There are many essentials to survival: water, air, smart phones and food, to name just a few. Luckily for UT students, the latter appears in an abundance places to eat on Cumberland Avenue, popularly known as the Strip. From Volunteer Boulevard to the Baker Center, the street offers numerous establishments.
Cook-Out is a fast-food chain in the Southeastern area and is known for their cheap fare. Patrons can order a big double burger, fries, a chicken quesadilla and a large fountain drink for a little over $5. There are also 46 types of elaborate milkshakes that customers can order to wash down their meal. Only at select times of the day are the lines inside and at the drive-thru not backed up.
Oscar's may be a step up from "fast food," but its food is quick and mouth-watering nonetheless. Just a stone's throw away from Cook-Out, Oscar's gives the Strip Mexican flavor from their giant burritos and tasty quesadillas.
Sunspot, which recently moved to the far West end of the Strip, fancies itself as the place where tie-dyes and neckties unite. Its new location boasts a larger downstairs and an upstairs patio, which is packed nearly every Wednesday on Wine Night.
"The atmosphere is upscale while remaining casual," said John Bamrick, junior in architecture and waiter at Sunspot. "It's perfect for the most formal of dates like an anniversary or the very casual first date."
Copper Cellar's food, along with its antique and fashionable décor, attracts a wide range of Knoxvillians from college students to businessmen.
"Trivia Night and Five-dollar Burger Night are my favorite nights of the week," said Mark Jackson, junior in communication studies and military science. "I'm no good at trivia but it is always fun and the food is great and cheap."
Their menu offers a variety of items such as the filet mignon, Buffalo wings soaked with their signature Thunder Road sauce and the Kick-Back Burger.