Don Pablo’s at a Glance COST:  $$$ SERVICE: *** FOOD:  ***  ATMOSPHERE: ***  STYLE:  Casual  BASE:  Chain Restaurant  HOURS:  Open Mon-Thu,Sun 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11pm   RATING: ***                                                      **  HEALTH INSPECTION RATING:  Not Available  Official Website:   www.donpablos.com   
2916 Knoxville Center Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 865-633-4978  
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COMMENTS ABOUT THIS RESTAURANT CAN BE POSTED HERE. -Menu and Prices are Subject to Change -Full Bar, Wine, Beer & Spirits Available -Gluten Free and Kids Menus Available This page last updated 10/03/2011 Appetizers Quesadillas Flour tortillas filled with melted cheese and pico de gallo. Served with sour cream, lettuce and diced tomatoes. Guacamole upon request.  Large or Small Order.  Also available with Mesquite-Grilled Chicken (add 1.00/.50) or Mesquite Grilled Steak (add 1.30/.80) 7.99 / 6.49 Guacamole Avocados blended with pico de gallo, freshly squeezed lime juice and special seasoning served with freshly-made tortilla chips.  4.99 Acapulco Nachos Your choice of spicy taco meat or shredded chicken and crisp tortilla chips layered with refritos and cheese. Served with lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream and jalapeños. Guacamole upon request. 7.49 Fajita Nachos Mesquite-grilled chicken and crisp tortilla chips layered with refritos and cheese. Served with lettuce, diced tomatoes, sour cream and jalapeños. Guacamole upon request.  Served with Mesquite Grilled Steak (add .30). 8.99 Flautas Crisp, corn tortillas stuffed with shredded chicken. Served with queso and sour cream.  Guacamole upon request.  6.79 The Don’s Sampler Can’t make up your mind between chicken quesadillas, fl autas, taquitos and steak nachos? Enjoy them all with pico de gallo, jalapeños and Queso Blanco for dipping. Guacamole upon request. 11.99 Border Dip It’s Queso Blanco Dip to the west and Prairie Fire Bean Dip to the east. Topped with seasoned taco beef, pico de gallo and served with freshly-made fl our tortillas.  5.99 Dip Sampler Our Queso Dip, Queso Blanco Dip, Prairie Fire Bean Dip and guacamole served with freshly made tortilla chips. 5.49 Queso Dip A warm blend of melted cheese, peppers, onions and tomatoes served with freshly-made tortilla chips. Available by the Cup or Bowl. 4.59 / 5.79 Queso Blanco Dip Creamy, white Monterey Jack cheese sauce, chopped green chilies and jalapeño peppers served with freshly-made tortilla chips.  Available by the cup or bowl. 4.59 / 5.79 Praire Fire Bean Dip A dip with a fiery kick. Refritos whipped with cheese, onions, jalapeños and a special mix of spicy seasoning served with freshly-made flour tortillas. Available by the cup or bowl. 3.99 / 5.49 Taquitos Crisp, corn tortillas stuffed with seasoned smoked beef. Served with queso and sour cream. Guacamole upon request. 6.79 Don’s Bonless Wings Served with fresh celery and bleu cheese for dipping. Tossed in Chipotle-Honey BBQ or classic Buffalo sauce. Traditional wings available Add .99¢ 7.49 Fresh Salads & Soups Dressings: Cilantro Ranch, Honey Mustard, Bleu Cheese, Low-Fat French, Ranch or The Don’s House Vinaigrette. Taco Salad Spicy taco beef or shredded chicken in a crisp fl our tortilla bowl with refritos, lettuce, sautéed peppers and onions, pico de gallo, cheese, guacamole and sour cream. Served with mesquite grilled chicken or steak at 1.00. 7.99 Tortilla Salad Fresh salad greens, cheese, tortilla strips and diced tomatoes in a crisp, flour tortilla bowl that’s good enough to eat. 4.49 Southwest Salad Tender white meat chicken, fried to a crisp golden brown and tossed in our new Chipotle-Honey BBQ sauce. Served atop fresh salad greens with cheese, tortilla strips, Roma tomatoes with our sour cream sauce and choice of dressing.  Also available with classic Buffalo sauce. 9.99 Red River Salad Chill out with this cool salad topped with Mesquite-grilled chicken, fresh avocado, red onion, tomato and ruby red grapefruit. Served with our homemade Honey-Lime dressing. 8.99 Sizzling Fajita Salad A salad with sizzle! Savor our Mesquite-grilled chicken with sautéed peppers, onions and squash on a bed of fresh avocado, garden greens, cheese, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and your choice of dressing. Served with mesquite grilled steak or shrimp (add .30). 9.99 Don Pablo’s Original Caesar Salad Crisp iceberg and romaine lettuce tossed in our creamy Caesar dressing with Mesquite-grilled chicken, honey-roasted pecans, crisp tortilla strips, pico de gallo and grated Parmesan cheese.  Served with mesquite grilled steak (add .30) 7.99 Soup & Salad Infinito! Bottomless servings of Tortilla Salad and soup. Available in restaurant only. 7.99 Classica Tortilla Soup Chicken, crispy tortilla strips and garden vegetables in a flavorful broth. Served by the Cup or our bottomless bowl. 3.49 / 4.99 Soup of the Day Served by the cup or our bottomless bowl. 3.49 / 4.99 Primo Tacos Our soft, flour tortillas are handmade fresh daily.  Served with Mexican rice and choice of beans. Shrimp Tacos Two soft tortillas filled with grilled shrimp, lettuce, pico de gallo and Monterey Jack cheese.  9.99 Buffalo Chicken Taco Trio Spice things up with three fresh, flour tortillas packed with crispy chicken tenders tossed in spicy wing sauce, sour cream, pico de gallo, lettuce and Monterey Jack cheese.  9.99 Chipotle Pork Taco Trio Enjoy three soft, flour tortillas overflowing with tender pulled pork, lettuce, pico de gallo, spicy chipotle pesto and Monterey Jack cheese. 9.99 Fish Tacos Two flour tortillas filled with grilled or hand-breaded golden-fried fish, with lettuce, Monterey Jack cheese and pico de gallo.  8.99 Grilled or Crispy Chicken Taco Trio Three freshly-made flour tortillas filled with Mesquite-grilled chicken or crispy tenders, lettuce, citrus jalapeño sauce, pico de gallo and Monterey Jack cheese. 9.99 Burritos & Chimis Served with Mexican rice and choice of beans. Chicken Chimichanga The ultimate chimichanga! A flour tortilla, stuffed with chicken, fried crispy and then topped with ranchero sauce. 9.99 Spicy Beef Chimi De Oro A beef chimichanga topped with our creamy queso.  9.99 Chicken Burrito Made with chicken and refritos, topped with ranchero sauce. 9.99 Fajita Burrito Mesquite-grilled chicken or steak* with black beans, sautéed onions and peppers in a flour tortilla topped with Queso Blanco and our spicy Chili Macho Salsa.  9.99 Spicy Ground Beef & Bean Burrito Made with spicy ground beef and refritos, then topped with melted cheese. 9.99 Tastes of Texas Rio Grande Ribs A double portion of our tender and juicy ribs, served with the Don’s smoky BBQ beans and seasoned French fries.  Single portion available for 9.99. 14.99 Texas Two-Step Our tender Rio Grande Ribs and a grilled chicken breast drizzled with BBQ sauce.  Served with the Don’s smoky BBQ beans and Mexican rice. 12.29 The Ultimate Tex-Mex Our sizzling Mesquite-grilled chicken fajitas paired with our flavorful Rio Grande Ribs.  Substitute mesquite grilled steak (add .30). 12.99 Pulled Pork Sandwich A flavorful sandwich filled with the Don’s slow-roasted pork and basted with smoky BBQ sauce. Served on a toasted bun with seasoned French fries.  7.69 The Don’s Chicken Sandwich A Mesquite-grilled chicken breast topped with bacon, melted cheddar, lettuce, tomato and red onion. With seasoned French fries.  7.69 The Don’s Burger Topped with bacon, melted cheddar, lettuce, tomato and red onion. With seasoned French fries. 7.69 Mesquite Grilled Favorites Big Tex Ribeye A juicy, full-flavored ribeye steak, Mesquite grilled to order. Served with your choice of two sides.  Add a Skewer of Grilled Shrimp 4.99 14.99 Grilled Shrimp Two skewers of grilled shrimp on a bed of Mexican rice with your choice of creamy cilantro-lime butter sauce or spicy Diablo sauce. Served with choice of beans. 13.99 Grilled Chicken & Shrimp A juicy chicken breast, marinated, grilled and topped with roasted chipotle tomatillo salsa. Paired with a skewer of grilled shrimp on a bed of Mexican rice with your choice of creamy cilantro-lime butter sauce or spicy Diablo sauce. Served with choice of beans. 11.99 Grilled Chicken Two tender chicken breasts, marinated, grilled and topped with roasted chipotle tomatillo salsa. Served with Mexican rice and choice of beans.  10.99 New Grilled Tilapia Lightly-seasoned Tilapia topped with a rich sour cream sauce and fresh pico de gallo. Served with Mexican rice and charra beans.  8.99 Enchiladas Served with Mexican rice and choice of one side. Four Amigos Enchiladas When three amigos just aren’t enough! Feast on one cheese & onion, one beef, one chicken, and one spinach & poblano enchilada. 10.99 Three Amigos Enchiladas A cheese & onion enchilada topped with Santa Fe red chile sauce, a beef enchilada topped with chili meat sauce and a chicken enchilada topped with sour cream sauce.  10.49 Don’s Chicken Enchiladas Three chicken enchiladas topped with sour cream sauce and melted cheese. 10.49 Mama’s Skinny Enchiladas Three chicken enchiladas topped with ranchero sauce and melted cheese. (Mama uses water, rather than oil to soften her tortillas.) 10.49 Cadillac Enchiladas Three cheese & onion enchiladas topped with ranchero sauce and Mesquite-grilled chicken or steak*.  11.99 Don’s Combos Served with Mexican rice and choice of one side. Cinco Combo The Biggest & Best Combo! A crispy beef taco, a soft chicken taco plus three enchiladas - cheese & onion, beef, and chicken.  11.99 Numero Uno Favorito A crispy steak fajita taco, a soft chicken fajita taco with sautéed onions and peppers and a chicken enchilada. Served with a side of queso.  10.49 Tejas A chicken enchilada, cheese & onion enchilada and a crispy beef taco.  10.49 San Angelo A crispy chicken taco, pork tamale with chili meat sauce and a chile cheese relleno.  10.49 El Matador Chicken flautas, a cheese & onion enchilada, a crispy beef taco and a chicken enchilada. Served with a side of queso. 11.79 Presidente A beef enchilada, chicken enchilada and a chile cheese relleno.  10.49 Create Your Own Combo Pick TWO:   Crispy or Soft Tacos (Spicy ground beef or chicken), Enchiladas (Chicken, beef, cheese & onion or spinach & poblano), Tamales (Pork with chili meat sauce or chicken with ranchero sauce), Chile Rellenos (Cheese, beef or chicken).  Make it a Pick THREE Combo for just a $1.20 more. 9.49 Conquistador Beef taquitos, chicken flautas, Mama’s Skinny Enchilada, mini beef burrito topped with chipotle pesto, crispy beef taco and a soft chicken fajita taco. Served with a side of queso. 12.79 Mexicano A beef enchilada, crispy beef taco and a cheese & onion enchilada.  10.49 Desserts Sopapillas A favorite of Mexico. A plate full of warm fresh pastries sprinkled with powdered sugar. Served with warm brandy butter sauce.  ADD a Scoop of Vanilla Bean Ice Cream .99¢ 3.99 Chocolate Volcano A chocolate cinnamon cake surrounded by a pool of molten, chocolate butter sauce topped with premium, vanilla bean ice cream.  4.99 Fried Ice Cream Premium, vanilla bean ice cream, battered and breaded with a cinnamon crisp coating and fried to absolute perfection. Topped off with a strawberry puree, chocolate butter sauce, whipped cream and a cherry. 4.99 Iron Skillet Apple Pie Fresh-baked apple pie served up in a warm skillet with brandy butter sauce and crowned with vanilla bean ice cream. 4.99   RETURN TO KNOXVILLE DINING Fresh Lunch Salads & Soups Dressings: Cilantro Ranch, Honey Mustard, Bleu Cheese, Low-Fat French, Ranch or The Don’s House Vinaigrette. Taco Salad Spicy taco beef or shredded chicken in a crisp flour tortilla bowl with refritos, lettuce, sautéed peppers and onions, pico de gallo, cheese, guacamole and sour cream. Mesquite-Grilled Steak* or Chicken add $1.00. 7.99 Tortilla Salad Fresh salad greens, cheese, tortilla strips and diced tomatoes in a crisp, fl our tortilla bowl that’s good enough to eat. 4.49 Soup & Salad Infinito! Bottomless servings of Tortilla Salad and soup.  Available in restaurant only. 6.99 Southwest Salad Tender white meat chicken, fried to a crisp golden brown and tossed in our new Chipotle-Honey BBQ sauce. Served atop fresh salad greens with cheese, tortilla strips, Roma tomatoes with our sour cream sauce and choice of dressing.  Also available with classic Buffalo sauce. 9.99 Red River Salad Chill out with this cool salad topped with Mesquite-grilled chicken, fresh avocado, red onion, tomato and ruby red grapefruit. Served with our homemade Honey-Lime dressing. 8.99 Sizzilin Fajita Salad Savor our Mesquite-grilled chicken with sautéed peppers, onions and squash on a bed of fresh avocado, garden greens, cheese, pico de gallo, tortilla strips and your choice of dressing.  Mesquite-Grilled Steak* or Shrimp add $0.30. 9.99 Don Pablo’s Original Caesar Salad Crisp iceberg and romaine lettuce tossed in our creamy Caesar dressing with Mesquite-grilled chicken, honey-roasted pecans, crisp tortilla strips, pico de gallo and grated Parmesan cheese. Mesquite-Grilled Steak*  add $0.30. 7.99 Classica Tortilla Soup Chicken, crispy tortilla strips and garden vegetables in a flavorful broth. Available by the cup or bottomless bowl.  3.49 / 4.99 Soup of the Day Available by the cup or the bottomless bowl.  Bottomless Bowls available in restaurant only. 3.49 / 4.99 Sandwiches & More Lunch Quesadillas Flour tortillas filled with melted cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, lettuce, diced tomatoes and a side salad. Guacamole upon request.  Add Mesquite-Grilled Chicken add $1.00  or  Mesquite-Grilled Steak* add $1.30. 6.99 Pulled Pork Sandwich A flavorful sandwich filled with the Don’s slow-roasted pork and basted with smoky BBQ sauce. Served on a toasted bun with seasoned French fries.  7.49 The Don’s Burger Topped with bacon, melted cheddar, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Served with seasoned French fries.  7.49 The Don’s Chicken Sandwich A Mesquite-grilled chicken breast topped with bacon, melted cheddar, lettuce, tomato and red onion. Served with seasoned French fries.  7.49 Fajita Burrito Mesquite-grilled chicken or steak*, black beans, sautéed onions and peppers in a flour tortilla topped with Queso Blanco and our spicy Chili Macho Salsa. With Mexican rice and choice of beans.  9.99 Fish Tacos Two flour tortillas filled with grilled or hand-breaded golden-fried fish, with lettuce, Monterey Jack cheese and pico de gallo.  8.99 Fajitas Lunch Fajitas Served with refritos, Mexican rice, lettuce, pico de gallo, cheese, sour cream and freshly-made flour tortillas. Guacamole upon request.  Steak*, Chicken or Classic Combo. 7.99 Big Fajita for Lunch Chicken or Steak.  Must be ordered before 4pm. 8.99 Get a PDF version of this menu here.      As he is now referred to, The Don has been serving up Mexican specialties at Knoxville Center for quite a few years.  KDAAG has visited on several occasions and found the offerings to be somewhat consistant and service being good some of the time and almost non existent at other times.  Our last visit left us with so much food, we couldn’t consume it all.  The Don is serving some Monday thru Friday lunch specials, some even included a salad.  After the chips and salsa, salad, gosh did we need that entree?       Avado Brands, known previously as Apple South previously operated a number of Applebee’s Restaurants and currently operates a number of Hop’s Restaurant & Breweries.  Hop’s briefly operated in West Knoxville as well as Chattanooga and Nashville.  Don Pablo’s briefly had a restaurant at Downtown West that closed and has hosted several other restaurants at that location.  The Knoxville Center location of Don Pablo’s has survived many years of instability.       The Don is now offering a revamped menu with bold Tex-Mex Offerings that does not necessarily mimic other Mexican restaurant menus in the area.  A few of the traditional menu items and a lot of the Tex-Mex dot the menu and most likely, no one will leave the restaurant hungry.