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Gatlinburg, Tn. report

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Here our the highlights (and lowlights) from a recent trip to Gatlinburg. Our hotel room was not ready so we went next door to Howards for lunch. Sitting on the patio was pleasant, though I would like to see them clean up the cobwebs that lined the railing near our seat. Husband had the cheese steak sandwich which he enjoyed. I didn’t think his fries were worth my calories (I always steal a few). I had fond memories of the vegetable beef soup from visits to their original location so I ordered a cup. Food took a long time to arrive. My vegetable beef soup had no beef at all. I asked the waitress if I could get a little meat in my soup. I thought she would just go back to the kitchen, stir the pot, and bring me a couple of pieces of meat. After a very long time (I was almost finished with my soup), our waitress arrived with a small plate of newly grilled steak pieces. She then stated she wouldn't charge me for the meat since I had waited so long. I thought it was a little strange to even consider charging for the beef in vegetable beef soup. Plus, since the steak hadn't been simmered in the soup, it didn't add anything to the soup. Next we had a winner. Husband and I sat at the bar of the Cherokee Grill for dinner. My Tanquery Martini and his Woodford Reserve were seven dollars each. Since it was happy hour I ordered the $5 smoked trout plate for my dinner. It was beautifully presented; sliced tomatoes topped with capers, red onion, hard boiled egg. The trout was lovely. My husband had the trout dinner. It was a huge portion and very tasty other than the rice which was the usual generic restaurant rice. Our meal with tax was $41.33. Service was great. Atmosphere nice.

Lunch the next day was also very good. We opted for pizza at Big Daddy’s Pizzeria, 714 River Road, Gatlinburg. Big Daddy’s shares a space with Bennett’s BBQ. The pizza was fantastic. The pizza comes out of a wood-fired oven tasting absolutely fresh and with a good crust. One of the best things we have had in Gatlinburg. Do pay a visit.

Since we needed a quick dinner before an evening event, we opted for the Smoky Mountain Brewery. Normally we have their veggie pizza, but instead we shared the spaghetti and meatballs. (We were having more food at the event). Tasty and only $12.50. We would order it again.

The next two meals were so-so. Fish and chips and house salad at the Sherlock Holmes Pub. For $6.99 the salad was a disappointment consisting of pretty much nothing but iceberg lettuce. Husband seemed to enjoy his fish and beer but the fries didn't call to me. Dinner at Calhoun’s was also just OK. We shared a prime rib, baked potato and broccoli. Prime rib was good, though a little high at $25.00 for 12 ounces, but my martini was terrible. Nothing but vermouth. Now, to be fair it was only $5.10 but I found it undrinkable. I didn't much care for the atmosphere of the restaurant either.

On a misc. note, we had a lovely lunch at the Pottery House in Pigeon Forge. Nice atmosphere and good vegetable panini. Also, do stop by the Rocky Top Cinnamon Roll Co. at the Market Place in Gatlinburg. Wonderful, huge cinnamon rolls and nice, nice owners. On our repeat list. Finally, we always stop for breakfast on the way home at Carver’s Applehouse in Cosby. I like to stock cider and apples at the market next door.

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