Let’s Brunch: A Guide to Knoxville Brunches

More Knoxville restaurants than ever are offering unique, stand-alone brunch menus on the weekends—not to mention drink specials just for brunch. Here’s a run-down of noteworthy brunch (not just regular ol’ breakfast) destinations around town:

Bistro at the Bijou

807 S Gay St. 544-0537

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The ever excellent fare at this Bistro only gets better at brunch where you can get the Cool Hand Luke – a 10-egg omelet filled with almost anything you want – real red-eye gravy for your country ham, and some of the prettiest potato hash around. And, seriously, where else can you order tempeh bacon and fried bologna at the same time?

Drink Specials: $4.25 Screwdrivers, Mimosas and Bloody Marys

Brunch Hours: Sat: 10 a.m.–3 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m.–9 p.m.

Café 4

4 Market Square 544-4144

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Knoxville’s self-styled urban retreat offers up a broad selection of menu items from great snacks like Parmesan and Truffle Fries and Pulled Pork Tacos to a whole slate of egg specialties including interesting Benedict variations that include filet, sausage or Crawfish and Crabcake options. There are sandwiches, salads, and soups aplenty to please the entire brunch bunch.

Drink Specials: $5 MegaMosas and Bloody Marys

Brunch Hours: Sat & Sun: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.

Chesapeake’s

500 Henley Street 673-3433

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Chesapeake’s serves many of their classic favorites as well as items like Crab Cake Benedict, Chicken and Waffles, Lobster Benedict and other fresh seafood specials. Plus, there’s live music – a real brunch special.

Drink Specials: $3 Mimosas and Screwdrivers, $5 Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

Brunch Hours: Sun: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Copper Cellar (Cumberland)

1807 Cumberland Ave. 673-3411

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Copper Cellar on the Strip features a brunch menu full of Copper Cellar favorites as well as many breakfast items such as specialty omelets, eggs, and waffles. Weekly specials like chicken and waffles and the Copper Cellars famous quiche are also available

Drink Specials: $3 Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Screwdrivers (until 2:30), and a $5 drink menu.

Brunch Hours: Sun: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Copper Cellar West

7316 Kingston Pike 673-3424

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Copper Cellar West has an extensive brunch buffet that’s full of lunch and breakfast favorites. And you can treat yourself to an omelet station, a waffle station, fajitas, salads, soups, eggs and more!

Drink Specials: $3 Mimosas and Screwdrivers, Build Your Own Bloody Marys starting at $5

Brunch Hours: Sun: 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Cosmo’s Caffé

5107 Kingston Pike 584-8739

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Bearden’s morning stalwart—located in Gourmets Market, celebrating its 35th anniversary—continues to offer great food with a nice neighborhood atmosphere. For brunch, they feature their breakfast favorites like the Toad in a Hole, a Frog in a Ditch, the Goat Cheese and eggs, or you can easily stay in your comfort zone with Chocolate Chip Pancakes and the Create Your Own Three Egg Omelet.

Drink Specials: Specialty coffee drinks and a BYOB option with Mimosa set-ups.

Brunch Hours: Sat & Sun: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Creamery Park Grille

114 Hotel Ave. 688-4607

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This treasure in Fountain City serves hearty fare like steak and eggs and Crab Cake Benedict and sweet stuff in the form of Belgian waffles and a delicious Apple Stuffed French Toast Croissant. You bring the bubbles, they’ll supply orange juice!

Brunch Hours: Sat – Sun: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Crown and Goose

123 S Central St. 524-2100

thecrownandgoose.com

One of Knoxville’s most charming venue’s for brunch, the Old City’s stately gastro-pub keeps in line with its British heritage with tasty fare that includes their Signature Fish and Chips, Bangers and Hash, and a Frog in the Weeds (Two eggs in Texas toast covered in sharp cheddar and Wisner farm hot sausage). And there’s plenty more to sate your weekend appetite from the frittata of the day to Danish Ebelskivers and Belgian Waffles!

Drink Specials: $5 Mimosa, Poinsettia, Champagne, House Bloody Mary, Chardonnay Glass; $18 Make your own Mimosas or Poinsettias.

Brunch Hours: Sun: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cru Bistro and Wine Bar

Turkey Creek: 11383 Parkside Drive 671-6612

Downtown: 141 South Gay Street 544-1491

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From Nutella Banana Crepes to the Cru Breakfast Pizza, Cru’s brunch is fun, flavorful fare. Plus you can choose from the entire menu of well-executed and attractive options that include remarkably tasty heart healthy selections. Even better, there’s all of that wine available to help you on your quest to make the best Build Your Own Omelet ever.

Drink Specials: $3 Bloody Mary, Cru Sparklers, Red Sangria, and White Sangria

Brunch Hours: Turkey Creek, Sun: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Downtown: Sat: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sun: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Downtown Grill and Brewery

424 S. Gay St. 633-8111

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What’s a better combination than champagne and jazz for a Sunday brunch? Well, almost nothing and that’s why there’s a Sunday Jazz Brunch in the ever festive Brewery. The menu features a wide array of favorites, and some special creations available only at the Downtown Grill & Brewery. Don’t forget your side order of chiliquiles!

Drink Specials: Brunch entrées include a glass of sparkling wine, mimosas are .25 more, and happy hour is from opening until 10 p.m.

Brunch Hours: Sun: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The French Market Crêperie

526 South Gay Street 540-4372

thefrenchmarketknoxville.com

Knoxville’s only authentic French crêpe restaurant offers an alluring and delicious way to make weekends extra special. Their special crêpes Benedict are only available at brunch, but all of their creations merit a visit. And don’t overlook the pain au chocolat or great omelets!

Brunch Hours: Sun: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

The Grill at Highlands Row

4705 Old Kingston Pike 851-7722

thegrillathighlandsrow.com

Try the Original Highlands Benedict made with crab cakes, or Miss Katie’s French Toast that features blackberry bread and crème Anglaise. Beautiful scratch biscuits and house made beignets adorn every table and get even prettier when slathered with molasses butter and house made preserves.

Drink Specials: $3 Mimosas and Bloody Marys

Brunch Hours: Sun: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Knox Mason

131 S. Gay Street 544-2004

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Knoxville’s newest take on modern Southern cuisine gives brunch a special touch. Try the Mushroom Bread Pudding, the Shrimp and Grits with Sunday Red-eye Sauce, or the North Georgia Fried Chicken with a Yellow Box Waffle and Spicy Rooster Honey. Even cousin Clem will be shouting, “C’mon yawl, let’s do brunch.”

Drink Specials: Beermosas, Michealadas, Roasted Pablano Bloody Marys

Brunch Hours: Sun: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Lakeside Tavern

10911 Concord Dr. 671-2980

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Enjoy Crème Brulee` French toast, a vegetarian quiche, and omelets made to order. Their famous Roasted Chicken Pasta, Blackened Tilapia, and sirloin beef tips are among other favorites. Finish it all off with freshly made desserts and pastries.

Drink Specials: $3 Mimosas

Brunch Hours: Sun: 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Latitude 35

16 Market Square 566-0721

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Join Latitude 35 for a delicious brunch in historic Market Square! Watch your favorite team on one of their 13 HDTVs or enjoy your brunch on the covered patio. Try the Bananas Foster French Toast or the Sweetwater Blueberry Pancakes with real maple syrup. Or if you’re feeling all southern then be sure to try the Louisiana Eggs—poached eggs over lump crab cakes with Creole sauce and hollandaise.

Drink Specials: $3 Mimosas, $5 Bloody Marys until 4 p.m.

Brunch Hours: Sat-Sun: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

Mahogany’s at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

401 W Summit Hill Drive 522-2600

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Downtown’s breakfast buffet experts break out the brunch goodies on special days, so check with them for a special treat on Easter, Mothers’ Day, and also at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Miss Lily’s Café

122 Depot St., Townsend, 448-1924

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Townsend’s Southern Gourmet restaurant presents an excellent opportunity to start your day in the mountains in style. Their brunch features a full buffet with made to order omelets, homemade River Bottom Bread (pecan topped cinnamon bread) French Toast, and plenty of southern favorites to make sure you head out satisfied.

Drink Specials: $3 Mimosas

Brunch Hours: Sun: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Mulligan’s

8923 Linksvue Dr. 862-8923

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Mulligan’s offers classic Italian dishes with a selection of gourmet pizzas as large as it is satisfying, along with numerous American grill menu selections of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and entrées. Full bar with live music and Sunday brunch. Handicap access.

Brunch Hours: Sun: 10 am-8 pm

Northshore Brasserie

9430 South Northshore Drive 539-5188

northshorebrasserie.com

Here’s a rich and exceptional buffet that includes oysters on the half shell, Benton’s bacon, fresh popovers, and made to order crepes and omelets among a host of options from butcher steak to fresh fish.

Drink Specials: $3 Bloody Mary, $4 Mimosa

Brunch Hours: Sun: 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Orangery

5412 Kingston 588-2964

orangeryknoxville.com

Knoxville’s classic restaurant of elegant eating presents a brunch buffet with a delicious array of favorites like their Signature Quiche Lorraine and made to order French Toast alongside tasty surprises like Lobster Mac and Cheese, Chicken Osso Bucco and Shrimp Jambalaya. You can also order specialty treats like Poached Eggs Orangery to make this weekend treat extra special.

Drink Specials: $4 Bloody Marys and Mimosas

Brunch Hours: Sun: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Parkside Grill

338 N. Peters Road 862-5358

parksidegrill.com

You’ll have a hard time finding a more complete brunch in Knoxville! Their Sunday brunch include an endless variety of much loved brunch food. Enjoy Crème Brulee` French toast, a vegetarian quiche, and omelets made to order. The Tavern’s famous Roasted Chicken Pasta, Blackened Tilapia and Sirloin Beef Tips are among other favorites to enjoy. Finish it all off with a chocolate fountain, freshly made desserts and pastries.

Drink Specials: $3 Bloody Marys and Mimosas.

Brunch Hours: Sun. Buffet served 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Puleo’s Grille

242 Morrell Rd. 531-6338

260 N. Peters Rd. 691-1960

352 Fountain View Circle, Alcoa, 981-9399

puleosgrille.com

Our own Italian and Southern hybrid delivers a brunch of substance with an option for endless biscuits and gravy among many other brunch favorites. Eggs are offered in nearly every style from Benedict to frittata, and they feature the Kentucky Hot Brown—an open-face sandwich with turkey, bacon, tomatoes, mushrooms, and a rich cream and Parmesan over toast. (The N. Peters and Alcoa locations serve brunch as a buffet.)

Drink Specials: $4 Mimosas and Sangria, $3 Bloody Marys

Brunch Hours: Sat–Sun: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Riverside Grille

100 Melton Lake Peninsula, Oak Ridge, 862-8646

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Enjoy Crème Brulee` French toast, a vegetarian quiche, and omelets made to order. Their famous Roasted Chicken Pasta, Blackened Tilapia, and sirloin beef tips are among other favorites. Finish it all off with freshly made desserts and pastries.

Drink Specials: $3 Mimosas

Brunch Hours: Sun: 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

Sapphire A Modern Bar and Restaurant

428 S Gay St. 637-8484

sapphire-knoxville.com

With improvement of their kitchen facilities Sapphire has been able to expand its food offerings. Brunch is a good time to try out their ever groovy fare. In addition to eggs, biscuits and burritos, the Tennessean definitely merits a try; it’s a Boursin mac and cheese stuffed Belgian waffle that’s topped with BBQ pulled pork.

Drink Specials: $4 Mimosas and Bloody Marys

Brunch Hours: Sun: 12 p.m.–3 p.m.

Seasons Cafe

Bearden

5018 Kingston Pike 766-5331

seasons-cafe.com

The Bearden location of Knoxville’s original source of seasonal cuisine lays out a Sunday Brunch Extravaganza with more good food than you can imagine. The chef attended omelet station and the make your own Bloody Mary bar give you the chance to customize the already tasty experience.

Drink Specials: $5 Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

Brunch Hours: Sun: 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Stir Fry Cafe

7240 Kingston Pike 588-2064

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Try an Asian-flavored brunch with one of Stir Fry Cafe’s specialty breakfast fried rice dishes with sausage, bacon, scrambled eggs, and a few secret ingredients.

Drink Specials: $4 Bloody Marys

Brunch Hours: Sat-Sun: 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sunspot

2200 Cumberland Ave. 637-4663

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The restaurant where almost every menu item can be made vegetarian on request offers creative brunch fare like Eggs Sunpot with grilled salmon and a lovely over-stuffed omelet. (Note: new location!)

Brunch Hours: Sun: 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Tomato Head

Downtown: 12 Market Square 637-4067

The Gallery: 7240 Kingston Pike, Suite 172 584-1075

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Creative eating is a hallmark of this local favorite, and brunch is no exception! The choices seem endless and cover so many bases that your mind may swirl in all the right ways. Start out with fresh baked treats from Flour Head Bakery and continue a heaping plate of Huevos Rancheros, a fantastic breakfast burrito or egg sandwich, or the Harold Shersky Breakfast Pizza (available by the slice or pie). And don’t forget the Belgian Waffles—heck, bring a crowd so you can try some of everything.

Brunch Hours: Sat–Sun: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Tupelo Honey Cafe

1 Market Square 522-0004

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Wanna know the best thing about brunch at Tupelo Honey Cafe? It’s available every day! But they do stop serving poached eggs at 2 p.m. , so you’ll want to come early to enjoy Eggs Betty—a happy dish of poached eggs on a biscuit with all-natural ham and homemade lemony hollandaise. Otherwise dig into Sweet Potato Pancakes with whipped peach butter, or a savory Breakfast Bowl anytime you like.

Drink Specials: Moonshine Mary made with jalapeño and bacon-infused moonshine

Brunch Hours: Mon–Thurs: 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri-Sat: 8 a.m.–11 p.m., Sun: 8 a.m.–9 p.m..

Volunteer Princess Cruises

956 Volunteer Landing Ln. 541-4556

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Want a lovely view to go along with your brunch? Then take this cruise along the picturesque Tennessee River that features a brunch buffet accompanied by coffee, fresh juices, and assorted desserts. You’ll travel west downstream the Tennessee River through the bridges of Knoxville, past the homes of Sequoyah Hills and the new UT golf course, then near Looney Island where the Volunteer Princess will round up and head back up the river to port.

Boarding Time: 12:30 p.m. Cruise Time: 1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Wild Wing Café

11335 Campbell Lakes Dr., Farragut 777-WING (9464)

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If you’ve got a wild brunch bunch, Wild Wing’s Blue Jean Brunch may be just the ticket. Brunch fare meets fun especially in the soon-to-be famous Southern Chick and Waffles. Believe it or not they offer a Monte Cristo sandwich and miniature potato pancakes. That there are drink specials aplenty goes without saying.

Drink Specials: Bloody Mary Bar (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), $10 Voodoo Buckets, $2.50 Bud and Bud Light Drafts, $10 Mimosa specials

Brunch Hours: Sun: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

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