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Tennessee's Only Seafood Buffet Brings New Flavor to Pigeon Forge

By Jeaneane Payne

captain jim's seafood buffetAn upper scale seafood buffet is opening in Pigeon Forge, TN on Monday, April 11, 2011. Captain Jim's Seafood Buffet is opening on the Parkway just outside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Peel your own shrimp, crab legs, raw oysters, and clams on the raw bar will get you started on your seafood feast. Seafood lovers can enjoy calabash, catfish, shrimp and grits, Carolina crab cakes, steamed oysters, fried oysters, scallops, coconut shrimp, grilled swordfish, steamed sea bass and many more seafood entrees.

For those who prefer an alternate cuisine, Captain Jim's is offering Southern comforts like chicken and dressing, pot roast, fried green tomatoes, manicotti, and potatoes. Vegetables are also on the buffet.

Fish will be trucked in from the Carolinas and the Florida Panhandle.

All food will be prepared in house with many signature entrees and desserts available.

A carving station will be a featured attraction at the restaurant and a chef will cook specialty items in the dining area. Your choice of clam chowder or seafood bisque will be brought to your table along with a Caesar salad or house salad with homemade dressings. Add all this to Southern homemade biscuits and hush puppies, and you have the best seafood buffet in the South.

Captain Jim, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and Michigan State University, stated "I've always collected seafood recipes since I graduated from the Culinaries of America. I've owned a number of restaurants and buffets and as my last restaurant, I wanted to start a seafood restaurant. Since seafood is healthy food, I see the need for having a good quality seafood buffet.

I've hired employees that have my vision which is 'everyone who comes through the door needs to be treated as if they are my personal guest.'

Realizing that everyone doesn't care for seafood, the buffet will have a wide choice of other food items made from recipes I have collected over the years."

Manager Peter Georgiou recently moved to East Tennessee and was recruited by Captain Jim to help open Captain Jim's Seafood Buffet. Born and raised in New York City, Peter started in the restaurant business at the age of 13 working for his brother and his partner at the Paramount coffee shop in the heart of the theatre district in Manhattan. The coffee shop was a full service restaurant located in the 900 room Paramount hotel. Georgiou moved to Florida where he began managing restaurants for world class hotels. Peter has received numerous awards for his outstanding service in the industry for customer service and guest satisfaction.

Chef Bob Brodeur has come a long way since working on his uncle's restaurant when he was nine years old for $1.80 per hour! From that early experience on, Chef Bob's focus has always been the culinary arts.

Upon graduating from the prestigious culinary program at Johnson & Wales University of Providence, R.I., Brodeur pursued a variety of internships and jobs that took him up and down the East Coast, from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida to New York City.

While at Water's Edge restaurant in Manhattan, Chef Brodeur had the opportunity to cook for numerous VIPs, including senators, governors, and members of the U.S. Olympic team. His next post was with the Jupiter Crab Company in West Palm Beach, Florida. Brodeur was voted "Best Seafood Chef" twice by the Palm Beach Post. Specialty Restaurant Group, based in California, spotted his talent and offered him a job running 24 restaurants from Miami to Tennessee.

A large wall mural of Captain Jim standing on the dock of the bay, wall maps, and memorabilia lend accent to Captain Jim's Seafood Buffet while its many buffet items will lend the flavor of divine seafood. A fishing boat on the exterior of the restaurant portrays the story of Captain Jim's fishing journeys on the high seas.

Kids eat free at Captain Jim's. Adult buffet dinners are $19.95 plus $1.99 for beverages. The restaurant is open from 3:00 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

There are accommodations for groups of up to 125 people. With advance reservations, groups can enjoy a sit-down dinner or have the buffet for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Groups can also be accommodated at the buffet on a walk-in basis. The dining room seats 280 people altogether.

Captain Jim's is conveniently located to all attractions in Pigeon Forge. There is plenty of free parking, including tour bus parking.

For more information on the restaurant, visit

Published March 26, 2011

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