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Want to find a place near the UT campus that will seat 12 after the UT football game next weekend. It's homecoming and UT plays Ole Miss. Don't know what time the game is yet but would like to go someplace with decent food that will seat 12. I know there are a couple of restaurants on the river and of corse there is the Strip. Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. The Ole Miss-UT game is at noon because CBS picked it up as their game of the day.

    What that means is that the places on the river will be jammed as will those on the strip. And they will probably stay jammed in a boozey way until midnight or so.

    If I were doing the planning, I'd call Puleo's at Strawberry Plains exit off of I-40. They have: lots of motel rooms around them, good security, great foot, a good to great bar, and a meeting room that you could request a part of. Easy to get to from any parking near the stadium, unlike west Knoxville, which has traffic to try the patience of angels. There is a Puleo's at Cedar Bluff just south of I-40 where there was a Corky's. That Puleo's is one large room, as are most Knoxville restaurants.

    Ruth's Cris is one of the restaurants by the river: think $$$$ and they may not have parking; likewise Calhoun's by the river.

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    1. re: shallots

      Ole Miss Fan here.........Why is traffic in W Knoxville so bad after a game. I was planning on staying near Cedar Bluff in order to get out of the traffic after the game. Why is there less traffic on East side as you mention.

      Check with Downtown Grill and Brewery for a table for 12.

      Downtown Grill and Brewery @ 424 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 865 - 633 - 8111.
      http://www.downtownbrewery.com/

      1. re: Littleman

        The eastside has cheaper land so the James White Parkway-which is what Neyland Drive becomes- feeds onto I-40 east bound through two lands. and then it's about six miles out to Straw Plains.
        West side. More people live there. Many, many restaurants, many many parking lots, er traffic lights.

        Knoxville has a few peccadillos (not a food), with habits of closing roads to move traffic. Odd thing is, it takes hours for football traffic to clear out 98,000 fans, but Booms Day (a heck of a fire works show Labor Day weekend) clears out in an hour with crowd estimates of about 150K.

        An alternative route out to Cedar Bluff would be to take Middlebrook Pike. Places to eat on Middlebrooke include a Burger King, Ramsay's cafeteria (closed Saturdays), and some independent restaurants out much closer to Cedar Bluff. (Not my part of town). Cedar Bluff is congested. The Puleo's there is on the southeast side of the major intersection. Peerless Steakhouse out there is great and pricey and on the southwest side(you may know the name Peerless from their original place in Johnson City). Many chains in that area to choose from.

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    2. One reason traffic is so bad in West Knoxville is that most of Tennessee lies to the west of Knoxville, hence people from Nashville and Memphis head west to home after a ballgame. As far as a restaurant that would seat 12, I have heard from a friend that the Bistro and S&W might be options. Let me know what you guys think.

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      1. re: smoot60

        You're talking Bistro by the Tracks, that's now on Northshore, north of Kingston Pike at the Papermill exit.
        S&W would be the cafeteria in Bearden...they didn't used to have a separate room (at one time I was setting up dinners for a club and darned few restaurants (midrange) have meeting rooms or even corners for groups.

      2. Not all of these are totally great for larger crowds, but if you did not mind splitting up into two tables all of these would probably work out fine. The Sunspot is closest to UT and Barley's and the Downtown Grill and Brewery are probably best for larger crowds. However, Naples does have a back room used for special occasions that you might be able to reserve...

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

        Sunspot
        1909 Cumberland Avenue
        Knoxville, TN 37916
        865-637-4663
        http://www.sunspotrestaurant.com/

        Downtown Grill and Brewery
        424 S. Gay Street
        Knoxville, TN 37902
        865-633-8111
        http://www.downtownbrewery.com/

        Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria
        200 East Jackson
        Knoxville, TN 37915
        865-521-0092
        http://www.barleystaproom.com/knoxville/

        The Crown and Goose
        123 South Central Street
        Knoxville, TN 37902
        865-524-2100
        http://www.thecrownandgoose.com/

        The Bistro
        807 S. Gay Street
        Knoxville, TN 37902
        865-544-0532
        http://www.thebistroatthebijou.com/

        Naples Italian Restaurant
        5500 Kingtson Pike
        Knoxville, TN 37919
        865-584-5033
        http://naplesitalianrestaurant.net/

        Savelli’s Italian Restaurant
        3055 Sutherland Avenue
        Knoxville, TN 37919-4560
        865-521-9085

        El Charro Mexican Restaurant
        6502 Kingston Pike
        Knoxville, TN 37919
        http://elcharroknoxville.com/

        Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant
        7509 Chapman Highway
        Knoxville, TN 37920
        865-577-3333

        King Tut’s Grill
        4132 Martin Mill Pike
        Knoxville, TN 37920
        865-573-6021

        1. You need to call on Thursday latest.
          Naples often doesn't open until 5 for dinner on Saturdays. Sunspot - you think you can find parking anywhere near there for maybe eight cars on a game day....not gonna happen unless you all park there in the morning. Unless Sunspot has eaten a restaurant next door, maybe upstairs they might , but probably not.

          Call first and see if the restaurant is interested or if they will only take walk ins after the game.

          1. S and W is downtown. Many years ago was a cafeteria. Was closed for years. Recently reopened as an upscale restaurant. Have heard good things about it. Also Bistro at the Bijou is downtown on Gay Street. Smallish and will probably be packed. Chez Liberte on Kingston Pike in Bearden is new and good, also expensive. Everything is packed after a football game. Puleo's is also on Morrell Road across from West Town Mall. All their locations are excellent. Copper Cellar/Cappucion's on Kingston Pike near West Town Mall can handle 12. Good Luck.