UTK Back to School Survival Guide: Where to Eat on Campus

College is all about ballin' on a budget. And whether you're new or returning to UTK, you've probably wondered where you can eat on and around campus for the best bang for your buck. From late night munchies to homestyle cooking, this campus food guide is sure to have a little something for everyone!

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Gus's Good Times Deli

A Knoxville classic. Whether you’re grabbing a philly cheesesteak for lunch or chowing down on some late night cheese bings after a night out, Gus’s is one of the most famous spots on campus to eat. And the best part? They deliver, too!

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Copper Cellar

Amoung the few sit down restraurants on the strip, The Original Copper Cellar has served many hungry college students for years. Make sure to try their Sweet N’ Tangy wings or their Chicken and Waffles available on Sundays for brunch. Pro tip: Every night after 9 p.m., they serve $1 beers!

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The Hill

The Hill is one of the only bars on campus that is 18+ making it a freshman hot spot. Known notoriously for their “Wing Wednesday”, you can grab $5 pitchers and 50 cent wings all day on Wednesdays. Yes please.

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Although it is located a little off campus, Nama Sushi is the best place to grab sushi in Knoxville. On Monday and Thursday nights, they offer half price sushi rolls! A.k.a. a college student’s dream.

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Rocky Top Market

This place is definitely a hidden gem on campus. Located in the Shell on Cumberland, Rocky Top Market whips up fried chicken sandwiches that are so good you wouldn’t believe they were from a gas station market. Ask for the cajun rooster all the way!

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Happy Taco

The newest unoffical addition to the strip, Happy Tacos is a taco food truck located right outside of Literboard. Whether you’re looking to satisfy those late night munchies or need a drunk meal after a Saturday night… Happy Tacos is your spot.

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Southern Kitchen

Located directly underneath Vol Hall, Southern Kitchen is the closest you’ll find to a Southern home cooked meal on campus. Fried chicken, meatloaf, mac and cheese, green beans, and so much more! Pro tip: Their menu changes daily, so make sure to look online before you stop by!

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What’s a Tennessee football game without an infamous Petro’s? Located at multiple food stands inside Neyland Stadium, Petro’s serves delicious chili LOADED up with toppings. Nothing says a fall Saturday like chili and football!

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Vegan, vegetarian, or just looking for some quality food? Sunspot is your place. Every Wednesday, Sunspot offers half price bottles of wine during their infamous wine nights. Additionally, they are one of the few spots near campus that offers a weekend brunch! Pro tip: Check their website for weekly specials!

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Ray's Place

Located on the hill, Ray’s Place is a somewhat hidden spot on campus to grab something to eat. Because of it’s location, it’s the perfect spot to eat going to or from class!

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