Dining Guide-Gastropubs

Gastropubs provide guests with the best of both worlds by combining the unique, innovative food quality of a high-grade restaurant with the laid-back ambiance of a bar . So, it is no shock that these types of eateries are some of the most rapidly growing dining spots today. Whether you are craving classic pub fare or a local craft beer to accompany a gourmet burger, Cityview’s advice on the Knoxville’s top gastropubs will not fail to satisfy your cravings.

Photo by: Nathan Sparks

Crown & Goose

For a relaxed business lunch or dinner date out in the Old City, head to the Crown & Goose. Their gastropub ambiance is echoed in the pub’s authentic London cuisine. To get your meal started, try The Goose Board small plate which includes a selection of regional cheeses and meats, preserves, nuts, mustard, and bread; or the Deviled Eggs, which are made with pastrami cured salmon, olives, pickles, and pimento cheese. For something more substantial, order the definitive Crown & Goose Fish & Chips, paired with a Boddington’s Pub Ale. If you are torn over which main dish to choose, go for the Braised Pork Shank, served over Shelton Farms grits, winter freens, and kimchee. Their Sunday brunch is not to be missed; enjoy it in their beer garden as the weather warms.

123 S. Central Street; 865-524-2100
Mon-Thurs: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.


Balter Beerworks

If you’re a beer enthusiast and have been wanting to try an up-and-coming restaurant in town, look no further. Balter beers are brewed on location by co-founder Will Rutemeyer, with an extensive beer selection ranging from the rich Bear Blend coffee oatmeal porter to the hop bomb Firebelly IPA. Their beers pair incredibly well. To get things started, try the citrusy Maypop pale ale with their Fried Green Tomatoes, made with pimento cheese, tomato jelly, and sprouts. If you’re in the mood for a solid burger, get a crisp 4th and Pils with the Balter Burger, which comes with two 4 oz. patties, Sweetwater Valley Farm’s buttermilk cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, house pickle, and some black pepper mayonnaise. Feeling like you want to be active before you indulge? Bike to Balter for $4 Balter drafts

100 S. Broadway; 865-999-5015
Mon-Thurs: 11 a.m.-midnight
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-1 a.m.
Sun: 10 a.m.-11 p.m.



Blackhorse Pub

Originating in Downtown Clarksville, TN, Blackhorse expanded to Knoxville in Western Hills. Tucked in between Bearden and Sequoyah Hills, Blackhorse Pub strives to create a genuine pub atmosphere while serving gourmet pizzas, steaks, pasta, salad, and sandwiches—and they don’t have “brewery” in the title for no reason. Blackhorse’s handcrafted ales are brewed on site. If you’re headed to Blackhorse, try the Pub Club, featuring toasted wheat berry bread with ham, smoked turkey, cheddar and Monterey jack cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard. Be sure to pair this with the Barnstormer Red Ale, a smooth traditional red ale made with Hallertau hops. Pairing equally well with the Barnstormer is the Blackhorse Combo specialty pizza, a traditional pie loaded with meat and veggies. And if you’re in the mood for something slightly sweet, get a pint of their Vanilla Cream Ale, an area favorite.

4429 Kingston Pike; 865-249-8511
Mon-Thurs: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sun: 11 a.m.-10 p.m.



Boyd’s Jig & Reel

If you long to be immersed in Scottish culture but don’t want to sit on a plane for 12 hours, go to Boyd’s Jig and Reel in the Old City. Known for its live Scottish music and extensive whiskey selection, it’s the best spot for authentic tunes and grub. Not sure about which whiskey is best for you? Try their Highlander Scotch Flight, which includes samples of Dalmore 12yr, Glenmorangie 10yr, Oban 14 yr, and Old Pulteney 12 yr. Dig into the Steak and Ale Pie: a grouping of beef, vegetables and traditional Scottish ale, topped with crispy puff pastry and baked to a golden-brown perfection. And for goodness sakes, don’t miss the traditional Scotch Egg, a boiled egg wrapped in sausage and fried up. Join Jig and Reel on Wednesdays at 7p.m. for the “Tennessee Shines” radio show, hosted by WDVX.

101 S. Central Street; 865-247-7066
Tues-Sun: 3 p.m.-3 a.m.
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