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pitu | Sep 14, 201508:01 AM    

Thanks to the posters on this board, we had some great food in Tennessee.

Started at Payne's BBQ with pulled pork sandwiches, 'hot' w mustardy slaw. Super tasty, although Memphis sauce is sweet even when it's spicy hot. (I remain a North Carolina BBQ loyalist.) The grilled dogs looked really good -- wish I had the time & appetite to eat everything Payne's puts on the menu. It's about ten minutes away from the Civil Rights Museum. Super nice folks, unassuming, delicious.

Dinner at Porcellino's near our hotel. They are elevating down home dishes like shell beans -- order the sides and a hunk of meat and you'll be happy. The crowder peas were exquisite, in a fancy broth w a bit of mustard greens. We went back for biscuits and coffee in the morning, and dipped over to nearby Gibson's Donuts for a bag of buttermilk drops for the road. SO GOOD! Best biscuits I had on this trip, and buttermilk drops are (cake donut) like the kind in New Orleans, legendary.

In Knoxville, we arrived too late to go to Chandler's BBQ (next time!) but had a nice meal on Market Square at Tupelo Honey. Nothing to write home about, but nice and convenient. The Smokey Mountains are breathtaking -- totally worth driving out of your way to catch the scenic outlooks near Maryville off the highway on the edge of the state park. THX TN!

Payne's Bar-B-Que
Gibson's Donuts
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