So we ended up at Puleo's Grill as we were spending a night in Knoxville during a road trip and Puleo's happened to be within walking distance from the hotel we were in. When we first drove past, our initial thoughts were 'I could go for fajitas', because it really does look like a Tex-Mex chain restaurant, so imagine our surprise when we saw signs for Steaks, Seafood, and Pasta.
I got the New York Strip and baked potato with a side of mushrooms, the girlfriend got their version of a chicken pot pie. The steak was cooked perfectly as ordered and had excellent flavor, the baked potato was good as baked potatoes go, and the mushrooms were so good I still wish we would've had the opportunity to reheat them and take them with us as I couldn't finish. The Chicken Pot Pie however is what really caught us by surprise, flaky pie crust on the bottom, excellent gravy and fillings, then topped with a big piece of puff pastry on the top, not to mention the dish in general was massive. The girlfriend said it was the best chicken pot pie she ever had.
Otherwise, the service was good, they were polite and fast, we didn't have to wait, and overall it was a very good experience. Was it the best food I've ever had, probably not, but it was very good, especially for a Tex-Mex chain looking Italian restaurant on the side of the road.
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