Review: Aunt Granny’s ~ Dollywood

Dollywood’s signature buffet dining experience was recast for the 2018 season. Aunt Granny’s has been given an all new fresh look with the help of an iconic Tennessee brand, Lodge Manufacturing Company. Lodge is known for their cast iron line of products, many food items are now served in them here.

The first thing you notice when you walk in is the open and spacious feeling of the eatery.

The second would have to be all the wall adornments adding to the great atmosphere. We especially love the Dolly quotes all over the place:

We had a great seat, by the window with a great view of Lightning Rod:

Getting to the food, there is tons to choose from on the buffet and trust me when I say it’s all good. The new look brings about a carving station which at the time we were there featured roasted turkey (10/10) and roasted pork loin (9/10).

Both were great and full of flavor, but the big feature in the protein area is Dolly’s Fried Chicken. Available in a few places around the park, here you can eat as much as you want.

Some other buffet highlights include rating in parenthesis:

  • Salad Bar (not rated standard salad selection)
  • Mac and Cheese (8/10)
  • Cornbread Stuffing (10/10)
  • Creamy Vegetable Soup, similar to the soup served at Dolly’s Stampede (10/10)
  • Fried Catfish (10/10)
  • Cheesy Potato Wedges (10/10)
  • Cheesy Mashed Potatoes (8/10)
  • Chicken and Dumplings (10/10)

Moving onto dessert, we find both hot cobblers (10/10) and a personal favorite of mine banana pudding. Probably my favorite pudding anywhere I’ve ever eaten and better than I can make at home.

As you may be able to tell from the individual rating the food knocks it out of the park. I’m a sucker for southern flavor and though not much BBQ here, this is all classic southern cooking and tastes. This has to arguable be my favorite buffet anywhere theme park or otherwise! Before the makeover, this was a must do every trip and now it is even more of a must do.

As mentioned above,  service and atmosphere are great as well. The park friendliness is always at the highest you’ll find, and that continues with great service inside the restaurant. The culture is great and the decor is fits in perfectly. WE also love the open floor-plan layout! There are some park restaurants not to be missed in the world and this is one of them!

Food: 10/10

Service: 10/10

Atmosphere: 10/10

Overall: 10/10

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