Frequently voted Best Vegetarian Menu in our BOK readers’ poll, Sunspot has a plentiful offering for the carnivores, too. The rotating menu blends Southwestern, Caribbean, and Latin American cuisine and is full of pleasant surprises, from zingy tomatillo salsa with chips, to baked enchiladas with goat cheese and grilled zucchini, to a “Bob Marley” Caribbean jerk chicken sandwich, to Celestial tofu salad. Exceptional Sunday brunch features weekly chef specials. Full bar. No checks. Late-night menu at bar 10 p.m.-12 a.m., last call at 2 a.m.

From YUMMM! the Metro Pulse Restaurant Guide

For almost two decades Sunspot has been a special place for Knoxville diners. It’s been a mainstay for vegetarians because of its consistently interesting offerings, especially during Knoxville’s lean years when vegetarian fare seemed limited to salad bars and falafel. And even with its happy hippie vibe, the restaurant has cultivated a following among carnivores and the buttoned-down crowd. It’s a multi-cultural tribe at Sunspot, and one that the restaurant salutes in their nearly famous tagline, “Where tie-dyes and neckties unite.” But after all this all time, it’s time for a change—and it’s a good one.

Sunspot has left its old haunts and headed down the street to live in a beautifully remodeled space that was once the home of the Old College Inn. The move not only promises to keep intact a building hallowed by many years as a campus hang-out, but it’s also a major improvement for Sunspot’s kitchen and the people who love it. The kitchen itself is shiny, new, and bigger—much bigger. The extra space means a lot more options on the menu: according to manager Mark Hawkins, “We were very limited on what we could offer—especially proteins. At the old space we only had one fryer and one griddle, and we always had to think about keeping them vegan—we’re very serious about those things. So even if we’d wanted to, we couldn’t even fry cheese.”

While you may not see fried mozzarella and wings show up on the menu anytime soon, you will notice changes as Chef Brandon Cruz adapts to his new domain. Already there’s a new taco section on the menu where you can mix and match beef, chicken, portobello mushrooms, and tofu if the mood hits you. Of course, the restaurant’s signature dishes will remain, and many popular specials from the old location will show up on the regular menu. One of the most exciting elements of the new digs is the promise of homemade ice cream.
The extra space also means extra beer—the new place opened with 50 craft beers on tap with more to come. They’ve also commissioned Saw Works, Highland, and Yazoo breweries to develop limited edition brews for them—some of these special offerings will rest in barrels used by Knob Creek and Blanton’s distilleries before they make their way into your mug.

Ultimately, while Sunspot’s physical location has changed, the spirit of the place remains the same. And you can expect the same great service and great beer as always, and food that’s even better than before.


Restaurant Details

Locally Owned Wifi Patio Live Music Accepts Reservations Party Room (20+)
Kids Menu Delivers Buffet Waterfront Vegetarian Dishes Vegan Dishes

Bar Details

Happy Hour Hard Liquor Dance Floor Live Music Karaoke Glow Sticks
Darts Foosball Pool Tables Shuffleboard Trivia Night Outdoor Seating

Hours

Day Opens Closes
Sunday 10 a.m. midnight
Monday 11 a.m. 2 a.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. 2 a.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. 2 a.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. 2 a.m.
Friday 11 a.m. 2 a.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. 2 a.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday 10 a.m.
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midnight
Monday 11 a.m.
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2 a.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m.
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2 a.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.
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2 a.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.
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2 a.m.
Friday 11 a.m.
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2 a.m.
Saturday 11 a.m.
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2 a.m.

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Comments » 3

Petey writes:

They always try to get you to sit at the community table. Awful atmosphere. The new place is extremely loud. Cannot hear anything anyone says. No longer patronize. Great the cook is happy but what about your customers?

creech37914#204390 writes:

in response to Petey:

They always try to get you to sit at the community table. Awful atmosphere. The new place is extremely loud. Cannot hear anything anyone says. No longer patronize. Great the cook is happy but what about your customers?

Ditto, Petey. I hate the community table, too. I had always seen the Sunspot as a place to meet friends. No longer, because the soundproofing is nil, and I cannot visit with friends because I can't hear a word they say. Haven't been back since my first visit to the new digs.

Sunkia writes:

I'm going to have to disagree with these other comments. I love Sunspot.

You don't have to sit at a community table if you don't want to. It's as simple as saying "May I have a booth?"

"I hate the community table, too. I had always seen the Sunspot as a place to meet friends. "

^That also seems pretty contradicting.

I think the new Sunspot is great. I love the staff, the beer selection, the location- all of it.
This was a great write-up.

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