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This diner-style restaurant features chrome and 50's style seating and is located in the heart of downtown. The vast glass windows on all sides of the restaurant afford a great view for people-watching. Choose from a menu of various omelets, traditional breakfasts with eggs and French toast, and a selection of breakfast sandwiches. (865-546-2103)

Long's Drug Store
Step back in time at this diner that opened for business in 1956. They've been packing folks in for hearty, satisfying breakfasts ever since. Choose from biscuits and gravy, bacon and eggs, and fluffy pancakes. The last of a dying breed, this drug store diner even features an old-fashioned soda fountain that kids will love. (865-588-9218, 865-588-0581)

The Tomato Head
In a brick building on Market Square sits this unassuming restaurant, a favorite of the locals. Its interior is contemporary, with light wooden tables and chairs. Sparse and funky, it's known for delicious gourmet pizzas, salads, and sandwiches. You can choose from the established selections or create your own monster from an extensive list that includes Fontina cheese, kalamata (olive), smoked salmon, and herbed tomatoes. No matter the result, just devour the riches. (865-637-4067)

Cosmo's Café at Gourmet's Market
This charming café can be found in an upscale area of Kingston Pike. Although it looks like a diner, the airy interior is a fit setting for the rather gourmet dishes that are served. Well known for sandwiches made with fresh French bread, the café also offers a hot lunch entree and other delectable selections. A range of coffees and teas will satisfy your need for caffeine. To accompany your cup, try one of the tempting desserts. (865-584-8739)

Sun-colored walls, exposed brick, and wooden floors welcome diners to this eclectic restaurant. Prints of landscapes adorn the walls, and the glass tabletops corral a wealth of memorabilia. Commanding attention in the center of the space, an open kitchen turns out soups, salads, sandwiches, pastas, and entrees. The inspiration is a bold mix of Caribbean, Mexican, and Italian techniques. With both meat and vegetarian dishes offered, any appetite will surely be satisfied. (865-637-4663)

Calhoun's on the River
Calhoun's on the River is just good eatin'. Popular with anyone associated with the university, it has also become a favorite for travelers to Knoxville. It is known for wood smoked barbecue that you can smell way before you see it and signature oysters. You can arrive by boat on the river or by car. Outside or inside dining is available. (865-673-3355)

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If you're in the mood for seafood, Chesapeake's will satisfy your desires. Shrimp, crab, lobster, a variety of fish, and bouillabaisse are yours to sample at this fashionable establishment in a historic building. The crab cakes, a house specialty, are particularly scrumptious. Even if seafood isn't in your plans, you can enjoy steak and chicken. (865-673-3433)

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MacLeod's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Airport - Tys
Cost: $
Long's Drug Store 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: AIRPORT - TYS
Cost: $
The Tomato Head 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Indian
Neighborhood: Airport - Tys
Cost: $
Cosmo's Café at Gourmet's Market 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Airport - Tys
Cost: $
Sunspot 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Caribbean, European, Italian, Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: Airport - Tys
Cost: $
Calhoun's on the River 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cost: $
Chesapeake's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Seafood
Neighborhood: Airport - Tys
Cost: $$
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