Tap 40 Grill in Powell fills the bill for food and sports

I hadn’t seen old Grub Sprout in a minute, so Grub’s husband and I met him for dinner last week at Tap 40 Grill, a Powell sports bar owned by former UT football player Billy Ratliff. It just so happened that the restaurant was a short drive from The Sprout’s North Knoxville residence. The young woman who turned out to be our server greeted us at the door and escorted us to a table in the main dining room.

Tap 40 lives up to its sports bar mission in every sense, from the abundance of TV screens showing a wide range of sporting events to the pool table and dart boards to the pub-grub menu. Appetizers offer no surprises—everything from giant pretzels and fried pickles to fried cheese curds and nachos.

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