Off-Campus Dining

Location
Knoxville, TN
Undergrads
19,591
Tuition (in-state)
$27,582 ($9,092)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of hidden gems.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Just go to Market Square/Gay Street and all your culinary dreams will come true, no matter who you are.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off campus dining is diverse and cost effective. Conveniently located one block from the main campus is the strip, which houses a dozen different restaurants alone. It's a nice mix of fast food and casual dining experiences.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many, many places to eat around campus.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Noodles and Co. is close to campus and my favorite place to eat at.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 253rd
    Best Off-Campus Dining Variety
  • 735th
    Best Off-Campus Dining Cost

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kristen Lewis
Hometown
Litchfield, NH
Major
Anthropology
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The Strip is a convenient place to enjoy a meal with friends. They have good variety, reasonable prices, and usually aren’t extremely busy. Very few cities of comparable size boast the dining prowess of Knoxville. The restaurant business generally has a 50 percent failure rate, but in Knoxville, restaurant buildings do not stay vacant long. Consequently, there is a great variety that caters to every taste.

Your choices will not be solely of franchises due to the many superb mom-and-pop eateries. This all stems from Knoxville’s love of good food and great atmosphere paired with a low cost of living. The Strip has much to offer, but when you are ready for something different, branching out will offer much more.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
  • IHOP
  • Krystal
  • Steak 'n Shake
Best Asian
  • Kanpai of Tokyo
  • P.F. Chang's
Best Breakfast
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Best Healthy
Subway
Best Pizza
  • Mellow Mushroom (sit-down)
  • Papa John's (take-out)
Best Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Best Place to Take Your Parents
Tennessee Grill
Other Places to Check Out
  • Charlie Pepper's
  • Panera Bread
  • Ruby Tuesday
Did You Know?
Ruby Tuesday, a popular restaurant with locations worldwide, was first opened on the strip by four UT fraternity brothers.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Kroger
4918 Kingston Pike
(865) 584-0201

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar
Food: Wings
1912 Cumberland Ave.
(865) 524-9464
www.buffalowildwings.com
Price: $8-$15
Calhoun's on the River
Food: American
400 Neyland Dr.
(865) 673-3355
Price: $8-$15
The Copper Cellar
Food: American
1807 Cumberland Ave.
(865) 673-3411
Price: $10-$20
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Food: Traditional
5001 Central Ave. Pike
(865) 688-7396
www.crackerbarrel.com
Price: $8-$15
Don Pablo's
Food: Mexican
2904 E. Towne Mall Circle
(865) 633-4978
www.donpablos.com
Price: $8-$15
Green Hills Grille
Food: American
4429 Kingston Pike
(865) 558-0091
www.greenhillsgrille.com
Price: $8-$15
Hooters of Knoxville
Food: American
8050 Kingston Pike
(865) 694-4668
www.hooters.com
Price: $5-$10
IHOP
Food: Pancakes
7128 Kingston Pike
(865) 588-8331
www.ihop.com
Price: $5-$10
Kanpai of Tokyo
Food: Japanese
1645-A Downtown West Blvd.
(865) 693-3903
www.kanpaioftokyo.com
Price: $8-$15
Krystal Restaurant
Food: American
2800 E. Magnolia Ave.
(865) 524-9975
Price: $5-$10
Litton's Market and Restaurant
Food: American
2803 Essary Dr.
(865) 688-0429
Price: $5-$10
Mellow Mushroom
Food: Pizza
2109 Cumberland Ave.
(865) 524-7979
www.mellowmushroom.com
Price: $5-$10
The Melting Pot
Food: Fondue
111 N. Central St.
(865) 971-5400
www.meltingpot.com
Price: $20-$40
O'Charley's
Food: Pub-style
8077 Kingston Pike
(865) 691-5885
www.ocharleys.com
Price: $10-$25
Olive Garden Italian Restaurant
Food: Italian
7206 Kingston Pike
(865) 584-7300
www.olivegarden.com
Price: $10-$25
The Original Louis' Drive-In Restaurant
Food: American
4661 Old Broadway
(865) 688-4121
Price: $5-$10
P.F. Chang's China Bistro
Food: Chinese
6741 Kingston Pike
(865) 212-5514
www.pfchangs.com
Price: $10-$20
Papa John's
Food: Pizza
7000 Kingston Pike
(865) 584-7272
www.papajohns.com
Price: $5-$10
Puleo's Grille
Food: Southern/Italian
260 N. Peters Rd.
(865) 691-1960
Price: $10-$20
Regas
Food: Steakhouse
318 N. Gay St.
(865) 637-3427
www.thechophouse.com/regas_index.html
Price: $10-$25
Riverside Tavern
Food: American
950 Volunteer Landing
(865) 637-0303
riversidetavern.org/daily.htm
Price: $8-$15
Steak 'n Shake
Food: Steaks, shakes
310 Wild Geese Rd.
(865) 675-2551
www.steaknshake.com
Price: $5-$10
Subway
Food: Subs
25 Market Square
(865) 524-9446
www.subway.com
Price: $5-$10
Tennessee Grill
Food: American
900 Neyland Dr.
(865) 862-8657
www.tennesseegrill.com
Price: $8-$15
Ye Olde Steak House
Food: Steak
401 Henley St.
(865) 577-9328

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 159 responses

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  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 163 responses

  • 3% An endless repetition of the same few places.
  • 17% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 40% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 39% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
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