9 Best Shoney’s Menu Items to Order

Shoney’s is the home to hearty breakfasts and sweet desserts. This restaurant has served up the finest breakfast in America since 1947 and has become iconic in the American South. 

Hamburger at the new Shoney's restaurant in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Although Shoney’s is known for its buffet, there are many other options on its menu. 

After visiting Shoney’s many times, I’ve come up with a list of my favorite items on their menu. I promise that you won’t be disappointed by any of these tasty items.

The next time you visit this classic American diner, you will be ready to satisfy your cravings and leave the restaurant a happy camper. I promise my recommendations won’t let you down. 

All-Star Breakfast

The all-star breakfast is the perfect meal to start your day. It comes with two eggs of any style, hash browns, your choice of bacon or sausage, and a buttermilk biscuit.

I highly recommend the biscuits because they are some of the best I’ve ever had. 

If you want to take the breakfast to the next level, you can always order a side of gravy for your biscuit.

The All-Star Breakfast will give you the energy you need to power through your day.

The All-Star Breakfast is an excellent choice if you are looking for that classic American diner breakfast.

Shoney’s All-Star Breakfast is as good as any other breakfast combo in America. This is definitely some of the best food at Shoney’s.

Shoney’s Sliders

The sliders at Shoney’s are so good that you’ll want to order more than one.

They come with your choice of beef, pulled pork, or chicken and are served on a soft bun with pickles and onions.

The Shoney’s Sliders are mini-burgers that come with American cheese, bacon, and Shoney’s secret sauce.

These sliders are the right size for a snack or a light meal. They are also very affordable, so you can order a few without breaking the bank.

The beef sliders are my personal favorite, but you really can’t go wrong with any of the three options.

You could argue that the secret sauce is some of the best food at Shoney’s. I almost always ask for extra secret sauce on the side.

Jumbo Chicken Wings

I love chicken wings. They hold a special place in my heart and my stomach.

When I visit a restaurant for the first time, I almost always order their chicken wings and judge the restaurant based on how much I like them.

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The chicken wings at Shoney’s are some of the best that I’ve ever had. They’re big, they’re juicy, and they’re cooked to perfection.

The wings come in various flavors, including honey heat, garlic parmesan, teriyaki, and honey bourbon. However, my personal favorite is the buffalo sauce.

The buffalo sauce has the perfect balance of heat and flavor. All of their sauces are pretty delicious, and I like to go with the garlic parmesan if I don’t want something spicy.

Pancake Breakfast

If you’re a fan of pancakes, then you’ll love Shoney’s pancake breakfast. This is what I order when I’m craving something sweet for breakfast, and I’m starving.

It comes with four freshly made packages. The cherry on top, the pancakes, are all you can eat!

The pancakes are some of the best food at Shoney’s. They are exactly how grandma used to make them. Each pancake is light and fluffy and seems to melt in your mouth.

I don’t know what Shoney’s does to their maple syrup, but I think it’s some of the best I’ve ever had. You can’t go wrong with the pancake breakfast.

Onion Rings

Onion rings are a close second behind chicken wings for my favorite bar food.

Unfortunately, many restaurants do an awful job making onion rings. Shoney’s is not one of those places.

The onion rings at Shoney’s are golden brown and crispy. I love how sweet the onions are. The batter that they use is absolutely perfect.

They’re the perfect side dish to accompany your meal. You can share them with your friends or family or keep them to yourself.

Of all the sides available at Shoney’s, the onion rings are the best and are some of the best food at Shoney’s.

Country Fried Steak 

Country fried steak is one of the most iconic American breakfasts. I judge dinner’s on their country-fried steak, and Shoney’s does not disappoint.

Some restaurants put in the bare minimum effort with this dish, but I was pleasantly surprised to find the country-fried steak to be some of the best food at Shoney’s.

The country-fried steak at Shoney’s is a Southern classic. It’s made with tender beef that’s been breaded and fried to perfection.

I recommend getting the steak with mashed potatoes and gravy. The potatoes are buttery and fluffy, and the gravy ties them together. It’s a hearty dish that will fill you up and satisfy you.

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Mac and Cheese

I’m not going to lie. Mac and cheese is my favorite food. Nothing is better on the planet than noodles covered in melty, creamy cheese.

The first time I had Shoney’s mac and cheese, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. It is that good. It might be the best food at Shoney’s.

I hate to say this, but it might even be better than my own mac and cheese. As a mac and cheese lover, I take great pride in my mac, and Shoney’s outdoes me every time.

The mac and cheese at Shoney’s is creamy and cheesy. It’s the perfect side dish for any meal, or order it as a meal on its own. That is what I do.

Biscuits & Gravy 

Of all the breakfast food at Shoney’s, I think the biscuits and gravy are my favorite.

The biscuits and gravy at Shoney’s are Southern comfort food at its finest. The biscuits are fluffy, and the gravy is rich and flavorful.

It’s the perfect dish to warm you up on a cold day or any day for that matter.

You can tell that the biscuits are made with lots of love (butter), and the gravy is rich and decadent.

The biscuits and gravy compete with the mac and cheese for the best food at Shoney’s.

Shoney’s Famous Fried Chicken

No southern diner’s menu is complete without fried chicken, and Shoney’s does it right.

The fried chicken at Shoney’s is some of the best that I’ve ever had. It’s crispy, juicy, and full of flavor. 

The chicken is hand-breaded in Shoney’s secret recipe, seasoned flour. I’ve tried to figure out what is in the batter, but I’ve never been able to put my finger on it, so I keep coming back for more.

You get a cornbread muffin with the chicken. It’s a hearty dish that will fill you up and leave you satisfied and ready to come back for more.

The fried chicken is definitely some of the best food at Shoney’s. Even if you don’t like fried chicken, you will like Shoney’s fried chicken.

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  1. Yes, and the French toast was very good.the staff
    Was excellent. just some good old American grub.and to top it off,someone picked up my check.?

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