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Driving from Asheville to Nashville

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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!!!

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    1. re: Brawny

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

      1. re: Leepa

        Check www.tdot.gov 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
      828-649-0400
      http://longnecksbar.com/

      Zuma Coffee
      7 North Main
      Marshall, NC 28743
      828-649-1617
      http://zumacoffee.blogspot.com/

      Iron Horse Station Restaurant and Tavern
      24 Andrews Ave.
      Hot Springs, NC 28743
      828-622-0022
      http://www.theironhorsestation.com/

      Smoky Mountain Diner
      70 Lance Ave.
      Hot Springs, NC 28743
      828-622-7571
      http://www.smokymountaindinerhotsprin...

      The Bean Trees Café
      3601 Hartford Road
      Hartford, TN 37753
      423-487-2187
      https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bean-T...

      Milanos Pizza and Italian
      465 West Broadway
      Newport , TN 37821
      423-625-3472

      Angelo’s at the Point
      122 Boat Dock Dr.
      Dandridge, TN 37725
      865-484-0484
      http://www.angelosatthepoint.com/

      Leia’s Wrap Cafe
      1237 Gay St.
      Dandridge, TN 37725
      865-397-4391
      http://leiaswrapcafe.webs.com/

      Puleo’s Grille
      7224 Regions Lane
      Knoxville, TN 37914
      (I-40 at Strawberry Plains
      )865-6373-9101
      http://puleosgrille.com/our-locations...

      The Bistro
      807 Gay St.
      Knoxville, TN 37902
      865-544-0537
      http://www.thebistroatthebijou.com/

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

      Mauricio’s Italian Restaurant
      232 N. Peachtree Ave.
      Cookeville, TN 38501
      931-528-2456
      http://www.mauricioscookeville.com/

      El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant
      900 S. Jefferson Ave.
      Cookeville, TN 38501
      931-372-0246
      http://www.eltapatiorestaurant.biz/

      Big Bad Wolf Smokehouse and Grill
      189 N. Mount Juliet Rd.
      Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
      615-773-2258
      http://www.bigbadwolfgrill.com/

      Which Wich Superior Sandwiches
      401 S. Mount Juliet Rd.
      Mt. Juliet, TN 37122
      615-754-9424
      http://www.whichwich.com/