35 responses

  1. Erin
    April 28, 2011

    That is what chicken and dumplings look like, and they are pretty delicious.

  2. Ashley
    April 28, 2011

    I’m very familiar with restaurants like that. Sorry the options were so limited, but it looks like you’re having a great time 🙂

  3. Grace
    April 28, 2011

    Sour Patch kids are my favorite car and movie candy! and I have to buy small packs because they are very dangerous! The Applehouse looks so cute! and the cabin looks beautiful! I would love to be in a cabin in the woods right now! Have fun on your trip to Nashville tomorrow!

  4. Chelsea
    April 28, 2011

    Enjoy it! I love the mountains of NC and TN! It is so green and lush. Its great that you guys can save money and use a friends cabin.
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  5. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food
    April 28, 2011

    what an awesome place to stay and a great way to prepare for the race 🙂

    I have never had apple fritters! ahh they look soo good! 🙂

    Best wishes for your prep! 🙂

  6. Shannon
    April 28, 2011

    Birthday cake ice cream is my favorite! It seriously is the best. I love going to restaurants like that aren’t part of a chain
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  7. Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife
    April 28, 2011

    Oh what a pretty cabin! I LOVE hot tubs outside. Have fun 🙂

  8. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)
    April 29, 2011

    Haha, I ate at a Southern food restaurant in Northern California, of all places, and there were no vegetarian entrees, so I got a bunch of sides like Kelly 🙂 You gotta do what you gotta do!
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  9. Alaina
    April 29, 2011

    I think after a 9 hour drive, comfort food is the best. That stinks about the apple cider though. I have a feeling one sip that tasted like dirt would turn me off of it for a while. 😛

    Yeah, hot tub! That cabin looks so cute.
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  10. Jamie Sometimes Healthy Girl
    April 29, 2011

    How funny that the restaurant served all that apple. Loved your description of the cider. haha. I love comfort food -wish I could have a fritter right about now with a huge glob of apple butter. YUM!
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  11. Jocelyn
    April 29, 2011

    You are clearly in a small southern town, sometimes lettuce and tomatoes constitute a salad – and you choose to judge it? You’re not at a 5 star restaurant – I like your blog but you’re being quite rude. What you think isn’t up to par is what most people like about small town country food.

    • Maryanne
      April 29, 2011

      I disagree with you. Why is it that just because you are in a small town that the food has to suck? I don’t get that?

      • Lacey @ Lake Life
        April 29, 2011

        Why is it that lettuce with a tomato slice has to suck? Fresh vegetables are really expensive and a lot of small restuarants end up wasting them because they don’t get used in time. This whole post was basically dripping with rudeness (fried BLOBS of apple dough and the word “heavy”being used 3 times?) Can you say ORTHOREXIA?
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      • Maryanne
        April 29, 2011

        I think it’s a cop out. Don’t own a restaurant unless you can afford good ingredients.
        It’s nice of your to accuse Meghan of an eating disorder…wow.

      • Lacey @ Lake Life
        April 29, 2011

        Just wondering, Maryanne, how many restaurants to you own?
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      • Maryanne
        April 29, 2011

        2 actually…

      • Lacey @ Lake Life
        April 29, 2011

        Then that’s the rudest thing you could do- insult another restaurant when you really know the struggle that it is to OWN a restaurant.
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    • Erin
      April 29, 2011

      I completely agree. Very turned off by the post as well. Just enjoy that you’re some place new and give it a chance.

  12. Jumanah @ Healthy Living in the Middle East
    April 29, 2011

    Delicious good ol’ southern food! Gotta love it! YUM!

    That cabin looks so beautiful. I love all color of the wood in the kitchen!
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  13. Christine @ Burning It Off
    April 29, 2011

    None of that food looks very appetizing… but it probably tasted awesome 😉
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  14. Conni
    April 29, 2011

    I LIVE IN KNOXVILLE! You’re so close to me I could scream. 🙂 🙂

  15. Holly @ The Runny Egg
    April 29, 2011

    What a nice cabin! And I love eating at places like that — really homey meals like Cracker Barrell. Have fun!
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  16. Hilary
    April 29, 2011

    Looks like fun…and real southern for sure! 🙂
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  17. April
    April 29, 2011

    Ah, Cosby Tennessee and the Smokey Mountains. I love it. I was just there a couple weeks ago. Gorgeous this time of year! I am a new follower of yours, just thought I’d say hi and tell you to enjoy your trip!
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  18. Hope
    April 29, 2011

    So glad you made it! Wow, that food looks interesting! I’ve never had chicken and dumplings before. It looks good though! 🙂 Have fun!!

  19. Mimi
    April 29, 2011

    Southern cooking and vegetarianism generally don’t mesh well… I’m glad Kelly found something!
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  20. Ashlee (Ash & Lew Plus 2)
    April 29, 2011

    You are totally in the Ash & Lew Plus 2 neck of the woods! Too bad it sounds like you have a full weekend b/c we live VERY close to there! Small world! I hope you have an awesome time in Nashville!
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  21. Kacy
    April 29, 2011

    It’s so weird how homestyle restaurants like that never have real veggies. Veggies can be homestyle.

  22. Laura
    April 29, 2011

    I grew up in Knoxville, and now live in a small farming community in North Mississippi. These restaurants are a-plenty ’round these parts! 🙂

    I hate that some other readers thought you came across as rude…you are just used to more upscale restaurants in bigger cities, that’s all. You are always honest with your opinions about restaurants…whether it be at a four star gourmet or a cabin in the Smoky Mountains! I appreciate that about your blog. You are making the most of eating traditional Southern comfort food, and that’s all you can do. I grew up with this type of food, and it is typically too heavy for me, too. LOVE your shout-out to Mayfield’s!!!! Grew up on their dairy products, too…gosh now I’m all nostalgic! 🙂

    The first half marathon I ever did was Nashville!!!! You will love it…the spectators are awesome and there’s music EVERYWHERE…enjoy it!!

    ~Laura

  23. Amy
    April 29, 2011

    Oh that cabin looks to die for! So cute!
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  24. Marie
    April 29, 2011

    For serious? It must be so hard to exist in such a world that is just so…. Mediocre to you. Oh noes, “heavy” food. I think what you really want to say is that it isn’t a 200 calorie meal like you’re used to eating in your little controlled environment.

    • Lacey @ Lake Life
      April 29, 2011

      I agree Marie! I live in upstate NY, where it’s all small “country” restaurants. Here we appreciate the hard work it takes to even run a business. We grow our produce 3 months of the year, and the rest of the time we have to drive at least 20 minutes to buy produce at the local grocery store…and the produce is usually from Chile.
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  25. Lacey @ Lake Life
    April 29, 2011

    Just in case anyone wanted to visit the Carver’s Applehouse website to make their own unbiased opinions:
    http://dininginthesmokies.com/_cosby/dccarver.htm
    Lacey @ Lake Life recently posted..Toto- I don’t think we’re in NY anymore

  26. RunningOnCoffee
    April 29, 2011

    I try to pack apples, bananas, dried fruit when we travel so I don’t feel too bad about food stops without a lot of produce along our route. Those apple fritters look awesome though! How nice of your family friends to let you use their cabin, it looks like it’s in a great setting. The other side of Knoxville is a possible job placement for my hubs when he finishes grad school…it would be a huge change from the northeast, but I’d look forward to the mountains in the backdrop!
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