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“one of my favorites in pigeon forge and in Gatlinburg” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Calhoun's

Calhoun's
625 Turkey Cove Ln, Knoxville, TN 37934
865-288-1600
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Ranked #80 of 961 Restaurants in Knoxville
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Sevier County,TN
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51 reviews 51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“one of my favorites in pigeon forge and in Gatlinburg”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

ribs, ribs, ribs. rolls and butter, rolls and butter, biscuits and butter. Great place to take friends. our granddaughter likes the chicken fingers. wife and i split the rib /chicken combo or something. plenty of food.

Visited September 2012
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  • English first
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English first
Knoxville, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The Best Bar B Que in America”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

Move over Texas...Kansas City...Memphis Calhouns is the true winner as the best Bar B Que in America. It falls off the bone when you pick it up. The smokiness is heavenly. The service is unequalled.

Visited August 2012
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Knoxville
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Decent, but nothing special. Boringly bad experience last visit.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Good basic "meat" restaurant that generally covers all the ribs and steak bases.

Recently had a mildly disappointing experience there that didn't encourage me to go back.

I ordered a medium steak and they brought me this bloody, very rare hunk. Fine--I ate around the edges, realized I could go no further, so pointed it out to the waitress and she took it back, leaving the side dishes at the table. It seem to make sense.

Well, I ate my sides...then waited. And waited. Eventually my steak reappeared, long after my companion was finished and the sides long eaten. So I was left with this random piece of meat on the center of a large, empty plate: it wasn't a very positive or tasty experience as the pace of the meal was disrupted and the end result looked unappetizing.

They could have sent out a salad, bread, another side or two, maybe an app or offered a complimentary dessert, but nada. It was a pointless experience and their service/response to this mistake did not impress me.

They also refilled my unsweet tea with sweet tea, but I honestly was so tired of negotiating for my meal and mentioning errors, I let it go.

The overall impression was: get the meal over with and get out of here. And next time, don't mention our mistake. Or something.

It just left me kind of cold.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, MD
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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“A captive audience, would not be my first (second, or third) choice.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Now, I didn't pick this restaurant, nor did I have a say in the menu selections, so...

Fried catfish -- outstanding (they need to advertise this); ribs -- overcooked, tough, and kind of boring; mashed potato -- come on, how can you screw up spuds?; creamed corn -- I did not partake; spinach marie (?), never heard of it, basically creamed spinach with cheese and something spicy added; key lime pie -- great.

Would I go back? Probably not, but others liked it just fine, so it may well be just my tastes. No, not really, while others did enjoy it, just as many in our group were under-whelmed, so there is something to my "complaints."

Visited September 2012
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Dayton, Ohio
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Had a great time here.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We enjoyed Calhouns. We came on a whim with a large party and the staff went out of the way to accommodate our group. I was impressed with the service. It is a neat place inside with lots of character and great views of the river. The food was really good. I had chicken and some of the best mac and cheese ever. My husband had ribs and he said they were fantastic. I will come again the next time I visit Knoxville.

Visited September 2012
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