Friday, December 2, 2016

So She Had a Hankering for Squash Soup!

Laurie has been texting back and forth with Linda who is one of our neighbors.  The primary topic tends to be food since Linda and her husband Norm are THE premier restaurant adventurers from our area.  In any case, Linda had mentioned to Laurie that she had enjoyed a great bowl of Squash Soup at the local McAlister’s Deli in the Turkey Creek shopping complex.

So…being the wise older person that I am…it was off to McAlister’s for lunch!

This is the McAlister’s Deli in Knoxville’s Turkey Creek shopping area.  Founded in 1989, McAlister’s® Deli is a fast casual restaurant chain known for their sandwiches, potatoes, soups, salads, desserts and their ‘famous’ sweet tea.  Currently, this franchise operation has about 386 restaurants in at least 26 states.  There are 4 locations in Knoxville and there is another in Alcoa Tennessee.

This fast casual restaurant is spacious.  This photo only shows a few tables and the service/order counter but there are rows of tables on either side of this photo.  At McAlister’s Deli, you go to the counter and place your order.  You pay and you receive a number which you post at your table.  A server brings your order to your table when it’s ready.

This was Laurie’s bowl of Autumn Squash Soup. ($4.99) It was huge and it was excellent…perfect for a late fall day.  Laurie was very happy.  Thanks Linda!

In addition to soup and sandwiches, McAlister’s offers nachos, giant ‘spuds’/potatoes, plus several salads and desserts.  The giant ‘spuds’ can be ordered with a plethora of different ingredients and you can design your own.  The Spud “Max” comes with ham, turkey, bacon, cheddar jack cheese, green onion, black olives and sour cream for $7.19.

Laurie hadn’t eaten any breakfast so she also ordered McAlister’s Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato Sandwich with mayonnaise accompanied by a pickle and a fruit cup as her side. ($6.49) The size of the sandwich was just right and she gave it two thumbs up!

Now I had eaten something for breakfast but what the heck!  What formidable meat laden sandwich creation could I order?  I decided on the New Yorker. ($9.99) This behemoth of the sandwich was loaded with 10 oz. of warm corned beef and pastrami with melted Swiss cheese and spicy mustard on that marbled rye bread.  

While this creation couldn’t challenge a similar deli creation from Manny’s in Chicago or Carnegie Deli in New York City, it was a very nice sandwich…the best of this style sandwich that I’ve had here in East Tennessee!

McAlister’s Deli in Knoxville’s Turkey Creek shopping complex is located at 11140 Parkside Drive.  Phone: 865-966-1011.   Find it on the web at

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for soup and a sandwich!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave 


  1. You are a wise man. I've never had a hankering for squash soup but if you want to give it a try at home, check this one out -

  2. The ambiance looks friendly and kind of reminds me of a 50's diner, which I love! The food looks really good, too! Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Try the squash soup (seasonal) at Panera too. Very good. Sandwiches look much better at McAlisters though!

  4. Looks good, and I second what Dave says, Panera!