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  • UT Cafe a Learning Experience Published 3/25/2009 at 4:03 p.m. 0 comments

    Standard journalism practice is to build up the underdog and take the leader down a peg or two. A visit to the Ready for the World Café (University Center, 1502 W. Cumberland Ave) might brace us for a dose of ...

  • Coffee Coalition Published 2/18/2009 at 2:23 p.m. 7 comments

    Our still-shiny president confessed last week to experiencing sleepless nights over the economy. But there’s more insomnia at the bottom than the top, surely. Even Nixon died comfortably enough, after all. It’s the small business owners who could teach a ...

  • Viva Le Parigo Published 11/19/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 0 comments

    When Cedric Coant shut down his Bearden restaurant earlier this year, one of the leading lights of West Knoxville’s gastronomic scene was snuffed out in its prime. Yet a couple of weeks ago this much-mourned doyenne of Knoxvillian Francophiles rose ...

  • A Plate Too Far? Published 10/29/2008 at 5:00 p.m. 5 comments

    Back at military school there was a guy who would perpetually challenge us to chess games. So confident was he in his abilities he would insist on wearing a blindfold, while allowing us to play without impediment. He was an ...

  • Curb Service Published 10/15/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 3 comments

    Pup’s Pit BBQ (112 Walker Springs Road) is a cultural barometer, social weather vane, and microcosmic bellwether for the soul of our nation. It also manages to be one of the best sources of barbecue in Knoxville.

  • Grand Company Published 9/24/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment

    I generally give myself six out of 10 for looks and a seven for personality. Society at large, however, seems to have awarded me a four average. The latest thrill is, just as I reach an age mature enough to ...

  • The Joy of Vindaloo Published 8/27/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    In my hometown, a curry on a Saturday night was pretty much obligatory. So, too, I blush to tell, was boorish behavior in the curry house. If the restaurant’s flocked fleur-de-lis wallpaper could only talk it would bear witness to ...

  • Original Louis' Drive-In: Shaky Reputation Published 8/13/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 2 comments

    The Gourmet Nose: Funny things, reputations. Easy to acquire, but the devil’s work to shift. Look at George W. Bush. He’s adopted a pretty admirable moral stance in Beijing this week, but it’s just no good; even he must have ...

  • Ye Olde Steakhouse: Beefy Brilliance Published 7/30/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    The Gourmet Nose: Ye Olde Steakhouse (6838 Chapman Highway) is unrefined enough to have plastic-wrapped crackers on its tables. But don’t confuse lowbrow with low quality; the restaurant’s straightforward but perfectly prepared food reaches heights of excellence Knoxville’s more urbane ...

  • Demi’s Deli: Sandwich Safari Published 7/16/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment

    The Gourmet Nose: One of the more unpleasant ways to die in Australia is to hit a kangaroo while driving through the outback. The split second before collision will often be enough for the beast to jump, clearing the hood ...

  • Falafel Hut: Mediterranean Makeover Published 7/2/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    The Gourmet Nose: With the sun firmly past its solstice, the Tennessee summer now awakens from his fitful sleep. Rolling up his sleeves, cracking his knuckles, and lifting his trusty cudgel Fahrenheit, he is ready for another season of violent ...

  • Soccer Taco: Tongue and Cheek Published 6/18/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 0 comments

    The Gourmet Nose: With the biggest sporting tournament of the year—UEFA’s Euro 2008—currently in full swing, there’s rarely been a better time to spend an evening surrounded by 11 TVs all tuned to the sport that the rest of the ...

  • Hong Kong House: Intestinal Fortitude Published 6/4/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 1 comment

    The Gourmet Nose: I was once detained by airport officials for reasons never made entirely clear. A couple of humorless, gun-toting zealots took me to what they referred to as “the room” and left me there to wait, presumably in ...

  • RouXbarb: A Fresh Start Published 5/21/2008 at 6:00 p.m. 6 comments

    The Gourmet Nose: Bruce Bogartz—chef, entrepreneur, and force of nature—has returned to Knoxville in some style, transforming a low-slung, surly little building on Northshore Drive into a beautiful gem of a restaurant.

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