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Nov 8, 2010 10:44 AM

(Northerner Needs Tips) Knoxville v Ole Miss Nov 12-14

Going to Ole Miss game on Nov 12-14. Need recommendations for meals which Knoxville does best.

I do not need white table cloth fancy dining, since I live in NYC area, I can get plenty of that, and I'm sure Knoxville has a good selection as well. Can I get tips to get good southern or local cuisine that a northerner may not be aware of or can't get, it can be grubby and even dirty, just something unique to Knoxville and Tennessee. Breakfast too.

Also, post game recommendations are appreciated as well. Interested in watching college football all night, so good TV viewing is a must.


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  1. Where are you staying. The game is at Noon. Knoxville will be busy busy busy after the game. Do you want a place for dinner downtown after the game. Cafe 4 is casual serving breakfast, lunch or dinner. Chandler's Deli is a good country and BBQ joint. It's the best meat and 3 in town. Litton's is a good casual family country joint with good burgers. Market Square Kitchen is downtown serving good breakfast and lunch. Old College Inn is a good dive bar on The Strip with good bar food, cold beer, outdoor seating and TV's. The Strip on Cumberland on the W side of the campus between 17th and 22nd streets has dozens of bars and restaurants. Calhoun's is on the river and has good casual food and cold drinks. Sunspot has good casual food and burgers for lunch or dinner. Ye Old Steakhouse is one of the better steak joints in town. Scrugg's has good BBQ. It's a little E of town but easy to find. Bistro at the Bijou is downtown and it's a fun casual place for lunch or dinner with good seafood and steaks. Copper Cellar has a casual fine dining room downstairs and a less casual area upstairs on The Strip for good seafood and steaks for lunch or dinner.

    Don't leave Knoxville with out having lunch or dinner at Litton's. They sell BBQ called a pigburger in Knoxville. Not too exciting for me. You might check it out. Scrugg's should have one. Between white bread instead of a bun. Dixson has good BBQ and a pigburger too.

    Cafe 4 @ 4 Market Square, Knoxville, TN 865 - 544 - 4144.
    Chandler's Deli @ 3101 East Magnolia Ave., Knoxville, TN. 865 - 595 - 0212.
    Litton's Market and Restaurant @ 2803 Essary Dr., Knoxville, TN 865 - 688 - 0429.
    Market Square Kitchen @ 1 Market Square Southwest, Knoxville, TN 865 - 546 - 4212.
    Old College Inn @ On The Strip, 2204 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 865 - 523 - 4597.
    Calhoun's On The River @ 400 Neyland Dr., Knoxville, TN. 865 - 673 - 3355.
    Sunspot Restaurant @ 1909 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 865 - 637 - 4663.
    Ye Old Steakhouse @ 6838 Chapman Highway, Knoxville, TN 865 - 577 - 9328.
    Scrugg's Real Pit BBQ @ 1920 E. Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 865 - 524 - 4333.
    Bistro at the Bijou @ 807 South Gay Street, Knoxville, TN 865 - 544 - 0537.
    Copper Cellar Restaurant @ UT @ 1807 Cumberland Ave., Knoxville, TN 865 - 673 - 3411.
    Dixson BBQ @ 1201 E Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville, TN 865 - 525 - 9305.

    1. Well, the previous poster already made some good suggestions, but just in case you weren’t already overwhelmed by choices here are a few more…

      The Tomato Head
      12 Market Square
      Knoxville, TN 37902

      Downtown Grill and Brewery
      424 S. Gay Street
      Knoxville, TN 37902

      Barley’s Taproom and Pizzeria
      200 East Jackson
      Knoxville, TN 37915

      The Crown and Goose
      123 South Central Street
      Knoxville, TN 37902

      The Bistro
      807 S. Gay Street
      Knoxville, TN 37902

      Naples Italian Restaurant
      5500 Kingtson Pike
      Knoxville, TN 37919

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

      El Charro Mexican Restaurant
      6502 Kingston Pike
      Knoxville, TN 37919

      Poncho’s Mexican Restaurant
      7509 Chapman Highway
      Knoxville, TN 37920

      King Tut’s Grill
      4132 Martin Mill Pike
      Knoxville, TN 37920

      1. Litton's is closed on Sunday. They are out Broadway about a mile north of the Broadway exit from I-640. It's in what was once a resort area called Fountain City and the 'duck' pond there is across the street from Littons (ok, there's a filling station in front of Littons).

        If you require alcohol with your meals, forget Littons. But you will get a feel for timeless, albeit dry times, Knoxville.

        How many days do you have?

        1. Litton's does have beer and wine. You just need to ask for it. Wine isn't all that good at Littons/ For a real barbecue experience, head West on middlebrook and look for M and M barbecue. They cook outside in the parking lot. No tables. Just eat beside your car or take it with you. Have several sides and usually do a fish fry on the weekends. Not open on Sunday. I have family in NYC and they love to go to Puleo's. There are 4 locations in the Knoxville area. Long's drugstore on Kingston Pike in the Bearden area is a Saturday morning breakfast place. It is a Drug store with an old fashioned soda fountain area. Pancakes, eggs, etc. Love their pimento cheese sandwiches. Downtown on Gay Street or around the corner on Market Square are pubs and breweries where people will be watching games. My favorite Southern lunch places are not open on Saturday or Sunday. Enjoy your trip, ya'll