Weekend in Gatlinburg, TN
I consulted the boards here before going, and followed some of the restaurant advice this past weekend. The second we pulled into town on Saturday, we needed a meal so we went to the Park Grill on the main drag. The atmosphere was pleasant, and I believe someone here accurately described it as a post and beam affair. They had a very good salad bar. My husband ordered an appetizer that consisted of 3 jalapeno poppers, 3 strange-tasting salt and vinegar wings, and 3 cheese sticks. All of these were the frozen and heated type, and it was overpriced and undergood. I ordered the trout, and for $20 something, I expected more than plain, dry grilled trout. It did come with a sweet potato casserole that was very yummy. My husband ordered the prime rib and said it was "okay." My son got a steak from the kid's menu that was a great deal at 75 cents X his age (4). It was a bit hokey with a gift shop and waitstaff dressed like park rangers. Our waiter was very busy and not terribly attentive. I probably wouldn't bother going there again.
The next night we went to Calhouns. We both ordered ribs, and they were overcooked, dry, and very tough. I didn't care for the barbecue sauce, which was probably fine if you like the Carolina vinegarry style. My husband said it improved the ribs quite a bit. The atmosphere was pleasant. The really fun thing was that my 4 year old's kid's meal came in a cardboard car that he is still carrying around and playing with. Our waiter was incredibly slow moving to the point of frustration. My husband liked the whole thing a bit better than I did.
On our last evening, we went to Cherokee Grill. It was definitely the best of the three dinners. I had some delicious crab cakes accompanied by bleu cheese grits that were scrumptuous. My husband ordered the Prosperity steak and said it was terrific. We had a waitress that was very attentive and had our glasses refilled before we even thought to ask. The atmosphere was lovely with a lot of stacked stone and dimmed interior. Comfortable booths. Very nice meal and a good experience.
On our way out of town, we stopped by the Flapjacks on the main drag for some breakfast. It seems that you must eat pancakes while in town, because there are pancake restaurants on every block. This one was very kid friendly, but did not have the assortment of pancakes (blueberry, filled, etc.) that some other places have. Their pancakes were very thick and not very tender. I'd probably try a different pancake house next time.
susantrader from alpharetta, ga