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Knoxville Eats: The Kepner Melt

MAIN INGREDIENTS: baked tofu, pesto, pineapple, walnuts, Monterey Jack cheese, spinach, onion, tomato
ESTABLISHED: late, late '90s
FUN FACT: Originator Brian Sherry also created the Roger Roger sandwich at Tomato Head. 'To answer similar questions about that sandwich, which I think is underrated, I was wearing an aeroplane flyer's cap (with earflaps) as my kitchen headpiece at the time,' he says.

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MAIN INGREDIENTS: baked tofu, pesto, pineapple, walnuts, Monterey Jack cheese, spinach, onion, tomato
ESTABLISHED: late, late '90s
FUN FACT: Originator Brian Sherry also created the Roger Roger sandwich at Tomato Head. "To answer similar questions about that sandwich, which I think is underrated, I was wearing an aeroplane flyer's cap (with earflaps) as my kitchen headpiece at the time," he says.

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  • Melt with you: Marisa Ireland shows off the Kepner Melt (or the closest we can come to it until the inventor returns.)
  • MAIN INGREDIENTS: baked tofu, pesto, pineapple, walnuts, Monterey Jack cheese, spinach, onion, tomato
ESTABLISHED: late, late '90s
FUN FACT: Originator Brian Sherry also created the Roger Roger sandwich at Tomato Head. 'To answer similar questions about that sandwich, which I think is underrated, I was wearing an aeroplane flyer's cap (with earflaps) as my kitchen headpiece at the time,' he says.

Nashville food blogger Jennifer Justus described it thusly: 'It's like Jackson Pollock or Kandinsky. Naysayers call it ugly, jarring, or just a big mess. But it's brilliant!'

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