Wednesday, October 28, 2015

The Diner – Madisonville Tennessee

Laurie and I are always looking for a good breakfast in a local restaurant… The problem is that most of the restaurants in the Knoxville vicinity serve only OK or average morning fare…

So, when we saw several positive dining recommendations on a local Facebook site we set out to determine if the upbeat comments were really the kind of good news we were hoping for!

This is The Diner in Madisonville Tennessee.  This restaurant has had several owners/operators in the 6+ years that we’ve lived in the area.  However, this was the first time that we’d heard or seen positive vibes about the food being dished out at this location…

The interior of The Diner is plain and straightforward.  The dining area is spacious and the area was clean.  Our waitress was efficient and pleasant too.  The Diner is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner…

This was my ‘light’ breakfast… Two eggs over easy cooked just right, 2 nice size and flavorful sausage patties and biscuits with sausage gravy.  The biscuits were nice and the sausage gravy had a bit of a bite (heat) to it although it was a little light on the sausage in the gravy.  Still, it was very good!  My breakfast was a winner!

Laurie ordered her standard breakfast…2 eggs over easy, bacon (4 strips), hashbrowns and sourdough toast.  The waitress asked Laurie if she wanted to have her toast buttered. (There was also butter on the table) The eggs were perfect, the bacon was above average in quantity and quality and the hash browns were plentiful and very good too!  Another winner!

The prices were more than reasonable…as low as we’ve seen anywhere when you consider what we were served.  Our breakfast including 2 coffees added on, (99 cents each), came to only $13.50 before tax and tip! 

We’d heard that dinner at The Diner is really tasty too…with similar pricing.  A couple of days later after a round of golf, we decided to give it a try.

Laurie went for the French Beef Dip Sandwich. ($7.95) For her side she chose the baked apples.  The sandwich was large and she gave it a thumbs up.  The grilled onions that came with it were excellent and she liked the apples too!

I ordered the Fried Catfish Dinner. ($8.00) I couldn't believe how much food I got for the money!  The 2 large catfish fillets were lightly breaded and delicious.  The broccoli side dish was steamed perfectly and I liked their coleslaw as well.  I'm not a big hush puppy connoisseur but they were good too... Plus, I had some more of that 99 cent coffee!

After 2 great experiences, we know that we’ll be back for many more meals! Another plus is that breakfast is served anytime of the day! The Diner is located at 4263 US Hwy. 411 in Madisonville Tennessee.  Phone: 423-442-9994.  I could not locate a website for this restaurant…

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. Sounds like a great find and I'll have to research it more for when Bev gets home. It seems the preferred gravy in this area is very light on meat,

  2. How I wish we had a diner here in Sicily. There was a cute little cafè diner style here but it closed down for lack of customers.