Knoxville Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Knoxville

April 14, 2018 Janette Largent

Knoxville is a city in Marion County, Iowa, United States. The population was 7,313 at the 2010 census, a decrease from 7,731 in the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Marion County. Knoxville is home of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame & Museum, located next to the famous Knoxville Raceway dirt track.
Things to do in Knoxville

1. Dairy Queen

1204 S Lincoln St, Knoxville, IA 50138-3177 Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food +1 641-828-7317
Excellent
44%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
7%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Dairy Queen

Reviewed By fcgfcg - mt prospect

A special event to end an outing for hubby's 95 year young mother is a strawberry sunday at Knoxville DQ. Not only does she love it, but she loves the fact that it doesnt melt all over while she slowly enjoys. Will definitely enjoy another visit next trip.

2. The Rib Shack

1102 N Lincoln St, Knoxville, IA 50138-1431 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 641-828-8788
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

The Rib Shack

Reviewed By Mike J - Memphis, Missouri

Ate there twice over the weekend. BBQ Nachos the first time - they were good, homemade potato chips with shredded Brisket, nacho cheese, bbq sauce, I'm not a big fan of nacho cheese, so I won't order it again. The next time we ate there I had the Southern Style Pulled Pork - very good, the slaw on top was good, but not great. A better slaw mix would take this meal over the top. But the meal was still very good.

The pork was excellent and homemade chips were very good. Great to have a Mt Dew there. :)

3. Coffee Connection

213 E Main St, Ste 101, Knoxville, IA 50138-2502 Cafe Breakfast +1 641-828-8141
Excellent
64%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 11 reviews

Reviewed By ewb - USA

Great cup of coffee, good spot for breakfast and lunch. Type of place you want to support. Folks always have a smile, and you can get in and out very quickly if needed.

4. Peace Tree Brewing Company

107 W Main St, Knoxville, IA 50138-2528 Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Brew Pub, Pub Dinner, Drinks +1 641-842-2739
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Peace Tree Brewing Company

Peace Tree Brewing Company is a packaging brewery and taproom with a focus on brewing full-flavored, hand-crafted beers. We currently bottle and keg our beers for distribution across Iowa, as well as Nebraska. Our taproom is a cozy, 60 occupant space where we serve pints and samples of our own beer and root beer. It's a family friendly venue! While we do not serve meals, some light snack options are available. Customers are encouraged to order food in from one of our local restaurants - just ask for a menu from behind the bar! Occasionally, food vendors are brought in to serve the public, as well. We host live music several times per month, so check our calendar for events!

Reviewed By Crispypc - Altoona, Iowa

Great variety of beers to choose. We did a flight so we could taste a few new ones. The area may be small, but fits a lot of people comfortably. The staff was very helpful, laid back and on top of everything.

They have a selection of snacks, we tried the chili cheese curds, spicy after burn to the lips, great flavor!

Very clean establishment!

5. Deng Garden

221 E Main St, Knoxville, IA 50138-2526 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 641-862-2525
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Reviewed By Ignace D - Flemish Brabant Province, Belgium

After reading the good comments about this place I decided to try it. The place was half full and so that was a good sign. I ordered a starter and a main dish and service was fast, way to fast. But maybe that is because as Europeans we are not in an eternal rush. Main course was brought to the table before I had eaten the first half of my starter and the check (with fortune cookie) was brought to the table while I was still eating my main dish. Why the hurry? But the food was great and most likely that is the way people go out to eat in Knoxville Iowa.

6. Fast Freddy's Pizza

110 N Roche St, Knoxville, IA 50138-2539 Pizza Dinner +1 641-205-8017
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 10 reviews

Reviewed By CarolClarkeReed - Mid-Western Region, Nepal

I'm not sure if the last time I have had their Pizza was October or not but I know I'm over due on buying a Pizza from them. I will be thinking about their Pizza all day. This is my Home Town Favorite Pizza place. I only wish they deliver. Their sauce is the best! The owners are wonderful people. I give them two thumbs up and applaud them for opening Fast Freddy's Pizza and sharing their talent with their customers. If you like your sauce sweet and saucy, they have it going on.

7. Casa Grande

Knoxville, IA 50138 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
54%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Casa Grande

Reviewed By Chad O

1. Chips and Salsa--Both delicious.
2. Service--Is always prompt and friendly.
3. Food--I have tried a variety on their menu and have not been disappointed
4. Facilities-Clean, colorful, and kept up.
5. Quickness--Food is ordered and out faster than almost any sit down restaurant I have been to.

8. Manny's

1002 W Pleasant St, Knoxville, IA 50138-2744 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 641-828-2000
Excellent
49%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
0%
Terrible
15%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 19 reviews

Manny's

Reviewed By JAMESknoxville - Knoxville

Business associate and I went to Manny's for lunch. I ordered a breakfast entrée and he chose a burger. Everything about the experience was acceptable, with good food. Location is a re-purposed Hardee's location, that is a bit off the beaten path, has adequate parking and seating, but some of the facility seems a bit dated. Wait staff was adequate, but not as attentive as some places we frequent, which might have been the off-peak time we were there.

9. Downtown Diner

119 W Main St, Knoxville, IA 50138-2528 Breakfast, Lunch +1 641-828-2050
Excellent
68%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By Mark S - Loudon, Tennessee

In town for the races and found this great little place for standard diner breakfast grub. We were in and out quick. Food was prepared to order. Service couldn't have been friendlier.

10. Kone Korner

405 W Pleasant St, Knoxville, IA 50138-2644 Lunch, Dinner +1 641-842-5441
Excellent
39%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
12%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Kone Korner

Reviewed By Em90Em90 - Adelaide, Australia

After having tea at Rib Shack we came across this place. There were lots of people outside eating ice creams, sundaes etc so we stopped here. We both got 2 double hot fudge ice creams, the hot fudge wasn't very nice, we are from Australia so it tastes very different. But the ice cream on the hand was great! Creamy, thick and Moreish making you want more. Aussies Nick & Em

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