It’s not incredibly hard to win the On the Go team over when it comes to food. Give us delicious and comforting tastes, reasonable prices, and dessert, and you’re golden. When you throw in homemade bread to start us off, there’s just no losing. Dreammore Resort’s Song & Hearth Southern Eatery was such a big win for us at dinner, we can’t wait to try breakfast and everything else. What was so great about it? Let us show you.
Song & Hearth Restaurant is located on the lower level of Dollywood’s Dreammore Resort. It’s open for breakfast (7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.), lunch (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and dinner (5 p.m. to 10 p.m.). The lounge is open daily from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Times can change seasonally, so be sure to check the website before you go. Breakfast and dinner are served buffet style while lunch is ordered on-menu. You’ll pay about $15 per adult (12 and up) for breakfast with kids coming in at around $8 and about $20 per adult (12 and up) for dinner with kid prices sitting just around $11. Soft drinks are included in the price. Song and Hearth does take reservations through Open Table, and both self-parking and valet (for a fee) are available.
Now that all that nitty-gritty is out of the way, let’s talk about the experience. We haven’t been to breakfast yet, but be sure we’re going to tell you ASAP about a restaurant that serves a pancake bar. At dinner, we were ushered through a quaint lounge (we’ll be back for cocktails!) and into a spacious series of dining rooms that managed to be large while still being cozy. There were several tables for large parties, which is always nice to see.
Our server was kind and attentive and the warm wheat bread she brought us when we sat down was perfection. We got tea (in mason jars of course) and were directed to enjoy the buffet at our leisure. And now, here’s the good stuff. We tend to skip salad at buffets because it’s the standard lettuce-in-a-bag fare with questionable dressing. But I pulled up short when I saw green, leafy goodness next to a selection of Grainger County Tomatoes. If you’ve never had a Grainger County veggie, you’ve been missing out on the best tomatoes of your life. And super fresh locally sourced produce on a buffet? Yes, please. Not to mention the house-made potato salad that had diced eggs in it just like my Grammie made.
The salad dressing was homemade and the vegetables were crisp and so fresh. The pasta and potato salads were seasoned just right. The main courses didn’t disappoint, either. Tender roast beef, crispy fried chicken, savory pork tenderloin, and a host of sides like bacon-rendered green beans and fresh mashed potatoes were steaming hot. There were some great offerings for kiddos including chicken fingers and tater tots, too. We may have tried a few of the barbecue flavored tots just for fun, and they were awesome. The flavors were all Southern, homey and nostalgic, and nothing tasted like it had been sitting for too long.
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One of the dangers of a great buffet is failing to leave room for dessert. Don’t make that mistake at Song & Hearth – fruit cobbler baked in a cast-iron skillet is not to be missed. They’ve got cakes and cookies and offerings for all kinds of sweet teeth, fresh-baked and wonderful.
While we can’t say there’s any one thing on the buffet that will blow your socks off, there’s a whole lot to be said for a wide variety of really delicious dishes in one place for a super reasonable price. So get a table, pace yourself, and have a wonderful time with your friends and family over a great meal at Song and Hearth: A Southern Eatery.