Crowned Best Overall Restaurant by the Knoxville News Sentinel in 2010, Puleo’s Grille takes tongues on a whirlwind taste tour with its eclectic menu of Southern and Italian classics. Circle tooth wagons around scrumptious orders of fried green tomatoes partnered with a savory side of stone-ground cheese grits and country gravy ($6.99), or lay a delectable claim on Italian mainstays such as lasagna ($11.99) or artichoke- and caper-flecked chicken piccata, which gets its beauty sleep atop a bed of linguini draped in lemon wine sauce ($14.99).
Tennessee State Park Restaurants has eight eateries under its umbrella, all of which can be found in scenic locales sprinkled across the state. Park-goers can take a load off after a long day of hiking and sightseeing to dig into different specialties. Each spot offers a unique menu?Cumberland Mountain specializes in catfish on Fridays, whereas Pickwick Landing combines Southern cuisine with views of the water.
A family of Floridians opened Dylan's Restaurant in 2006, bringing their native flavor to Tennessee via dishes such as fried, broiled, or blackened grouper and key lime pie. In addition to classics from the Sunshine State, the menu includes all-American staples: steak and eggs for breakfast, cheeseburgers for lunch, and hearty seafood dinners accompanied by hush puppies and deep-fried baseballs. Chefs even accommodate special requests for customer favorites whenever possible. The restaurant's interior has a bold color scheme, with electric-blue booths and bright-green walls. On Saturday evenings, musicians perform live guitar and vocal music.
At CiCi’s Pizza, feasters can sample hearty slices of pizza and a wide selection of buffet fare ($4.99 per person over 10 years of age), filling bellies like a pouch-stuffing kangaroo preparing to weather the harsh Australian winter. Offering endless helpings of fresh salads, tantalizing pastas, tasty desserts, and oven-fresh pizzas, CiCi’s tames the most voracious hunger attacks via all-you-can-eat tactics. Pizza dough is made fresh daily and doused in a savory sauce crafted from vine-ripened tomatoes and prescience-instilling spices, while salads are hand-tossed with the freshest ingredients delivered hourly via teleportation.
Tully's is the realized brain baby of executive chef Tully Wilson, a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America. This villa of victuals features classic American favorites presented in a French-influenced, aesthetically pleasing manner. Menu options vary, though sample dinner items include two pounds of fresh Prince Edward Island mussels ($10) served in a white-wine-butter sauce, and pecan-pear salad ($12), a sprightly summer salad that evokes thoughts of William Blake's romantic salad-inspired poetry. Savorlicious steaks gratify meat-believers, like the eight-ounce filet mignon ($19) and the 16-ounce cowboy steak ($30), a bone-in rib eye that can be shared with your significant other or an insignificant identical twin. Climb a mountain of chocolate with Tully's six-layer chocolate cake ($8), slipping and sliding on the delectable raspberry sauce along the way.
A sense of well-loved Americana infuses every corner of Tom's Blue Moon BBQ as thoroughly as the scent of hickory-smoked meats. Vintage bicycles ridden by notable founding fathers dangle from the ceiling, license plates from across the country line the sky-blue walls, and red-checkered tablecloths evoke a down-home picnic ambience. This nostalgic decor complements the barbecue, which draws inspiration from time-honored family recipes. The cooks begin by hickory-smoking cuts of pork, beef, and chicken for as long as 14 hours before glazing it with the restaurant's signature sauce. To accompany the hearty platters, they also make more than 10 side dishes in-house—including turnip greens, fried green tomatoes, and sweet-potato waffle fries—and craft a tantalizingly sweet banana pudding.