An unusually busy schedule found my husband and I dining very late. We wanted a restaurant that was casual and relaxed instead of our typical family diner. Because we had previously visited this Aubrey’s and liked it we chose this location for dinner and for the review.
It was about 8:30 pm when we pulled into the quiet restaurant. There are two things about the Aubrey’s location in Powell, Tennessee. It is a little tricky to get into because sits back from the road behind other businesses. The other thing that I don’t care for is the parking lot lighting. Even though it’s a relatively small lot a few more lights would be helpful.
On this night we were able to park close to the door where there is more light. Eating late does sometimes have its benefits.
You enter into Aubrey’s right in front of the hostess stand. It’s different than other restaurants have. It’s a tall multi-sided blackboard. The hostesses keep up with the seating chart and there is usually some type of friendly artwork on it.
Friendly is the keyword at this restaurant. The décor of this mid-priced restaurant is a soothing mix of low tones. Most of the people were in casual business attire. The Aubrey’s in Powell, like other restaurants in this brand, is a popular spot for power lunches and after-work dinner gatherings.
Aubrey’s is part of the Aubrey Restaurant Group. This locally owned group of restaurants pride themselves on good food and even better service. They usually live up to their claims.
On this night, Emily was our server. She was friendly and efficient. You would never have known that we were dining late. This was a definite plus! She took our drink order and was back in a minute with our iced teas. Coca-Cola products are also served. A bar is also available.
The varied menu features a wide variety of tempting entrees and starters to choose from. Everyone can find something that they like. Their appetizers are called “Starters”. Some of the selections include buffalo chicken tenders, thick cut potato chips, spinach con queso, fish and chips and pulled pork nachos.
On this night my husband and I chose the spinach con queso. At Aubrey’s it is advertised to be homemade and it tastes like it. There isn’t much to say in the way of spice but the flavors of the cheese and spinach work well together. It is served warm with a side of tortilla chips. The price was $8.00.
Popular lunch entrees include a mix of salads and burgers. These are served with one of the many side items that are available. Other sandwich choices are the rooster grill, Cajun chicken, corned beef and the fish sandwich. Pasta and Specialties include seafood Alfredo, tomato basil and items like the pulled pork, catfish and lemon-lime chicken. Dinner entrees are also available. It’s hard not to be impressed with the variety of foods that are offered. A full menu is available online.
It’s always hard to decide what to get for dinner. All of the entrees make your mouth water. Aubrey’s does as well with both steaks and seafood as they do with everything else. It took awhile but I finally decided on the salmon. Hubby chose a dinner sized plate of buffalo chicken tenders.
Both of these arrived just after we finished the appetizer. (How’s that for great timing?)
My salmon was encrusted with a citrus glaze. This was the first time I ordered it but I was very pleased. The fish flaked nicely without being overdone. It was served hot just like everything else. The light citrus flavor worked well.
My side items included parmesan spinach and a baked potato. The potato texture indicated that it had been sitting around waiting to be ordered. Considering we were dining so very late I felt that was reasonable. The potato tasted good so I kept it. It did not compare to the spinach parmesan. The spinach and parmesan cheese blended nicely. It was served steaming hot and tasted great. This dish is now my favorite side item. Total entrée price was $13.00.
Hubby ordered a large plate of buffalo tenders for his entrée. These were lightly breaded, fried and tossed in a mild buffalo sauce. They are served with a side of blue cheese but you can request other dressings. On this night, Hubby stuck with the normal dressing and was well pleased.
His side items were french fries and sautéed mushrooms. French fries are french fries. They are deep fried and good when served hot as they were at the Aubrey’s in Powell. He said these fit the bill so we’ll take his word for it. I did get to taste the mushrooms. They tasted good but were too salty for my taste. Naturally, that was one of the things that Hubby liked the most. The price for this item was $12.00.
Overall, we were well pleased with our visit. The staff was just as friendly at 9:00 pm as they are at lunch. We especially appreciated that after our long day. Will we return? You bet’ cha!
Our ticket price for the appetizer, 2 entrees and iced teas was $40.86.
Aubrey’s in Powell, TN serves Coca-cola products as do the rest of the locations. I also like that they are committed to buying locally grown products whenever possible. For other locations in the Knoxville area visit them online.
7535 Conner Rd.
Powell, TN 37849
Friday and Saturday 11:00 am -11:00 pm.
Sunday – Thursday 11:00 am – 10:00 pm.
*Allergy Alert: Latex gloves are used in the kitchen.
* Latex is a growing allergy problem. The use of latex gloves in usually unadvertised. People with latex allergies are advised to follow the advice of their physical when it comes to dining and other latex contact.