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Gatlinburg, TN; help, please....someone...

Yes, I will be in lovely downtown Gatlinburg for three days, and I'm getting the frightening idea I will be staying in the 'tourist strip', near the Convention Center...The hotelier assured me it was the 'foodie strip', but I'm thinking this may mean chains...Is there anything down there that doesn't involve a far drive? After a day of trade show smiling, I will be seriously low on impetus to actually move....

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  1. Does the phrase "abandon all hope, ye who enter here" mean anything to you?

    It's not really a chain restaurant strip in the sense that you are thinking....but it's not much better. There's lots of fine "Continental" dining. Get ready to see mashed potatoes put through a pastry bag.

    1. Oh, those are probably instant mashed potatoes that can be found at the restaurant food show I'll be doing!

      I'd be perfectly happy with some catfish or trout....

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      1. re: galleygirl

        yes, but will you have time to go fishing?

        Seriously, I'll ask my parents, who have a vacation home near Gatlinburg , to my never-ending annoyance, for recs. Although they are completely untrustworthy, and will eat at Red Lobster without duress.

        1. re: galleygirl

          If I'm not mistaken, aren't there a bunch of roadhouse-y kinda places that do fish-frys ? I know you hate fried fish and all ..... ;)

          I was also told of a decent breakfast joint near the Hard Rock, but can't remember the name or find the details - maybe somebody here can jog my memory.

          1. re: Nab

            Mmmmmm, roadhouse, fried fish, my kinda place...;)

            From what I've read on the boards, pancakes seem to be a big thing in Garlinburg. I HATE pancakes (except potato, which are actually latkes, but I digress...) I like breakfast, but preferably the kind with fish hash, or fried catfish...

        2. I was there in mid-July, and know there's a dingy bar that serves decent food. It's on a muddy street downtown, and the place has stud poker tables inside.

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          1. re: Bostonbob3

            Dingy bar. Poker tables. Good. we like dingy....

          2. You're screwed. We fish in that area every summer and never eat out. Have a few stiff drinks to relax your smile muscles and maybe dinner won't be so bad after all. I'd look for the dingy bar.

            1. I was there last September and it's not great by any stretch of the imagination, but there are a few options. The Smoky Mountain Brewery, which is right at the end of the strip (near Ober Gatlinburg) has pretty tasty beers made there and reasonably good bar food. Just across the street and a little bit down is a "fancy/hip" seafood restaurant that is decent. And on the side street just up the hill from the Ripley's Believe It Or Not is a little bar with live music and pretty good sandwiches. And a patio if it's a pretty day. Good luck.