Big Ed's opened in 1970, when Ed Neusel, his lovely, petite wife, and their three sons moved to Oak Ridge. Rumors at the time said they moved from Chicago and/or Huntsville, AL. For generations, we have called Big Ed's, home. It's where we navigated when we came to visit after we left Oak Ridge for our first job, marriage, college, divorce, or got homesick. It was understood that if you wanted to see anyone you knew from high school, that was the place to go. That summer my best friend had a crush on David Neusel, the oldest son, so we spent way too much time sipping on sodas, watching him throw pizza crust in the air. Mrs. Neusel was always so nice to both of us, she even offered us a mistake once or twice. We never felt comfortable calling him Big Ed; southern girls didn't do that, but Mr. Ed was worse, so we called him Mr. Neusel. He laughed at our embarassment, and told us to call him Big Ed, but it didn't seem right to call an adult by his first name. I also remember watching the simple black drawing of Ed Neusel take shape on the front window of the old drugstore. The pizza is the best in Oak Ridge, and among the best in East Tennessee. It isn't rocket science, it's family, as it was in the 70s, and remains today.
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If you are from " the big" city, please don't come. There is no way this pizza place can compete with your city's I am sure. If you want super thick pizza that looks like a cake, then this is not the place for you. But, If you want great pizza and a great atmosphere then come on down. A small town place that has been in business since the late 1960s and still has people standing in line out the door on weekends can't be wrong. It is not the cheapest pizza in town, but it is the best. No frills, just pizza. No salad bar, no breadsticks. Just beer, pizza and soda. If you have young kids have them go up to the pizza making area with a plate and one of pizza makers will put a handful of cheese to take back to their table. Please note that the payment options shown on this site are incorrect. Don't bring plastic....cash or check only here. Enjoy!
This was a wonderful experience ! I have ate here for over 20 years and before the new manager came in this place had loss all appeal. The service was horrible and the food was not impressive at all. Since new management has took over This is the best all around service I have had at this restaurant as long as I can remember. The food was amazing and the customer service was wonderful ! The manager Robert offered to deliver the store I manage pizza all the way in Powell and just went above and beyond to make this a wonderful experience ! I will def. be back and will tell everyone how great this restaurant has become !