Friday, February 17, 2012

Lunch At The Partridge & Pear

Bev and I had been having trouble scheduling a meal out with friends Laurie and David but we finally made it happen in Pigeon Forge, Tn.  Bev and I were staying at our timeshare in Gatlinburg and knowing they like to go places, we suggested a meal in the mountains. 

There are not nearly as many eating options in the winter, especially for lunch, but after a little online research, we settled on The Partridge & Pear, which is part of Christmas Place Complex, which includes a store and hotel.  The restaurant was very nice on both the inside and out and our dining room had a train running around the top of the walls.

We started with the Christmas Tomatoes appetizer which was fried green tomatoes, topped with feta cheese and served with cranberry-pear sauce – it was just okay.

Bev’s entrée was a Reuben with ‘Tis the Season fries and like the appetizer, the sandwich was just okay but we both liked the fries – a mix of Idaho and sweet potatoes.

I had the fried catfish dinner with ‘Tis the Season fries, coleslaw, and red onion & caper Remoulade.  I liked all of mine and would love to have the Remoulade recipe as I thought it was outstanding.

It wasn’t a great meal – it was a tourist restaurant after all - but I’d give it another try.  It was, however, a very nice way to spend time with our friends.

After lunch we headed across the street to The Incredible Christmas Place and it blew me away.  It’s huge, but divided into small rooms that feel intimate, but I could envision wandering around in there lost for a while.  It only took me about 5 minutes to see all I wanted, but if you’re in Christmas stuff, they seemed to have at least one of everything made for the season and you'd probably think it really is incredible.

After leaving the store, we were able to get this shot of the Mountains above Gatlinburg - I couldn't tell if it was snow or ice or both that we were seeing, but it's obvious where the line is.

These are from our condo balcony of the mountains to the east and across Gatlinburg to the hill on the west side of town.

It was a very good day.

All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


1/12/12  meal date


  1. Thanks for the "head up" on the restaurant. Hope the rest of your trip was great!

  2. The meal looks good at least :) I wonder if you would have asked for the remoulade recipe, if they would have given it to you? I always think about that after I've left the restaurant!
    Gorgeous mountain photos!!

  3. I'd love to have that remoulade recipe too. Couldn't you have threatened them or something? :)

  4. I love the photos, Larry. It is hard to get an outstanding meal in a tourist restaurant, but when the company is good it can be overlooked and enjoyed for what it is - as long as the restaurant has no pretense. Have a fabulous weekend. Blessings...Mary.

  5. Larry, Larry, Larry! You need to ask the locals where to eat - lol Try the Old Mill on Teaster or the Apple Barn and Cider Mill on Apple Valley Way (this might be more in Sevierville than PF). I think all of you would like the food better. thanks for the heads up on this restaurant!

  6. Beautiful scenery, Larry. Love that clear blue sky. I think I would enjoy a couple of hours in that amazing Christmas shop.

  7. Tourist restaurants are fine to visit but I never feel like a get a really good meal. When we are in a new town, I always ask the locals where they eat. The fry mixture sounds tasty and I think your meal sounded good too.

  8. It's nice that you can take a vacation so close to home. Sweetie was probably miffed that she wasn't invited.

  9. There are so many eating places in and around Gatlinburgy/PF/Sevierville that I can't imagine how they all can make it --especially during the off-season.

    Have you eaten at the Park Grille? We ate there in Dec. and loved it --although it was pricey at nights. I had some delicious grilled salmon there.

    Great pictures.

  10. That complex is always so packed with cars when we go by that I've never tried to go in. Then again, that is about 90% of the whole town during the season, isn't it?


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