Reports on the menu offerings from new, classic, or just plain interesting restaurants in Knoxville.
Restaurant Report: La Cabana Cuban Flavor
Published 5/14/2014 at 12:18 p.m. 0 comments
As you turn southward after exiting Interstate 40 at Campbell Station Road, it’s all too easy to drive past the little strip mall on the right that houses, among other things, a Dunkin’ Donuts. But take the time to turn ...
Restaurant Report: Woodlands Indian Restaurant
Published 4/3/2014 at 3:08 p.m. 0 comments
Change happens—in the restaurant world, it happens often. Beautifully unique restaurants fail where more quotidian eateries seem to thrive. But in the case of Taj’s closure and Woodland’s opening in the same location, change is a very good thing.
Restaurant Report: Parton’s Smokin Butz BBQ
Published 2/19/2014 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments
Committing to an opinion about the quality of any particular barbecue seems fraught with peril—barbecue is a subject that comes with deeply held, nearly religious conviction. And like religion, there are many sects in the faith of ’que, and all ...
Restaurant Report: Grinder and Grains Cafe
Published 1/8/2014 at 11:03 a.m. 0 comments
There’s a healthy list of selections for all sorts of eaters—the staff even presses and marinates tofu for vegetarian and vegan guests.
Restaurant Report: Holy Land Market and Deli
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:12 a.m. 2 comments
Before they landed in Knoxville 17 years ago, Walter and Denise Ajlouny owned a deli in Huntington, Long Island. That experience—along with good family connections and the recipes that come with them—makes the combination of subs and shish kabobs work.
Restaurant Report: Stock and Barrel
Published 11/13/2013 at 12:23 p.m. 0 comments
A quick consult with Jack Neely reveals that there hasn’t been a dedicated burger joint downtown since Wendy’s vacated the corner of Gay and Summit Hill—and that hardly counts, anyway. So it’s no wonder that Stock and Barrel has made ...
Knoxville Pizza Exotica
Published 11/13/2013 at 10:53 a.m. 0 comments
Pizza purists seem pretty clear—too many toppings spoil the pie. But here in the Scruffy City itself, rebellion foments all around. Here, we uncover some of Knoxville’s pizza rule-breakers and reveal their comestible challenges to the establishment.
In Search of True New York Pizza—in Knoxville
Published 11/13/2013 at 10:46 a.m. 0 comments
Why is it that New York pizza remains the pinnacle, the acme, the very standard of a pie? Outside of New York, only Chicago has truly claimed a name for pizza (please, don’t bring up California), and it’s far outpaced ...
Knoxville’s Pizza Icons
Published 11/13/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments
We certainly have a lot of pizzerias in town, but these places are true pizza destinations.
Restaurant Report: Knox Mason
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 1 comment
It’s been just about nine months since Knox Mason came into being amid a flurry of gourmet hopes and haute cuisine expectations. Now that the birth storm has abated and the skies have cleared, it’s nice to know that chef ...
Restaurant Report: Coffee and Chocolate II
Published 9/11/2013 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments
The new location—near the corner of Walnut and Clinch—is much more than a fancy little shop for java and sweets.
Restaurant Report: Stir Fry Cafe
Published 8/21/2013 at 10:07 a.m. 0 comments
It’s been nearly 20 years since the late Kenny Saio opened the doors of Stir Fry Cafe and began to reveal what would become a multi-cultural and transformative vision for Knoxville’s culinary life.
Knoxville's Most Dangerous Burgers
Published 8/9/2013 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments
These local and intemperate burgers represent that most curious human frailty, adventurous debauchery: the drive to seek out the nth degree, the place where immoderation is shamelessly glorified.
Knoxville's Diner Burgers
Published 8/9/2013 at 10:48 a.m. 1 comment
Maybe it’s the bustle, the shiny grill, or the smell of fry oil and grilled onions drifting in the air, but every now and then nothing but a ’50s-style burger plate will do. Here are three places happy to oblige, ...
Knoxville’s Alternative Burgers
Published 8/8/2013 at 10:38 a.m. 0 comments
Admittedly, if you say burger, most folks think of a fat and sizzling disk of ground beef, but it ain’t necessarily so. In these parts you can avoid beef on your bun in all sorts of clever ways, tame or ...
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