Tuesday’s Treats #69

Holston’s Kitchen

Location: Sevierville, Tn



This is the place to get incredible steaks while you are in the Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/Sevierville area. There are many great choices on the menu, and quite the variety from fried chicken to pasta to fajitas, but the steaks are probably my favorite. They are seasoned just right and cooked to perfection. The atmosphere is really cool, and the staff is always helpful and courteous. 

If you’re in Tn to visit Dollywood, the music theaters or the Great Smokies, be sure to add this to your “must visit” list for a great lunch or dinner. Oh, they apparently have a brunch on Saturday’s as well. 😉

 Check out the menu here

Tuesday’s Treats #68

Cherokee Grill

Location: Gatlinburg, Tn



This is a great place for lunch or dinner, a birthday or even Christmas celebration. Everything is delicious, and the atmosphere is perfect for a casual or classy date. The steaks are incredible and they are paired perfectly with salads, potatoes and sweet potatoes. 

This restaurant is located right in downtown Gatlinburg; so, you can enjoy the walk downtown after you fill your tummy with the yumminess. Check out their menu options and location here.  

Tuesday’s Treats #67

Apple Barn

Location: Sevierville, Tn


Where everything is apples! 

If you a slice of the best apple pie around, drop by the Apple Barn while in Sevierville, Tn. Ask for it a la mode and prepare yourself! Oh. My. Goodness. If you want to bite into even more yummy goodness, order yourself the caramel apple nut pie a la mode! Deliciousness! There are several restaurants and cafes from which to choose. We just went to the Apple Barn and Cider Mill for the desserts, but we walked them over to the Creamery, because our boys were craving ice cream. The Apple and Cider Barn has apple cider, appke cider doughnuts, apple fried pies, apple stack cake, pecan pie and a few other pies and pastries. The coffee is left a little in the wanting, but the milk and other drinks are just fine. The Creamery has lots of flavors of ice cream, fudge and other delights. There is a Farmhouse restaurant and a cafe on site, but we didn’t feast at either. However, it looks as if the Farmhouse has a couple of large country cooking platter from which to choose, but you better get there early, as they line up quick. They had a crowd at 2:00 in the afternoon, but the Creamery and Cider Mill were a breeze to get in and out of. Oh, and give yourself a little time to peruse through the gift shop in the barn. They’ve got some really neat items. 

Check out their website for location, times and available restaurants. 

Tuesday’s Treats #66

El Ranchero Mexican

Location: Grayson, Ga

This is a great, festive Mexican restaurant just on the west end of Grayson. It’s bright and airy and fun. The chips and salsa and sweet tea are all great. The fajitas, Fajita Nachos with chicken and steak, beans and rice are great, too. They could have loaded the fajitas with a bit more meat, but it was tasty. 

We’ve only been here once; so, I don’t have more menu items to recommend, but these are good choices to start. Here is the Facebook page for you to check out the menu. 

Tuesday’s Treats #65

Pig Tails

Location: Flowery Branch, Ga

This is a cool little dockside restaurant at Aqualand Marina in a little town called Flowery Branch on Lake Lanier. On cool spring and summer days, this is a great outdoor restaurant. If it’s a warmer day, it’s still nice, as there are plenty of ceiling fans and wall fans on the property. If it’s raining outside, it is a open, canopied patio; so, you’re still covered. (See what I did there. Lol.😂) It really does have a great atmosphere, and the scenery is beautiful, as you can see the lake from your table. 


The food is yummy. Start out with the Fish Tails (fried grouper fingers) made extra crispy. The pictures here are of the 3 Sisters burger, with smoked Gouda, pimento and fiery ghost pepper cheese and the Brisket Philly. The brisket is delicious and so is the burger. To be honest, the day we had these, I think maybe they were just “getting into the swing of things for the season,” because things weren’t exactly A+. The service was great, but they seemed to be struggling in the kitchen. However, the brisket was still incredible, and the next time we went a few days later, everything was awesome! 


Along with the brisket philly, they have a brisket plate with a 1/2 or full pound order and a great chicken club brioche, complete with pepper jack cheese and smoked peppercorn bacon. It was so good! Oh, they have about four homemade BBQ sauces from which to choose, too…yum!

So, if you’re out for the day on Lake Lanier, and you’re looking for a great place to get lunch, bring your boat into the marina and stay awhile. If you’re closer to Hidden Marina, check out their sister location Fish Tales. It’s just as good. 

Check out the menu, hours of operation and location here

Tuesday’s Treats #61

Max Lager’s

Location: Atlanta, GA

The atmosphere is great! With the brick walls, barrel-high top tables and the big American flag along one wall, it has a genuine American feel. The food is incredible with choices of burgers, steak, chicken and even pizza. The sweet tea is true Southern style, and there are plenty of brew choices, if that is your style. The staff was great, always helpful and knowledgeable of the menu. We will definitely be returning again and again!

Tuesday’s Treats #59

Th Donut Hole

Location: Destin, FL

This is an all time favorite when we’re in town. This local donought shop usually doesn’t disappoint…however, our last visit wasn’t as good as usual…but we’re convincing ourselves it was just the staffing that day. So, I am writing this review on the previous visits, because they were always so delicious, and I believe it will be great the next time we visit!

They have just about every kind of doughnut from which to choose: sour cream, glazed, chocolate, strawberry, blueberry, red velvet, etc. Everything is made fresh daily, and they also have a firm assortment of cakes and pies. 

As you see on the sign above, their key lime pies are made daily, and I have to say they’re good but a little more on the sweet side and not enough of the tart key lime for my taste. The coffee is good, no frills and thrills, just a good strong, “donut shop” kind of coffee. They have milk and juice, too, I think, but I always get coffee with my sweets. 

Apparently, after perusing their FB page, I realize they do serve breakfast and lunch, too. We’ve always just stopped by for dessert on our way to or from the hub of Destin; so, I can’t speak to the goodness of those meals. However, if it’s made anything like their sweets, it’s sure to be good! If you’re ever in the Destin area, drop by and check them out


Oh, and so sorry for the half eaten pie here, but I had to share this bit of yumminess my son got the least time we went. He almost didn’t let me get a pic before he devoured it! Lol. It was some type of “brownie explosion” with cheesecake, brownie, graham crust, and it was delicious!

Tuesday’s Treats #58

Rotolo’s Pizzeria

Location: Gulf Breeze, FL

This place is great! We found it on a recent trip to Florida, and we will definitely be making it one of our “go-tos” while on the coast. Rotol’s has a great atmosphere, and the staff are friendly and helpful. I love the brick walls and motif, and they have booths, tables and chairs, as well as, high tops and chairs to accommodate all types of seating endeavors.

The pizza was incredible, and I wish it hadn’t been so late, because I so wanted to eat the whole pan! However, I suppose, it was a good thing, because I would never go to a pizza joint to get a soup and salad. Yet, that’s exactly what I did, and I didn’t regret it one bit! You get to pick your soup and your salad; so, I chose the tomato basil soup with the spinach, cranberry, walnut salad. It was delicious!!


We will definitely be back again and again! Check out their website for more information, menu items and their various locations. Evidently, you can enjoy Rotolo’s not only when you are in Florida but in Alabama, Louisiana and Texas, too! It is so good, you’ll want to try it!

Tuesday’s Treats #57

McGuire’s Irish Pub

Location: Destin and Pensacola, FL

If you’re in the Destin or Pensacola areas, McGuire’s is definitely a bucket list adventure for lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is great, and the food is delicious. Until last December, we had always read about this on Trip Advisor, but we had yet to try it. Now, we can’t believe we never did! The staff is friendly and helpful. The atmosphere is very “Irish-esk,”  and the food just as much. There are $1 bills posted all over the walls and ceilings, which I kind of think takes away from the deep wood appeal, but in true Irish flair, the $1 bills are said to bring you “good luck;” so, that’s their thing. 😉

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TA reviews had mentioned the wonderful nachos, and they did not lie! Oh my goodness!! As you can see from the pic, these are piled high; however, you will have to order them to see that they really are piled high! These were shared amongst 5 adults, 2 teens and 2 younger kids, and we still had some left over. This was served with a side of sour cream, salsa, and they also brought out the most yummy warm, brown, honey bread as an appetizer. Oh. My! I could have filled up on these two items alone. They, also, have a “Senate Bean Soup” you can order for 18 cents, but beware, if you order it alone (without an entree), you’ll have to pay $18.00. Read the menu for more information. 😉

Our oldest loves root beer, and McGuire’s makes their own in-house brew. It is not like your average store bought brand. This was yummy, topped with its own “green cherry bomb.” Among our party of nine, we ordered the fish and chips, burgers, popcorn shrimp, steaks, and salads. Everything was great, but by far, the absolute best thing was the steak and baked potato. Oh my goodness, the steak was so tender, you could cut it with a dinner knife (not steak knife)! It was soooo delicious! My husband got this as his meal, and I had wished I’d gotten that instead of my burger. The baked potato with which it was served was cooked perfectly, just as if it had been timed exactly right to sit over a campfire till it arrived at perfection. I was really glad my husband was so full from the nachos, bean soup and bread; so, I could enjoy a few bites.

My burger, complete with bacon, smoked gouda cheese and lettuce, was huge and very tasty…too much to finish but very good. The fries were not too thin, not too thick and yummy. The sweet tea was perfectly Southern style, and the coffee was hot, but maybe not my first choice. Since, the Irish are well known for their “drink and be merry” moto for life, if you’re into ales and such, they’ve got plenty of those from which to choose, and they even have some homemade brews. I’m sorry, I’m not into All that; so, I could fill you in on that part. 😉 They’ve, also, got “The Grand Burger” which they serve with champagne, and a “Garbage Burger” with all that you could think of on top, not really either of my choices in burgers, but hey, to each his own, I suppose.

Because we were all absolutely stuffed, we didn’t even think about dessert, but they do have a few. However, I can’t rightly remember what those might be. They’ve also got an Irish gift shop right next door, complete with all kinds of Irish gift items, as well as, a pizza shop and other Irish adorned shops along the little strip (*This is all at the Destin location).

Finally, it might seem very strange to include the “bathroom signs” on a restaurant review; however, I thought it important to warn you that when you are at McGuire’s, you need to be sure to read these signs very carefully. Otherwise, you might get quite a surprise…LOL! 😉 When I’m on the Gulf Coast, it is hard for me to bypass the great seafood for a different cuisine; however, McGuire’s is worth the trip, and we will definitely be going back! To check out their website for locations and menu items, click here.

Oh, and one last note, if you’re wondering about the tint of color on each of these pics, I did not have trouble with a camera filter, nor did my processing go wrong, this is the lighting within McGuire’s. So, be prepared when you walk inside, the lighting will seem a little “off,” but after a few minutes, your eyes will acclimate just fine. 😊

Tuesday’s Treats #56

Caprese NY Pizza and Pasta

Location: Dacula, Ga

 

This little Italian place is good for a quick lunch or early dinner. I wouldn’t say it’s really a “date night” place, but that is to each one’s opinion. The place is small, but they have a lunch buffet during the weekdays that is pretty good. I’d have to rate this place with a solid “B+.” The food is definitely good. It’s not the best Italian I’ve ever had, yet, definitely not the worst either.

The meal was filling and tasty. My son and I ordered the personal pizza (10′), garlic rolls and a salad (for me). We still had one piece of pizza left over and a roll. We got a half pepperoni and half “the works.” The Greek salad I got was really good, and the Italian dressing had a strong oil and herb base, but it was delicious. Like I said, the pizza was tasty, but I wasn’t crazy about the Italian sausage on it. It just wasn’t as flavorful as I like Italian sausage to be; so, I did take that off. The rolls were just kind of average, but the garlic butter they were swimming in was delicious. I dipped my pizza crust in it! I do apologize for not getting a pic of the pizza. I had put away my camera by the time it came, and I completely forgot! 🙄

The restaurant is very clean, and the staff is very friendly. For a Saturday afternoon around 2:00pm, they had a decent crowd coming and going, too. So, if you’re in the area, you might give them a try. Here’s the website to find the location and menu items.