Places To Eat At Dollywood: Red’s Drive-In #travel #Dollywood AD

Places To Eat At Dollywood: Red's Diner #travel #DollywoodCheap Is The New Classy

On a recent press trip to Dollywood, I got to eat at Red’s Drive-In for the first time. I really love a good burger and this restaurant has some of the best I have ever tasted. Some great features of Red’s are the Coca-Cola Freestyle Machine, the nostalgic diner atmosphere and the free charging stations just outside the restaurant.

Places To Eat At Dollywood: Red’s Drive-In

Red’s Drive-In features a cold bar with tomatoes, lettuce, onion, condiments, etc, so that you can fix your burger just as you like. As you can see, I like mine with tomatoes and onion – no lettuce! So, it was great to fix it myself instead of peeling the things I don’t care for off. I really hate to waste.

Places To Eat At Dollywood: Red's Diner #travel #Dollywood

Jay likes his burger with mustard, ketchup, onions and pickles. There aren’t many places that have burgers already made to our different specifications. So, the fact that we can choose our own toppings works well for us. I imagine this is quite fun for kids, too, who would like to be a little more independent.

Places To Eat At Dollywood: Red's Diner #travel #Dollywood

I love Coca-Cola Freestyle machines and I am glad to see that they are popping up in more restaurants. My current favorite drink is Diet Peach Lemonade. So, that is what I always get when I see one of these machines. I also really like to mix Sierra Mist and Pink Lemonade. You can be as weird as you want to be and I love that. Or you can just get Coca-Cola with Lime. That’s what Jay gets.

The burgers are really big and really good. We feel that you definitely get your money’s worth.

Places To Eat At Dollywood: Red's Diner #travel #Dollywood

Located in Dollywood at Jukebox Junction, Red’s Drive-In is in the part of Dollywood with all of the vintage looking stores and shops. It’s also located near her tour bus and the museum that houses all of her memorabilia. Also, the new Lightning Rod roller coaster is close by. So the kiddos can all get their scare for the day on the roller coaster while the parents take in the Dolly Parton memories and then you can all meet up for a lunch that will please everyone.

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About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    I absolutely love places like this. That burger looks AWESOME. I will definitely keep this in mind if I ever make it down that way.

  2. Confession I’ve never been to Dollywood but it is on my list of to do. I am thinking a girls weekend with mom would be a great way to enjoy this place.

  3. This place looks like so much fun! I’m going to have to add this to my to-do list! great post xx

  4. I love the diner look of this place, and thank goodness the burgers are big. Dollywood can work up a hunger!

  5. I have always wanted to go there! Looks like a yummy place to eat. Now that is what I call a burger.

  6. Looks like a cute place. Sometimes I just crave a good burger and fries restaurant. Now, Im hungry.

  7. I’ve never been to Dollywood and I’ve never heard of Red’s either. But from the look of it, my 11 year-old would love it. He’s into anything vintage and he might even squeak at this.

  8. Brianne says:

    This place looks like so much fun! And yummy!

  9. What a fun place to grab a bit at!! I know my family would love the food and the cool old car to look at!

  10. My husband and kids would love Reds Drive In. We’ve never been to Dollywood but I’m sure they would want to eat there if we ever visit.

  11. You know I keep seeing more and more mentions of Dollywood. I’m starting to think it’s a sign!

  12. I have always wanted to go to Dollywood! This place looks great. Do they have a veggie burger too?

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      I think they do somewhere in the park, but don’t hold me to that. I know that they do have vegetarian options, though.

  13. What an awesome place to eat! You can never go wrong with a great burger and fries. Classic and delicious!

  14. I love little places like that that are a slice of Americana. The burger looks good and your shots are great.

  15. That looks like so much fun. I love that car, especially. Those photos look amazing!

  16. Dollywood is on my list of places to visit. Looks like you had fun! And isn’t it nice that you got to fix it just the way you wanted it?!

  17. My SIL and I were talking about how we should visit Dollywood because it’s in between us in NJ and them in FL. We’ve both been wanting to visit for years and we will keep this in mind when we go!

    • Dawn McAlexander says:

      That sounds like a great meet in the middle spot. And staying in the Great Smoky Mountains is awesome. There are so many beautiful views everywhere.

  18. Courtneylynne says:

    Omg Dollywood is one place I have never been but really want to go! Reds Drive in sounds pretty epic!