Cooking at home was fun during the first weeks of the pandemic, but more people are giving the restaurant a chance as more COVID-19 vaccines are given to people.
The social summer months are approaching and there is nothing better than getting together with good friends over a good meal and drinks.
Don’t know where to start? Lucky for you, Knoxville may be a foodie’s dream. And this guide introduces you to some of the best restaurants in town!
A great way to start your day
First of all: breakfast. It is the most important meal of the day. Pete’s restaurant commonly powered Han Solo and The Incredible Hulk when they passed through Knoxville separately, and the restaurant recently celebrated its 35th anniversary in the city center.
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But if you’ve had a late night and can’t make breakfast, you better have brunch.
Balter Brewery brews its own beer, but it’s the food that often gets people talking. Executive Chef Hux Jones recently showed his talents in season 48 of “Chopped”, prepare a “hangry” hangover dish incorporating a fast food burger, avocado, ramen noodles and mimosa.
Knoxville is kind and sweet
If you’re still hungry, there’s no better way to cheer yourself up than in one of the the most beautiful places in America, as determined by Reader’s Digest.Yassine’s falafel house serves a variety of Mediterranean dishes under the guidance of Yassin Terou, who recently celebrated a milestone in his personal life: earn his American citizenship.
And a local barbecue is one of the nicest places in town. Sweet Poffers some of the most tender meat and filling fixins, and the company expands to Fountain City with a Uptown feel and full service concept.
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But if you have a sweet tooth, queue at Ferme de la Cruzeon Gay Street. The Knoxvillians sometimes stretch around the block to sample the soft serve ice cream, which is now available at its third location in Sevierville. Knox News tried to learn how to create the perfect cone, but it’s probably best to leave it to the experts.
Speaking of experts, Peyton Manning is arguably the best to ever throw a soccer ball. Since his retirement, he has dipped his toes into more than nationwide commercials.
Not only the University of Tennessee graduated help Graduate Hotels design their Flights to Knoxville theme, but he also showed Knox News the accompaniment Lounge 16 bar he designed using memorabilia from college.
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While Tim Love’s name may not be as recognizable as Peyton Manning, the two do share celebrity status. The famous chef’s Knoxville restaurant, The lonely dove, is a popular spot in the Old Town for “urban western cuisine” and is located in a unique historic building.
You will feel like a celebrity as soon as you go through the doors of The vault, a chic cocktail bar in the basement of a former downtown bank. You can sit inside a real safe or go upstairs to the beautifully renovated space at street level, where Vida serves its signature Pan-Latin cuisine.
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If you want to feel classy but don’t want to dress up the room, walk around the corner to Bernadette’s Crystal Gardens in the market place. The four-story bar, which features a rooftop and mezzanine, is decorated with 91 million carats of crystal “nirvana” attached to one of downtown’s favorite nightlife spots, Preservation pub.
The best of both worlds
So … you want to go out for a drink, but your friends are feeling in the evening. Why not the two of them? Just go down the stairs to Maple Room on Gay Street, where strikes and sips go hand in hand.
The bowling alley and bar offer a full menu and accompanying dishes Maple Room The living room allows guests to play giant Scrabble on sofas with friends. In addition, the owners have recently taken over Babalu, a restaurant now connected to the lounge and serving “southern cuisine with a Latin twist”.
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Inside? Outside? Can’t make up your mind? Head to the Five Thirty Lounge on the rooftop of the downtown Hyatt Place hotel or the Radius rooftop loungeacross the street at the Embassy Suites. Step outside or sit down on an indoor table to enjoy breathtaking views of Scruffy City.
Jackie’s Dream’s simple dining room makes one thing clear: the emphasis is on food. After years of work in the restaurant industry, Jackie griffin has opened up a place she can call her own. It is also a dream come true for soul food lovers; fried chicken and southern side dishes, including Mama’s cabbage and Nanny Mary’s potato salad, are among menu highlights.
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Like the Sunsphere, Petro’s Chili and Chips is one of the few remaining objects from the 1982 World’s Fair in Knoxville. Whether you have your “petro” with pasta or Fritos corn chips, chili bowls are incredibly simple and incredibly delicious. Visit the market square restaurant and other locations in eastern Tennessee.
You won’t want to miss it
Not one, but two food halls are in preparation for Knoxville.
Marble City Market is slated to open in August and has already announced several vendors, including a locally renowned chef that of Matt Gallaher New Fantail Fish & Fries concept. the Kern bakery food hall is opening scheduled for 2022.
Food Halls will showcase several culinary concepts sharing a common space, similar to how food truck fleets operate in Knoxville and Farragut. Central filling station invites food trucks several nights a week to Old North Knoxville, with a covered bar and Wednesday night trivia, while 35 North by food truckk in Farragut stands out for its interior seats and table service.