The abundance of outdoor activities, constant flow of live music and high-end attractions will make you work up an appetite in Knoxville. The city's restaurants offer delicious dishes with ingredients that are always fresh and locally-sourced. Here are just some of the great places to get a fabulous meals in Knoxville.
Start your day the right way at The Plaid Apron with fluffy cinnamon rolls, muffins, scones, cookies and biscotti made fresh every day. All your breakfast needs are covered with breakfast sandwiches made to your liking - omelets, oatmeal and even Eggs Benedict. Try the griddle cakes that come with whipped sorghum and vanilla butter, drizzled in maple syrup. You'll eat so well, you'll want to come back for lunch and dinner where salmon, pasta, herbed biscuits, mac and cheese and other delicious entrees and sides await.
Have an elegant dining experience surrounded by exposed brick walls and contemporary artwork. Oliver Royale serves a variety of dishes from confit pork belly with macaroni and cheese and Benton's bacon braised collard greens to barbecue spare ribs and, of course, a charcuterie board that is loaded with crostinis, mustard, jam and an assortment of meats, cheeses and pickled items.
Walk into the bright, energetic Preservation Pub for local brews, music and food that hits the spot. Journey up to the rooftop where you can sit among the "electric forest," drink and be merry with downtown Knoxville spread out before you. Pair your drink of choice with one of their specialty pizzas (the dough is made with Guinness Stout), panini served on Italian focaccia bread made in-house, nachos, subs and more.
Kaizen is a Japanese-style pub with Asian fusion, tapas-style small plates. Order lots of dishes to share and sample from Dan Dan noodles to Balinese shrimp curry, dumplings, Mapo Doufu, a variety of fried rice and steamed buns. Try the Katsu bun or the pork belly bun for out-of-this-world flavor.
Hailed by many as producing the "Best Cupcakes in Knoxville," you can't go wrong with the confectionery heaven that is Magpies Bakery. Chocolate strawberry, red velvet, vanilla mocha, creamy caramel and chocolate caramel will make your choice difficult; or, simply get them all! Pies like chocolate cream, chess, apple, blue ribbon pecan and blueberry are available as well as cookies, cheesecakes, banana pudding, baked loaves and even wheat-free cupcakes.
The sunlight-flooded cafe is decorated with eclectic decor and even a ceiling mural of a colorful sky. Order an iced latte, cappuccino or even a bottomless cup of coffee and settle in. OliBea is a place where you take your time. The coffee is excellent, the people are bright and friendly and the food is memorable. Try the Tennessee Benedict with its poached egg, local ham, smashed potatoes, biscuit and hollandaise. Try the breakfast burrito with mancamanteles chicken, egg, cheese, bacon, potato and Coloradito. The lemon and Cruze Farm buttermilk pancakes are fluffy and golden. Savor every bite and relish every sip when at OliBea.
You can't go to Knoxville and not stop in at Sweet P's BBQ & Soul House and Sweet P's Downtown Dive. The two locations serve up incredible, mouthwatering barbecue and sides like cole slaw, green beans, mac n' cheese and banana pudding. Order pulled pork or chicken, ribs, brisket and bone-in, smoked chicken. They even have a barbecue burrito that will quickly become your favorite.
You won't ever go hungry in Knoxville with its endless options of cuisine. Explore more must-eats in Knoxville and start planning your culinary adventure.