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Mar 12, 2009 02:35 AM

Heading to Gatlinburg TN any advice

Any help with some good restaurants would be appreciated

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  1. Pack a lunch? (Seriously, it's a culinary wasteland.)

    1. Knoxville? Agreed. It's a wasteland. At least it's a very pretty one.

      1. There have been a number of depressing threads on Gatlinburg which you can find easily using the search feature. Havana Dreams was okay. In general, though, the area specializes in lowest common denominator cuisine. When I visited I took the hour drive to Knoxville to go to Hong Kong House and it was amazing.

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        1. re: north2south

          Maybe breakfast in Gatlinburg. But I second the recc for lunch or dinner at Hong Kong House.

          1. re: KyMikey

            The Tomato Head On Market Square in downtown Knoxville is also a nice lunch/brunch spot. (Outdoor seating if the weather's nice, too.)

        2. If you are going to Gatlinburg, I seriously doubt that you would be interested in a 125 mile round trip just to go into Knoxville.

          In Gatlinburg try:

          Cherokee Grill
          Park Grill

          This will guide you:

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          1. re: Brawny

            Thanks Brawny. I will check out that website and give those a look over

            1. re: Brawny

              Actually the drive time from Gatlinburg to downtonw Knoxville is just a little over an hour, if the traffic is not bad I think it's viable dining alternative--esp. if one has a low tolerance for G'burg's touristy kitsch.

              1. re: Jeff C.

                I couldn't agree more. Totally worth the trip. Knoxville has some nice restaurants. Gatlinburg is like being trapped inside Amusement Park Foodland.

              2. re: Brawny

                Actually, even tho breakfast is probably the best meal in G-burg, I would second the rec for Calhouns--actually, there are two--one next to the Cherokee Grill in G-burg and another one in Sevierville--we ate at the one in Sevierville and it was great--the waiter was the best one we have had in years--best dining experience I have ever had in that area--so if you don't want to drive a long way to Knoxville, dollar-for-dollar, it would be hard to beat Calhoun's.

              3. Tucked into the Elks Plaza on the Parkway in Gatlinburg is the Best Italian restaurant. I would absolutely recommend that, particularly for the garlic rolls. You have to seek it out to find it but worth the effort.

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                1. re: nmi

                  Forgot about that place.......outstanding. Their Meatball Parm is the best and the antipasto is huge!! The garlic rolls are famous.