iterations through the years. Most recently, Dollywood’s culinary team tried a family-style dining opportunity because that approach has worked so well at Aunt Granny’s Restaurant. We learned that guests preferred the á la carte experience at Front Porch.

For those who like to plan your Dollywood visit around what’s on the menu, I’ll share what you can expect when Front Porch Café transitions to the new offerings.

Make a mental note that this location is the best place to eat if you have food allergies. Our team can accommodate most needs. You’ll see gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options on the new menu!


Fried Green Tomatoes V

Start with deep-fried, cornmeal-breaded green tomatoes, add sweet-roasted red pepper sauce and basil oil, then top with freshly-crumbled goat cheese. You’ve made a delicious decision to begin your dining experience at Dollywood!

Korean BBQ Pork Belly Tacos

The savory tastes of crispy, fried smoked pork belly, Korean BBQ, grilled pineapple salsa and pickled red onion are the perfect way to start any meal.

Cheesy Collard Green Artichoke Dip

Our Southern twist on spinach artichoke dip adds tangy collard greens for a start to the meal that has quickly become a crowd favorite. Garlicky, toasted baguettes take this dip sharing experience to another delicious level!

From the Garden

Caesar Salad V

Enjoy a cool classic salad combination of romaine lettuce, roasted tomatoes, shaved parmesan and garlic crostini, all drizzled with Caesar dressing.

Strawberry Spinach Salad GF, V

The flavorful spring salad blends baby spinach, fresh strawberries, candied pecans and goat cheese, complemented with balsamic vinaigrette.

Traditional Wedge Salad GF

A refreshing, cold wedge of iceberg lettuce harmonizes with bacon, crumbled blue cheese, cherry tomatoes, eggs and scallions, topped with housemade buttermilk ranch dressing.

Add chilled, marinated, grilled chicken breast to any salad

Between the Bread

Sandwiches served with seasoned fries or salad.

“PBLT” Smoked Pork Belly BLT

Toasted Texas toast sets the stage for a delicious combination of slow-smoked pork belly, our signature “comeback” sauce, sliced beefsteak tomatoes and Bibb lettuce.

Crispy Chicken Sandwich

The crispiness of buttermilk fried chicken breast, topped with our signature “comeback” sauce, housemade pickles and cole slaw, is perfect for satisfying every appetite.

The Front Porch Burger

When it’s time for a juicy hamburger, our grilled ground beef patty topped with sharp cheddar, bacon-onion jam, Bibb lettuce and beefsteak tomatoes will more than satisfy that craving!

Ultimate Vegan Burger GF, VG, V

Looking for a different twist and taste with your burger? It’s our grilled plant-based protein patty, topped with red onion marmalade, smashed avocado and chipotle vegan mayo.


Slow Herb-Roasted Half Chicken | Chicken Jus GF

This hearty and savory chicken dish is paired with garlic mashed potatoes and Southern green beans, creating a delicious meal to add to your Dollywood day.

Vegan Roasted Tomato Pasta GF, VG, V

A blend of housemade tomato sauce, basil oil, blistered tomatoes, marinated peppers and vegan parmesan cheese top off delicious gluten-free penne pasta.

Smoked St. Louis Ribs GF

This tasty plate of spice-rubbed St. Louis-style pork ribs, fried corn and BUHS’s Ò maple baked beans will have folks talking about its deliciousness long after the meal is done!

Kids’ Meals (For guests ages 9 and younger)

All kids’ meals are served with a choice of side (French fries or fruit cocktail), drink (Coca-Cola beverage, 2% or chocolate milk) and a chocolate chip cookie.

Vegan Hot Dog VG, V

Nathan’s All-Beef Hot Dogs

Macaroni and Cheese V

Chicken Nuggets


Banana Pudding Cheesecake with Chantilly Cream V

Adding the creamy deliciousness of banana pudding with the rich taste of cheesecake makes a perfect dessert combination. Sugar-glazed banana, vanilla wafers and caramel drizzle add a little something extra to this flavorful dessert.

Chocolate Molten Lava Cake V

Chocolate lovers, this culinary deliciousness will quickly become your favorite – with warm chocolate cake that surrounds an explosion of even more chocolaty goodness inside. The taste experience is elevated even more when topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

 Southern Peach Cobbler V

Southern peach cobbler is made up of sweet peaches enclosed in a delicious, fluffy cobbler crust for a classic treat that is the perfect final serving to any meal. Served warm with vanilla ice cream.

Gluten-Free Brownie GF, V


 Sweet Peach Iced Tea

While it tastes like a perfect summer day, this refreshing sweet peach tea definitely is a year-round favorite – a tasteful combination of peaches, honey, and sugar in a sweet peach syrup paired with delicious iced tea.

Southern Strawberry Lemonade

Adding flavorful fruit to a classic tangy beverage, our Southern strawberry lemonade is a delicious way to cool off and be refreshed on hot summer days.

Sangria Mocktail

Fruity, sweet and refreshing flavors combine for a tasty mocktail drink that’s a perfect pairing with any entrée, sandwich, appetizer or salad here at the Front Porch Café!


If you have concerns you wish to discuss before your visit, call (865) 428-9428 or send an email to [email protected].

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