Tail of the Dragon
I agree there isn't much in the immediate area.
Fat Buddies BBQ is only so-so IMO. If you plan to have BBQ in Franklin, Willy's is probably a better choice. There is also good food to be had at Cafe Rel; more French bistro in style. It is in the same building as the Hot Spot. Be sure to have the crab bisque.
There really isn't any great food in the immediate area. The Phillips Restaurant in Robbinsville has good breakfast, get the buffet but ask them to cook your eggs for you. Most sports car guys enjoy the ribs at Fat Buddies in Franklin, probably as much for the ride there and back as for the food.
The http://www.tailofthedragon.com/ should help you get there on Wayah Road and return on SR 28.