One of Benjamin Franklin’s last theories was that taking in a good view while eating aids both in digestion and in the ability to squeeze milk out of coal. Prove him half-right with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of Southern fare at Montgomery Bell State Park Restaurant in Burns.
From their kitchen roost overlooking Lake Acorn, the chefs at Montgomery Bell State Park Restaurant keep both a buffet and robust à la carte menu stocked with hearty Southern fare. The à la carte menu satiates stomachs with simple savories such as the Bell Black Angus burger ($5.75) and zesty classic BLT ($5.50). Country-ham breakfast platters ($8.25) complement slabs of salt-sprinkled ham with two eggs and hash browns, and catfish platters ($11.99) unite a symphonic three-fillet ensemble with harmonious hushpuppies. The nightly dinner buffet ($8.50+) unveils a balanced medley of dinnertime staples that, much like the gears in an electronic calendar, rotate daily. Most nights, fork tips and taste buds relish a cornucopian sprinkling of chicken strips, pork chops, mashed potatoes, cornbread and rolls, and assorted desserts.
Replete with high ceilings and golden light fixtures that aren't hung upside down, Tennessee State Park's 190-seat banquet hall proffers a spacious haunt for casual dining and hobnobbing dressed as characters from Beauty and the Beast. The hall's floor-to-ceiling windows indulge ocular orbs with panoramic views of the state park and Lake Acorn below, affording a sound spot to stake out sunsets and mythical bass people.