So what kind of restaurant do you think just opened on the Strip at the prime location on the corner of Cumberland Avenue and 17th Street, where the former Ruby Tuesday's was?
That's right, a pizza and sub shop.
As a disclaimer, the new Joe's Pizza, Pasta and Subs restaurant may be one of the best sub and pizza joints in town. I haven't eaten there yet so I don't know, but that isn't the issue at hand here. The issue is the variety of restaurants on the Strip.
I was talking with my roommate the other day, and we concluded that this ratio of pizza and sub shops compared to other eating places has overtaken our freedom of choice on the Strip.
As my left foot follows my right foot onto my soapbox, I will begin to paint a picture for you of what our little Strip could be.
I know that pizza and sandwiches are mainstays for college students, and I enjoy a good meatball sub or pineapple ham pizza as much as the next person.
This doesn't mean, however, that I wouldn't like a little variety.
I personally like most of the restaurants on the Strip, and I run the gauntlet of cravings for my McAlister's fix or my hankering for Sawyer's.
But let's face facts. The Strip is missing something. And I think that something is a doughnut shop.
Wouldn't the Strip look good with a Krispy Kreme or a Dunkin' Donuts or a mom and pop doughnut shop on its corner?
And what about Waffle House? Where's our Waffle House?
Not to mention a Steak and Shake, BoJangles (OK, I know we don't have those anywhere in Knoxville, but we REALLY need one), and a Denny's.
If the Strip can have an oxygen bar, then surely we can squeeze in a Chick-fil-a. Right?
I do have to admit that there has been talk of a Chili's To Go moving onto our lovely stretch of Cumberland, and I would welcome it with open arms.
This move would be a great step in the right direction.
This column is in no way saying I think any of the Strip's restaurants should leave. The Strip wouldn't be the same without Slappy's, Panera, Mellow Mushroom or Stefano's, just to name a few.
I'm saying that growth can be a good thing. We should expand. When it comes to food, variety is the spice of life, people.
All this talk of food has made me hungry. Anyone for a pizza, or maybe even a sub?

- Julie Howle is a senior in journalism, and she loves her grub. She can be reached at