RE: Roadfood, Boat Food, Fast Food and Show Food
Part 5 of Our Trip
We had early breakfast at our motel and then took off for the Smoky Mountain National Park. It was Wednesday so the auto trip that we planned to Cade's Cove could not be done. This road is closed to vehicles on Wednesday mornings until 10 am. We knew we would not have to time to wait and do it and opted for another road trip that a ranger suggested to us. It was very relaxing and interesting. We learned a lot of the history of the early settlers and saw some wonderful old buildings. The children were most impressed with a tiny dwelling which had housed a family of thirteen people.
When we returned toGatinburg, we decided to eat at "No Way Jose" which is a Tex-Mex place right by the aquarium which dad and the kids were going to that afternoon. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone. It was very attractive inside, attentive service, cheerful surroundings and a very nice owner. Best of all the food was delicious and very inexpensive. The children had soft tacos with french fries. (Do not laugh---------these were the best french fries we had on our entire trip.) My son and I shared an appetizer platter which was great and just right for the two of us as we were planning on an early dinner show that evening.
Dad and the kids went off to the wonderful aquarium and Grandma went back to motel to get most of packing done for our trip home the next day. When the aquarium trip was finished, we went to Pigeon Forge to browse in a bookstore and then on to the dinner show which we had reservations for. We went to Fiddler's Feast, which is a brand new show this year, and enjoyed every moment of it. It was an outstanding bargain, priced at $30.00 per adult and free for the children, and the best show I have ever seen in this area. The meal was excellent; everything was served hot and was delicious.
It consisted of sirloin steaks and chicken fillets grilled over a hickory-wood fire and served with new potatoes , home-style cooked beans, bread or biscuits and for dessert a choice of apple cinnamon or blackberry cobbler. The show featured bluegrass, mountain and gospel and was terrific.
The next day, we had a quick breakfast at motel and then started toward home. We decided ahead of time that we would stop at Stone's Cafeteria located in Christiansburg VA. The review of it in the latest edition of Roadfood sounded great. When we walked into the place, we immediately knew that it was different than what we had thought. Instead of a cafeteria counter, there was a bar running down one side of the room. When we sat down and looked at the menu cover, we could see that big changes had been made. It was now called Stone's Backyard Grille & Tavern. The menu seemed more like a Bennigan's type offering of food with lots of appetizers, wraps, sandwiches and a few platters. The kids ordered a Turkey club sandwich to share, my son had a barbeque sandwich (most expensive one I have ever seen.......about $7.00) and I ordered a side of macaroni and cheese plus a couple of vegetables and corn bread. Interestingly enough, this was the first place on our whole trip that we had cornbread that was not sweet and it was good. The vegetables were straight out a can "ugly" and the mac and cheese was pretty tasteless. The kids would not eat the club sandwich (it was so high that they did not know what to do with
it so I traded with them. The sandwich was huge because it contained the thickest slice of onion I have ever seem; also thick slices of cucumbers. I dismantled it in order to eat some of it but should not have bothered. The slices of cheese were processed cheese product, the ham and turkey came right of the cold cuts case from the local grocery store. What a disappointment (and $8.00 wasted) . My son's barbeque sandwich was very good and he was happy with it. On the way out, we read a newspaper article on the way saying that the owners were losing money on the cafeteria and decided to change the whole style of the restaurant about a year ago. This is certainly no longer a Roadfood destination. I suggest you put a notation next to it in your Roadfood book.
We arrived home late in afternoon and sat down to a home-cooked spaghetti and meatball dinner, complete with lots of wine!