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Traveling with wife and 1.5yo son - Kid Friendly Burgers/BBQ Nashville to Bristol?

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My wife and I will be driving from Dallas to Maine in a couple of weeks with our 18month old Son. We were hoping for some recommendations for family friendly places between Nashville and Bristol for lunch, dinner, and finally breakfast the next morning.

We really like bbq/burgers/pizza/chicken fried steak/cajun food and traditional country breakfasts with killer gravy :-). Our budget would be $8-15 bucks a plate or so.

We will be looking to get some lunch around the Nashville area, with Dinner somewhere around Knoxville, and Breakfast the following morning anywhere between Knoxville and Bristol.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thanks!

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  1. First good country food is at Exit 204 before you get to downtown Nashville on I 40. Get off and go right on Robertson Ave. then take your first left on Charlotte Ave. Go past the shopping center on your left and take a left on 53rd Ave. N and Wendell Smith's is on your left open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving good soul and country food. If you pass up Wendell Smith's then you can get off I 40 at Exit 1A and go back E on West End about a mile and then turn left on 25th Ave. N just past Centennial Park take your 1st right on Elliston and Rotier's is just ahead. Have a great country meal there in one of Nashville's most well liked restaurants serving good seafood, steaks, sandwiches and plain ole good food in great atmosphere. Opens around 10:30 AM for lunch and dinner and closed on Sunday.

    Wendell Smith's @ 407 53rd Ave. North, Nashville, TN 615 - 383 - 7114.
    Rotier's Restaurant @ 2413 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 615 - 327 - 9892.
    http://www.rotiers.com/

    Before you reach Knoxville get off I 75 at Exit 373 on the S side and hit the first street left on Parkside and go about a mile to Smokey Mountrain Brewery for pizza, burgers and steaks. Get back on I 75 and head N on I 75/I 40 past Knoxville.

    Smokey Mountain Brewery @ 11308 Parkside Dr., Knoxville, TN 865 - 288 - 5500.
    http://www.coppercellar.net/smbSite.s...

    The folks that own Smokey Mountain own Copper Cellar just N of SM at Exit 380 S of I 75 on Parkside also convenient to plenty of shopping and just a minute off I 75. Both places are similar.

    Copper Cellar Restaurant @ 7316 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 865 - 673 - 3422.
    http://www.coppercellar.net/copperSit...

    Litton's is a good family restaurant in Knoxville, TN but it's not convenient to I 40. If you took the I 640 by pass around Knoxville, TN on the N side it's pretty convenient. Get off I 640 at Exit 6 and go N on N Broadway SE to Litton's for good country family food.

    Litton's Market and Restaurant @ 2803 Essary Dr., Knoxville, TN 865 - 688 - 0429.
    http://www.littonburgers.com/

    When you leave Knoxville, TN you may need to make a road stop before you get to VA. If you want to get on past Knoxville here's a neat place 30 miles E of Knoxville with good seafood for lunch. If you don't eat you can rest and get a cold drink. Get off I 40 at Exit 417 and go S on Hwy. 92 a couple of miles to Dandridge, TN. This runs into Meeting St. Go 5/6 blocks to Dandridge Seafood Restaurant.

    Dandridge Seafood Restaurant @ 310 East Meeting St., Dandridge, TN 865 - 397 - 2315.

    I would rather go to Smoky's Steak and BBQ which is one street over on E. Main and before the Dandridge Seafood Restaurant. They have good burgers, salads, etc. Smoky's is a very nice restaurant in an attractive location with outdoor dining on the front porch. Check this link for their menu.

    Smoky's Steak and BBQ @ 149 East Main St., Dandridge, TN 865 - 397 - 2272.
    http://www.smokyssteakandbbq.com/

    Phil's Dream Pit BBQ is excellent at Exit 67AB near Kingsport, TN. Go E on I 26 just a minute to Exit 10 then go N on Eastern Star Rd. a minute. About 5 minutes off I 81.

    Phil's Dream Pit @ 534 Eastern Star Rd., Kingsport, TN 423 - 349 - 6437.
    http://www.philsdreampit.com

    Just N about 10 miles on E side of I 81 is Dixie Outpost BBQ if you prefer at Exit 69. Go E on # 394 a mile or two then turn left or N on # 126 just a few minutes to Dixie.

    Dixie Outpost BBQ @ 3172 Highway 126, Blountville, TN 423 - 574 - 7447.

    Manna Bagel has a good breakfast in Bristol, TN. State Line Bar and Grill is a lot of fun and JJ Downtown Pub and Grub serves great food. Brooklyn Grill is a casual fine dining restaurant serving outstanding seafood and steaks. The Burger Bar and Hi Lo Burger have good food also. Simply Delicious is a nice deli type place on Highway 11E/19. Philadelphia Grill, Fatz Cafe and Ed's Pizza are on that route also.

    Manna Bagel Co. @ 634 State Street, Bristol, TN 423 - 652 - 2216. BL.
    State Line Bar and Grill @ 648 State Street, Bristol, TN 423 - 652 - 0792.
    J J Downtown Pub and Grub @ 11 7th Street, Bristol, TN 423 - 573 - 9448.
    Burger Bar @ 8 Piedmont Avenue, Bristol, VA 276 - 466 - 6200.
    http://burgerbarbristol.com/
    Brooklyn Grill and Cafe @ 2125 Euclid Ave., Bristol, VA 276 - 669 - 1900.
    Hi Lo Burger @ 17111 Lee Hwy., Bristol, VA 276 - 628 - 3250.
    Simply Delicious Market Place @ 2600 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN 423 - 764 - 3354.
    Philadelphia Grill and BBQ @ 725 Bluff City Highway, Bristol, TN 423 - 764 - 6632.
    Fatz Cafe @ 1175 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN 423 - 968 - 4498.
    http://www.fatzcafe.com/
    Ed's Pizza @ 1395 Volunteer Parkway, Bristol, TN 423 - 652 - 2999

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    1. re: Littleman

      Wow! Thanks, Littleman. I'll be printing this out for sure!

    2. If you're looking for lunch in Nashville, and you're here on a weekday, I strongly recommend you go to Arnold's. Best meat & three in town!

      1. Instead for a Knoxville stop, take I-640 and exit north on Broadway. About five traffic lights you'll see a wonderful duck pond on your left and you turn right into Litton's Restaurant. Great Burgers and very family friendly. Great desert selection as well.

        You'll love the food and afterwards, take some bread and let your 18 month old feed the ducks around the Fountain City Duck Pond- something west Knoxville will never have.

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        1. re: shallots

          He'd love that. Excellent idea. Thank you!

          1. re: cdowdy

            North of Bristol, TN on I 81 at Abingdon, VA are some fine places. Have lunch at the House on Main and dine on the porch, lunch or dinner at Peppermill or BBQ at Parks BBQ at Exit 17. Chick N Little is good country food and Ellis Soda Shop and Grill has good salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and more with outdoor seating as well. Wildflower Bakery and Cafe is great for breakfast,lunch or dinner and it's close to I 81 at Exit 19. Your next stop is Wytheville, VA.
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            The House on Main @ 231 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 619 - 0039.
            http://houseonmain.com/
            Parks Mill BBQ @ 21405 Parks Mill Rd., Abingdon, VA 276 - 628 - 9191.
            http://parksmill.com/
            Peppermill Restaurant @ 967 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 623 - 0530.
            http://www.thepeppermill.com/pmillhom...
            Chick N Little @ 401 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 628 - 6690.
            Ellis Soda Shoppe and Grill @ 217 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 623 - 8187.
            http://www.ellissodashoppe.com/
            Wild Flower Bakery and Cafe @ 24443 Lee Hwy., Abingdon, VA 276 - 676 - 4221.

            On up N on I 81 in Wytheville, VA stop at Smokey's BBQ at Exit 70 or 73. Peking Chinese Restaurant is outstanding also. C J's Pizza is good if you have kids.

            Smokey's BBQ @ 1090 East Main Street, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 9014.
            http://smokeysbbq.com/
            Peking Chinese Restaurant @ 105 Malin Drive, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 5515.
            http://www.pekingva.com/
            C J's Pizza @ 1025 West Lee Highway, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 8448.

            In Christiansburg just on up the road a piece is Dude's, Due South, Farm House and Summit. All are very good places to eat.

            Dude's Drive In @ 1505 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 7901.
            Due South BBQ @1465 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 381 - 2922.
            http://www.duesouthbbq.com/
            Farm House Food @ 285 Ridinger St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 4253. .
            http://www.thefarmhouseonline.com/
            Summit Restaurant @ 95 College St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 7218.
            http://www.summitrestaurant.us/

            Roanoke has quite a few nice restaurants but they are mostly in town. The restaurants near I 81 don't compare. If you should spend the night in Roanoke go check out these places for good road food. Blues BBQ, Fork in the Alley for pizza, burgers, sandwiches, Harbor Inn Seafood, Hollywood's Restaurant and Bakery for lunch/dinner, The Roanoker for breakfast and Wildwood Smokehouse BBQ.

            Blues BBQ @ 107 Market Street SE, Roanoke, VA 540 - 344 - 5683.
            http://bluesbbqco.com/
            Fork in the Alley @ 2123 Crystal Spring Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 540 - 982 - 3675.
            http://forkinthealley.com/
            Harbor Inn Seafood @ 7416 Williamson Rd., Roanoke, VA 540 - 563 - 0001.
            Hollywood's Restaurant and Bakery @ 7770 Williamson Rd., Roanoke, VA 540 - 362 - 1812.
            http://www.hollywoodsrestaurant.com/H...
            The Roanoker Restaurant @ 2522 Colonial Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 540 - 344 - 7746.
            http://www.theroanokerrestaurant.com/...
            Wildwood Smokehouse @ 2041 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 540 - 989 - 2100.
            http://www.wildwoodsmokehouseva.com/

            The best option on I 81 near Roanoke, VA if you are trying to make good road time is Three Little Pigs at Daleville at Exit 150 5 miles N of Roanoke, VA. It's located in a small shopping center less than two minutes off W side of I 81 and serves great BBQ. It also has a very nice outdoor seating area and the menu includes sandwiches and salads for those who don't want BBQ. They also serve cold adult beverages. The shopping center has some very nice stores in case you are in need of road supplies. There are nice hotels on both sides of I 81 and a nice big truck stop to refuel and pick up road supplies. Three Little Pigs is a much better choice.

            Three Lil Pigs BBQ @ 120 Kingston Dr., Daleville, VA 540 - 966 - 0165.
            http://www.threelilpigsbbq.com/

            Lexington, VA has a number of good restaurants like Bistro on Main for lunch/dinner, Macado's for sandwiches, Sheridan Livery Inn and Restaurant for lunch/dinner, The Palms for lunch/dinner and drinks and Soutern Inn for fine dining lunch/dinner. Lexington is the home of VMI and W&L U. It's a beautiful town a few minutes W of I 81 and worth a visit.

            Bistro on Main @ 8 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 4888.
            http://www.bistro-lexington.com/
            Macado's @ 30 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 8201.
            http://www.macados.net/
            Sheridan Livery Inn & Restaurant @ 35 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 1887.
            http://www.sheridanliveryinn.com/
            The Palms Restaurant @ 101 West Nelson St., Lexington, VA 540 - 463 - 7911.
            http://www.thepalmslexington.com/
            Southern Inn Restaurant @ 37 South Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 463 - 3612.
            http://www.southerninn.com/

            Staunton is just W of I 81 and a very nice town also. It's home to Mrs. Rowe's country food breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wright's Dairy Rite, Staunton Grocery for casual fine lunch/brunch/dinner and The Depot Grill.

            Mrs. Rowe's Family Restaurant @ 74 Rowe Rd., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 1833.
            http://www.mrsrowes.com/
            Wright's Dairy Rite @ 346 Greenville Ave., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 0435. I81/EXIT220. ***
            http://www.dairy-rite.com/
            Staunton Grocery @ 105 West Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 6880.
            http://www.stauntongrocery.com/
            The Depot Grill @ 42 Middlebrook Ave., Staunton, VA 540 - 885 - 7332.
            http://www.depotgrille.com/

            Harrisonburg has quite a few fine restaurants convenient to I 81. There are BBQ Ranch, Calley's Restaurant and Brewing Co. for good BBQ also, Dave's Downtown Tavern for good food and drinks, Donna Rosa for good Mexican, Jess' Quick Lunch, Joshua Wilton House Inn and Restaurant, Little Grill for breakfast, Local Chop and Grill House for fine dining, Smoking Pig BBQ and Village Inn.

            BBQ Ranch @ 3311 N Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 3296.
            Cally's Restaurant and Brewing Co. @ 41 A Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 8777.
            http://www.callysbrewing.com/
            Dave's Downtown Taverna @ 121 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 564 - 1487.
            http://www.davestaverna.com/
            Dona Rosa @ 43 Linda Lane, Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 442 - 7672.
            Jess' Quick Lunch @ 22 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 434 - 8282.
            Joshua Wilton House @ 412 South Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 4464.
            http://joshuawilton.com/
            Little Grill @ 621 North Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 3594.
            http://littlegrillcollective.com/
            Local Chop and Grill House @ 56 West Gay St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 801 - 0505.
            http://www.localchops.com/
            Smoking Pig @ 56 East Wolfe St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 433 - 3917. I81/EXIT247AB.
            The Village Inn @ 4979 South Valley Pike - S Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 7355.
            http://www.thevillageinn.travel/

            Just up I 81 a few miles is Southern Kitchen serving outstanding country food for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Exit 264.

            Southern Kitchen @ 9576 South Congress St., New Market, VA 540 - 740 - 3514.

            On past Strasburg at Stephens City is Butcher Block BBQ @ Exit 264.

            Butcher Block BBQ @ 131 Town Run Lane, Stephens City, VA 540 - 869 - 4141.
            http://www.butcherblockbuffet.com/

            The Naked Oyster is a great place for lunch/dinner at Winchester at Exit 31A.

            Naked Oyster @ 2444 Valley Avenue, Winchester, VA 540 - 678 - 0778.
            http://www.thenakedoysterwinchester.com/

        2. Tomato Head
          12 Market Square
          Knoxville, TN 37902
          865-637-4067
          http://www.thetomatohead.com/
          http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2010/jul...

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          Tomato Head
          12 Market Sq, Knoxville, TN 37902

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          1. re: Khotso98

            Awesome, thank you for all of the suggestions! We have decided to drive home through Ohio and Kentucky (partly so I can go to the vette museum in Bowling Green!) Does anyone have suggestions for Bowling Green for dinner and breakfast?

            Thanks!!!!

            1. re: cdowdy

              I assume your route home will take you through Cincinnati, OH on I 71. Take the U. S. 42 Reading Road Exit which is Exit 2 off I 71 and keep left at the fork to enter Gilbert Road. Go S .8 mile to E. Court Street and take a right. Take your next left on Reedy Street and go .1 mile to Eggleston Avenue. Turn left and go .4 mile to E. Pete Rose Way. Take a left and go .2 mile to Montgomery Inn Boathouse on the Ohio River for great road food for lunch or dinner.

              Montgomery Inn Boathouse @ 925 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati, OH 513 - 721 - 7427.
              http://www.montgomeryinn.com/index.php

              You will go through Elizabethtown, KY on I 65. Get off I 65 at Exit 94 in Elizabethtown, KY and go W on N Mulberry about half a mile to Stone Hearth Restaurant for outstanding southern food. The fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy is outstanding. Get a Kentucky tradition Hot Brown sandwich or one of their delicious po boys. Call ahead and get a box lunch to go. Stop at Back Home Restaurant for good country food at lunch or dinner at Exit 94.

              Stone Hearth Restaurant @ 1001 North Mulberry Street, Elizabethtown, KY 270 - 765 - 4898.
              http://www.stonehearthetown.com/
              Back Home Restaurant @ 251 West Dixie Avenue, Elizabethtown, KY 270 - 769 - 2800.
              http://www.backhomerestaurant.com/

              In Bowling Green, KY you can spend the night at Super 8 Motel across from Corvette Museum and have breakfast at Corvette Cafe at the Museum.

              Super 8 Motel @ I-65, Exit 28, Bowling Green, KY 270 - 781 - 4900.
              http://www.super8.com/Super8/control/...

              Corvette Cafe @ 350A Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, KY 270 - 467 - 8844.
              http://www.corvettemuseum.com/cafe/in...

              For dinner in Bowling Green stop by Brickyard Cafe for lunch or dinner or go to The Bistro for good lunch or dinner.

              Brickyard Cafe @ 1026 Chestnut St., Bowling Green, KY 270 - 843 - 6431.
              http://www.brickyardcafe.net/
              The Bistro @ 1129 College St., Bowling Green, KY 270 - 781 - 9646. I65/EXIT26.
              http://www.thebistrobg.com/

              The Bistro is outstanding. Go W on Louisville Road from The Super 8 for 3 miles to Kentucky Street. Continue on Kentucky Street for .5 mile to KY 234 and take a left then your first right on Center Street. Go .3 mile to 10th Street. Take a left and go to your first right on College Street. The Bistro will be on your right in the next block.