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Old 10-08-2012, 01:02   #26
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Puleo's grill and you can pretty much end the thread. Only other place I would go if I had one meal is the Ye Olde Steakhouse. Best steaks in the city by a wide margin and its just a neat family owned/operated joint.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:08   #27
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Old 10-08-2012, 13:36   #28
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Puleo's grill and you can pretty much end the thread. Only other place I would go if I had one meal is the Ye Olde Steakhouse. Best steaks in the city by a wide margin and its just a neat family owned/operated joint.
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+ 1 on Puleo's
Puleo's does have a lot to pick from on the menu, that might be a good choice. If I can't find something I'm in the mood for there, I got a problem. Wonder how they'd like a bunch of crazy GT'ers showing up at once....
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Old 10-08-2012, 13:50   #29
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If you survive the landing... Nothing noteworthy will come out of Knoxville... relax.

A pizza in your room and a hotel movie versus ?....is not like Las Vegas...
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Old 10-08-2012, 14:31   #30
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The airport is actually in Alcoa TN. Unfortunately, there's nothing close to the airport other than the usual chain restaurants.
Yep - I was going to recommend checking out the places that they went to in Knoxville on Man vs. Food, but the airport looks like it's closer to Maryville. Only thing I've ever eaten there is Subway.
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Old 10-08-2012, 14:38   #31
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Ye Olde Steakhouse is probably the only thing worth all of the effort to get away from the airport area.
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Old 10-08-2012, 15:12   #32
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from the road food site

Best Burger - Litton's in Fountain City. Located not too far north of Knoxville at 2803 Essary Drive, just off of North Broadway (865-688-0429). This place is a local institution. Everyone raves about the burgers. And with good reason - they are tremendous. The rest of the menu is good, too. And they have some fine homemade desserts. All at very reasonable prices.

Best Pizza - Metro Pizza in Alcoa. Located not far past the airport at 1084 Hunters Crossing Drive in the WalMart Shopping Plaza (865-982-2200). Was founded by an authentic off-the-boat Italian (now retired), rates as excellent pizza (not to mention delicious lasagna) and the quality is being maintained by the current owner. Second Best Pizza - Roman's Pizza (owned by a Yankee from Brooklyn, I believe) located at 179 North Seven Oaks Drive, in the Windsor Square Shopping Mall off of Kingston Pike in West Knoxville (865-539-1784). But Metro is the best around.

Best Deli - Harold's Deli in Downtown Knoxville. Located at 131 South Gay Street (865-523-5315). Harold has owned and operated this Jewish delicatessen for over 50 years and it is a wonderful local institution.

Best Bagels - Hot Bagel Company in Oak Ridge. Located at 1155 Oak Ridge Turnpike in the Bi-Lo Shopping Plaza (865-482-2435). They have very good bagels. By far-and-away the best in the area. The owner also makes some very delicious baked goods.

Best Bakery - VG's Bakery in Farragut. Located at 11552 Kingston Pike in the Kohl's Shopping Plaza (865-671-8077). This family owned bakery is operated by a couple who both trained at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, New York. Their breads are fantastic - as are all of their desserts and ... well, EVERYTHING they make.

Best Polish/Eastern European Restaurant - Homeland Foods in Oak Ridge. Located at 232 W. Tennessee Avenue, one block north of the Oak Ridge Turnpike (865-483-4818). It is a real treasure and treat to have this delicious menu available locally. The owner is from Poland and has a wonderful chef who cares greatly about the quality of the food and it's preparation - and it shows in the final product.

Best Vietnamese Restaurant - Saigon Number One Noodle House in Oak Ridge. Located at 697 Emory Valley Road in the Food Lion Shopping Plaza (865-483-2644). The owner has a very good menu and makes some wonderfully prepared dishes. The food is always fresh and never heavy or greasy like some Vietnamese/Chinese restaurants can be.
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Old 10-08-2012, 20:11   #33
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from the road food site

Best Burger - Litton's in Fountain City. Located not too far north of Knoxville at 2803 Essary Drive, just off of North Broadway (865-688-0429). This place is a local institution. Everyone raves about the burgers. And with good reason - they are tremendous. The rest of the menu is good, too. And they have some fine homemade desserts. All at very reasonable prices.
Oh man the Litton's Pimento Cheeseburger is something that I haven't thought about in years. And their desserts are great.
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Old 10-08-2012, 21:20   #34
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The Hampton Inn in Alcoa is where I have stayed many times. There is a small Chinese restaurant in a small strip shopping center going north towards Knoxville. They also have Thai food that is good also. There are the usual places too nearby, Texas Roadhouse comes to mind.
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Old 10-08-2012, 21:31   #35
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For Mexican-American in Turkey Creek http://www.abuelos.com

If you are going to Oak Ridge, be sure to ride past Y12 and check out the front gates and the abondoned guard shacks... Fascinating place.

While in Oak Ridge, Big Al's pizza is supposed to be great but I've never been there. When I was working at Methodist, we used to get pizza delivered from somewhere that had great breadsticks We went there one night and what we got was blah compared to the breadsticks.
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Old 10-08-2012, 22:01   #36
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The Okie Corral

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If you survive the landing... Nothing noteworthy will come out of Knoxville... relax.

A pizza in your room and a hotel movie versus ?....is not like Las Vegas...
Debbie Downer has arrived.

Seeing as how several other people came in here and gave me great suggestions, the last thing I'm going to do is waste the evening with crappy pizza and the idiot box. I'll get out, eat good, and hopefully meet some GT'ers, and have a little fun.



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Yep - I was going to recommend checking out the places that they went to in Knoxville on Man vs. Food, but the airport looks like it's closer to Maryville. Only thing I've ever eaten there is Subway.
I've done the Subway thing in many an airport when my layover is too short to leave. Better than other fast food choices....



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Ye Olde Steakhouse is probably the only thing worth all of the effort to get away from the airport area.
Another vote for the Steakhouse, there must be a good reason for that.



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from the road food site

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I've never heard of that website before, but that's some good info. Thank you.



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The Hampton Inn in Alcoa is where I have stayed many times. There is a small Chinese restaurant in a small strip shopping center going north towards Knoxville. They also have Thai food that is good also. There are the usual places too nearby, Texas Roadhouse comes to mind.
I'll keep that one in mind in case I can't get a room at the Hilton.



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For Mexican-American in Turkey Creek http://www.abuelos.com

If you are going to Oak Ridge, be sure to ride past Y12 and check out the front gates and the abondoned guard shacks... Fascinating place.

While in Oak Ridge, Big Al's pizza is supposed to be great but I've never been there. When I was working at Methodist, we used to get pizza delivered from somewhere that had great breadsticks We went there one night and what we got was blah compared to the breadsticks.
OK, you're about to convince me I need to get there a few days early and do some sightseeing before I got on the sightseeing part of the trip!
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Moon Dance...complete with flash spots and ceiling fan reflection.
That's a cool pic! But my favorite is still UniKitty!
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this is another site I trust if you travel to one of the areas it covers

http://www.hollyeats.com/
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this is another site I trust if you travel to one of the areas it covers

http://www.hollyeats.com/
Thanks for that, I'm checking ot out now. I may also be in Mobile and Pheonix during this trip.
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Smoky Mountain Brewery. The house porter beer is one of my all time favorites.
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Cool! After we eat, the GTG can move over there for some good libations!
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Old 10-10-2012, 23:45   #44
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Aubrey's, Puelo's Grille, Nama (sushi), Calhounes, Cafe 4, Downtown Grille and Brewery (best beer ever and great food my personal favorite), Connors, Chop House, Littons, Sam and Andy's,

I can keep listing on and on of local places that are amazing. It all depends on what your favorite food is.
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Cool! After we eat, the GTG can move over there for some good libations!
You can just eat there, too, if you wanted to. The pizza is incredible.

This is sounding like all kinds of fun. For sure, I'm in if a get-together happens, and I can work the scheduling out. Would be cool to meet some GTers.
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Well, I got bad news and good news. The bad news is that I had to cancel the Knoxville part of this trip. I'm going from Mobile straight to AZ. The good news is that I might be able to try it again in December.

Still hoping to have that GTG!
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Another vote for Calhoun's from a traveler that plans her trips in and out of Knoxville around making sure we have time to grab a meal there. Like everyone else said, Alcoa is a short trip from downtown Knoxville.

We actually stayed in Knoxville for last year's LSU/TN game and had a great time there. We fly in/out when we go to Gatlinburg/Sevierville and sometimes when we go to Asheville.
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I like Aubrey's better than Puelo's Grille.
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I like Aubrey's better than Puelo's Grille.
Since I'm planning this as a separate trip, I just may have time to try both.

I'm also looking to be up there for a Friday evening, instead of the Tuesday I was thinking it'd have to be.
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