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Carl's Drive-In

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1254 E Lee Hwy, Loudon, TN 37774-6465
+1 865-458-3791
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98 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been eating Foot Long Hotdogs here for last 50 years, never had a bad one. Price is reasonable, service is quick. This place is an Icon in Loudon.

Thank webbfoot
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Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

We love Carl's! The Philly sandwich is fabulous, and so are the onion rings. My husband loves the double cheeseburger basket and we always order dessert!

Thank Kristi C
Knoxville, Tennessee
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114 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

This is one of the few old-fashioned drive inns still around. It's cash only and they can hook the tray on the car window for you. The food is just average fried food but it is cheap. Sonic has better food but this is the place to go to take a trip back in time.

Thank inthevortex
Loudon, Tennessee
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2017

I've been going to Carl"s since the late 60's. It's good food in an iconic setting. You can grab a meal for 2 for about 10 bucks.

Thank cartwright865
Knoxville, Tennessee
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102 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

I was super excited about finding Carl's because they have the type of food Sonic had about 20 years ago. I wanted the grilled ham and cheese sandwich,and it was just as good as I had hoped it would be! My fiance got the chili dog and onion rings. We were a little disappointed with the onion rings because we... More 

Thank TNTraveler2003
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Nice little family owned drive in with great food & really great prices. Atmosphere is from the 50's Most of the time we will drive down just to get a large ice cream cone. I haven't been disappointed yet & I don't think you will be either. Closed Sundays, Week of Christmas, Week of 4th of July. Most import to... More 

Thank GUY R
Loudon, Tennessee
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Down home feel in a 50 style drive in. The car hops feel old school. Food awesome, cheap and hot. Love it for a cheap, quality meal.

Thank lethia b
Knoxville, TN
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63 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Carl's has a large menu with plenty of choices. The service is quick and the food is good, especially the dip dogs. Oh, and it is super affordable!

Thank 7LifesATrip7
Lenoir City, Tennessee
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4 reviews
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

We so enjoy going to Carl's they have awesome food & very friendly staff! You can not ask for better! My whole family love love love this place & we have been coming to Carl's since I was a little bitty girl! So very proud to have such an awesome drive-in here in my town!

Thank Jodi H
Knoxville, Tennessee
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542 reviews
359 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 228 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

This was my first visit to Carl's. I had the double cheeseburger and fries. The burger patties are thin so a double is the way to go. Another in our group had the foot long hot dog with chili. It was good also. The prices are very reasonable.

Thank swiftmi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1254 E Lee Hwy, Loudon, TN 37774-6465
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Loudon
  • Phone Number: +1 865-458-3791

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?