It had been quite a while since The Grub Spouse and I had ventured into Loudon County for a dinner outing, so when we heard about a little place called Tellico Grill, we decided it was time to re-establish contact. We found the eatery near the southern end of Tellico Village, not far from the city of Loudon.
There’s a fair amount of booth and table seating inside, although there is also ample seating on the outdoor deck, where on the evening of our visit a live singer crooned to the crowd, accompanied by pre-recorded music tracks.
Back inside, we familiarized ourselves with a menu that offers enticing choices, albeit it in modest numbers. On the appetizer end, selections like loaded french fries, stuffed portobello mushrooms and steak or chicken quesadillas didn’t pique our interest, so we forged ahead. Sandwich options range from chicken salad and a pimento cheese BLT to a Cuban, Philly cheesesteak, barbecue pork and a couple of burger choices.
We finally hovered the longest over the blue plate and entree sections of the menu. The Spouse picked Palmer’s Pot Roast and two sides from the blue plates for $11.95, passing on the meatloaf, the pulled pork plate and the chicken pot pie, to name a few of the other items. I considered entrees like a rib-eye, chicken or seafood Alfredo, shrimp and grits, and shrimp scampi before settling on the salmon stir-fry for $15.95.
I’ll mention here that while alcohol is not served at Tellico Grill, patrons are encouraged to brown-bag it, and we noticed several parties that had done just that.
We nibbled on a basket of yeast rolls while waiting for our orders to be prepared, although it wasn’t terribly long before our dinner plates were set before us. The tender, flavorful pot roast was hearty and satisfying, especially with the accompanying brown gravy, although The Spouse’s choice of mashed potatoes could have benefited from some gravy of its own. The steamed broccoli was likewise unremarkable, but the roast itself certainly carried this particular meal.
I was very pleased with the salmon stir-fry. The generous grilled filet tasted wonderful, while the vegetable medley of sautéed squash, zucchini, peppers, onions and spinach was a nice complement to the rice pilaf and unifying teriyaki sauce.
For dessert, we availed ourselves of a hefty slice of Italian crème cake, which had been made off-site by the owner’s sister. It was fresh, moist and decadently slathered in rich, creamy frosting. We actually were unable to finish the cake before succumbing to satiety.
Finally, I offer my compliments on the service. Our server was very friendly and helpful and never too far away to meet our needs on a consistent, though not intrusive, basis. She received some occasional service help from another server who, though also friendly, was a little heavy handed in her noisy placement of dishes on our table. We actually found it amusing, chalking it up to her being more unaware than hostile.
I’m not sure if Tellico Grill will draw a lot of customers from Knoxville proper, but for diners in Tellico Village, Lenoir City and Loudon, I certainly see no risk in adding the restaurant to their mealtime rotation.
Food: 4 stars (out of five)
Address: 222 Ritchey Road, Loudon
Hours: 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays
Bottom Line: This Loudon County restaurant is home to classic American cuisine that’s well prepared.
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