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Top 10 small business restaurants in West Knoxville

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There are a plethora of restaurants in West Knoxville. The major chain restaurants are certainly well represented. There is the big and noisy Cheesecake Factory attached to West Town Mall and Chili's and Olive Garden both have two locations in West Knoxville. But, the Volunteer State has never been known for it's herd mentality, so why follow the crowd.

West Knoxville is lucky to have a wide range of formal, casual and bare bones type, small business and family owned restaurants to satisfy the needs of everyone. You might want to have a romantic dinner at Naples Italian Restaurant in Bearden, a business meeting at Sullivan's Fine Foods in Rocky Hill or a stuffed sandwich and fries at Sami's Cafe in Franklin Square.

If you are taking the family and friends for a pontoon boat ride on the Ft. Loudon Lake, Pup's Pit Bbq has great deals so that everyone will be satisfied. For you and your neighbor from the cubicle farm, Anaba Japanese Cuisine has fresh and delicious seafood.

Here, in no particular order, are the Top 10 Small Business Restaurants in West Knoxville

Pero's on the Hill
Pero's on the Hill Toni S. Williams

Pero's on the Hill

Pero's on the Hill has fresh beautiful onion rings that are served with both ketchup and the Peroulas family meat sauce.  Pizzas galore. Fried chicken, pizzas and a to die for Pastitsio are all on the menu.


7706 S. Northshore Drive

The Shrimp Dock
The Shrimp Dock Toni S. Williams

The Shrimp Dock

What isn't there to love at The Shrimp Dock in Bearden.  Beautifully fresh and succulent seafood and fresh fish and they will prepare it all for you.  A raw bar and the best Catfish Po'boy in town.  Craving some real Cajun food?  The Shrimp Dock has the fixin's, too.


5210 Kingston Pike

Sami's Cafe
Sami's Cafe Toni S. Williams

Sami's Cafe

Every single item at Sami's Cafe is delicious.  Sami himself is a force to be reckoned with and the man does love what he does.  He cooks very, very well.  At lunch, the restaurant is packed.  Go early and enjoy breakfast.


9700 Kingston Pike

Naples Italian Restaurant
Naples Italian Restaurant Toni S. Williams

Naples Italian Restaurant

Naples Italian Restaurant is a go to favorite for Knoxville when Italian is a must.  Operated by the Luper family, Naples is great for a business lunch, romantic dinner, or, with the banquet room, a large family affair.

5500 Kingston Pike

Anaba Toni S. Williams


Anaba is always crowded and for good reason.  The food is amazing.  Sushi, Sashimi, Tempura or Hibachi Grill, it is all there.  There is a kids menu for the undeveloped pallet, and a wide variety of wines and beers for the after work crowd.

9405 S. Northshore Drive


Big Fatty's Catering Kitchen
Big Fatty's Catering Kitchen Toni S. Williams

Big Fatty's Catering Kitchen

The picture of the plate of nachos says all you need to know about Big Fatty's Catering Kitchen. Big and bodacious food. Soul food served with love and the girl does know how to smoke meat.


5005 Kingston Pike

Casa Don Galla
Casa Don Galla Toni S. Williams

Casa Don Galla

Casa Don Gallo is the best Mexican food around. Chips and salsa are not ordinary in any way.  The entire menu is delicious in this family owned eatery with a patio.


7741 S. Northshore Drive

Northshore Brasserie
Northshore Brasserie Toni S. Williams

Northshore Brasserie

Northshore Brasserie serves French Belgian food in a comfortable setting that is great for socializing or for business. The weekday lunch buffet and Sunday Brunch buffet are very popular.  The Croque Monsieur is delicious.


9430 S. Northshore Drive

Pup's Pit BBQ
Pup's Pit BBQ Toni S. Williams

Pup's Pit BBQ

Conveniently located near Ft. Loudon Lake, you can stop by Pup's Pit BBQ and pick up enough pulled pork and fixin's to feed the crowd on the pontoon boat.  Pup's smoked pulled chicken is juicy and flavorful.  Pup's has a Friday fish fry and delicious chicken and dumplings.


7660 S. Northshore Drive

Sullivan's Fine Foods
Sullivan's Fine Foods Toni S. Williams

Sullivan's Fine Foods

Whether you are at Sullivan's Fine Foods for a luncheon meeting or a family dinner, you must try the filet mignon martini.  Especially delicious is the Northshore salad with candied pecans, craisins and grilled chicken.  Any of the Blue Plates make a fine meal.


7545 S. Northshore Drive



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