Friday, April 15, 2016

Quality Local Dining Options – Loudon County TN

Recently we returned to a couple of local restaurants for dinner… In both instances, we were pleased with our meals so I thought that I’d share them with anyone living in the area or who might be passing through.

Our first stop was at Aubrey’s in Lenoir City.  This big restaurant is at somewhat of a disadvantage due to its location sitting back high on a hill near US Hwy. 321.  It’s next to a Hampton Inn, a hospital and behind a Cracker Barrel.  Visibility by prospective diners from the highway is limited…

We both started out with a Caesar Salad. ($4.00 with entrée) While it isn’t the prettiest salad ever, it was very nice indeed with the necessary bite of anchovy as well as the parmesan cheese.

I tried something new for me… This is the Peanut Crusted Catfish. ($13.00) Aubrey’s flash-fries catfish filets and serves them with a nice lemon caper sauce.  I chose the baked yellow squash as my side.  I liked the catfish but I was disappointed with the squash.  It wasn’t very warm and it didn’t have much flavor.

Admittedly this isn’t the prettiest entrée you’ve ever seen… However the Haystack Pasta is one of Laurie’s favorite dishes. ($13.00) It consists of grilled chicken, sautéed mushrooms, parmesan cheese and mushroom cream sauce served over linguine.  Once again she was a happy camper! She took half of it home & it made for a nice meal the next day!

Aubrey’s in Lenoir City is near the I-75/US Hwy. 321 interchange at 401 Town Creek Road East.  Phone: 865-986-3113.  Website:

One of the best additions to the local dining scene has been Z Fish House on the Lee Highway in Loudon.  The owner/chef spent many years working in restaurants in the Florida Keys and he’s brought his experience to this new and very casual restaurant.

Like the Haystack Pasta shown in the previous photo, this may not be the prettiest foodie photo ever but it was good eating!  This is the Fried Calamari Appetizer. ($10.00) It was very good indeed with a nice dipping sauce and lots of fresh shaved parmesan…

I decided on the Shrimp Dinner.  You can have them fried, grilled or blackened.  For sides I ordered the coleslaw and the black beans.  Many of our friends love the coleslaw but since I don’t like peppers, it isn’t for me.  I really like the black beans though…

During our previous visit to Z Fish House, I noted that they will double your fish/seafood for your dinner for only $5.00 more.  Without hesitation, I doubled my order. ($17.00) The shrimp were large, fresh and not overly breaded.  They were just excellent!

After all of that calamari, Laurie decided that she’d just be happy with a big bowl of Z Fish House Clam Chowder.  At only $3.00 a bowl, this is a sweet deal!  The chowder is excellent too…

Other seafood options include a very nice fried clam basket, an amazing fried catfish dinner (2 huge filets!), as well as rainbow trout, grouper, salmon and mahi-mahi…all prepared in multiple ways as requested by diners…

Z Fish House is located at 846 Mulberry Street in Loudon Tennessee.  Phone: 865-657-6200.  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 taste of East Tennessee!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


  1. I look forward to trying Z Fish when we get back.

  2. Lots of food for the price. I'll have the shrimp with the black beans please.

  3. It all looks pretty to me and delicious! And the peanut crusted cat fish is definitely a new one. Sounds like a great meal. Hope you're having a fine weekend!

  4. Dear Dave, The food sounds real good. I think that is a great deal to double the order for an extra $5..
    I am so glad you and Laurie enjoyed everything. Blessings, Catherine