Places To Eat & Things To Do
When you get to Knoxville, it is Time to Dine Out! Thanks to the partner restaurants listed below, you will be able to find wonderful meals (with plenty of carbs) and fun and festive atmospheres in several Knoxville areas. Also, if you are looking for something to do while in town, check out Maple Hall below! Some will be offering specials to marathon participants, so be sure to bring some proof. Get out there and enjoy them – it’s time to celebrate and experience what Knoxville has to offer. And don’t forget to celebrate on Sunday after the race!
Located downtown, right outside Market Square on Union Avenue, Casual Pint of Downtown is a fun spot with an upscale, yet casual atmosphere. Here you will find not only an abundance of American craft beers and unmatched variety from around the world, but also several options brewed right here in Tennessee! Wear your race medal in on Sunday, March 25 and receive $1 off all pints. With 22 rotating taps, and more than 300 varieties of drink-here singles, you will be sure to find something you love!
From the savory starter of Buffalo Wings or Fried Green Tomatoes, to the enticements of such favorites as our House “Ale Steak”, Southern-fried Catfish or Rotisserie Chicken, to the sweet send-off of freshly made seasonal Key Lime Pie, we guarantee your taste buds will enjoy their trip to Tennessee. We also feature sumptuous salads, sandwiches & burgers. And have we mentioned our award winning hand-crafted micro-brewed beers prepared by our very own brewmaster? What should you choose? Hard to say. You just better count on coming back.
Located just off the UT campus, the original Copper Cellar features two restaurants in the same building. In the original location downstairs , the Copper Cellar has a warm, cozy and traditional atmosphere, decorated with walnut, copper and leather. The menu features Choice and Prime beef, fresh fish and seafood. Upstairs, the casual atmosphere has always been popular before and after sporting events, plays and concerts. The menu is a favorite of the college crowd and those looking for casual food offerings. Reservations are accepted.
Naples Italian Restaurant
Long known as East Tennessee’s Best Italian Restaurant with locals and visitors alike. Naples is a family owned and operated for the past 37 years by Bob and Becky Luper. Your neighborhood restaurant with everything homemade from the canoli to the pasta and sauces. Fresh seafoods, steak and their daily chef’s specials make this one of Knoxville’s finest and a “must eat there” if you have not done so already. Spaghetti prices begin at $9.99 except for Monday Night and Wednesday Night Spaghetti at $5.99 and lunch Tues – Fri when Spaghetti is always $5.99 with salad and homemade rosemary bread and garlic butter. In the spirit of the upcoming CHKM, Naples Italian Restaurant is “running” three Marathon Specials the weekend of March 31, April 1 and 2. They are: #1 Marathon Special- Spaghetti or Cappellini with choice of sauce, house salad and NY cheesecake $15.99 #2 Marathon Special- Spaghetti alla Carbonara with house salad, and NY cheesecake $17.99 #3 Marathon Special- Lasagna or Spinach Lasagna with house salad and NY cheesecake $19.99 Come and CARB UP at NAPLES! No marathon I.D. neccesary.
Maple Hall is downtown Knoxville’s full service boutique 11-lane bowling alley located in the historic J.C. Penney building. We are a spirited bowling experience offering apps, craft cocktails, a full menu, cozy lounge areas, and a 2-lane private room which can host any kind of party. Our menu includes appetizers like Portabella mushrooms stuffed with a quinoa medley and entrees like our Big Cluck chicken sandwich and our ever popular fry stacks. Come see why Knoxville voted us best new business and best new thing to do!
The Tomato Head
A Knoxville favorite for over 25 years, the Tomato Head features a house made menu of hearth baked pizza, fresh and inventive salads and one-of-a-kind sandwiches. Located on the Marathon route in Historic Market Square, the Tomato Head offers menu items for every diet including omnivore, vegan, vegetarian and, gluten free. Also offering 20 regional craft beers on draft, wine and cocktails.
Babalu Tapas & Tacos
Babalu is a fun, one of a kind, family-style dining experience. All our Latin-inspired dishes– each with a unique Southern flare– are sure to bring people together. We pride ourselves on using hyper-local produce and products for our made-from-scratch dishes and handcrafted cocktails. Our friendly staff enjoys having a good time with each guest while providing him or her with impeccable service, which is sure to feel like a mini-vacation. On Saturday & Sunday, all runners will receive 10% off their meal, so pull up a chair on the patio, order a round of tasty tapas, and savor the experience of great food, good conversation, and great company.
Dead End BBQ
You have arrived – the end of the road, and the end of your search for great barbeque in East Tennessee. Dead End Barbeque was born at the end of a dead-end street where neighbors gathered to barbeque. For more than a decade the Dead End Society honed their barbequing skills in the dead end, and in professional barbeque competitions where they achieved national recognition. The Dead End BBQ restaurant has been created to take you there. To the smells, the sounds, and the homemade tastes of an exceptional American neighborhood barbeque in East Tennessee.