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. 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!

The Casual Pint Downtown

Casual Pint

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 31 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.

Copper Cellar

Copper Cellar

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.

Fanatic Brewing Company

Need a place to rest and relax either before the race or afterwards? Stop by Fanatic Brewing Company! Check out their brand new tap room, located at 2735 N. Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917. Learn more about Fanatic here.

Boyd's Jig and Reel

Jig & Reel is an authentic Scottish music and Whisky pub located in the Old City. Open six days a week, with a kitchen open until 2 am, they serve delicious meals with a focus on friendly Scottish hospitality. Jig and Reel’s extensive Scotch selection is one of the best in the world, and with over 800 whiskies on their list. Any of their knowledgeable bartenders will be happy to recommend something new for you to try. The goal at Jig and Reel is to preserve their musical history and celebrate the Scottish culture of their ancestors.

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.

The Tomato Head

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.

Hard Knox Pizzeria

We are a local, Knoxville based, woman-owned, artisan pizza restaurant engaged in the authentic old-world art of making wood-fired pizza.

Everything at Hard Knox is fresh and locally sourced whenever possible, developed in-house, made fresh every day and then cooked at over 750 degrees in our wood fired oven. Now with two locations, click here for more information or to order online today!