Every week day, you can enjoy a different fresh-made buffet at the Market Cafe. Monday: pasta and pizza; Tuesday: the Volunteer Buffet with meatloaf, catfish, and fried chicken; Wedneday: barbecue; Thursday: Fajitas and Mexican cuisine; Friday: barbecue. And don’t forget the nearby full-service Starbucks for coffee drinks.

From YUMMM!, the Metro Pulse restaurant guide:

One of the many great things about downtown Knoxville is that there are pleasant surprises around every corner, and if you keep your head up, you can learn a lot. If you know where to look or if you just know how to pay attention, you can also find hidden treasures of food and drink—good things that may have been right under your nose, just waiting for you to notice.

For example: It’s not everybody who knows where to find the only full-service Starbucks downtown. You can make friends and influence people by leading them to their lattes of choice in the lobby of the Hilton—there you’ll find a Starbucks that has everything that makes them one of America’s favorite places to grab a cup of joe.

And while you’re there mulling over your favorite Frappuccino, you’ll want to take a look at what may be the very best downtown lunch deal. Everybody in the office or on your Facebook friends list will be happy when you share the good news about the Hilton’s Market Café lunch buffet.

Every weekday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the folks at the Hilton lay out an incredible array of great food. And it’s the kind of selection that changes four times over the course of the week. So on Monday you can enjoy the pasta and pizza buffet that features an attended station to help you create a personalized pasta, and return on Tuesday for the Volunteer Buffet with fried chicken, meatloaf, fried catfish, chicken and dumplings, and all the good stuff that goes with home-town cooking. And there’s more: Thursdays highlight fajitas and all things Mexican with delicious homemade quesadillas and queso blanco. And, better still, the king of Southern food favorites, barbecue, reigns twice a week—on Wednesdays and Fridays. And everyday offers crisp and fresh salad-bar options and a lovely selection of sweets.

It’s a pretty amazing slate of lunch options, and the only thing that makes it better is that the Hilton puts out a quality product that will make you happy to go back for seconds, even thirds. The meats for BBQ are smoked in-house, pizza crust and red sauce are made fresh right there in the Café’s kitchen, and the banana pudding is homemade. All of that is hard to beat on any one day of the week—let alone five.

And the real kicker is that the buffet is only $8.95. So grab your venti coffee and plan for lunch, too—you and yours will be happy you did. Monday-Friday: Lunch 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Restaurant Details

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Kids Menu Delivers Buffet Waterfront Vegetarian Dishes Vegan Dishes


Day Opens Closes
Monday 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. 2 p.m.
Day Business Hours
Monday 11 a.m.
2 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m.
2 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.
2 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.
2 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.
2 p.m.

Upcoming Events for Market Cafe at Hilton Knoxville

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