Food

Dinner And…

Local eateries boast both food and fun all in the same location. Date night anyone? Lots of places are just dinner. You eat, you go home. But if you want more than just a meal, East Tennessee has eateries offering all sorts of fun,

The Izakaya Way

Japanese-style pub Kaizen offers an informal, peaceful atmosphere When you walk into a restaurant and see one of Knoxville’s top chefs enjoying a birthday dinner with her family, you figure you’re in for a good meal. “I would come here

Dining Al Fresco

Get ready for an epic summer of food and fun on Knoxville’s outdoor patios The top three things you can do 10 months out of the year in East Tennessee are golf, ride motorcycles, and dine outside. Knoxville restaurant patios are open

Chef Matt Conti | The Press Room

Downtown Knoxville’s event center, The Press Room, provides a space for weddings, corporate events, and special occasions with in-house catering from Spaces in the City’s City Catering. In the culinary driver’s seat of this company is Chef

In Vino Veritas

Sipping on wine and munching on small plates in Knoxville’s wine bars A rapidly growing segment of the population has found wine bars a cozy and comfortable place to indulge in the fruits of the vine. From curious novice to established

Chef Jason Scott | Lonesome Dove

Located in the heart of Knoxville’s Old City, Lonesome Dove provides upscale urban western cuisine to a historic part of the region. Inside the kitchen is Chef Jason Scott who works tirelessly to bring the menu—curated by chef and owner,

Chef Darin Hoagland | Oliver Royale

Cityview 2022 Top Chef 2nd Runner Up The Oliver Royale has been a staple part of Market Square dining offering guests American cuisine in an historic atmosphere. And crafting its menu is Chef Darin Hoagland, a California native who

Chef Robert McDonald | Bistro by the Tracks

Cityview 2022 Top Chefs 1st Runner Up Offering fine dining in Bearden, Burleson Brands’ Bistro by the Tracks offers a unique mix of French-inspired contemporary dishes and Southern fare. Heading up the kitchen and culinary artistry is

Marble City Market

Food makes a triumphant return to the historic Regas Square Marble City Market is Knoxville’s first culinary marketplace. Emulating the European food hall concept, the market serves up everything from donuts and ramen to kimchi and

A Marbled Masterpiece

A winter’s feast by Chef Danny Wilhoit at the Avalon Country Club The Avalon Country Club has relaunched T-Prime Steak & Seafood, the formal dining room in the clubhouse, which is nestled in the Avalon subdivision off Hickory

First Meal

Whether sitting down or taking to go, you won’t be able to get enough of Knoxville’s breakfast scene You can debate if breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But what’s indisputable? Breakfast. Tastes. Good. From sweet to

Pasta-bilities

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.” – Frederico Fellini I am stating this at the outset: pasta is my favorite food. Nothing comes close. Growing up, spaghetti was the only meal that kept me and my brother quiet at the

Authentic Appalachia

Jeff Carter, the original Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro chef, has returned to his roots Before anything else, make a note to visit the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro in Townsend and order Executive Chef Jeff Carter’s North Carolina

Sim Por Favor

At Brazeiros, fine dining meets a Brazilian tradition of generous offerings of carne If you get movie star treatment from owner Vilmar Zenzen at Brazeiros in Bearden, it’s because he’s had practice. After he launched a

Coffee Shops

Locally grown shops prove java and ambiance go hand in hand Coffee is in an era called the Third Wave. Mass-produced and nationwide coffee chains were so Second Wave. Production origins and methods that are fair and sustainable pervade

Old City Eats

Historic downtown character enhances a flavorful Knoxville experience Knoxville’s historic Old City has become a walkable foodie tour, where cultures and cuisines collide to bring a variety of tastes sure to please all palates. I’ve

Céad Míle Fáilte

Finn’s Restaurant & Tavern makes diners feel at home—even with the ghost With his light green eyes, close-cropped red hair and tall, trim frame, owner Jon Ferrie of Finn’s Restaurant & Tavern could fit easily into a Colin

Top Chefs 2021

A Celebration of Culinary Artistry The smell of fresh-baked muffins wafts out of the oven as I pull out a fresh batch. “Are they done, mama?” my four-year-old, Lincoln, asks as he patiently waits to taste his creation. Chocolate

Deron Little

Seasons Innovative Bar & Grille Chef Deron Little opened Seasons Innovative Bar and Grille in 2013 amidst a long career in the culinary arts. He combines seasonally inspired and classically prepared American cuisine. A

Annie Fletcher

Cazzy’s Corner Grill Cazzy’s Corner Grill has been part of the Knoxville community since 2012, serving up classic American cuisine set in a contemporary restaurant design. Inside Cazzy’s kitchen is Chef Annie Fletcher. Fletcher

Alex Gass

The Walnut Kitchen Down on High Street in Maryville, you will find The Walnut Kitchen, a farm-to-table restaurant serving up locally grown produce and Tennessee beef. There inside, building the menu with a musical flair, is Chef Alex

Jared Martin

Kefi Over on Jackson Avenue in downtown Knoxville, we find Kefi, Jim and Lori Klonaris's Mediterranean restaurant rooted in classic and creative Greek dishes. And inside Kefi’s kitchen you will find Athens, Tennessee, native Chef Jared

Jonathan Gatlin

Vida Vida is Jim and Lori Klonaris’s newest fine dining venture in Knoxville, offering Pan-Latin dishes with accents of Asian cuisine. The man behind this new space’s menu is Chef Jonathan Gatlin. A New Orleans, Louisiana,

Damon Smith

Dancing Bear Appalacian Bistro A drive to Townsend will bring you to Dancing Bear Appalachian Lodge, where the Bistro, set amongst the Smokies, serves up regionally inspired dishes in a rustic setting. Working behind the scenes here is

Robert McDonald

Bistro by the Tracks Bistro by the Tracks is a French-concept bistro combining contemporary and Southern fare. The restaurant is part of the Burelson Brands lineup of restaurants, and has Chef Robert McDonald III leading the culinary

Jeff Carter

Sunspot Nestled on Cumberland Avenue by the University of Tennessee is Sunspot. Part of the Burelson Brands team of restaurants, Sunspot offers up a combination of Southwestern, Caribbean, and Latin American cuisines. Behind the menu is

Burger Battle

Testing out some local takes on an American classic Burgers are my second favorite food ever. (Watch this space for a future food battle to find out my favorite). Few things are more American than the classic hamburger. Add cheese,

Good Vibes & Libations

Maryville’s Diamondjack Wine Bar evokes the spirit of speakeasies past    Tucked into a two-bedroom Craftsman house on the edge of downtown Maryville, Diamondjack Wine Bar combines the intimacy of its interior design, the bonhomie of

Delicious New Eats

Recent restaurant openings offer everything from whiskey to fried Oreos One wouldn’t think the past year was the ideal time to open a new restaurant, but that didn’t keep these six new enterprises from opening around town. With varied

Perfection!

Vida brings chic flavors and presentation downtown Stepping into Vida, Knoxville’s new Pan-Latin restaurant on Gay Street, it’s hard not be impressed. Owners Jim and Lori Klonaris, who have been working the restaurant lane for the last

Livin’ Lean

Looking for lighter fare at local restaurants? Look no further It’s January, and if 2020 had the impact on your waistline that it did on lots of others’, you may be ready to climb on the resolutions bandwagon with the rest of us. But

Taking stock

Seasons Innovative Bar & Grille chef pays attention to the details A formative moment in Deron Little’s development as a chef came on Page One of the 923-page Escoffier Cookbook. Under the heading “Basic Principles of Cookery,” M.

Traveling by Food Truck

Sample the world’s flavorsat Knox-area mobile eateries We’ve all been there: You want Mexican; he wants Asian. You want Hibachi; she wants crepes. With Knoxville’s fleet of food trucks offering international flavors, you can have the

Steaks & Style

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar offers a premium dining experience The Prime Tomahawk specialty cut makes a bold statement when it appears at your table. Where other steakhouses may offer prime rib cuts with the bone in, this

Fresh-baked goodness

Local bakeries tempt us with an array of breads and desserts You’ll know you’ve arrived at one of these diet-busting establishments before you ever enter the premises. The fragrances of sugar and cinnamon, of butter and yeast will greet

Neighborhood Spirit

Cazzy’s Corner Grill brings a lively take on classic American cuisine to Northshore Town Center Before the pandemic shutdown, Cazzy’s didn’t do much take-out. Rather, it made its name on relaxed business lunches, as an after-work

Comfort Classics

When the Porsche is next to the painter's van and the Mercedes pulls up beside the motorcycle in the parking lot, you know you've picked a great place to eat. It's common to see suits sitting near coveralls at Knoxville's favorite small

Memoirs of a food critic

“It’s a bad-ass feeling of peace in knowing the authenticity of that concept,” said Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro Executive Chef Shelley Cooper, talking about her commitment to true farm-to-table Appalachian cuisine with inventive

Knox Mason

Knox Mason in the downtown Embassy Suites maintains its culinary roots. Downtown Knoxville’s latest addition to the hotel scene gets your attention when the glass doors of the new Embassy Suites lobby on Gay Street whisk open to reveal

Dining Guide – Italian

So, you’ve decided you’re in the mood for Italian. Not just run-of-the-mill Italian but, Italian fare featuring authentic entrees loaded with fresh herbs, cheeses, spices, meats, vegetables, and of course, the aroma. Fortunately, Knoxville

East Meets Knox

The South has a glorious culinary tradition. Growing up, there were never too many days that went by without cornbread, black-eyed peas, or something else distinctly regional. While it’s hard to beat mom’s home cooking, Knoxville is lucky

Abre Tus Oídos

Soccer Taco Northshore Town Center wants patrons to “open their ears” to new dishes. You know you’ve walked into a restaurant that’s serious about soccer when you see Megan Buzzeo, charismatic former goalkeeper for Farragut High and UT

Delectable Donuts

As the holiday season closes in, many of us find our sweet tooth kicking into overdrive. With so many options, it’s always comforting to fall back on a great American staple, the donut. Simple in its conception, the challenge lies in its

Land, Sea, and Vine

Seasonal, local cuisine in Bearden’s Homberg area It can be a challenge keeping up with the many restaurants in the Homberg area, but the corner of Kingston Pike and Mohican is now the home of Harvest, right across from its cousin Nama

Farm-to-Table Treat

Walnut Kitchen combines a neighborhood feeling with farm fresh cuisine In its 100-year history, the two-story red brick building on High Street in Maryville has been a hotel, bawdy house, laundromat, and market. Thanks to

Eat. Drink. Play.

The bowling alleys and arcades of yesteryear have nothing on our picks for this issue. We found four establishments where Knoxvillians can let their hair down for some good old-fashioned fun and games with stellar grub to match, like the

Where Down Home Meets Chic

Rebel Kitchen brings an Appalachian approach to French cuisine on West Jackson Avenue For starters, the name Rebel Kitchen is a misnomer. Chef Preston Williams is all about farm-to-table Appalachian cuisine, but his food and atmosphere

Smoothie Bowls

The trend of turning a drinkable smoothie into an edible bowl has quickly grown in popularity. New to the idea? The difference is that these smoothies tend to be of a thicker consistency (a.k.a. more filling) and may include chia seeds,

Top Chefs 2019

It's About Thyme It was a magical evening. Seven great chefs, eight wonderful wines, a delightful three-piece jazz ensemble, and close to 300 happy guests sampling it all. Representatives of The Chairman’s Club, in their brightly colored…

Top Chefs 2019 – Anthony Ploof

Anthony Ploof – The Drawing Room at The Tennessean With 15 years of culinary excellence, Anthony Ploof is already setting the bar high in Knoxville.  His former position as chef de cuisine at a luxury resort and spa in Vermont prepared him…

Top Chefs 2019 – Warren Weiss

Warren Weiss – Knox Mason Warren Weiss, chef de cuisine for Knox Mason, grew up in Indiana. He’s been in the Southeast for about 14 years now and says he’s loved every minute of it. He made a stop for several years in Alabama learning…

Top Chefs 2019 – Jason Hayes

Jason Hayes – Kitchen 919 Chef Hayes’ formal education came from Sullivan University Culinary School.  Cooking, he says, has some commonalities to his favorite pastime of skateboarding. They’re both abstract art forms without a lot of…

Food Trucks

What was once a construction rental lot, is now a food truck community. Owners Alden and Scott Larrick moved to the area from Austin, Texas in 2016 and noticed that something was missing. In their hometown, food truck parks were common and

Anaba

Chef Seisuke "Sei" Fukuoka brings his superb and authentic Japanese cuisine to Gay Street Emerging from his behind-the-bar kitchen area with a playful grin, Chef Seisuke Fukuoka, who goes by Sei, presents a chef’s special, Okonomiyaki

Top Chefs 2019 – Andrew Milne

Andrew Milne – Seasons Innovative Bar & Grille Andrew Milne, Executive Chef at Seasons Innovative Bar & Grille in Turkey Creek, says there are two things he tells people about his cooking. First, his heart and soul go onto every…

Top Chefs 2019 – Danny Wilhoit

Danny Wilhoit – Bistro by the Tracks Danny Wilhoit grew up with his hands in the dirt. A native of Campbell County, the family’s 47-acre farm had multiple gardens. They grew everything imaginable and canned and preserved what couldn’t be…

Top Chefs 2019 – Mark Davis

Mark Davis – Connor's Steak & Seafood Davis started working in the restaurant business when he was in college. He enjoyed his experience in the front of the house and says that enjoyment took him to the back of the house where the…

Top Chefs 2019 – Jeff Carter

Jeff Carter – Sunspot “I got my inspiration from my dad,” says Jeff Carter. “He loved to cook and thankfully took time to teach me. . He got off work earlier than my mom and we spent the afternoons cooking together. We lived in Mobile…

Coffee Shops

According to a study by Harvard University, 54% of Americans drink coffee daily at an average of 3 cups per day. Hailing as one of the most widely consumed beverages, there is certainly more than one way coffee can be prepared. From

Crispy Comfort

Nothing will warm you up quite like a platter of golden, crispy fried chicken and its best friend, beer. No wonder restaurants specialize in fried chicken across America! Fried chicken is traditionally a lunch option, but this is one

Spicing Up SoKno

In the early 1900s, a streetcar line was extended across the Gay Street Bridge and along the waterfront to the planned suburb of Island Home Park. Around that time a Craftsman-style home was built at 1147 Sevier Avenue, just where it bends…

PIE!

What’s more American than apple pie? Not much, the old phrase would have you believe. But regardless of whether your choice is apple, cherry, or some rare pie-in-the-sky you could easily find cooling on a your grandmother's window sill,…

Pizza Time in Tennessee

Pizza Time In TN! Gameday pizza can be a great thing, pick-up or delivery enjoyed as accompaniment to the sport itself. Sometimes, however, we want to meet the pizza where it is made, to see it expertly tossed into the rafters and to bite…

A Jewel Shines in Bearden

Tucked away on Chambliss Road is a place many Knoxvillians may remember as “Eva’s for Lunch.”  The new owner, Misty Mills, has transformed the former shopping and lunch spot into a delightful casual Italian restaurant:…

Boozy Brunch

A portmanteau (French for suitcase) word that folds together breakfast and lunch, brunch has become a way to celebrate a spirited Saturday or Sunday. (Or both!) Featuring the best of breakfast and lunch fare, alongside a cocktail—often a…

Lakeside Dining

Knoxville area rivers offer lakeside scenery unrivaled by any in the surrounding counties. Such locations make for beautiful dining backdrops that accentuate an afternoon or evening of dining al fresco, whether eating fresh fish and…

Fast Casual Dining at Farmacy

Bettina Hamblin got into the catering business after earning her BFA in painting from UT. After 10 years running Luxe Catering, she realized she wanted to open a restaurant. Hamblin found a storefront on Northshore Drive just west of the…

Top Chefs

Nearly 300 guests braved a chilly, rainy evening in late March to arrive for the 11th annual Top Chefs event. The wine was flowing, the food was prepared to perfection, and silky jazz from the Larry Vincent Trio filled the venue. For the…

Eating East

Many of Knoxville’s best kept secrets are in the East. While Knoxvillians have been making the trek down Magnolia Avenue for Chandler’s Deli and Pizza Palace for decades, East Knoxville has a lot more to offer. With its abundance of green…

Rocky Mountain High

On a stretch of North Broadway, an oversized blond-wood privacy fence cut in the silhouette of a mountain range surrounds two buildings that once housed Rentals Rentals and a Dr. Pepper bottling plant. These spaces were combined, taken down…

Dine Like It’s 1929

Executive Chef Carol Scott is happy to explain the name Kitchen 919: “Whenever you have family or friends in your home, the gathering place is always the kitchen. The Kitchen brings people together. The zip code is 37919, hence the 919.”…

Ready to Roll

Many eaters keep their distance from sushi because they do not want to consume raw fish, but sushi is much more than that. It evolved from a fish preservation technique that started in 4th century southeast Asia. That same technique is used…

Jukebox Saturday Night!

Return to a seemingly simpler time when sweet treats and good service went hand in hand, and experience a little piece of local history at one of Knoxville’s pharmacy and soda fountains. Originally, soda fountains were built inside local…

Elegant Steak and Seafood

Connor Concepts began as the brainchild of veteran Knoxville restaurateur Mike Connor in 1994. Since then the Chop House and Connors Steak & Seafood restaurants have grown into a multi-state success story, based on a commitment to…

Old Location—New Ideas

More than a century of dining memories inhabit 37 Market Square, on the corner nearest the parking garage. Built in 1870, the “Victorian vernacular” storefront sold tobacco and liquor until 1905, when it became a restaurant and…

Game Day Eats

Game day has arrived; you’ve been waiting for this all year. Decked out in your orange and white overalls and getting ready to head towards Neyland Stadium, you suddenly get a game-day craving for game-day delicacies. You’re thinking a…

Tapas and Small Plate Bistros

As legend has it, Spain’s King Alfonso X, struck with a severe illness allowing him only to have food in small servings paired with wine, introduced tapas as small plates of food to accompany his meal. After his recovery, he made a decree…

Rustic Gentility

In 1932, a Presbyterian widow from Pittsburgh named Susan Wiley Cooper Walker, whose late husband had been Andrew Carnegie’s bookkeeper, moved south to be near her sister, the wife of the Maryville College chaplain. Inspired by the natural…

Danny Wilhoit

Entrée: Pork Two Ways, with gumbo and traditional potato salad. Dessert: Guava Turnover, with cream cheese ice cream and guava sorbet. Danny Wilhoit grew up on a farm in Campbell County, where at an early age family members were…

Jay Vopatek

Entrée: Slow Roasted Pork Pernil, with plantain, mojo sauce, pineapple sesame salsa, and cilantro. Caribbean BBQ sweet potato chips. Dessert: Tres Leches Cake, with whipped cream and raspberry sauce. Jay Vopatek started cooking out of…

Frank Aloise

Entrée: Braciolini di Manzo, con Couscous di Cavolfiore: Braised stuff beef rolls, with roasted cauliflower couscous. Dessert: Orange and White Cassata Cake, with blood orange gastrique and cardamom-dusted pistachios. For Frank…

Matt Gallaher

Entrée: Cavatelli alla Bolognese: “little hollows” pasta with Ragú Bolognese of Mitchell Farm beef, Strauss veal, and Heritage Farm pork, with San Marzano tomatoes and pecorino Romano. Tie-3rd Place Dessert: Butterscotch Budino:…

Mark Davis

Entrée: Milk Braised Pork over sage parmesan polenta, with sautéed romaine and a pine nut gremolata. Tie-3rd Place Dessert: English Sticky Toffee Pudding. Mark Davis got his start in the field while at college in North Carolina:…

Curtis Bates

3rd Place Entrée: Farm-raised Rabbit wrapped in Applewood bacon over parmesan risotto, with caramelized fennel root infused in fennel oil. Dessert: Bacardi Rum Baba, with vanilla bean whipped cream and fresh, mint-infused syrup.…

Carol Scott

2nd Place Entrée: Crispy Asian Pork Belly, with vanilla-scented celeriac, parsnip purée and Asian slaw. 2nd Place Dessert: Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding, with vanilla crème anglaise and a spiced rum sauce. For Carol Scott, the…

Kyle Russell

1st Place Entrée: Lavender Seared Yellowfin Tuna with fire-roasted brussels, edamame aioli, and hemp seed. 1st Place Dessert: Reeve honey pistachio and pomegranate Panna Cotta with bee pollen and milk crumbles. Kyle Russell’s…

Meat and Three

Craving some southern comfort food? If so, you’re in the right state—travel guide lore is that the concept has Nashville, TN roots. At a Meat and Three, the customer chooses from a daily selection of meat dishes, then pairs it with three…

Dining Guide-Gastropubs

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…