Author Archives: Mike Stanley

Quick Takes III – Five Points Pizza and More

We made an overnight trip to Nashville recently to attend my nephew’s birthday party, so we were able to enjoy an afternoon and evening to ourselves while The Boy got to have fun with his cousin and grandparents. First, we … Continue reading

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Quick Takes II – It’s All About It’s All So Yummy

We continue to have great experiences at It’s All So Yummy, so this edition of Quick Takes is all about our favorite sandwich & ice cream spot. We recently attended the Rocky Top BBQ Festival. While there, sampled BBQ from … Continue reading

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Review – Scotty’s Restaurant

Eight years ago I attended a writer’s workshop in Dayton, Ohio, which meant I drove North on I-75 for about 4.5 hours and got to see parts of Tennessee & Kentucky I’d never seen before. As I was returning to … Continue reading

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Review – Mario’s Pizza and Grill

We’ve added a new restaurant to our regular weekly list in the last couple of months – Mario’s. I can’t recall exactly why we tried Mario’s for the first time, but it was likely because it is near our church in … Continue reading

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Quick Takes I

Blackhorse Pub & BreweryWe had dinner at Blackhorse on a Friday night recently and one of the specials was a Mahi Mahi dish served over pasta. The cream sauce was good, the pasta was plain but well-cooked, and the fish … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Receipts

It was the best of dining experiences, it was the worst of dining experiences. Ok, it wasn’t the worst, but it was quite disappointing.   Tomato Head We recently had dinner at Tomato Head in Bearden. We like Tomato Head, … Continue reading

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Shaking up the format

Site Business It’s been a cold and busy Winter so far, and I’ve let far too many posts pile up in my queue without giving GFC the attention it deserves. In an effort to remedy that, I’m giving myself permission … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Forte’s on the Square

On the way back from enjoying Thanksgiving with my family in Nashville, my wife asked me if I wanted to stop for dinner in Crossville. We’d never eaten dinner in Crossville, and based on having lunch there during a couple … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Gondola House Pizzeria

We spent Thanksgiving with my family in Hermitage this year, and on Black Friday we decided to take everybody out to dinner. We tried Gondola House Pizzeria, mainly because it is the number 2 rated restaurant on TripAdvisor for the … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Blaze Pizza

I heard about a new pizza place opening in Knoxville in an unusual way recently. I was contacted by someone at a PR firm saying she liked my blog and was contacting bloggers and other types of media to announce … Continue reading

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