A few days ago, Laurie and I, with Larry (http://bigdudesramblings.blogspot.com/) and his wife, Beverly, decided to go out to dinner at Ye Olde Steak House on Chapman Highway in Knoxville. Larry & Bev hadn't been there in years and we had it on our list of restaurants for us to try. Ye Olde Steak House is family owned and has been in business since 1968.
This is definitely a place for carnivores! The menu includes a 20 oz. Porterhouse, a 20 oz. New York Strip, a 20 oz. slab of Prime Rib, an 8 oz. Filet and a 10 oz. Rib Eye.
This is Laurie's Rib Eye with a side of Woodshed Potatoes. The potatoes are described on the menu as "peppery skillet fried potato rounds with smothered onions". Laurie loved her medium rare steak as well as the potatoes! She described the steak as "excellent".
This is Larry's 20 oz. Porterhouse Steak, also with a side of the Woodshed Potatoes. Larry commented that the steak was "very good", but he thought that the potatoes lacked the flavor he'd expected.
The menu's other beef entrees also include Steak on a Skewer, a Ground Beef Tenderloin and a King Steak Burger. Sides include a house salad with a couple of homemade salad dressings, a baked potato or baked sweet potato, a broccoli casserole, French fries, hot buttered mushrooms, grilled onions, grilled onions with mushrooms and two steamed vegetable dishes.
The only person at our table that didn't need to be on a diet was Beverly...but she is following a rather strict regime in an effort to lose a few pounds. She ordered the Charcoaled Shrimp appetizer and the Steamed Vegetable Medley for her dinner. The good news is that she reported that the shrimp were very good!
Other appetizers on the menu include fried cheese sticks, fried mushrooms, fried "Colossal" onion rings, fried Jalapeno peppers and a shrimp cocktail.
Just to be 'different', I ordered the New York strip with a baked potato. The flavor of the steak was good and it was medium rare as ordered, but I thought that it was a little tough, even for a strip steak. The potato was average but they had some nice bacon pieces on the table that I used to 'dress it up'!
Other 'non-beef' items on the menu include a charcoal shrimp dinner, grilled swordfish, stuffed flounder and a charbroiled chicken breast. Any number of entree combinations are also available.
We'd definitely come back to Ye Olde Steak House. I would just order the Rib Eye the next time! The setting is rustic and the family actually 'works' the dining room. The restaurant has been voted the #1 Steakhouse in Knoxville for many, many years. Beer and mixers are available. There is a $2.00 per person set-up charge if you want to bring your own wine or liquor.
Ye Olde Steak House is located at 6838 Chapman Highway in Knoxville. The phone number is 865-577-9328. Their website may be found at: http://yeoldesteakhouse.com/.