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Apr 30, 2007 11:53 AM

Pizza Palace Knoxville

Tonight on Guy Fieri's Diners, Dives, and Drive-ins will be a feature on Pizza Palace in Knoxville, TN. Great story here. One of my faves in K-town. He is a friend, but I like his restauarant more than him (just kidding, sort of).


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  1. We're gonna be in town on Friday night and are either going there for dinner Friday or lunch Saturday. I can't wait.


    1. Please post after you have eaten there. I think it is all "hype" because you sit in your car and eat pizza. To me the food is mediocre at best. I really wouldn't walk across the street to eat there. But hope to hear your comments

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      1. re: LGD

        Looking forward to your report.

      2. Okay, well, we won't be going to PP.

        We're staying at the La Quinta West and for a variety of reasons, (Poor reviews here, interstate closure, neighbourhood) we have decided to delete it from our itinerary.

        We did go to Puleo's Grille ( and it was great.
        We got a complimentary fried green tomatoes from our hotel. They were fantastic. They came on cheese grits with a sawmill gravy and a tasso gravy. The tasso gravy was especially excellent.

        I had the shrimp and grits. Shrimp and sausage in tasso gravy on cheese grits.

        Mrs. Sippi had the daily special of sauteed scallops on cheese grits with herbed butter sauce.

        With 3 beers and taxes it was $48.

        Tomorrow we're heading downtown for the morning. We'll be at market square and figure to find some good stuff there.


        If you're staying

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        1. re: Davwud

          Glad you discovered Puleo's.
          (And were you to return, one of their choice of vegetables is cheese grits with that wonderful tasso gravy.)
          (Some other local restaurants offer banana pudding as a choice. It's a local thing.)

          1. re: shallots

            How does Puleo's stack up in K-town??

            When we got down to Market Sq. it looked like there was some good stuff down there too.

            We drove around UT and I found it somewhat surprising that there wasn't a whole lot of stuff down there. Or did I just miss it??


            1. re: Davwud

              Several years ago, someone recommended Puleo's to us (and they have a curvy cross country drive to get there). So we tried it and it became our favorite. Yes, I like fancy food, but I like well cooked food at a fair price with very good service even more. So Puleo's at Strawberry Plains is where we go and where we meet friends who are just driving through and we want to enjoy a quick visit.
              That Puleo's took an underperforming Perkins and filled it with locals and tourists. That they grow their own basil out back just resonates as what a restaurant ought to do with fresh mozarella, locally grown tomatoes and !basil!.

              UT's 'eatin' strip is Cumberland Avenue, that becomes Kingston Pike.
              Ruby Tuesday's first restaurant is still there, but it's not a RT there anymore. But the floors still creek like RT did (thirty five years ago...dang, I'm old). And I think I reconize the original paint where the newer colors chipped off when it was Charlie Peppers last year.
              Copper Celler there is still good and Sunspot has parking in back and great food including vegetarian.
              The Strip also seems to attract a huge number of chains (a Knoxville failing).

              1. re: shallots

                If you are looking for a "great chain" restaurant, then Pueblo's may be reasonable...

                not my thing, I prefer local cuisine, but if chain is your preference, then Puelblo's might be reasonable...

                Good times

                McDonald's is tough competition with Pueblo's though...

                Support the locals if indifferent...


        2. After watching a show on food network recommending this place I planned a visit, looking forward to the greatest pizza ever. Bottom line. Don't bother. Crust is uneventful and boring. Not really pizza crust. Tomato sauce lacks taste and cheese is stringy. Bad imitation of a pizza. Onion rings (supposedly hand breaded) are totally bland. I have to say service is GREAT. I am a pizza fan 100% but I did not enjoy this one. Sorry Food Network. You were misleading.

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          1. re: Missskitttin

            well: I've never had Pizza Palace, BUt if you are looking for GREAT local Pizza, you cannot beat Harby's in North Knoxville on Broadway. Also to the people who called Puleo's a "chain" it is a Local chain actually. There are three different Puleo's in and around the Knoxville region. I personally would call it a fusion (marrying Southern and Italian) type restaurant.

            In regards to the UT Strip, back in the 70's, 80's and early 90's there were a LOT of local places. Now all that is left (local) is the copper cellar, and... yah that's it that is local. The strip has been overrun w/ Zaxby's, McD's, Starsux, and other national chains. It really is SAD. However the rebirth of Market Square, and places like the Tomato Head are an awesome replacement.

            1. re: m34tba11

              There were a couple of good looking places on the Square. We rather liked the whole square scene.
              The dog cookie vendor practically used our boy as his advertisement. He gobbled up all the free samples and looked for more.