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Big Fatty's

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5005 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 219-8317
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11:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Definitely delicious, a real gem!

I was a bit trepidacious when Dear Husband picked Big Fatty's for his birthday dinner. The online reviews of this down-home soul food joint are wildly uneven -- everyone either totally loves it or completely loathes it. There is no in-between. So I was worried. Also, I couldn't find their menu... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Philadelphia, Tennessee
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Philadelphia, Tennessee
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was a bit trepidacious when Dear Husband picked Big Fatty's for his birthday dinner. The online reviews of this down-home soul food joint are wildly uneven -- everyone either totally loves it or completely loathes it. There is no in-between. So I was worried. Also, I couldn't find their menu online to get an idea of the offerings. As... More 

Thank BayInTN
Seymour, Tennessee
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95 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not much ambiance, when it's busy it's loud (nothing buffers the noise, chairs moving on floor are noisy), but the food is delicious. Prices are slightly higher than average lunch place, I assume because they are using better / fresher ingredients. Southern fare but there is also creativity which I love. The Lady Vol pita burger - awesome. The place... More 

Thank 3D0Gnight
A TripAdvisor Member
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Looking for something different in Knoxville area? This place fits the bill. Top quality unique eats are sure to please. Burgers seem to be the specialty. Service is severely lacking, not enough and slow, otherwise great.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Knoxville, Tennessee
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I'm super hard to please when it comes to eating anywhere other than chain restaurants because it's just hard to find good food. This place however is the bomb! Everything I've ever had here is really good. It's very unassuming from the outside so you might be tempted to drive by. The inside is very laid back and casual. The... More 

Thank boosquish
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73 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I have to admit, the name is not too enticing but on a rainy night it was open and we went in. Southern food, as you'd expect, flavorful and varied, classic items but with a good hold on the sugar, salt and fat. Wonderful corn bread. I had the three sides, all good. My husband had the pulled pork, also... More 

Thank IrmaV
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014 via mobile

I absolutely love Big Fattys! I ate SO many bean burgers during my pregnancy and now that little Julia is here we still frequent our fave spot at least once a week. I love the variety of food. Best bean burger on the planet. And love all the homemade country sides. Staff has always been super nice and accommodating. Anyone... More 

Thank Katrina L
Home of D' Vols
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

Food was excellent, service was great, it was mid afternoon when we went so the atmosphere was ok. I'm very pleased with my experience at Big Fattys, can't wait to go back and enjoy more fried cornbread.

Thank Proud2BA10ecVol
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Was disappointed after hearing so much about Big Fatty's southern cooked menu. We had a party of four on a Thursday evening for dinner. Was skeptical when we pulled up as no other cars were there. Entered and found we were the only ones present and no other customers came in during our time there. The food was just average... More 

1 Thank KnoxvilleBud
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

If you like generic food from a can served cold by an angry, obese, incredibly rude and offensive owner/manager with a foul mouth and worse attitude then this is the place for you! I paid 11 dollars for a grilled cheese sandwich that looked and tasted like it came from a high school cafeteria. There were roaches scurrying on the... More 

6 Thank william r
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Lisa is wonderful and her food is even better. The crab cakes are a must. Great for lunch or catering. Don't miss out on this gem!!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5005 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: (865) 219-8317


Open Hours
10:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
11:00 am - 8:30 pm
9:00 am - 8:30 pm

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