last report. one our trek home we went through the tourist trap hell of gatlinburg and pigeon forge. looking for anything on the main drag that was not a chain, buffet, or pancake house (what's the deal w/ 10+ pancake houses on four miles of road?). we came up on a place called bullfish grill. it had a chain look to it from the outside - a cross between an italian and mexican outpost. the inside had a cool upscale feel, kind of like a j alexanders. full bar on one side w/ flat screens and a big non-smoking dining room on the other. turns out, this is a single location restaurant. our server said that they were hoping to open another place in knoxville soon.
the menu had 5 different steaks, ribs, a pork chop, six grilled fish selections, pastas, etc. we were there for a late lunch and i had a great fried green tomato sandwich, my wife had a huge crispy chicken salad, and the kids had a hot dog and a plate of real chicken tenderloins. our server was overly accommodating. and the bill was $32 (how could red (s)lobster with the in-laws could cost $90 for six people a week earlier is beyond me).
check out their site: http://bullfishgrill.com/index.htm
i hope the bullfish survives.