Monday, June 23, 2014

Dining Out – Loudon County Tennessee

The following restaurant visits took place a couple of months ago…but they were worthy of mention.  Both of these restaurants are located in Loudon County Tennessee…

Our first stop is at Tanasi Café in Tellico Village.  Tellico Village is an open community (not gated) stretching along over 9 miles of Tellico Lake shoreline.  The Village caters to retirees but which it’s also home to working families with children.  This same building is also the clubhouse for the Tanasi Golf Course. 

This is a late winter/early spring view from the Tanasi Café/Clubhouse.  It only gets better with the coming of warm weather!

Laurie had the Tilapia with rice and a fruit cup… This was a very nice dinner!  I can’t find my recipe and Tanasi Café’s menu isn’t posted on line…but prices are very reasonable at this lakeside restaurant.  The food is consistently good too!

I tried something new, at least for me.  I usually don’t like sweet with my protein but this is the Hawaiian Chicken with roasted vegetables and a fruit cup.  I really liked the chicken and the vegetables were perfectly roasted.  Another winner!

Tanasi Café and Clubhouse is located at 450 Clubhouse Point right off of TN Rte. 444…between US 321 and TN Rte. 72.  It’s about 10 minutes from Lenoir City Tennessee.  To learn more about this restaurant and it’s ‘sister’ operations, go to

We like Ruby Tuesday!  Yes, it is a chain restaurant…but we do like it.  This is a ‘test’ location for Ruby Tuesday when it comes to trying new items on the menu.  Ruby Tuesday’s Headquarters is located in nearby Maryville Tennessee.  This location is in Lenoir City Tennessee.

This is a look at the interior of the Lenoir City Ruby Tuesday… The salad bar is in the center of the photo.  The staff at this location has always been friendly and fairly efficient…

Here’s another photo of the interior…with the full service bar in the background.  Laurie will indulge in an occasional martini when we dine here…and they are reasonably priced too!

Laurie ordered the Chicken Bella. ($13.49) Her entrée was comprised of sautéed baby portabella mushrooms and artichokes in a Parmesan cream sauce over a fresh, grilled chicken breast.  Entrees are served with either of two sides or one side paired with their salad bar.  Laure opted for 2 sides…onion rings and grilled zucchini.  As is usual for us at Ruby Tuesday, she really liked her meal!

I chose the Chicken Fresco for dinner. ($12.99) This consisted of a juicy grilled chicken breast with vine-ripened tomatoes, lemon butter, and a splash of balsamic vinaigrette.  For my sides, I picked the grilled zucchini and roasted spaghetti squash.  This was a satisfying and almost healthy dinner!

One other positive was that we had a coupon so we saved $6.50 from the bill…and we stuck with water for our drink on this occasion.  This was an inexpensive and still enjoyable dinner out!

This Ruby Tuesday is located right off of US 321 at the interchange with I-75 in Lenoir City Tennessee.  It’s on the west side of the interchange.  Phone: 865-986-0973.  To learn more about this Ruby Tuesday and to view the menu, just go to

That’s about it for now… Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave 


  1. What a nice view of the lake. I didn't realize there was a restaurant in your Village. How convenient and the food is good too.

  2. All that food looks delicious! I haven't been to Ruby Tuesday in a long time. Tellico Village sounds pretty great with beautiful views! We need to move away from these winters... :-)