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Cardin's Drive-In

8529 Asheville Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37924-4116
+1 865-933-3251
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good37%
  • Average7%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible5%
Travelers talk about
“ice cream” (9 reviews)
“cheeseburger” (7 reviews)
“fries” (15 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 AM - 11:59 PM Hours
American, Fast Food
8529 Asheville Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37924-4116
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its something different. Kinda took me back to my childhood before mega fast food chains took over! Cheeseburgers were good, fries so-so, milk shakes awesome. Car hop service with outdoor seating available. Service was good but took awhile for food to come out...they were busy...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Greg C
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Every time I go the food and service is excellent.I love the cheese burger but there whole menu is good. I have not been in a month or two but it is always great Yep

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Tony E
Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

Great real banana milkshakes and monterey jack cheese sticks! Been going there all my life most of the time they are packed so I always call my order in first. Definitely worth the wait if you don't.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Christy Y
Reviewed September 6, 2018

Nothing special but the food is good. You can either sit outside at the tables or the waters will come to your car for your order, don't expect anything great here. Everyone is friendly.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank corpspower
Reviewed September 3, 2018

I found it hard to believe a place like this still exists in the middle of no place. Carhops were attentive and the selection of available flavors are amazing. Flavorful1

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank GrandPenguins
Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

I live right down the road from this place. It's awesome. Great drive in service, huge menu and dairy desert items galore. I often call in a bacon and egg sandwich on the way to work with extra bacon. They nail it every time. Great...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank jesss939
Reviewed July 12, 2018

We have eaten there several times when we stay in Knoxville and really enjoy their foods. Their malts are especially delicious.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank B3563DIpatriciad
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Been here two times so far. An old drive-in (1959) where you can just stay in your car, or sit at one of the dozen or so outdoor tables (under the cover of a roof). The double cheeseburger, made just the way they typically serve...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank jeremycaris
Reviewed June 10, 2018

Love the peach milkshake! The burgers, BLT and fries were tasty. Onions rings were average at best. Everything is cooked to order so when it's crowded be prepared for a wait. This place was packed at 1:00pm on a recent Saturday with people double parked...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank coastermeister
Reviewed May 29, 2018

An old time drive-in restaurant with very limited selection (almost all fried) but especially noted for exceptional shakes. If you like this sort of dining, then go. Cardin's is very popular with locals. It's a couple of miles drive from the interstate exit. It's too...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank UM1966
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Lora C
July 2, 2016|
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Response from JoW169 | Reviewed this property |
I don't live in the area so I do not know if they will be open on the 4th. My husband and I went there while we were visiting the area and had such a good experience we went back.
June 7, 2016|
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Response from Mascotgirl | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure but here is their phone #. You can call & ask. (865) 933-3251
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 AM - 11:00 PM
5:00 AM - 11:59 PM
5:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8529 Asheville Hwy, Knoxville, TN 37924-4116
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865-933-3251
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