Serving innovative pizzas, sandwiches, salads and specials since 1990, The Tomato Head’s focus on great food extends from homemade breads, dressings, salsas, dips and desserts all the way to the peppers that are pickled in house. Located downtown on Market Square, The Tomato Head promises a casual atmosphere, with a creative undercurrent, for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch (10 a.m.-3 p.m.). Monthly rotating art shows, a full wine and beer list and a commitment to sustainable practices complete the character of The Tomato Head.

From YUMMM!, the Metro Pulse restaurant guide:

It’s nearly impossible to imagine Market Square without the Tomato Head. For over 20 years the restaurant has excited appetites with its creative menu and dedication to fresh tastes and fresh food. In the ensuing years, the original Tomato Head sensibility has proven to be a good one—it’s not only contributed mightily to the tone and standards of doing business on the Square, it’s also remained a great place to eat.

From the beginning, Tomato Head has owned the neighborhood café feel. And despite its recent facelift and the addition of a second location at the Gallery, it’s never lost that feeling—it’s improved on it. Whether you stop in at the Gallery or visit the original spot, the abundance of good vibes and enticing, thoughtful food makes you feel like you’re breaking bread with your neighbors—which, really, you are.

That’s especially true at the newly updated downtown store. Now you’ll find a bakery counter with fresh baguettes, sourdough bread, and all kinds of goodies from cookies to gluten-free cupcakes and more deliciousness than you can shake a stick at. It’s all from the Tomato Head’s sister bakery, Flour Head, where everything is handmade by people who care about what you eat.

As you consider how many cookies, cakes, and loaves you’ll need for your table, you can mull it over with friends at the new bar where you’ll find 20 regional beers on tap. And if the beer doesn’t come from Tennessee or a border state, you won’t find it in that line-up.

Tomato Head has embraced brew culture with enthusiasm and consideration—the restaurant hosts beer dinners that feature thoughtful pairings of food and froth. This year the restaurant announced a charitable giving program called Loving Spoonful that partners with local non-profits and regional craft breweries to raise funds and awareness for non-profits while raising a glass to the quality of beer that’s made close to home.

From its birth, Tomato Head has embraced the notion that the only good food is fresh food, and enshrined that ideal in its mantra: “Food gotta cook. Don’t come out of a can.” After two decades, the restaurant continues to satisfy old friends and make new ones because it doesn’t just mouth its mantra—it puts it on a plate and serves it up every day in the form of fun, fresh, and flavorful food. And that’s a truth you can taste.

Restaurant Details

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


Day Opens Closes
Sunday 10 a.m. 9 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. 10:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. 10:30 p.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday 10 a.m.
9 p.m.
Monday 11 a.m.
9:30 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m.
9:30 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.
9:30 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.
9:30 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.
10:30 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m.
10:30 p.m.

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