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    Default Where do you eat on the way to fish the park

    For selfish reasons I am posting this so hopefully I can find some other good places to eat when I am fishing different parts of the smokies. Not trying to promote any particular restaurants nor do I own stock in any just trying to find out where you all think is the best places to grab some food in Townsend, Cherokee, Bryson City, Gburg, Cosby, etc when fishing or after fishing. The idea came to me cause someone mentioned Pete's pancakes in Cherokee on another thread here lately and someone else mentioned great sandwhiches at a 66 gas station. I know where Pete's is but don't know about the other.

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    When I am visiting up there the first day is generally one of the pancake log cabins for a country ham breakfast....when time is an issue I am partial to McDonald's country ham biscuit...not bad for fast food...and something they don't serve here in Florida

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    I like Riverstone on the right as you are going into Townsend from the park. It's after the KOA campground, I think.

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    Townsend

    Mrs Lily's is my #1

    The BBQ place attached to the tubing place on the left just after the redlight where it goes to two lane highway heading into the park is delicious. I think the tubing place is River Rat.

    Riverstone is good too.


    On the North Carolina side, if you got time go to Franklin, NC. It's well worth the drive. In the middle of town there is a Hot Spot gas station. Attached to that gas station is a small cafe called Caffe REL. Best restaurant in this area bar none. The guy uses a lot of different sauces and has some really fancy dishes for reasonable prices. You would never imagine it's connected to a gas station. The bread they fly in from Canada with that sauce is delicious too. The homemade chocolate cake is awesome.

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    Full Service BBQ in Maryville is my favorite place to go on the way back to Knoxville.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFork View Post
    Full Service BBQ in Maryville is my favorite place to go on the way back to Knoxville.
    Heck yeah! I LOVE me some full service barbecue. Their sauce is excellent. be sure to order extra.

    --Matt

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    Riverstone and Miss Lilly's are my #1 and #2 favorites in Townsend too but lots of times I go for just quick at the Subway or Burgermaster but don't like them as much . Miss Lilly's has a great sunday brunch thing that is really nice.

    When I am fishing over in Cataloochee I love the Maggie Valley Restaurant. It is always real crowded on the weekends with locals and lots of good country cooking there. Hamburger steak with gravy, some awesome mac and cheese (they run out quick) and great rolls.

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    I almost exclusively have gone in through townsend I really like Little River BBQ (the one mentioned attached to the tubing place) - (let them talk you into one their cobblers, worth it no matter how full you are, IMO)but will probably be shutting down for the season in the next couple of weeks. They are nice people, and semi-regularly take trips down to Texas (where I'm from) to sample various BBQ joints down there which is how they perfected their brisket. I don't think anywhere I have eaten in TN has brisket that is that good (if they even serve it), since pork is the usual BBQ here. If you really like pork BBQ, its good, but not special or out of the ordinary.

    Riverstone has great food- really good breakfast.

    I have eaten at AJs, esp in the winter, but it is not my favorite. I don't know if they still allow smoking inside, but the last time I ate there i feel like everything kinda had an ashtray like after taste. Other times I have been there and really enjoyed it. The back porch restaurant is OK, but not my favorite for the price.

    I know I have eaten at several other Townsend eateries, but can't think of them right now.

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    All this talk about food is making me hungry! I believe I will eat an early lunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trip View Post
    Townsend

    Mrs Lily's is my #1

    The BBQ place attached to the tubing place on the left just after the redlight where it goes to two lane highway heading into the park is delicious. I think the tubing place is River Rat.

    Riverstone is good too.


    On the North Carolina side, if you got time go to Franklin, NC. It's well worth the drive. In the middle of town there is a Hot Spot gas station. Attached to that gas station is a small cafe called Caffe REL. Best restaurant in this area bar none. The guy uses a lot of different sauces and has some really fancy dishes for reasonable prices. You would never imagine it's connected to a gas station. The bread they fly in from Canada with that sauce is delicious too. The homemade chocolate cake is awesome.
    While I totally agree on Ms. Lilly's - the BBQ place you speak of must have either changed alot since the last time I tried it, or we have a different idea of "delicious."

    On the TN side Ms. Lilly's for dinner. The apple barn type place for breakfast( can't remember the name but it's before you get into Townsend proper on the right coming from Maryville)

    On the NC side, Peter's Pancakes for breakfast and if I'm lucky enough to be fishing around Maggie Valley or Waynesville - Fat Buddies BBQ for dinner. If we had a Fat Buddies here at home where I live, I'd weigh 400 pounds by Christmas. The ribs and the black-eye pea stew are very good IMHO.
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