My Dad lived down the road in Clinton, and we d go to Big Ed s when we d go up to visit. My little Bro. went to school with one of Ed s sons, so we knew him. Ed was a SUPER guy, WW II Hero, and his pizza is the best! Last time I went up with little Bro and my Cousin, we ate there before driving back to Texas. And THEN we ordered two large to GO and ate Big Ed s Pizza all the way back to San Antonio! YUMMY! If you re within 25 miles of Big Ed s, and eat pizza somewhere else...you re NUTS!
I am going to have to agree that the pizza is way overpriced. It is pretty good but really greasy. Now the atmosphere is great and they always have a crowd so a lot of people love it. I just think there is a lot better out there.
Not the worst I've ever had but far from the best. Casual atmosphere, local photos, decent music, and being able to watch them actually make the pizza are some of the positives. The ingredients are fresh and they make their own dough. However, the pizza is extremely greasy and very bland tasting like a frozen pizza. They charge for drink refills on softdrinks and the staff acts like they really couldn't care less about you. For a small pepperoni pizza and a coke the bill was almost $10. Not somewhere I will be returning to. Venice pizza is way better in my opinion.
Good pizza. Definitely stop by if you're in the area. You know you're not in a pizza franchise as soon as you step in to Big Ed's. Atmosphere with lots of character. Kids enjoy seeing the dough tossed. You may not be immediately seated at times.
Although I do feel that some of the magic died when Big Ed passed away this is still a great place to eat.
I agree with Dr. Doom. It was terrible! Way way overpriced, overcooked, and lacking on taste! I would honestly rather have little caesars! It was so expensive I couldn't believe that the price didn't even come close to the product we were served, and on paper plates at that. You'd think for that price I'd at least get plastic! And don't even think about getting beer, a pitcher of domestic was $13!!!! I thought I was in OAK RIDGE and not L.A.!!!!
I agree with everyone that says the only reason they're popular is that they're a local landmark, other than that they have no redeeming qualities.....if I want really GOOD pizza I drive to downtown Knoxville and go to MELLOW MUSHROOM, fresh ingredients, fresh dough, awesome taste!
BIG ED'S PIZZA
THE ONLY WAY I KNOW HOW TO SAY IT IS IT'S THE BEST.I'VE BEEN GOING TO BIG ED'S EVER SENTS I WAS A KID I STILL REMEMBER BIG ED SETTING AT THE BAR EVERY TIME I WAS THERE.I GO TO BIG ED'S EVERY YR. FOR MY BIRTHDAY.MY GIRLFRIND IS FROM CHICAGO AND SHE ALWAYS TALKS ABOUT THE PIZZA UP THIER SO THIS NOV. 15TH I'M TAKEN HER TO BIG ED'S TO SHOW HER THE BEST PIZZA IN THE WORLD. I'LL PUT BIG ED'S PIZZA AGAINST ANY BODYS EVEN CHICAGOS PIZZA.IT JUST SO HAPPENS MY GIRLFRIENDS B-DAY IS THE SAME AS MINE AND THAT WHERE WE'LL BE ON THE 15TH THIS YR. AND EVERY YR I CAN MAKE IT THIER.AND ANOTHER THING BIG ED HAS HELPED PUT I DONT KNOW HOW MANY KIDS THREW SCHOOL WORKING FOR HIM.(HE WAS A GREAT MAN)!!!
I'LL SEE YOU GUYS SAT.THE 15TH OF NOV.
As an italian and someone who ate pizza outside of TN, I can say that Big Ed's does not have good pizza. I just moved up here from South Florida (where alot of italians moved down to from NY) a year ago and have yet to find a good pizza place, if anybody (who has eaten pizza outside of TN) knows of a good place, please let me know.
Big Eds is popular due to it just being a local tradition of people going there and if they actually would eat pizza outside of TN, they would understand what good pizza is. But it's not just Big Ed's, most of East TN doesn't have a place that serves true NY pizza. Endzone ellies was the closest, but they got no support by the people in the local area due to the tradition of going to Big Eds and had to close down.
I've had a lot of pizza in my life, Big Ed's has to be the best I've ever had. I think to secret is in the crust. But it's awesome. Sometimes you might have to wait for a table, not that it's a small place. On Friday and Saturday night it's busy as it can be, but it's well worth the wait. It's also one of the best things going in Oak Ridge. It's worth the drive from Knoxville. Also a pretty fair deal money wise.