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Takeout | Lunch Break

Food & Drink Takeout

Need to shake up the routine? Find something tasty Downtown on your next lunch break with these new-ish take out spots and our longtime lunch break staples. Sometimes all you need is a nice, easy, quick bite to eat to get you through the workweek!

Blackhorse Brewery

Whatever you're craving for lunch, Blackhorse Brewery hits the spot with delicious lunch options, from salads to burgers. Want a juicy burger? Try the Cletus topped with a fried green tomato and pimento cheese. The grilled chicken sandwich is good for a lighter option, as is their Wedge Salad topped with protein. Call (865) 249-8511 for curbside or get delivery through Uber Eats.

CJ's Tacos

The taco truck turned tasty Gay Street hot spot might have slipped by you. New-ish to the Mezzanine of the Downtown Embassy Suites, CJ's Tacos boasts some seriously delicious and unique pan-fried tacos, like Holy Potato, Buffalo Chicken, and Asian Fusion. Plus a corn medley side option that is A+. Call CJ's at (865) 770-5999 to place your order from their menu. You'll pick up your order at Embassy Suite's valet parking area.

Curious Dog

Same spot, but has it been a while since you’ve been in? Curious Dog added 20 new menu items earlier this year! Don’t sleep on their newest hot dogs, sandwiches, and sides like the Romanoglo Dog: Red pepper chili paste, potato onion hash, truffle oil, pepperoni, house aioli topped with Parmesan. Call (865) 544-9997 to place your takeout order, or get delivery through Uber Eats, Bite Squad, and Grubhub.

HenHoc Butcher & Deli

OliBea’s Chef Jeffrey DeAlejandro’s & Chef Jon Newman's much anticipated butcher shop, HenHoc, opened its doors in 2020 and awesome news -- it’s got some fresh grab-n-go and hot lunch options for you takeout friendly folks. The shop carries a selection of deli lunch options such as broth noodle bowls, hand pies, hotdogs, and superbly created sandwiches crafted with house-made meats. Available until sold out. This stuff is that good!

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K Brew Coffee & Bagels

Yes, K Brew has been in Downtown for over a year now, but some of those freshly-made bagel sandwich options might have slipped by you... not to worry, here's your chance to try them! Their now-famous Salmon Lox Bagel is a must-try for those not daring enough to Build-Your-Own Bagel Sandwich. Order online for pickup.

The French Market

Missing The French Market? You can get that to-go! Crêpes, omelettes, baguettes, or croissants. Turkey, bacon, & avocado; roast beef & sautéed mushrooms; Nutella; cinnamon & banana with caramel -- how does one decide? Call them at (865) 540-4372 or order delivery through DoorDash. Plus, you'll receive your order in sustainable takeout containers! Gotta love that.

Myrtles Chicken + Beer

Myrtle’s Chicken + Beer is back on Market Square and better than ever! And that’s not all -- they have recently announced tasty new $9 lunch specials: Chicken Sandwich with Fries, Soup & Salad, Loaded Potato Chicken and Mushroom Chicken Sliders. Awesome lunch deals can turn any workday around! Order takeout by calling (865) 851-8833.

Petro's Chili & Chips

After opening just over a year ago on Market Square, Petro’s has secured it’s spot at the top of the list for a perfect quick bite for cold winter months. First, crunchy Frito corn chips followed by their special recipe chili – DELICIOUS. Pile on the grated cheeses, diced fresh tomatoes {never canned}, REAL sour cream, a sprinkling of green onions, black olives and jalapeños. Every bit of it made to order. Dig in. Order online for pick-up at their window on the Union Avenue side of the building. Call them at 865-444-3970 once you're there.

Café Vicolo

Tucked in the heart of Downtown in an alley off of Gay Street, Café Vicolo has been making delicious breakfast and lunches, using locally sourced produce and eggs, in-house roasted meats and fresh sliced cheeses for years. They’ve expanded their "grab-and-go" items to serve anyone in a hurry, who still wants a mouth-watering meal. Check out their Facebook page for homemade lunch specials and call (865) 249-6314⁣ to place your takeout order. Delivery is also available through Joyride.

KoPita Meat

The newly opened KoPita Meat has only been open for a mere few months next door to its sister shop KoPita Vegan, and both serve up authentic Mediterranean dishes. Stop by and pick up their Kebab Plate featuring lamb and beef kebab spiced with love, or the Seniya, ground beef in a bowl of tahini, topped with pomegranate and cilantro, served with a roll or pita. Call (865) 474-1335 to place your order from their menu, or order delivery through DoorDash.

Ham'n Goodys

Along with their famous bakery treats, Ham'n Goodys also serves up quick lunch items out of their grab-n-go cooler. Try their chicken salad on a croissant, or grab soups, pimento cheese, ham salad, ham'n cheese sandwiches, sides, and more! You can also order lunch items online for curbside or delivery. Add a lemon cookie...and what a treat!


ICYMI Kaizen has moved to the Old City! More indoor and outdoor seating, same awesome food. Take advantage of their daily lunch specials on the spacious patio, or grab it to-go here. Daily specials like the Spicy Duck Japchae with duck confit, loaded with veggies, stir fried with glass noodles, and a spicy sesame gochujang sauce will keep you coming back for more!. It's good that noodles travel well!

Downtown Deli

Lunch is served! The team at Downtown Deli is nothing but consistent, across the board. Good food. Good service. Good safety precautions. Good to-go options. Stop by the deli in the First Horizon Plaza on your next stroll to grab something unreasonably good, or call (865) 540-4141 for takeout. They also offer delivery through Postmates, Grubhub, Bite Squad, and Uber Eats.


Of course we all love Pete's, but have you taken advantage of their daily specials and special combo meals starting at $7.99? Tuesday’s Meatloaf is a must-try! Monday’s Fried Flounder, Friday’s Smoked BBQ Pork – maybe you should just look at their schedule here. They also have grab-n-go pounds of chicken salad, tuna salad, and pimento cheese with bread. Place your carryout order by calling (865) 523-2860 or get delivery through Joyride.

Good Golly Tamale

Have you stopped by Good Golly Tamale in the Old City recently? If not, you might have missed that they’re now selling frozen packs of your favorite tamales so you can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home, along with your normal takeout needs. Place online orders for a half dozen to a dozen tamales or call (865) 337-5771 to place a carryout order.

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Tommy Trent's

This is not a drill -- Tommy Trent’s is now open for lunch. With a menu offering classic sandwiches, salads, hotdogs, and bowls of chili – this new menu is worth checking out and placing an online pick-up order for lunch today!

Sweet P's Downtown Dive

Excited to end this lunch list on a very happy update, the sidewalks on Jackson Avenue are open after months of construction. Run, don’t walk, to conveniently grab your brisket plate, fried pickles, and banana pudding from Sweet P’s without having to use stairs! Order online for curbside delivery, and visit their Facebook page for other daily specials. They also offer delivery through Uber Eats.

Wishing you good food and quick waits!

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