Every so often, Laurie and I go for a local upscale dining experience. So, back in January with our friends Lynn and George, we decided to try a popular steak and seafood restaurant in Knoxville. I’d checked it out on Trip Advisor and the results were very promising!
Connors Steak and Seafood is located in the Turkey Creek Shopping Area in west Knoxville. This restaurant opened in 2004. There are now 2 other locations, one in Huntsville Alabama and another in Fort Myers Florida.
Connors Steak and Seafood restaurants are part of the Connor Concepts Group. This company also operates The Chop House…with 12 locations in Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky and Ohio.
This restaurant was busy! We’ve been by it many times and it always seems to draw a crowd. The interior is warm and welcoming…and it looks like an upscale steakhouse/seafood dining establishment should look.
Laurie ordered a dirty martini with extra olives and the waitress loaded it up with olives! ($9.50) Lynn ordered a mixed drink as well…but when she tasted it, it wasn’t right so she sent it back and ordered a glass of wine instead.
Warm bread was automatically delivered to our table. It was OK…but nothing special.
Lynn ordered a half dozen oysters on the half shell and she said that they were pretty good… (Market Price)
Laurie and I ordered the Calamari as our appetizer. ($11.00) The portion was large and the calamari was very tender. We gave this offering 2 thumbs up!
Laurie had a Caesar Salad as a side to her entrée. ($4.00 with dinner) It was quite good…and there was plenty of anchovy flavor to spike up the salad.
Both Lynn and I ordered the 12 oz. Ribeye Steak. ($25.00) Entrees are served with soup or a salad plus a baked potato or a choice of sides. The menu states that the steaks are “well-marbled” and “heavily aged”.
Neither of our medium rare steaks was very good… They were tough and loaded with gristle. Chewy steaks just don’t do it for us. It was quite disappointing.
Laurie and George both ordered the Applewood Smoked Duck Breast thinly sliced with dark cherry demi-glace, mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. ($22.00) What can I say…? Neither of them liked the duck and they’ve both eaten duck many times in restaurants across the country. The slabs of duck were tough, (overcooked?), and only the demi-glace made them somewhat eatable. Laurie didn’t finish hers and she gave me a taste. Yikes!
Before I wrote this posting, I went back and checked Connors reviews on Trip Advisor. I was stunned to see that Connors Steak and Seafood is ranked as the #1 restaurant in Knoxville! They had 286 Excellent/Very Good vs. 17 Average and only 7 Poor or Terrible Reviews… Sorry, but I will have a hard time even giving Connors an average review! We had a very disappointing dining experience.
Connors Steak and Seafood Restaurant is located at 10915 Turkey Drive in Knoxville Tennessee. Phone: 865-966-0933. Website: http://www.connorsrestaurant.com/#_=_.
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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave