If you want the best food in town, there is only one way to make sure you are getting what you pay for. You have to figure out where the locals go when they want a night out on the town. Sure, every town has its share of restaurants that exist just for the tourist trade. Some are absolutely amazing, some charge too much, and some, well let’s just say they don’t live up to expectations. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most popular eateries in Blount County, TN.

The Barn

This awesome restaurant is located at 1471 W Millers Cove Rd in Walland, TN. Enjoy fine dining at a restaurant that offers farm to table meals, an outstanding wine list, superb service and what is often referred to as “Foothills Cuisine.” Be sure to pack a dinner jacket or you won’t get in the door and you will miss out on an exquisite dining experience.

Miss Olivia’s Table

Miss Olivia’s Table is located at 1108 W. Broadway in Maryville, TN, and serves a delicious array of sandwiches and salads along with many other dishes. But perhaps the biggest reason so many locals come here (besides the great food and a wonderful inviting atmosphere) is the homemade potato chips. From the moment you enter the door until you head back out, the service and food here are amazing.

The Shrimp Dock

Located at 321 S Calderwood St Alcoa, TN, there is no better place in the area to dine on an incredible array of seafood. The dishes served here easily rival the best seafood restaurants in Knoxville and are far more affordable. Beyond shrimp and the standard seafood fare, The Shrimp Dock also serves up alligator, duck, sausage, crawfish, salmon, shark, and a range of bisques and gumbos.

Pancho’s Mexican Restaurant

Yes, the locals do love their Mexican food and find it at 2715 US Hwy 411 S in Maryville, TN. This family-run restaurant serves food that tastes incredible. From amazing in-house made salsa to several Guadalajara style dishes, this is the place to go if you want true “South of the Border” food. Portion sizes are excellent, and two nights of the week kids eat free; you just can’t beat that.

Midland Restaurant

Located at 155 N Calderwood St, in Alcoa, TN, this wonderful restaurant serves up an amazing array of comfort food dishes that are so good, you could almost see yourself coming to the table in your comfies and slippers. Portions are plentiful, the staff very friendly, and you won’t believe the low prices.

The Soup Kitchen

A restaurant whose name says it all. Located at 245 Calderwood in Alcoa, TN, this restaurant serves homemade soups and grilled cheese sandwiches to die for. But this is only a sample of the incredible foods the staff puts together here. Service is fast and friendly, perfect for those in a hurry to see the sights.

Blount County has dozens of fantastic places to eat; this is only a small sample of the many restaurants where you can always find the locals grabbing lunch or something for dinner after a hard day at work.