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Knoxville food - One dinner restaurant needed

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Knoxville food - One dinner restaurant needed


I will be passing through and staying in Knoxville for one night in June. I found a place called Backroom BBQ on Yelp which sounded pretty good....and a place called Dead End BBQ which seemed like people weren't as excited about it.

Any other suggestions for a local Knoxville spot? Not really interested in chains- something uniquely Knoxville. Thanks!

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1. Re: Knoxville food - One dinner restaurant needed

Long time favorites that have been around for many years- The Original Louis' Drive-In (with table service) and Pizza Palace. Louis' has great Italian dishes with a sauce that is very different than you find other places. Pizza Palace was featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. We like the Palaces pasta dishes, onion rings and homemade pies better than the pizza.



Knoxville, TN
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2. Re: Knoxville food - One dinner restaurant needed

If you go to downtown, there are alot of uniquely Knoxville places to eat. For affordability, location, friendlyness of staff and great beer, I would recommend Downtown Grill and Brewery on Gay Street.

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3. Re: Knoxville food - One dinner restaurant needed

Dead end BBQ is good. Downtown Grill and Brewery has ok food but their beer is why I go. The wife and I have not been but have but heard that Sweet P's bbq is good and it has on the show Man VS. Food. Also look at Café 4. It’s in market square and has southern food with a twisted but it can be pricey. Another place if you want to hear some local bands and get a pizza is Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in the old city. Pizza is pretty good and they have a lot of beers on tap.

Edited: 25 April 2011, 21:54
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4. Re: Knoxville food - One dinner restaurant needed

Wish I had viewed this sooner - - - just curious, where did you end up eating? I would have suggested Crown and Goose pub or the Market Square area. Hope you had fun wherever you went!

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