It has been several decades, since we were last in Gatlinburg. Back in our youth, we headed to TN and NC for our “mini-honeymoons,” which came about every 6 months. Several dozen of these were spent in the Gatlinburg environs. Back then, good food was only a smaller part of the equation. Now, it’s come front-and-center.
We’re going to be staying at Blackberry Farm for a week, and will probably head to Gatlinburg for the first time in many, many years. I’m certain that everything has changed since the early ‘70s, and am hoping to get some ideas for great food for lunch, as all of our evening dinners will be at BBF. What is the dining scene like now. We’re not looking for any chains, but would like to explore any “happening” culinary spots. Any chefs turning out outstanding fare? The price range is meaningless, as we’ve dropped several hundreds for lunch (great wines included) at the French Laundry, and only care about great food.
Are there any “must do” spots in that general area? Thanks for the help.