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Rankin Restaurant

American, Diner
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2200 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917-5221
+1 865-524-9621
06:00 - 11:00
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Tue - Fri 06:00 - 14:00
Sat 06:00 - 11:00
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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39 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On numerous occasions I had passed Rankin's Restaurant and wondered about the quality and service there. The parking lot was always full for lunch and even during the breakfast hours. My gut said it must be a good place to eat. My gut also said " I'm hungry! " It was a Thursday and I decided to have lunch there.... More 

Thank 386vaughnw
Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Anyone who says this is the best breakfast they've had must have never had breakfast before. The food is cheap and low quality. No refills on drinks. Seriously this is 2017 stop being so stingy. They are cash only so if your like most people that don't carry around much cash, keep driving. You'll be glad you did any ways.... More 

Thank David L
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595 reviews
397 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Usually eat here at least once during the fall football season. It's the best breakfast in the area. The country ham and red eye gravy is like you used to get years ago. The service is fantastic as are the biscuits and the gravy and the eggs and the sausage...., oh heck, just go and loosen your belt. It's wonderful.

1 Thank Kirby P
Easley, South Carolina
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760 reviews
583 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 934 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Visiting parents this past weekend allowed for a visit to Rankins. Best simple breakfast that you will ever experience. Their biscuits and gravy is the best I have ever had in a restaurant. Reasonable prices. Love adding their home fries. My boys love this place and the wife is coming around. Closed on Sundays but serving great breakfast and lunch... More 

2 Thank abcjjl
Sevierville, Tennessee
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Almost every time I go to Knoxville to go running around with my cousin we eat breakfast here. I have NEVER had a bad meal at Rankin's. There's no one dish to tell you to try....they're All good! Excellent service and great prices. One heads up, though, they only take cash so be prepared for that. Best restaurant in Knoxville... More 

1 Thank Christopherdean
Fairfax, Virginia
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234 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

This is no glamour spot but is a utilitarian dining room, located in North Knoxville on Central Avenue, amidst warehouses and small residences. It's all clean and the neighborhood is safe but this is not expense account territory. Note that the parking lot is not paved. Rankin is a place that offers reasonably priced food that I'll bet sturdy Southerners... More 

1 Thank MaizeBlueVA
Shreveport, Louisiana
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224 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Came here for breakfast before a late morning meeting. The area and diner is a total dive joint, as in run down and past its prime not a dangerous gang infested area. Walked in wearing business attire and it seemed like everyone looked up as if they were viewing an outer space alien. Everyone there looked either retired or heading... More 

Thank Jon C
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016

The regulars are greeted by name as they file in the door. Visit a couple of times, sit anywhere you want, enjoy the tasty food, speak to the fellow or gal at the next table or booth.....soon you'll be a regular. The wait staff is older and really snappy and can be kind of sassy, too...in a fun sort of... More 

2 Thank R N
Knoxville, Tennessee
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

I would have paid twice the bill if they had only made a gesture to ease my concerns but they acted like they could care less if i came back or not,And a place like that dosent need my business!

Thank knoxvillenick2015
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23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

I would have paid twice the bill if they had only made a gesture to ease my concerns but they acted like they could care less if i came back or not,And a place like that dosent need my business!

Thank Nicholas R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 11:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2200 N Central St, Knoxville, TN 37917-5221
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Knoxville
  • Phone Number: +1 865-524-9621

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?