We arrived in Gatlinburg on Sunday evening after a 11 hours of highway driving. My wife and I were absolutely horrified by the crush of cars, people, and cheesy tourist attractions. Mile after mile. We usually run from this sort of thing and now we realized we had committed to 7 days of it. My poor wife was depressed. We eventually found a place to eat that night away from the "strip" that was pretty good, but nothing special.
On Monday (Columbus Day), we decided to make the best of it and head to the National Park. More crowds, but tolerable. We headed to Townshend for lunch, hoping to find some place to eat that wasn't purely a tourist trap -- all glitz, high prices, and poor food. There looked to be several promising choices, but Riverstone Family Restaurant just had that local look to it that gave us hope for a real Tennessee lunch. That's exactly what we got.
I ordered the Pork BBQ Sandwich and my wife ordered the fried catfish. My BBQ was absolutely fantastic. Hands-down the best BBQ sandwich I've ever had. This wasn't your typical pulled pork doused with sauce and a few pickles. The meat wasn't shredded. It was in fairly large pieces and each piece had nice crispy edges and a great BBQ glaze baked on. Never have I had a BBQ sandwich with pork prepared that way. Maybe that's typical for this region. It was overflowing with meat, too.
My wife's catfish was quite good. Our french fries, fried okra, and fried cornbread were also excellent. We were provided a few extra piece of fried cornbread, compliments of the house.
The was just what the doctor ordered for us.
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