Monday, May 11, 2015

Food - From Here and There…

Here are a few recent food photos from various restaurants and other sources.  These were all meals or treats that we enjoyed…

We stopped in at Ruby Tuesday in Lenoir City Tennessee for dinner one evening.  Laurie ordered the Coastal Trio. ($19.99) This entree included (Langostino) lobster tails and jumbo skewered shrimp brushed with garlic scampi butter.  They were paired with a tilapia filet topped with Laurie’s choice of seasoning, a lemon-Parmesan crust.  She had grilled zucchini as one of her sides and the salad bar as the other…

She liked everything about her meal!  Although Langostino are not truly lobsters, they taste much the same.

I ordered the Asiago Peppercorn Sirloin for dinner. ($15.99) This top sirloin steak was seasoned and flavored with cracked peppercorns, parmesan cream sauce and shaved Asiago cheese.  I ordered the squash and the zucchini as my sides.  It was a very nice meal!  The steak was cooked perfectly and it was tender and flavorful.  The only issue I had is that there was a touch too much salt in the sauce and on the grilled zucchini.

We always enjoy our meals at Ruby Tuesday… The menu has lots of variety and quality, quantity and pricing are reasonable for what you are served.  Better yet, coupons are readily available so the cost of our meal was reduced by about $8.00 plus tax.  There is a full bar and drinks are very reasonably priced. 

The Ruby Tuesday in Lenoir City Tennessee is located at 120 Interchange Park Lane…right at US 321 and I-75.  Phone: 865-657-9624.  Website:

I included this photo because Laurie’s favorite pie is Cherry Pie with a little vanilla ice cream!  This was one of the desserts we enjoyed at one of our recent neighborhood wine tasting parties… There is always a ton of good eating going on at these wine tastings!

We picked up ham and cheese croissants at the Tellico Grains Bakery in Tellico Plains Tennessee.  We each had one for breakfast the next day and they were delicious and satisfying.  

To learn more about Tellico Grains Bakery, you can go to their website at

One day within the last month or so, we were over by Farragut and Knoxville’s Turkey Creek shopping area and it was time for lunch.  We decided to go to Wild Wings Café, another of our favorite standby restaurants where we’ve rarely been disappointed with the food.  It is basically a huge sports bar that frequently features live entertainment…so it’s very informal with food that matches its theme. 

Laurie went with this beautiful burger topped with a big onion ring.  It’s the Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger…with cheddar and pepper jack cheese, 3 strips of bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion and mayo. ($10.49) It was cooked medium rare as ordered and it was really good.  Her only complaints were about the coleslaw…she doesn’t like ‘chunky’ coleslaw and it didn’t have any flavor.   

I decided to try the Wild Wings buffet special. ($10.99) It’s all about the wings!  There were about 8 choices of wings prepared with different sauces ranging from flavorful to spicy.  I try to avoid carbs so I focused on the wings but there were some other fillers/carb laden offerings on the buffet.  I had to try the Mac n’ Cheese just because I’d never tried it before.  It was excellent…the best I’ve had in years!  Laurie tasted it and she agreed that it was very good.  I ended up consuming about 14 chicken wings for my money…a great lunch and value!

Wild Wings Café is a regional chain.  Specials on wings and drinks are offered very frequently.  ‘Our’ Wild Wings Café is located at 11335 Campbell Lakes Drive in Farragut Tennessee.  Phone: 865-777-9464.  The company website can be found at

We are always searching for quality BBQ Ribs!  They are hard to find here in East Tennessee but we never stop looking.  Barb and Bill, our neighbors, tipped us on a new source for ribs and we jumped right on the opportunity!

The source was parked outside a local Food City Grocery Store in Vonore Tennessee!  This particular Food City District or group of stores has a “Smoker Event Schedule” where a BBQ smoker is set up outside a store and you can buy ribs, pulled pork, etc.  Based on our friend’s feedback, we immediately drove to the store and picked up a rack of ribs for dinner. ($16.00) They were very good indeed! 

With 3 local Food City Stores in our area, we’ve now added this Food City Event Schedule to our calendar…enabling us to buy a rack of ribs every month except October all the way through December!   

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave 


  1. Some good looking grub Dave. I've seen the BBQ trailer at Food City and wondered about it. Glad you have a reliable source for good ribs.

  2. I wish that Wild Wings Café was closer to us but it’s about 23 miles one way and makes it of a drive for lunch. You ate some great food. I have not been to a Ruby Tuesday in years, but after looking at Laurie’s plate I’ll have to go back, there is one near Dobbins Air Force Reserve Base which is not very far.