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“Don't really want to pay for staff that all look clinically depressed”

Soccer Taco Sports Bar & Tc's
Ranked #250 of 1,193 Restaurants in Knoxville
Cuisines: Mexican
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Knoxville, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Don't really want to pay for staff that all look clinically depressed”
Reviewed 9 February 2013

I ran into the Kingston Pike location this week for lunch. I had never been there and was just driving by from an appointment and was hungry and saw the sign. I honestly did not even know it was there so had no predisposed bias. I hoped to grab a couple of bean burritos and go. I quickly realized it was going to be a sit down place where you have to go through all the motions of being waited on and waiting for your food, which isn't good when you are grabbing a quick lunch and have to get back to work. I immediately noticed that all the staff were really depressed looking. None looked happy and the guy that waited on me was morose, like that guy "Lurch" from the Adams family show. There were waitresses standing around the bar looking depressed and with the waiter I found myself asking why I was paying for people to look so unhappy that I was there spending money.

They at least brought a basket of nacho chips to kill the time. As usual, I found myself thinking why do these people bring enough chips to feed four families to one guy? I am sure that gets passed on in the prices. The chips were rough feeling and no fun to eat.

I am a vegetarian and while I realize I am in the minority in this area of the country, and therefore don't expect much accommodation, I found the menu to be unnecessarily meat heavy and would not recommend it to any vegetarians.

The bean taco and bean burrito and rice were bland and uninteresting. I ordered water and my glass ran out several times and when the waiter did stroll by he had the look of a bored Hispanic goth on his face. Not that I care if someone is any of those things, but all three put together in a waiter make for the feeling that I am wasting my money. Combined with the very loud music playing, which was so loud I couldn't answer a business call on my mobile phone, the entire experience was overall unsatisfactory and I would not return nor recommend it to anyone. This is not because the food was actively nasty or because I can't deal with a little bad psychic energy from wait staff, but more because there are much better options in Knoxville. For example, I have never had an experience remotely approximating this one at Palancho's, where they are generally happy to see me and have good food and a pet patio to boot. As much as I cringe (really cringe) to say this, if you are in a hurry for lunch or just don't want to overpay for a loud and crappy experience, go to Taco Bell. At least if the service is terrible you can order off the .99 cent menu and be on your way in five minutes.

  • Visited February 2013
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English first
Corbin, Kentucky, United States
Level 6 Contributor
141 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Inexpensive and tasty”
Reviewed 31 January 2013

We have visited the location on Kingston Pike and on Market square and we are fans of both. My hubby and I enjoy the quick and inexpensive lunch specials. I love their chicken soup and if I have time will grab some to take home. The soup is a clear broth with tomatoes, rice, and avocado. Great soup if you are under the weather.

  • Visited January 2013
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Knoxville, TN
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Hot dogs in burritos?”
Reviewed 25 January 2013 via mobile

I ordered the Goal Burritos. In both the chicken and the beef burritos were slices of what looked like hot dogs or Vienna sausages. First time I ever had Mexican with hot dogs in it. They were tasty just a little strange. My husband had a pork enchilada and a pork burrito and we could not tell the difference between the two. The pork was very good and did not have the addition of the hot dogs. The salsa was very good but the chips were too thick for our taste. The place was packed to the point that you felt you were sitting on top of the people around you. You had to carry your coat outside to out it on in fear of hitting someone or knocking someone's food off. Very loud.

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Powell, Tennessee
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Adequate But Not Over The Top”
Reviewed 24 January 2013

We ate here as a foursome and were shuffled into the basement to be seated at the bar. The food was somewhat bland but the price was okay. It seemed to be more of a younger folks hangout than a restaurant. Not really impressed at all.

Visited November 2012
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Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Good food and cool location.”
Reviewed 14 December 2012

Took a friend of my daughter's to dinner for a break from finals studying. Food was good, prices decent. Neat location! Would go again.

Visited December 2012
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