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Jun 4, 2014 08:15 PM

Driving from Asheville to Nashville

Any suggestions for good spots along the way for lunch?

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  1. Check your route...I40 closed at the Tennessee/NC border until who knows when. Take I-24 to I-81!!!

    3 Replies
    1. re: Brawny

      It's a temporary closure. It should be open later tonight.

      1. re: Leepa

        Check to see if the closure of most lanes of I-40 over the French Broad River is being a problem the day of your trip.

        My preferred drive is from Asheville up I-26 to Johnson City and then I-81 down to I-40.

        Johnson City is very close to Ridgewood BBQ in Bluff City TN and I think you'd enjoy it.

        If you leave early morning, Lunch time would probably hit as you reached Cookville (remember the time change) and Cookville is a fast food mecca.

        (There isn't much between the 'cities' of Knoxville-Crossville-Cookville. We don't have a default restaurant in Crossville and really wish there was one there that I could recommend.)

        1. re: shallots

          I agree with shallots suggestion: Ridgewood BBQ is absolutely worth it!

    2. Longneck’s Restaurant and Tavern
      5145 US Highway 25/70 Bypass
      Marshall , NC 28753

      Zuma Coffee
      7 North Main
      Marshall, NC 28743

      Iron Horse Station Restaurant and Tavern
      24 Andrews Ave.
      Hot Springs, NC 28743

      Smoky Mountain Diner
      70 Lance Ave.
      Hot Springs, NC 28743

      The Bean Trees Café
      3601 Hartford Road
      Hartford, TN 37753

      Milanos Pizza and Italian
      465 West Broadway
      Newport , TN 37821

      Angelo’s at the Point
      122 Boat Dock Dr.
      Dandridge, TN 37725

      Leia’s Wrap Cafe
      1237 Gay St.
      Dandridge, TN 37725

      Puleo’s Grille
      7224 Regions Lane
      Knoxville, TN 37914
      (I-40 at Strawberry Plains

      The Bistro
      807 Gay St.
      Knoxville, TN 37902

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

      Mauricio’s Italian Restaurant
      232 N. Peachtree Ave.
      Cookeville, TN 38501

      El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant
      900 S. Jefferson Ave.
      Cookeville, TN 38501

      Big Bad Wolf Smokehouse and Grill
      189 N. Mount Juliet Rd.
      Mt. Juliet, TN 37122

      Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
      401 S. Mount Juliet Rd.
      Mt. Juliet, TN 37122