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“Excellent food”
Review of Smokies Cuban Cafe

Smokies Cuban Cafe
Ranked #4 of 176 Restaurants in Pigeon Forge
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $4 - $10
Cuisines: Cuban
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery
2 reviews
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“Excellent food”
Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Amazing Empanadas. Had the Polimilla Steak. It was great. Highly recommend eating here while in town.

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Palm Coast
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“Fantastic food!”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

We learned of this restaurant from this site and everything they say is true! Homemade and authentic Cuban food. I am so glad I searched through trip adviser! Would definitely go back! Be prepared to wait because everything is done fresh. No frills but great food!! You would never know about this place if you didn't see it here or live there.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank nicesteps
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Lyme, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Simply the Best Meal in Pigeon Forge”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

My wife and I went on a Friday night, when all of the chain and corporate restaurants were filling up with lines out the door. We feel badly for all of those people who waited so long for a bad meal, because as far as we’re concerned, Smokies Cuban Cafe was the best food in Pigeon Forge. To be fair to the competition, we prefer to eat at locally owned (or family owned, even better) restaurants in which people share their cuisine, and often their culture. As many people on this forum have noted, this is genuine Cuban food—and genuinely excellent food at that! We were lucky enough to grab the last table, and we overheard strangers from different tables strike up a conversation. All of them had lived near Cuban communities in Florida at some point in their lives, and they were commenting on how good the food was, and how it brought them back to those days.

We were given attention immediately. We think our waitress was the daughter of the owner. She certainly was polite, helpful, and informative. The owner eventually came around and greeted everyone. We felt welcomed instantly.

And the food was to die for! My wife and I split an entrée and a sandwich, just to sample the range, and then we finished with coffees and flan (which was homemade). We did not stop talking about our meal until the next day, and compared everything else we ate in Pigeon Forge to it. Nothing else compared.

You can waste your time and money waiting in line for mediocre grub, or you can have an excellent meal right in the heart of Pigeon Forge. If you want the latter, head to Smokies Cuban Café.

  • Visited July 2014
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Land O Lakes, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Best Cuban food!”
Reviewed July 19, 2014

Small little restaurant in the middle of Pigeon Forge. But food was the best Cuban food I have had. Everything was fresh and the service was awesome!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Iliss
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Seneca, South Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
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“A great Cuban sandwich”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

Pigeon Forge now has a great lunch option! The Cuban sandwich at Smokies is equal to the best I've had anywhere in Tampa. And our waitress was cheerful and helpful. The decor is very basic, so go for the food rather than ambiance.

As long as you visit on a slow day you can probably get a table. But there are only a handful, so I'm guessing you would want to go early (or order to go) if there are crowds in town.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Brian B
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