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“So excited to find it, so disappointed in the end”
Review of Campfire Grill - CLOSED

Campfire Grill
Price range: US$3 - US$7
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Campfire Grill is a fun and engaging fast casual restaurant. We take great pride in preparing all of our products fresh every day. Campfire Grill offers the best in healthy Fresh-Southwest-American favorites. Our Tacos, Burgers, Burritos, and Gourmet Hot Dogs are prepared with only the finest ingredients. Fast, Fresh, and Delicious! Right before your eyes! Easy to find we are located right at the only traffic light in townsend, Tennessee!
Philadelphia, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
103 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“So excited to find it, so disappointed in the end”
Reviewed 4 July 2014

I have been wanting to dine here for months and months. We tried to find it in March when we were at the cabin for a long weekend, but they picked that month to be closed due to moving. Our disappointment was notable.

So we were thrilled to find it open the day before Independence Day -- heck, we were thrilled to find it, period! Then reality crashed in and trashed the party.

The food is lackluster. It's huge, and it's profoundly unhealthy, and it's freshly fried. But it is decidedly lackluster. They were out of the fish tacos, which were what I most wanted. DH's gigantic deep-fried chicken sandwich was piled high with swiss cheese and bacon, but the cheap, over-processed-white-bread bun fell apart almost immediately. They would do well to get some squishy, eggy, expensive chewy buns that can stand up to such food. DS's hamburger was supposed to have pepper jack cheese and "made to order guacamole." It had the cheese. Guacamole was conspicuously missing.

The fries were cold, limp, and tasteless.

But the worst part is the "service." It's not good. You order at a counter, and then... nothing. No one tells you what the process was. We were sitting outside [Warning: Bring your own shade, because the shade umbrellas are stacked up under a porch], and we waited and waited. The server substituted loud, fake, too-jovial conviviality for actual service. "Here's your food, bro! I'll be right back with your gumbo, dude!" He disappeared. We had no napkins, no silverware, no ketchup. DH went in the front door to try to scrounge up those things. In the meantime, the server came back, and I told him the guys were inside trying to find napkins, silverware, and ketchup, and the server yelled, "Duuuuude! I would've gotten those for you, bro! Enjoy your food, dude!"

We never saw that young man again.

Three more families arrived and sat at tables in the scorching sun.

When we were finally finished, we then sat there for a while trying to figure out what to do with the trash, plastic red baskets, and the bottle of ketchup. It really bothered me to leave a squeeze bottle of ketchup without a lid or anyway to keep bugs out of it on an open table outdoors. DH went inside to see if there were trashcans in there. He didn't find any. There was one garbage can with a lid [*not* bear proof] behind the umbrella-storage porch. So we threw away our trash in that small can, and we left our red plastic baskets and the bottle of ketchup on the table, and we left.

Won't be back. It's not the worst place in the world. It just isn't good.

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank BayInTN
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English first
Townsend, Tennessee
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“UPDATE.......IT'S GREAT !!!”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

I've eaten at this hot dog joint since the beginning. They were forced to move to a new location and started off a little rocky (thus some negative reviews listed) BUT Jason has things going in the right direction. If you've ever been in the restaurant business, it can be brutal and Jason is holding his own in a very tough business. Jason (owner) meets and greets, has a smile on his face and is one hell of a chef......This is NOT your run of the mill hot dog joint. Outstanding fish tacos, burritos and specialty items that Jason has dreamed up and takes great pride in getting you to try. If you're looking of 30 second ready fast food, go to Hardees and eat their cuisine. This food is made fresh per order so sit down, enjoy the mountains, have a beer and get ready for a great meal.......the kind made by a guy who takes pride in his work and product. One of these days you'll see Guy Fieri (Diners, Dives & Drive-in's) standing with Jason and trying one of his great concoctions ! (I know because my wife entered him !) . Keep up the great work (and food) !!

  • Visited July 2014
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3 Thank Gary R
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Temple
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Freshness worth the wait”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

Other reviewers have commented there is some wait time for the menu items at Campfire Grill. This just means they don't start the cookin' without you!

The restaurant is a spotlessly clean and comfy-cool respite from the muggy heat, with two seating areas and very nice restrooms. Place your order at the counter, and you can get a head start on your soft drink or beer.

We ordered burgers, a chicken club sandwich, and an order of fries which they generously told us would be big enough for us to share. The sandwiches were fresh, hot & delicious...and the fries were equally impressive. Very reasonable prices and very hard-working & friendly cooks and counter help. I know they'll appreciate your business and make you feel right at home!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank cherylynn3
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A hamburgers a hamburger”
Reviewed 30 June 2014

NOT!!! No idea what they do to the burgers - they are patted fresh when you order and the bun is fresh and toasted to perfection. did I mention hand-cut fries!?!

Visited June 2014
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Thank Sherri E
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Novi, Michigan
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Happy Campers”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

While we were visiting the area we were so happy a friend referred this restaurant for us. We went with 4 hungry teens, and my hubby after river rafting. I wish they had a rating for above excellent. The staff was friendly, and great. The one cook recommended a dish that he thought my son would like. He had that one right for sure. We all left very satisfied, and hopefully one day we will be lucky enough to go back again!

  • Visited June 2014
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Thank cindie s
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