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chefmattryan Sep 6, 2011 06:22 AM

Hey fellow Hounders,

I just moved to West Knoxville, and have found myself looking for great places to eat/work nearby. I am a seasoned chef, and don't want to end up at a dive or a place that does everything from a bag. So if you have recommendations on places to look to go to eat some good food, or you hear of any good place hiring! Please let me know! I try to go out to eat at least 3 or 4 times a week to test food, and ust haven't been impressed! So give me some places to impress me!!! Please!

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    Khotso98 Nov 10, 2011 11:41 AM

    Savelli's Italian Restaurant
    3055 Sutherland Ave.
    Knoxville, TN 37919
    865-521-9085
    Really good lasagna made with either meat or spinach and calzones as big as your head.

    Naples Italian Restaurant
    5500 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37919
    865-584-5033
    http://naplesitalianrestaurant.net/
    A long time Knoxville Restaurant serving quality Italian pasta, meat, seafood and more.

    El Charro Mexican Restaurant
    6502 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37919
    and 10420 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37922
    865-584-9807
    865-693-9600
    http://elcharroknoxville.com/
    Maybe not knock your socks off, but has been around for many years and has good solid Tex-Mex food.

    Chez Guevara
    8025 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37919
    865-690-5250
    A bit of a quirky hole in the wall, near Barnes and Noble, thought by many to be one of the best Mexican places in Knoville.

    Tomo Japanese Restaurant
    7315 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37919
    865-594-0047
    Consistantly rated a favorite Knoxville restaurant.

    Nama Sushi Bar
    Downtown: 506 Gay Street
    West: 5130 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
    http://www.namasushibar.com/
    Voted best sushi in Knoxville by readers of the MetroPulse.

    Bistro By the Tracks
    215 Brookview Centre Way, Suite 109
    Knoxville, TN 37919
    865-558-9500
    http://www.bistrobythetracks.com/
    Quality upscale meat and seafood.

    The Shrimp Dock
    5210 Kingston Pike, Bearden
    1124Kingston Pike, Farragut
    http://www.shrimpdock.com/
    Not so much a place to eat as their eating space and menu are limited, but just ask around and many folks will tell you that this is the place to buy seafood in Knoxville in terms of quality and selection.

    Sunrise Asian Supermarket
    8905 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37919
    865-693-2677
    Again, not really a place to eat, but has a huge and really great selection of food/ingredients with lots of things you cannot find anywhere else in Knoxville.

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      Bamaman1 Nov 22, 2011 06:29 PM

      Goodness gracious. That's some kind of list.

      My choice is Puleo's, which is next to the LaQuinta, which is possibly exit #385. May be the Cedar Bluff exit. It's Italian/American--and they really know how to run a restaurant. I usually go for a great small pizza and salad lunch special. Its voted most favorite Knoxville restaurant year after year.

      Famous Dave's is across the street, and it's also no slouch.

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        BaseballNut Nov 30, 2011 06:45 AM

        chefmatt-

        You didn't mention what you've already tried, so you'll have to excuse if you've already tried these.

        I have to 2nd the mention of Puleo's. It's a local chain that started in nearby Strawberry Plains, but I think they only have 4 or 5 locations now, so I still consider it a local resto. Fresh ingredients. Steaks are supposed to be good, but I've never tried one there. Can't beat the shrimp & grits and the fried green tomatoes.

        If you enjoy Mexican, I like SoccerTaco. It's a horrible name, and I'll admit that it was the name that kept me from trying it for the first 2 years I lived in Knoxville. Since I disocvered it, I don't really bother with other Mexican places. The main location is on Bearden Hill, near the El Charro mentioned earlier. They also now have a location downtown in Market Square & a Maryville location as well.

        The Holy Land middle eastern deli on Sutherland is a good spot. 5 different kinds of hummus, and a terrific reuben sammich are 2 of the highlights there.

        Just down the street from Holy Land is Dead End BBQ, which is one of the better BBQ establishments locally. A little pricey for BBQ, but they try to run sort of an upper crust 'joint' there.

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