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260 N. Peters Road, Knoxville, Tennessee 865-691-1960 87  (03/18/2009)
7225 Region Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee 865-673-9101 88  (03/19/2009)
110 Cedar Lane, Knoxville, Tennessee  865 688-2575  89  (06/02/2009)
242 Morrell Road, Knoxville , Tennessee 865-531-6338  81  (08/21/2009)
352 Fountain View Circle, Alcoa, Tennessee 865-981-9399 94  (03/24/2009)

 
COST:  $$$
SERVICE:  ****
FOOD:  *****
ATMOSPHERE:  ****
STYLE:  Sit Down/Casual
BASE:  Local Chain
HOURS:  Sun thru Thu 11:00 until 10:00;  Fri and Sat 11:00 until 11:00
RATING:  *****
HEALTH INSPECTION RATING:  See above
Official Website: www.puleosgrille.com

 
        Ok, a few years back Chef Steve Puleo debuted a restaurant in Knoxville apply known as Puleo's Grille.  Proudly serving Italian Food with a Mixture of the great Southern foods we all cherish.  Indeed it was new and it actually caught on.  Puleo's Grille was voted "The Best New Restaurant" and "Best Chef" in the East Tennessee's Best poll.  Slowly but surely more Puleo's came to west Knoxville in the Cedar Bluff area and continued it's growth success.  The "Southern Roots Italian Heritage" theme began to grow and the restaurants were performing so well that locations have opened in Middle Tennessee and most recently Alcoa, Tennessee.  Each restaurant offers a daily express lunch menu but you probably won't make it in and out in an hour unless you arrive early.  If you don't like waiting on a table, avoid the restaurant any where near peak dining hours.  Recently changes have been made that has improved the restaurant concept to be more "franchise friendly" or shall we say "corporate friendly".  The chain is no longer fully under control of it's originator Steve Puleo, it's poised for "perhaps" a corporate expansion.  Never has a meal been disappointing here and hopefully with the corporate posture of the chain, things will not change for the worse.  At Puleo's, all meals are served with fresh baked bread.  Recent menu updates have shown that selected items have been dropped from the menu, a few added, a few prices have dropped and a few have risen.  Typically prices are always on the way up, but it appears Puleo's is playing the market.  Plan to visit what may be termed as "Knoxville's Best Restaurant" in future East Tennessee polls.  So far, a nervous thumbs up!!

 
 
 
 
MENU
 

 
 
EXPRESS LUNCH AND EARLY BIRD SPECIALS
Available Monday thru Thursday 11:00 am until 5:30 pm and Friday & Saturday 11:00 am until 4:00 pm
Soup, Salad & Baked Potato
Your choice of a House or Caesar salad with a bowl of soup Pick 2
5.99
Chicken Pot Pie
A flaky puff pastry filled with tender marinated chicken breast, potatoes, carrots, and peas.
6.99
Chicken Penne Pasta
Grilled chicken, Penne pasta, baby spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes tossed in a Parmesan cream sauce.
8.99
Nona's Lasagne
A Puleo’s family tradition! Nona’s Lasagne layered with Ricotta and a blend of three cheeses with your choice of Nona’s sauce or meat sauce.
8.99
Fish & Chips
A generous portion of golden fried whitefish served with fries and Napa slaw and dill caper remoulade.
8.99
Chicken Parmesan
A sautéed chicken breast coated in herb breadcrumbs topped with Nona’s sauce and melted Mozzarella cheese, served over Penne pasta.
8.99
George's Bank Schrod
“A New England Favorite” coated in Ritz crumbs and baked to perfection served with steamed broccoli & carrots.
10.99
Ahi Tuna
Ahi Tuna Steak grilled served with soy ginger dipping sauce, wasabi, pickled ginger, and broccoli & carrots.
11.99
Chopped Bleu Steak
A half pound of fresh ground chuck, hickory grilled and topped with Gorgonzola bleu cheese, and caramelized onions served with mashed potatoes.
8.99
Bistro Filet
6oz. Bistro Filet grilled to perfection served with a baked potato.
11.99
Italian Sliders
Your choice of Meatballs or Italian Sausage, on slider buns with Nona’s sauce and served with fries.
7.99
½ Chicken Salad Sandwich & A Cup of Soup
Enjoy a half of our Homemade Chicken Salad Sandwich on wheatberry bread served with a cup of soup.
5.99
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Your choice of Nona’s sauce or meat sauce served with meatballs or Italian sausage.
7.99
Chicken Tenders
Chicken breast tenderloins fried to a golden brown, served with honey mustard dipping sauce, fries and Napa slaw.
8.99
Pizza of the Day
A freshly baked focaccia pizza, topped with Nona’s choice of the day and served with a House or Caesar salad.
7.99
Citrus Chicken
A boneless marinated hickory grilled chicken breast served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli & carrots.
8.99
Roasted Turkey & Dressing
Fresh roasted turkey breast and cornbread dressing with gravy and cranberry relish, served with mashed potatoes or whipped sweet potatoes.
9.49
Chicken Piccata
A sautéed breast of chicken topped with artichokes, capers and tomatoes simmered in a lemon wine sauce, served over linguini.
9.49
Maple Glazed Pork Chop
Center cut boneless pork loin, hickory grilled with an apple maple coulis, served with whipped sweet potatoes and kale greens.
8.99
Hickory Grilled Slamon
6oz. filet of salmon topped with Italian herb butter and served with steamed broccoli & carrots.
10.99

 
 
DINNER MENU

 
 
 
STARTERS
Fried Green Tomatoes
Golden fried green tomatoes accompanied with tasso and country gravy, served with stone ground cheese grits.
6.99
Vegetable Spring Rolls
A vegetable medley of Shitake mushrooms, Napa cabbage, green beans, carrots, and ginger, served with sweet & sour and hot mustard dipping sauce.
6.99
Buffalo Chicken Tenders
Chicken tenderloins, deep fried and tossed in Buffalo hot sauce, served with Bleu cheese and celery.
6.99
Maryland Crabcake
Homemade Maryland style crab cake served with a dill caper remoulade .
7.99
Fried Asparagus
Golden deep fried asparagus, served with honey mustard and spicy avocado ranch dipping sauces.
7.99
Fried Calamari
Tender Fried calamari served with marinara dipping sauce and citrus aioli.
8.99
Almond Crusted Shrimp
Almond crusted deep fried shrimp, served with sesame noodles and a sweet & sour dipping sauce.
7.99
Spinach & Artichoke Con Queso
Spinach and artichokes in a thick and creamy cheese sauce, served with corn tortilla chips.
 6.99 

 
SOUP & SALAD
Puleo’s Endless Soup and Salad
Your choice of a House or Caesar salad, a bowl of Puleo’s Award Winning White and Red Bean Chicken Chili or soup of the day, and bread (unlimited Refills!).
 8.99
Award Wining White and Red Bean Chicken Chili
Served by the bowl.
3.99
Soup Of the Day
Available by the bowl.
3.99
House Salad
Romaine hearts, spring mix, carrots, red cabbage tomatoes and cucumbers topped with cheese and sliced almonds.
4.99
Baby Spinach Salad
Tender leaf spinach and carrots tossed in a Strawberry Ginger dressing and topped with sprouts.
5.99
Greek Salad
Feta cheese, red onions, black olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, sourdough croutons, and romaine hearts tossed with House Italian dressing.
6.99
Caesar Salad
Romaine hearts tossed in a creamy Caesar dressing and topped with parmesan cheese and croutons.  Add marinated grilled chicken for $3.00.
4.99

 
Entreé Salads
House Italian • Raspberry Vinaigrette (fat-free) • Creamy Ranch • Honey Mustard • Gorgonzola Bleu cheese • Spicy Avocado Ranch • Strawberry Ginger • Thousand Island
Fiesta Chicken Tender Salad
Golden fried chicken tenders glazed with a sweet chili sauce served over mixed greens and tossed with roasted corn, black beans, tortilla strips, vegetables, and creamy ranch dressing.
  8.99 
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Tender leaf spinach, Granny Smith apples, carrots, caramelized pecans and Gorgonzola crumbles tossed in a Strawberry Ginger dressing and topped with sprouts.
8.99
Homemade Chicken Salad
Fresh chicken salad served on a bed of greens with tomatoes, cucumbers, sliced almonds, and your choice of dressing.
8.99
Chef Salad
Fresh roasted turkey, Black Forest ham, Provolone and Cheddar cheese served on a bed of mixed greens topped with bacon and your choice of dressing.
9.49
Greek Chicken Salad
Marinated grilled chicken, feta cheese, red onions, black olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, sourdough croutons, and romaine hearts tossed in house Italian dressing.
8.99
Grilled Ahi Tuna Salad
Grilled Ahi Tuna served on a bed of spring greens with sesame noodles, and marinated artichoke salad.  Served with a soy ginger dipping sauce.
11.99
Spa Salad
Romaine hearts, spinach, spring mix, carrots, marinated artichokes, sweet roasted red peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, and cucumbers, topped with sprouts, sunflower seeds, and toasted almonds.  Add Cajun Grilled Salmon for 5.99.
8.99
Chicken Caesar Salad
Romaine hearts and croutons tossed in a creamy Caesar dressing and Parmesan cheese with Chicken.  Add Salmon for $2.00.
8.99
Grilled Tenderloin Salad 
Beef Tenderloin served over a bed of mixed greens and topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, and Gorgonzola crumbles, your choice of dressing.
11.99

 
BURGERS
All burgers served with fries.  Add Applewood Bacon $1.00
Create Your Own Burger
A half-pound burger topped with your choice of cheese (Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Fontina, Provolone), lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions on a whole wheat or sesame seed bun.
  7.99 
Chopped Bleu Burger
A half pound of fresh ground chuck, hickory grilled and topped with Gorgonzola bleu cheese and caramelized onions on your choice of wholewheat or sesame seed bun.
8.99
Smokehouse Burger
A half-pound burger brushed with BBQ sauce and topped with Pepper Jack Cheese, Applewood smoked bacon and onion straws served on your choice of whole wheat or sesame seed bun.
8.99
Mushroom Burger
A half-pound burger topped with sautéed mushrooms and Fontina cheese on your choice of whole wheat or sesame seed bun.
8.99

 
SANDWICHES
All sandwiches are served with fries.
Hot Sicilian Sandwich
Black forest ham, pepperoni, and Fontina cheese served on a whole wheat bun with an Italian marinated spring mix.
 7.99 
Fried Green Tomato BLT
Applewood smoked bacon, leaf lettuce, and our famous fried green tomatoes topped with Fontina cheese and honey mustard served on multigrain bread.
8.99
Turkey BLT
Slow roasted turkey breast, Applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and Fontina cheese served on wheatberry bread with honey mustard sauce.
8.99
Philly Steak Sandwich
Delicious roast beef served on a roll with caramelized onions and peppers, melted Provolone cheese, and AuJus for dipping.
9.49
Italian Sliders
Your choice of Meatballs or Italian Sausage, on slider buns with Nona’s sauce.
7.99
Puleo’s Chicken Breast Sandwich
A marinated grilled double-breasted chicken topped with Provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, and honey mustard served on multigrain bread.
8.99
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
A half chicken breast golden fried and tossed in a mild Buffalo sauce topped with Gorgonzola bleu cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion served on your choice of a whole wheat or sesame seed bun.
7.99
Downhome Chicken Salad Sandwich
Fresh chicken breast, diced and tossed with celery, relish, and mayonnaise served on multigrain bread with sprouts and leaf lettuce.
7.49
Crabcake on a Bun
Our delicious Maryland crabcake served on a whole wheat bun with dill caper remoulade, lettuce, tomato, and sprouts.
8.99
Filet of Fish Sandwich
A golden filet of whitefish served on multigrain bread, with lettuce, tomato, and dill caper remoulade.
7.99

 
PREMIUM CUT STEAKS
Served with a House or Caesar salad or soup.  Our steaks are aged Top Choice Midwestern Beef, hickory grilled and brushed with our special seasoning.
Sirloin Steak
Grilled sirloin steak available in a 8 oz. or 8oz. cut.  Topped with your choice of Italian style peperonata or mushroom Marsala wine sauce Add 1.00
10.99
13.99
Filet Mignon
8oz. beef tenderloin grilled to perfection.
19.99
Bistro Filet
6oz. Bistro Filet grilled to perfection.
14.99
New York Strip
“The King of Steaks” 12oz. strip sirloin.
17.99
Ribeye
The most flavorful cut of beef available in a 12oz. or 16oz. cut.
16.99
18.99
New York Strip Special
8oz. N.Y. Strip served on a bed of mashed potatoes Topped with Demi Glace and Onion Straws.
13.99
Prime Rib AuJus
Slow roasted and tender, served with horseradish cream sauce.  Available in a 6oz., 8oz. or 12 oz. cut.  Available after 4pm Mon-Sat & All day Sunday.  Cajun grilled upon request.
12.99
14.99
17.99

 
RIBS, CHOPS and CHICKEN
Add a house or Caesar salad or cup of soup for $2.99.
Baby Back Ribs
The Grandaddy of lean, succulent pork ribs served with fries and Napa slaw. 
 13.99
Maple Glazed Pork Chop
Grilled center cut boneless pork loin with an apple maple coulis and served with sweet potatoes and kale greens. 
12.99
Smokehouse Chicken
A boneless marinated hickory grilled chicken breast topped with melted Pepper Jack cheese, BBQ sauce and green onions.  Served with mashed potatoes and kale greens.
11.99
Chicken Cordon Bleu
A marinated boneless chicken breast topped with Black forest ham, Fontina cheese and a white sauce served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli & carrots.
11.99
Citrus Chicken
A boneless marinated hickory grilled chicken breast, served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli and carrots.
10.99
Sweet and Sour Chicken
A boneless chicken breast glazed with a sweet and sour sauce served over sesame noodles accompanied with a spring roll served with sweet and sour sauce and hot mustard.
11.99

 
SEAFOOD
Add a house or Caesar salad or cup of soup for $2.99.
Hickory Grilled Salmon
Grilled with a lemon herb sauce and served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli and carrots.  Also available Cajun Grilled.
14.99
Ahi Tuna
Grilled and served with sesame noodles, asparagus, soy ginger dipping sauce, wasabi and pickled ginger.
15.99
Gulf Shrimp
A generous portion of Gulf Shrimp hand breaded and fried or Italian broiled. Choose two of your favorite side items.
14.99
Fresh Catch
Ask your server about our Market Fresh Fish
MKT
Georges Bank Schrod
A New England favorite coated in Ritz crumbs and baked to perfection.  Served with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli and carrots.
13.99
Maryland Crab Cakes
Two homemade Maryland style crabcakes served with stone ground cheese grits and Napa slaw.
14.99
Puleo's Seafood Sampler 
A generous portion of golden fried whitefish, Gulf Shrimp, Genuine Sea Scallops served with french fries, and Napa slaw
18.99

 
PIZZERIA
Your choice of a traditional or thin crust pizza
Chicken Florentine Pizza
A pizza topped with a white cheese sauce, grilled  chicken, spinach, artichokes, green onions and fresh cilantro.  10" or 12" available.
8.99
10.99
Pizza Creation
Choose any 3: Italian sausage, meatballs, chicken, pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms, sweet peppers & onions, fresh basil, fresh cilantro & roma tomatoes. 10" or 12"
8.99
 10.99 
Pizza Margherita
The classic thin crust pizza was named in honor of Princess Margherita of Savoy after she pronounced it her favorite because it resembled the nations flag with the red tomatoes, white mozzarella cheese and green basil.  10' or 12' sizes available.
 8.99 
10.99 

 
 
ITALIAN SPECIALTIES
All Italian Specialties are served with a House or Caesar Salad or Cup of Soup.
Nona's Lasagna
A Puleo family tradition!  Tomato sauce and lasagna noodles layered with Ricotta and a blend of three cheeses.  Meat sauce add $1.00.
11.99
Chicken Marsala
A grilled chicken breast topped with a mushroom Marsala wine sauce and served with Linguini Alfredo.
13.99 
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Your choice of Nona's sauce or meat sauce served with meatballs or Italian sausage.
10.99
Bistro Filet & Pasta
A 6oz Bistro filet cooked to order, Served with Penne pasta tossed with mushrooms, shallots, garlic, peperonata in a fresh basil and tomato cream sauce.
15.99
Chicken Penne Pasta
Grilled chicken, penne pasta, baby spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes tossed in a parmesan cream sauce.
12.99
Pasta Alfredo
Penne Pasta served in a homemade Parmesan cream sauce with a hint of garlic.  Add Grilled Chicken for 2.99  or Italian Broiled Shrimp 4.99.
9.99
Chicken Picatta
A sauteed breast of chicken topped with artichokes, capers, tomatoes, and a lemon wine sauce served over linguini.
14.99
Seafood Ravioli
Tender Ravioli, stuffed with lobster, scallops, and baby shrimp served in a tomato basil cream sauce.  Add a 6oz. Bistro Filet for 7.99.
12.99

 
SOUTHERN COMFORTS
A tribute to our favorite Southern dishes.  Add a house or Caesar salad for $2.99.
Chicken Tender Platter
Chicken breast tenderloins fried to a golden brown and served with country gravy, Napa slaw and mashed potatoes.
10.99
Chicken Pot Pie 
A flaky puff pastry filled with tender marinated chicken breast, potatoes, carrots, and peas.
8.99
Fried Pork Chops
2 Deep Fried pork chops topped with a demi glace served over mashed potatoes with a broccoli & carrots.
11.99
Shrimp & Grits
“A Charleston Favorite” Sautéed shrimp, Italian sausage, peppers, and onions served over stone ground cheese grits with Tasso gravy.
14.99
Fish & Chips
A generous portion of fried whitefish served with French fries, Napa slaw and dill caper remoulade. 
11.99
Cajun Shrimp Pasta
Gulf shrimp sautéed in a spicy cream sauce with baby spinach, tomato filets, sweet peppers & onions, and linguini.
14.99

 
SIDE ITEMS
Choose any three for $7.49
French Fries
Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Whipped Potatoes
Baked Potato
Loaded Baked Potato
Cornbread Dressing
Burgundy Mushrooms
Asparagus
Stone Ground Cheese Grits
Napa Slaw
Kale Greens
Broccoli & Carrots
Sesame Noodles
Penne Pasta Alfredo

 
DESSERTS
Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake
A light chocolate mousse in an Oreo crust topped with Frangelico whipped cream and hazelnuts.  Available in a half or full size.
2.49
4.99
Cannoli
A crisp pastry shell filled with sweetened whipped Ricotta cheese and chocolate chips.
 3.99 
Tiramisu
Ladyfingers dipped in espresso-liqueur layered with sweet Mascarpone cheese, available in a half  or full size.
2.49
4.99
Hot Caramel Apple Pie
A hot caramel apple pie topped with vanilla ice cream and nuts.
    4.99 
Key Lime Pie
A light Key Lime custard served in a graham cracker shell and topped with whipped cream.
4.49
Creme Brulee Cheesecake
A creamy vanilla bean cheesecake with a strawberry topping.  Available in a half or full size serving.
2.59
5.29
Chocolate Lasagna
Triple layer chocolate cake with Mascarpone cheese, honey, butterscotch liqueur, and pure vanilla topped with a caramel and white chocolate sauce. 
Available in an half or full size serving. 
2.69
5.49
Fresh Baked Fruit Cobbler
Fresh baked fruit cobbler topped with vanilla ice cream.
  2.49 

 
Menu and Prices are Subject to Change
Full Bar Beer and Spirits Available
 Kids Menu Available

 
 
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This page last updated 09/02/2009