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Oct 22 2006
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Fine dining/special occasion restaurant


Regas Restaurant
Where: Gay Street
Why: It's tradition, and it's damn good food.

Pasta Trio
Where: Old City
Why: Its got that traditional italian atmosphere right in the heart of the Old City. Grab some pasta, a couple glasses of red wine, and a enjoy your evening in Knoxville "Farragut-Free."

Regas
Where: Gay Street
Why: Classic fare, atmosphere, service

By The Tracks Bistro
Where: Homberg
Why: Excellent food, exquisite preparation, great variety

By the Tracks
Where: Kingston Pike at Homberg Place
Why: Food is always great; service impeccable.  The atmosphere is quiet and intimate.  And you can go dressed up or down - it's very comfortable.  Great value for the $$.

Copper Cellar
Where: either Campus or West
Why: Very good food and service. Worth it.

Regas
Where: Gay St.
Why: Great ambience, food and service.

Riverside Tavern
Where: Volunteer Landing
Why: Menu, location, structure is interesting, outdoor seating, good food and service.

Regas
Why: Great food. Great atmosphere. Just great!

chops
Where: kingston pike west knoxville
Why: great menu selections, atmosphere.

Regas
Where: Gay Street
Why: Excellent food, great staff, great atmosphere.

By th Tracks Bistro
Where: Bearden
Why: Outstanding food, well-prepared and well-presented; excellent service; charming atmosphere

Calhoun's
Where: On the River or Bearden Hill
Why: Tasty ribs, plus this is where my pal likes to go when he comes in from Atlanta. That's always a special occasion.

Chesapeake's
Where: Henley Street
Why: Quality fresh seafood preparation, good service, very comfortable atmosphere.

Sapphire
Where: Gay Street
Why: Excellent food, reasonable prices, non smoking in a cool environment.

Regas
Where: Downtown Knoxville on Gay Street
Why: Great food, great service, nice atmosphere, good menu, and a Knoxville tradition

Pasta Trio
Where: Old City
Why: The only Knoxville restaurant that seems worth the money. Feels like a New York City restaurant. Wonderful food. I'm poor enough that this restaurant qualifies as special occasion.

Le Parigo
Where: 5803 Kingston Pike
Why: High quality

The Orangery
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: Excellent food; lighter than Regas.

Parkside/Lakeside/Riverside Tavern
Where: Any
Why: Food and service are usually great, menu selection is good, and drinks are strong. 2/3 have good views of water too. Really hot hostesses, especially downtown.

The Orangery

By the Tracks Bistro
Where: Kingston Pike

The Orangery
Where: Homberg Place
Why: Inspired food and wine pairings and oh-so-elegant surroundings

Bistro by the Tracks
Where: Kingston Pike / Homberg Place
Why: Best in town

Foothills Milling Company
Where: Maryville, TN
Why: Excellent Food, Unusual Menu, Nice Atmosphere, excellent service

Foothills Milling
Where: Maryville, TN

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Casual dining restaurant


Tomato Head
Where: Market Square
Why: I'm a vegetarian...and it's good food.

Barley's Taproom
Where: Old City
Why: Pizza a beer... is there anything else you need to know?

Litton's
Where: Essary Road at Broadway
Why: Consistent moderately priced good food. There's nothing bad on the menu.

Cha Cha
Where: Homberg

Tomato Head
Where: Market Square
Why: One has to ask?

Calhoun's
Where: Downtown or Pellissippi
Why: Chase does good restaurants. Worth it.

Downtown Grill and Brewery
Where: Gay St.
Why: One word: the beer. We really like the microbrews (try the Nutbrown and IPA).

Stir Fry
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: Great food and outdoor seating.

Calhoun's
Where: on the River
Why: Best ribs around!! And great view on the river.

Littons

Etcetra
Where: Rocky Hill
Why: The Chef at Etcetra has created a great menu that has a litlle of something for everyone. The ruby red decor really creates a great date night atmosphere

Tavern on the River
Where: Neyland Drive
Why: Good food, decent staff, love the river view.

Sullivan's
Where: Northshore
Why: local owned, AWESOME food and atmosphere with unbeatable service

La Paz, aka Che Gueverra
Where: Suburban Center
Why: Great margaritas, consistently good food at reasonable prices, great music; the owner, Kevin, is a truly good guy and treats his staff well, as evidenced by some who have been there nearly 20 years - a home away from home.

Tomato Head
Where: 12 Market Square
Why: Variety of entrees, healthy fare, fresh ingredients, fresh bread, friendly folks.

Calhoun's
Where: Knoxville Riverfront
Why: Good varied menu selections, and quality preparation with a great view of riverfront.

sunspot
Where: cumberland avenue
Why: good food, fun atmosphere, good service

Riverside Tavern
Where: Volunteer Landing
Why: Nice bar, outdoor seating, interesting menu, good food, and views of the river

Savelli's
Where: Sutherland Avenue
Why: Like the ambience and the food is pretty good/ though uneven. A great little place to meet friends with a bottle of wine.

Nolrthshore Brasserie
Where: Northshore Drive
Why: Vared menu, Mussels 5 ways, bread and overall quality

Pasta Trio
Where: Old City
Why: Good, reasonably priced food. I love their salad dressing.

Tomato Head
Where: Market Square
Why: Great food, service, atmosphere; also, I've found it to have the best vegetarian options in the city.

Texas Roadhouse
Where: Any
Why: Usually good and inexpensive, consistent food and service.

Creamery Park Grill
Where: Fountian City
Why: great food, wonderful service, close to where I live and great to bring the kiddies!

Calhouns
Where: Bearden Hill

Sunspot
Where: Cumberland Avenue
Why: Their beer selection is expansive, the food is always fresh and you can eat meat - or not.

Sullivans
Where: Maryville, TN
Why: Good food, great atmosphere, nice bar, great location, fun place

Calhoun's
Where: Multiple

Adagio's
Where: linksview drive
Why: amazing chicken parmessan- huge portions! comfortable bistro style decor and great parking.

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Southern/home cooking restaurant


Kitts Cafe
Where: Greenway Road
Why: Just try it...you'll like it.

Ramsey's Restaurant
Where: Central Ave. Pike near Merchant
Why: Fried chicken and mashed potatoes can't be beat. Egg custard is outta sight. And it's all on a buffet.

Big Fatties

Ramsey's
Where: Merchant's and Central Ave. Pike
Why: What can I say. If you know Knoxville, you know Ramsey's

Lunch House
Where: Magnolia near Prosser
Why: good basic home cooking at affordable prices; clean; racially diverse customers; good service.

Big Fatty's
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: Darn good vittles. Okra.

pete's
Where: union avenue
Why: great breakfast

Lunch House
Where: Holston Drive
Why: Close to home cooking, outstanding fried cornbread, tuesday is butterbean day

Pete's
Where: Downtown

Pete's
Where: Downtown

411 Restaurant
Where: 411 South, Maryville
Why: Their cheeseburger and fries combo will rock your world.

Gracie's
Where: Maryville, TN
Why: Excellent food, large menu choices, fun place, hidden from the crowd, but always packed

Big Fatty's
Where: Knoxville, TN

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Italian restaurant


Louis' Original Drive-in
Where: Broadway
Why: If you have never eaten at Louis'...you ain't been livin' in Knoxville very long.

Pasta Trio
Where: Old City
Why: Its got that traditional italian atmosphere right in the heart of the Old City. Grab some pasta, a couple glasses of red wine, and a enjoy your evening in Knoxville "Farragut-Free."

Italian Market & Grill
Where: Franklin Square

Naples
Where: Bearden
Why: Good food fair price.

Altrudas
Where: N. Peters / The Commons Knoxville TN
Why: http://www.altrudas.com/  

Naples

Louis's Orignial
Where: Old Broadway - North Knoxville
Why: Spaghetti w/ mushroom sauce. nuff' said.

Saveli's
Where: Southerland Ave
Why: A brown bagger but solid dishes for us commoners

Bridge Street Cafe
Where: Bridge Street, Hot Springs, North Carolina
Why: Rich, delectable entrees, quaint ambience.

Naples
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: Good italian food and atmosphere.

Naples
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: Atmosphere,Wine list and eggplant Parma

Naples
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: In addition to being one of the oldest restaurants in the area, the food and atmosphere are great.

Italian Market & Grill
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: Great food, strong drinks, hot hostesses.

Naples

Naples
Where: Kingston Pike

Naples
Where: Homberg
Why: Tradition, taste, service, atmosphere.

Naples
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: The people are the best

Altruda's
Where: West Knoxville
Why: Great food, romantic atmosphere, good service, not like a chain!

Italian Market & Grille
Where: West Knoxville

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Mexican/Southwest restaurant


Senor Taco
Where: North Broadway
Why: Muy Excellente! Killer salsas for appetizers!

Cancun
Where: Broadway in Fountain City

Los Amigoes
Where: Maryville TN

Monterrey
Where: Merchants/Cedar Lane
Why: Great authentic Mexican food. The enchiladas rancheras (with pork and grilled veggies) are fantastic.

Senor Taco
Where: Broadway
Why: I had heard the recommendations for years, but just got around to vising recently. I was blown away with every aspect of the experience. Great service. Great food. Great prices. Great specials. Cool salsa bar. And a bowling alley next door. What more do you need? I ordered a seafood enchilada and the fish was nice and tender. It's so easy to overcook shrimp, but this was just perfect.

Pelancho's

El Charro
Where: Bearden Hill

El Sazon
Where: Alcoa
Why: Good food, authentic staff, great bartender.

La Paz, aka ChezGueverra; second choice La Costa
Where: see question 2 answers
Why: see question 2 answers

El Charro
Where: Cumberland Strip
Why: Good, quick Mexican food

la paz aka. chez gueverva
Where: suburban center
Why: great food, great service, fun atmosphere

El Sazon
Where: Alcoa Highway across from the airport
Why: Great food, great margaritas, great bartender, and fun decor and atmosphere.

El Charro
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: the cheese enchiladas. They have a good sauce.

Senor Taco
Where: Broadway
Why: Salsa bar and overall quality and price

Are you kidding me?
Why: There aren't any good Mexican or Southwestern restaurants here, though Senor Taco is close. I am from the Southwest, I know!

Senor Taco
Where: N. Broadway
Why: I realize that this is a chain, but every time that I've visited the place, it seems like a local establishment. And for the price and quality, it can't be beat.

Monterrey
Where: Kingston Pike -- Farragut
Why: Cheap, fast, and good.

El Charro
Where: Bearden Hill

Los Amigos
Where: Maryville
Why: Try Hector's Special Enchiladas (Shrimp is my favorite) with a Margarita... Mas bueno!

Agave Zul (sp?)
Where: Western Plaza - Kingston Pike
Why: The only fish tacos in town

El sazon
Where: Alcoa Highway-Alcoa
Why: Great atmosphere, great food, great service, big Vol fans!

Pancho's
Where: Maryville and South Knoxville

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Chinese restaurant


Dynasty Express
Where: Broadway in Ftn. City
Why: Crab Rangoon (Mom's favorites), Veggie entrees, great veggie eggrolls, great people.

China Jiang
Where: Emory Road near I-75
Why: Huge portions, well cooked and seasoned, plentiful fresh veggies. And the owners (and their 3 kids) are super folks.

Plum Tree
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: Plum Tree isn't a place that you would consider taking a first, or second date, there is absolutely nothing fancy about the settings, but their food is quite good. Plum Tree isn't a Buffet, but when you leave, you won't be leaving hungry. The sauces that the meals are served in, are thick and full of flavor, not watered down as I have experienced in other restaurants. Their meals are served with rice literaly covering one end of the elongated plates integrated into the main course which almost covers the opposite end. Even if you are not a big rice fan, the food portions are more than adequate to fill you up. If you like spicy I recommend the Kanshaw Beef. Kanshaw Beef is thinly sliced strips of Beef served with sliced Bell Peppers and Celery, they together are covered in a dark rich spicy sauce. You'll enjoy the flavor so much you will find yourself digging through the rice searching for every escaped morsel of food. I'd also recommend the Cashew Chicken

Ming Tree
Where: Alcoa
Why: It's one of the few non-buffets we've discovered. Pretty good garlic chicken and hot & sour soup.

Hong Kong House

China Jiang
Where: Powell
Why: Great takeout at a great price. The owners provide great customer service

China Pearl
Where: Bearden Hill or Farragut
Why: Something better about the sauce at China Pearl. Above average ingredients.

MP Hibachi Grill
Where: Calderwood across from Midland shopping center in Maryville
Why: Nice decor, good service, decent Chinese, great prices, and a Japanese steak/seafood hibachi menu (which I haven't tried.)

Dragon Den
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: Because it's the only Chinese restaurant near my office. It's usually good too.

P.F Changs
Where: Kingston Pike

Taste of Thai
Where: Peters Road, Cedar Bluff area
Why: It's not really Chinese, but it is the best Asian influenced restaurant I've found. You can do super spicy or tame... the offerings are authentic and tasty! The Tom Ka (sp.?) soup is outrageous.

T-Ho's
Where: Merchants Drive
Why: OK - its not Chinese. It Vietmanese and really good

Ming Tree
Where: Alcoa Highway-Alcoa
Why: Have been there for years, thus great food, great service, great prices, nice-quiet atmosphere-Chinese and Thai dishes. I know one of the employees and he has been serving me Chinese food for 20 years.

P.F. Chang's
Where: Knoxville, TN

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Japanese/Sushi restaurant


Wasabi
Where: Kingston Pike

Ginza
Where: Downtown West
Why: Most creative and freshest sushi in town. Sushi chef will make custom creations on request

Tomo

Kobe
Where: Halls
Why: White Sauce!

Nama
Where: downtown
Why: outstanding food

Nama
Where: Gay Street
Why: Secret Garden, bubble tea.

nama
Where: gay street
Why: awesome food, great service, fun mood, gregg white

Nama
Where: Gay ST
Why: Quality, meade on tap

Tomo
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: Great service and sushi. Also, it seems more authentic or trendy than other places I've been.

Fuji
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: Fast, cheap, consistent, good, and near my office!

Wasabi
Where: Bearden Hill

Soho Cafe
Where: Western Plaza
Why: I like the music and atmosphere there... the basil beef and shrimp is excellent.

Nama's
Where: Gay Street
Why: Great atmoshere and great sushi

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Thai or other Asian restaurant


Stir Fry Cafe
Why: Lemon grass soup rocks

Taste of Thai
Where: Peters Road
Why: Great place. Best Thai in Ktown

Lemon Grass
Where: Maryville
Why: The food is great, particularly the curries and the pad thai. And the basil spring rolls are yummy.

Taste of Thai

Tast of Thai

Taste of Thai
Where: Cedar Bluff
Why: Even the soup appetizer is delicious

Taste of Thai
Where: The Commons, North Peters Road
Why: Pad thai is yummy, also the Phoenix (?) soup and ginger ice cream.

stir fry
Where: galleria
Why: good food

T Ho
Where: Merchants Dr.
Why: Vietamese, the Crepe is the best dish in Knoxville

Soho
Where: Western Plaza

Taste of Thai
Where: Peters Road
Why: Great food.

Stir Fry Cafe
Where: Kingston Pike

Taste of Thai
Why: Oops, see above.

T-Ho's
Where: Merchants Drive

Lemon Grass
Where: Maryville
Why: I never even ask what the lunch special is anymore...I just order it.

Stir Fry Cafe
Where: Knoxville-The Gallery
Why: They have been in town for around 15 years, great food, nice atmosphere-much different menu-really good Thai food

Taste of Thai
Where: Knoxville, TN

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Other ethnic restaurant


Sitar Indian restaurant
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: I love Indian food and haven't had a chance to try Kashmir yet...but this one is pretty damn good.

Sitar
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: Quality Indian food. The pan is delicious. Indian beer, too.

Sitar

Alex's Havana Cafe
Where: Homberg
Why: Great Cuban sandwich.

Sitar
Where: Bearden
Why: consistently good food, good service - yummy

Falafel Hut
Where: Clinch Avenue at james Agee Street
Why: Just an old favorite.

El Quetzal
Where: Chapman Hwy
Why: most authenic food

Falafel Hut and Sitar
Where: Fort Sanders and Bearden
Why: Both have excellent and authentic ethnic food. I have a lot of Palestinian aunties and cousins, and eating at Falafel Hut brings me a taste of home.

Nama
Where: Old City

Agave Azul
Where: Western Plaza
Why: Great food, awesome Sunday Buffet, great prices, fun place to eat, service is great, indoor-outdoor eating, great menu, great bar

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Steak restaurant


Chophouse
Where: Fountain City

Chophouse
Where: West
Why: Mike Connor does a great job.

Riverside Tavern
Where: Knoxville TN

Regas

Regas
Where: Gay Street
Why: Steaks cooked to order.

Northshore Brassiere
Where: Northshore at Pellissippi Parkway

Ye Olde Steak House
Where: Chapman Highway in South Knoxville
Why: Sides could be better, service can be variable, but always a great steak.

Copper Cellar
Where: Cumberland- Downstairs

Edison Steak House
Where: Farragut
Why: Their seasoned beef is incredibly tender and flavorful and their wine list is outstanding. The service is typically exceptional.

Copper Cellar
Where: Cumberland Ave

Ye Olde Steak House
Where: South Knoxville
Why: No explanation necessary

Edison Park
Where: Knoxville, TN

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Seafood restaurant


Chesapeake's
Where: Henley Street
Why: Great variety, always well prepared, quiet decor.

Chesapeake's
Where: Downtown
Why: Freshest, best prepared seafood in any landlocked state of the Union

Nothing
Where: all over
Why: they are all mediocre.

Shrimip Dock
Why: ...not a restaurant..but damn good sea food selectections.

Bayou Bay
Where: Chapman Highway
Why: Great home-cooked seafood with a cajun touch. Not exactly a classy atmosphere, but who needs to dress up to eat well? The clam chowder is the best I've ever had. And they serve alligator.

Chesapeakes

Chesapeake's
Where: Henley Street
Why: Variety, preparation

Chesapeake's
Where: Henley Street
Why: See special event restaurant

Chesapeake's
Where: Downtown Henley St.
Why: Not a big fan of seafood, but I like theirs. Nice restaurant, good key lime pie.

Bonefish Grill

Please don't pick Chesapeake's
Where: Downtown
Why: Their food is tasteless, bland, overcooked, and greasy.

Chesapeakes
Where: Downtown

Captain D's
Where: all over
Why: 'cause I haven't tried Bonefish. I'll go to Cap'n D's for some throw down fried shrimp...

Bone Fish
Where: Kingston Pike

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Breakfast


Cracker Barrel
Where: They're everywhere
Why: Great value and enough food to hold you until dinner.

Italian Market & Grill
Where: Franklin Square
Why: Awesome buffet, fantastic omelets

Cracker Barrel
Where: various
Why: can't be beat.

Green Hills Grill
Where: Knoxville TN
Why: Yeah...its a chain, but they have really kick ass omlettes.

Market Square Kitchen
Where: Union and Market
Why: Great omelets and really reasonable prices.

Rankin's
Where: Central St.
Why: If you like Red Eye Gravy this is the place.

Pancake Pantry
Where: Parkway, Gatlinburg
Why: Fine selection of pancakes.

McDonald's
Where: Everywhere
Why: Don't laugh. This is the best kept breakfast value secret. Order the Deluxe Breakfast and you get scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuit, hashbrowns, AND pancakes. Add a side of gravy (which is better than Cracker Barrel's, by the way) and you're all set for about $5. (Not recommended as a daily part of your diet, with an artery clogging 1200 calories 61 grams of fat, and 136 grams of carbs. Without the gravy.)

Petes
Where: Downtown

Long's
Where: Kingston Pike

Cracker Barrel
Where: all over
Why: I've got to admit it, since K-ville doesn't have a great place like the City Cafe (Murfreesboro), CB serves up a breakfast that will last you all day - if you can stand the wait.

Round-Up
Where: Young High Pike

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Burgers


Cumberland Grill
Where: UT Campus
Why: 3 dollar burger and fries on Sundays... a poor man's dream.

Litton's
Where: Essary
Why: The bakery fresh bread makes this burger hum.

Littons
Where: Fountain City
Why: Love me one of them greasy big ass burgers.

Downtown Grill and Brewery
Where: Gay St.
Why: Great burgers, cooked to order.

Litton's

Littons

Freezo
Where: Central St. across from Oklahoma/ Old Merita Bread Factory
Why: Hamburger and a nilla' cone on the picnic table at the Freezo will make any day.

Chilis
Where: Alcoa
Why: Guacamole on the burger as ordered, Convenience

Bob's Burgers
Where: Hwy 70 Midtown (I 40 exit 350)

Bistro at the Bijou
Where: 803 S. Gay Street
Why: Juicy, flavorful meat; an array of good cheeses.

Regis
Where: Gay Street
Why: Big burger, quality beef.

Little River Village Campground Store
Where: Townsend, near the Park entrance
Why: Great burgers, fresh ingredients. Their broasted chicken is good, too. Their fudge is as good as you will find anywhere. Stop by to get a picnic lunch to take with you on you way to the mountains.

Pizza Palace
Where: Magnolia
Why: old fashion cheeseburger and onion rings

Litton's
Where: Fountain City

Sam & Andy's
Where: Farragut
Why: Nothing can beat the Vol Burger!

Litton's
Where: Fountain City

411 Highway Restaurant
Where: 411 Highway, Maryville
Why: Old grill, seasoned meat, grilled onions.... Damn, I'm getting hungry.

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Pizza


Barley's Taproom
Where: Old City

Pizza Hut
Where: All around
Why: It's a national chain, but doggone their stuff is good.

Barley's
Where: Old City
Why: Pretty good pizza but even better calzones.

Tomato Head

Stefanos

Harby's
Where: North Knoxville
Why: If you've ever eaten a pizza at Harby's you know what I'm talking about. A true hole in the wall if you've ever seen one but the best dang pizza hands down. The Greek Salad is excellente' as well.

Pizza Palace
Where: Magnolia
Why: Thin (but not too thin) crust, good consistency, good cheese, beer delivered to car while waiting.

Tomato Head
Where: downtown
Why: How can you ask why? Great food...

Tomato Head / I Love NY Pizza
Where: Market Square/Chapman Ford Center
Why: Tomato Head for "gourmet" varieties; I Love NY Pizza for New ork traditional

Eulidio'
Where: Callahan Dr.

Pizza Palace
Where: Magnolia Ave.
Why: This is a tough one. There are lots of good pizza places. This one has been around forever and they serve my favorite style. Bonus: you can order a beer curbside while you wait.

Barleys
Where: Jackson Ave
Why: Tender crust

Harby's
Where: North Knoxville

Tomato Head
Where: Market Square
Why: This is by far the best pizza I've had in Knoxville.

Stefano's
Where: Campus

Adagio
Where: Ebenezer Road, West Knoxville
Why: Because the new guys need a plug. Ya'll should visit. And their pizza is quite yummy as well.

The Pizza Kitchen
Where: Knoxville, Northshore Drive
Why: Great food, great drinks, fun atmosphere, super staff, great variety, indoor-outdoor eating, great prices, Sunday Buffet!

Mangia
Where: Turkey Creek

Snappy Tomato Pizza
Where: Broadway in Ftn. City
Why: Just tried it and its pretty darn good. I still miss the old Godfather's Pizza that used to be in the shopping center between Tazewell Pike and Broadway in Ftn. City. That pizza was the food of the gods. But the Snappy Tomato comes pretty close.

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Deli/sandwiches


Nixon's Deli
Where: Broadway in Ftn. City
Why: Good sandwiches, nice people, yummy desserts.

Leni's

Subway
Why: Cheap, quick, not greasy

Paul's Oasis
Where: Kingston Pike
Why: This is more a local bar & grill, but there's a great hoagie on the menu. Served hot with Italian dressing.

Nixon's
Where: any location

Lenny's
Where: Powell, Ftn Cty
Why: Lot a meat, great bread, good price

Frussy's
Where: Moody Road at Chapman Highway
Why: Great sandwiches put together by a true sandwich artist.

Jersey Mike's
Where: Cumberland Avenue.

Tomato Head
Where: Market Square
Why: As a vegetarian, it's hard to find restaurants where I can eat out with friends who are not, and this is the best place to find common ground.

Firehouse Subs
Where: Peters Road
Why: Great sandwiches, new restaurant.

Nixon's
Where: Kingston Pike

Lenny's
Where: all over knoxville
Why: Custom made. Locally owned. Decent sandwiches.

Lakeview Market (aka Victor's)
Where: Alcoa Hwy & Topside Road

Subs-n-such
Where: Maryville, TN
Why: Great Sandwiches, good prices, great sweet tea, good cookies

Subs-n-Such
Where: Maryville, TN

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Desserts


Litton's
Why: Can't beat that Baby Jane (available every other weekend)

Magpies
Where: Old City
Why: Nobody makes desserts like Peggy.  Sadly, she's only doing wedding cakes these days.  I'm hoping for holiday pies - try the three nut cranberry, or the cherry.

Copper Cellar
Where: Cumberland
Why: The strawberry shortcake rocks.

Naples
Why: I LOVE tiramisu

Littons

Litton's
Where: Ftn Cty
Why: Can you say Red Velvet Cake?

Tomato Head
Where: 12 Market Square
Why: Cookies, pies and those great cobblers

Mag-pies
Where: S. Central
Why: Super quality , without equal in Knox area

Regas
Where: Downtown
Why: Their strawberry shortcake is fabulous. And they use real shortcake, not that crappy storebought sponge stuff!

Litton's
Where: Fountain City

Tomato Head
Where: Market Square
Why: You wouldn't ask why if you ate their peanut butter pie...

Blount County Library
Where: Maryville, TN
Why: Never seen anything like it! Coffee, cakes, cookies, smoothies, in a beautiful library, for a great price!

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Vegetarian/health food restaurant


Tomato Head
Where: Market Square
Why: See casual dining entry...

Sunspot
Where: UT Campus

Sunspot
Where: Cumberland Ave
Why: It's legendary, and the reputation is well-deserved

Sunspot
Where: Cumberland
Why: Great sandwiches and entrees. My favorite is the enchilada with black beans and goat cheese.

Sunspot
Where: Cumberland
Why: Great menu. Great atomosphere. And with the new bar annex, there's now a smoking option. One of the only vegetarian menu's I've encountered in which I have trouble deciding what to order because it's all so good.

Sunspot

Sunspot
Where: Cumberland
Why: Consistently good food, nice atmosphere

Tomato Head
Where: 12 Market Square
Why: Fresh ingredients.

Sunspot
Where: Cumberland Ave.

Falafel hut
Where: James Agee St.
Why: Falafel and mid-east salads

Sunspot
Where: The Strip

Tomato Head
Where: Market Square
Why: As a vegetarian, it's hard to find restaurants where I can eat out with friends who are not, and this is the best place to find common ground. Plus, you could eat there every day of the week and have something different each time. Not a lot of other restaurants in Knoxville can boast that.

Tomato Head
Where: Market Square

Tomato Head
Where: Market Square
Why: They really strive to serve the veggie community. If only they could do something about the noise...

Do we have one? Probably Sunspot
Where: Knoxville-Cumberland Ave.
Why: Great chips and salsa, good food, unique menu, fun atmosphere, one of the nicer places to eat on the Strip-also considering opening in Maryville

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Other restaurant, category not listed


Wishbone's - Chicken Tenders
Where: Clinton Hwy, Maynardville Hwy, Magnolia
Why: I eat a lot of chicken tenders. Zaxby's, Ruby's, Sawyer's, you get the picture. I drive miles out of my way to get Wishbone's tenders. They have got the be the meatiest tenders you can get the and the batter is to die for. Try em', you'll love em'.

The Lunch Box
Where: Baum Drive
Why: local owned, all foods prepared fresh and on location (or out of the catering location on Cross Park) the manager (Chris) at Baum Dr. will make special/personable deliveries to many of his customers; and, he knows them all by name!

Ridgewood Barbecue
Where: Bluff City, TN (near Roane Mt. Park)
Why: Could be worth the drive itself, definitely worth a stop if you're in the area visiting Roane Mt. State Park. Possibly the best barbecue you will ever have.

Kashmir Indian
Where: 17th St.

Wright's Cafeteria
Where: Middlebrook Pike
Why: Best Cafeteria Category

Tomato Head
Where: Downtown Knoxville
Why: All around one of the best restaurants in Knoxville. Serves vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare Opening soon in Maryville!! yeah

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S Carpenter's picture

MagPies desserts

 

Regarding the comment that MagPies "only doing wedding cakes these days":

Actually, the bakery offers celebration cakes and cupcakes in addition to the wedding cakes. MagPies cakes are made fresh to order. There is almost always a selection of cakes and cupcakes available to walk-in customers too.  The cake menu is here.

Look for special offerings of cheesecakes and pies closer to the Thanksgiving holiday.

http://www.magpiescakes.com 

I'm very proud of my wife's work and perseverance as an artist and businessperson. Thanks for the mentions in the KnoxViews "best of..." 

Rachel's picture

Yeah, Magpies pies for

Yeah, Magpies pies for Thanksgiving!   I'll be putting in my order.

Jim Lee's picture

Best restaurants

My votes for 'best' restaurant(s)

White tablecloth: Regas, hands down

Upscale: Copper Cellear, we like downstairs on Cumberland

Cafeteria: Wrights, one great one in a dwindling supply

Everyday: Sam and Andy's (west division) Lunch House (east division)

Anytime: Puleo's Grille

Good, fun, & funky: Litton's, lotta grease for the dollar.

Best $1.45 Baloney sammich in town: Amherst Grocery, Amherst Road; a local institution. CSX train crews call ahead and stop the train across the street to pick up their orders (note to concerned citizens: they only stop for a couple of minutes)

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Le Parigo

Le Parigo is a not a high end place and is run by an idiot who thinks he is better than every American. The bar is poorly stocked and the wait staff does not know anything. Over-priced and pretentious, if even still in business.

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