We've dined here a half dozen times. The food tastes great; we've tried the nachos, salads, quesadillas, and enchiladas. The chili is great for a restaurant, and not of the canned variety. Our friends have eaten the burgers and have given them high marks. The dining area overlooks the Little River, providing a nice, relaxing view. Overall, Deadbeat Pete's is a-okay.
Update: Restaurant is no longer in business.
Very good food, love the sweet tea served in mason jars. We really enjoy going when we can sit outside next to the river. I have been many times and my only complaint is the service has always been very, very slow.
I was surprized at the lack of spice, considering the so-called Tex-Mex flavor of the place. The atmosphere was fun, but it lacked a true restaurant feeling...rather slip-shod in all. However, the wait-staff was friendly. I would not pay for this again, considering all the really good mexican restaurants out there.
We have eatern at this resturant several times. This last time was a shock. Not only did it take almost an hour to get our food, when a friend joined us, he got his food 20 minutes after joining us to eat, and we still had to wait an additional 20 minutes to get ours. The food, except for the nachos (ordered from the menu-which were came burnt) was great as it normally is, but for some reason, the service was lousy this time around. I never saw the owners, as I would normally have, otherwise I would have said something. A very diappointing visit.
My daughter and I camp and hike in the Smokies every year, and one of our favorite things is taking a break from trail food with a real meal at Deadbeat Pete's. The year it was closed (a couple years back) we were greatly disappointed, and we were so happy when it opened back up. Of course, we replaced our decorated dollars on the ceiling (or walls?) with fresh ones. We love the food (especially the huevo rancheros) and the atmosphere, and we've always had good service. Looking forward to it when we return in August!
You people got served?!! We were the only people in the place several months ago. Yes, the server was more than friendly but we ordered and over an hour later had no food, no attention and had to chase them down to pay for the beer we had finished in the first 10 minutes and had never been checked on again! The server was just standing behind the bar talking to someone for over an hour! Wow, surprising to read your reviews. Wish I had been able to evaulate that great hamburger....
I have traveled to the Smoky Mountains for the last ten years and non of my trips is complete without a trip to this restaurant. It really is a dump on the outside, but don't let that fool you. The food is great and the service is better. I usually get the Mexican fare, but I have had friends who have tasted other items on the menu and none have anything negative to say. The place has two indoor rooms and an covered outdoor eating area. The outdoor area and the rear room both look over a Smoky Mountain stream. The front room has a big screen and the rear has a fireplace great for crisp fall day dining. There is no bar. They have also had live music in the evenings, usually on the weekends. Oh, and by the way, bring a dollar bill to sign and hang it on the wall or ceiling before you leave. It's been a tradition for years!
I stopped by on a Saturday afternoon while riding the bike for a burger and beer. Great service, very friendly, and AMAZING food. The french fries were perfect - big, think, crisp on the outside, and hot! The burger was huge! I hadn't eaten all day and could not finish it. Fresh ground beef, cooked perfect - tender, juicy, melt-in-your mouth - and I'm really not a burger person. The only thing I could possible complain about is that I don't like parking my 800# bike on a crushed stone parking lot. She stayed upright so I guess it's no big deal. Definately worth the risk!