The Best Spaghetti in Town

So despite having lived in east Tennessee for her whole life, my friend Donna had never heard of Louis’.  So we took a trip back out to Fountain City so she could experience one of the most famous eateries in Knoxville.

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It says it right there on the sign!

Louis’ has been a Knoxville staple since 1958.  Several years ago, Louis’ moved to a larger building to make way for an exit ramp from interstate 640.

We went during the lunch rush, but that’s no big deal at Louis’.  The large building can accommodate dozens of diners, and the experienced staff are used to the business.

I recommended that we split the spaghetti, because the serving size is HUGE.  The staff at Louis’ make all of the sauces and dressings in-house.  I’ve eaten nearly everything on the menu at Louis’, and I’ve never been disappointed.  This time was no different.  The food was great and the service was on point.  Another great thing about Louis’ is how inexpensive most of the menu items are.  Unless you’re ordering filet mignon or rib eye, you can eat there relatively cheap.   The eatery also caters and has a banquet room for events.  Louis’ even offers the option of a drive-in, which stays packed during the dinner rush.

You can check out the menu here.  The next time you’re hungry and want great Italian food, check out Louis’!

 

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The Most Famous Burgers in Town

This past week I introduced a friend to the best burger place in town.  My friend Donna had never been to Litton’s in Fountain City.  We had some errands to run together, and I was absolutely thrilled when she brought up grabbing a bite to eat.

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A Knoxville landmark. Source: travelingringo.com

Now, Litton’s is known for its awesome burgers, but honestly, I’ve never gotten anything there that has left me dissatisfied.  Despite this, I order a burger almost every time I go there.  This time, I decided to split a burger and side with Donna because I really wanted dessert.

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Perfection on a plate.

I wanted Donna to be able to get the taste of the burger, so we opted not to get cheese or bacon, just a plain hamburger.  It was devoured in about 60 seconds.  The onion rings were delicious as well, crispy-but not burned- and the onion still had a little bite.

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Then came for what would be the highlight of the trip: dessert.  Even if Litton’s wasn’t know for its burgers, its desserts would still draw in a crowd.  We went to the coolers and browsed the selection.  I settled for the red velvet, even though it isn’t my favorite (my favorite is Baby Jane cake, and it is only available on weekends).  Donna got the strawberry cake, and it was perfect.

But what I love most about Litton’s most is the atmosphere.  On the walls you’ll find newspaper clippings featuring local athletes.  Celebrities who stop in Knoxville often go to Litton’s. Last year when Alton Brown was in for his comedy/food show, he posted a picture of the red velvet cake from Litton’s on his Instagram account.

The table next to use were newbies and the waitress was telling them about the history of the establishment.  It was easy to tell from the way she talked about the restaurant, she took pride in her job. Litton’s has been a place for the Fountain City community to gather since 1946, and it is one place to definitely check out if you’ve never been.