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Tennessee - Route 40

Hugh DeMann Mar 11, 2009 08:40 AM

My daughter and I will be driving from Memphis to Knoxville on Thursday, March 26. We are looking for good chow-places on or near Route 40.

We want b-b-q, home cookin', Southern cooking, soul food, etc. NO French, Italian or sushi please.


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    shallots Mar 11, 2009 12:09 PM

    Getting into Knoxville for dinner, Puleo's is a local restaurant, now with four locations. Their fried green tomato appetizer with cheese grits and two sauces is super. Their southern entrees are also keepers. Prices are good.

    The local BBQ place is Buddy's. Not on every corner, but easy to find. Buy it by the pound and enjoy it in sandwiches the next day.
    Calhoun's BBQ is also good, but fancier restaurants (and a bit more expensive.) At Calhoun's the Spinach Maria is a local craving that some of us need quarterly.

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      JDinVA Mar 11, 2009 12:41 PM

      The Cup and Saucer in Monterey, TN. Monterey is between Nashville and Knoxville. My wife, young son and I had breakfast there while driving to DC from San Diego. The food was typical breakfast fare but was very good and reasonably priced. We might have caught it on the right day as there were lots of local women having coffee. The owner and the patrons made us feel very welcome and couldn't have been nicer.

      They are located at:
      118 E Commercial Ave
      Monterey, TN 38574

      1. Brawny Mar 13, 2009 11:00 AM

        Halcyon Days, Genesis Rd. Crossville, TN (Exit 317??? Maybe) is a very nice place. I wouldn't call it French, Italian or anything like that...just very good food.


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          TLF Mar 14, 2009 02:45 PM

          Route 40? Do you mean Interstate 40?

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            Hugh DeMann Mar 16, 2009 07:20 PM

            Yes, it's Interstate 40.

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            nmi Mar 14, 2009 05:57 PM

            Cookeville - about halfway between Nashville and Knoxville - has El Tapatio which has excellent Mexican food and Bobby Q's which is not very close to the interstate but is worth the 10 minute or so drive.

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              Ross B Mar 15, 2009 07:31 AM

              The original Gus's Fried Chicken is in Mason about 3 miles off of Exit 35....bui well worth the drive.

              If you are eating breakfast in Memphis you can try Bryant's. It used to be a BBQ joint that served breakfast. However, the breakfast became so popular that they quit serving BBQ.


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