Growing up we would go fairly often since it's only around a 3 hour drive. Now that my sister lives in Knoxville (roughly 30 minute drive) I find myself there more and more. This past weekend my mom, sister, and I decided to explore the new development called The Island. We had never been and were looking for something new since we've been so many times. It's full of restaurants, shops, small amusement park, and a hotel. If you've ever been to Myrtle Beach it reminded me of Barefoot Landing (but not as many shops).
Some attractions include Margaritaville Island Hotel, Island Ropes Course, Old Smoky Moonshine, and countless novelty shops.
But if I'm being completely candid we went for one particular reason...to eat at Paula Deen's Family Kitchen.
Paula Deen has been somewhat controversial as of late and I of course don't agree with some of the things she's done. However, I always enjoyed watching her show, recipes, and the lady can make a pretty good biscuit. I have always wanted to visit her restaurant in Savannah but haven't had a chance to make it there yet so was excited to get a taste closer to home.
After scouting out the menu we decided we would go for breakfast in order to best avoid the crowds. You know a meal is going to be good when it starts out with complimentary raisin cinnamon rolls.
The restaurant serves a family style meal at a fixed price. You choose 3 home dishes (bigger entrees), 1 breakfast meat, and 2 sides to share among the table. We chose the chicken and waffles, everyday breakfast casserole, ooey gooey butter pancakes, black pepper bacon, biscuits and gravy, and country fried potatoes. In true Paula Deen fashion it was over the top and I expected nothing less.
I'm very particular and not easily impressed when it comes to southern food. I was born and raised on it so it takes more than the Cracker Barrel to get me going. Everything we had was very good besides the pancakes that were a little underwhelming. The consensus at the table was that the biscuits and gravy, breakfast casserole, and bacon were the favorites. The bacon was seriously so good and unlike anything I had ever had. The thick brown sugar glaze was out of this world good.
All in all, I would recommend visiting Paula's Family Kitchen! It's truly an experience and for $14.99 a person you more than get your money's worth. After eating go walk around The Island and explore to work some calories off and avoid a food coma!