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Good Eats in Knoxville, TN

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Help. I'm going to knoxville for a grad school interview in April and I need recs for decent local restaurants for break, lunch and dinner. trying to avoid the chains. thanks

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    1. re: cervisiam

      I was in downtown Knoxville a couple of weeks ago and tried the
      The Downtown Grill & Brewery on Gay Street. http://www.downtownbrewery.com/index....
      I enjoyed the atmosphere and food. They are brewing onsite and have a good selection of brews.I had the beer sampler (7-4oz beer samples... the White Mule Ale was my favorite) and burger.They have large menu you can view on their website.

      Also, visited my favorite tap room in Knoxville.... Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
      http://www.barleystaproom.com/knoxville/
      Everyone enjoys the pizza there and they have over 50 beers on tap. Most nights they have live music. Fun place to hang out in the Old City area of town.

        1. re: Doug.NC

          I second the Tomato Head rec. It is one of the very few bright spots amid Knoxville's culinary wasteland of highly processed chain restaurant food. I also highly recommend the hamburger at Litton's on Broadway in old north Knoxville--high quality ground chuck prepared to order on a well-seasoned grill...simple, yet so hard to find these days.

        2. re: kelomaki

          barley's has four poor tables upstairs, and darts and video games. sunday and mondays i think all drafts are two dollars--yes even the ones with high ABV :)

      1. Within an easy walk of campus (once you get a parking place with a parking permit you keep it or loose it), the Sunspot on Cumberland strip has unexpected moments of brilliance.
        Falafel Hut (on ?15th) is also an easy walk and even more reasonably priced.
        Where Ruby Tuesday's first burger was turned, there is now Charlie Peppers, a Mexican restaurant with passable Chili Rellenos.
        Littons is my burger choice, but for a blast from the past, drive west on Cumberland to Long's Drug Store, reminiscent of when all drug stores had sodas and burgers.