About Dennis Perkins
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07/19/2012 - current
Restaurant Report: La Cabana Cuban Flavor
Published 05/14/2014 at 12:18 p.m.
As you turn southward after exiting Interstate 40 at Campbell Station Road, it’s all too easy to drive past the little strip mall on the right that houses, among other things, a Dunkin’ Donuts. But take the time to turn ...
Restaurant Report: Woodlands Indian Restaurant
Published 04/03/2014 at 3:08 p.m.
Change happens—in the restaurant world, it happens often. Beautifully unique restaurants fail where more quotidian eateries seem to thrive. But in the case of Taj’s closure and Woodland’s opening in the same location, change is a very good thing.
Cooking Up Knoxville’s Own Dish
Published 03/12/2014 at 4 p.m. 1 Comment
It’s a question that gets asked a lot: “What’s the one thing I have to eat in Knoxville?” Sadly, there is no iconic Knoxville dish, no one meal you insist that everyone visiting try, just to say they had one. ...
Restaurant Report: Parton’s Smokin Butz BBQ
Published 02/19/2014 at 10:18 a.m.
Committing to an opinion about the quality of any particular barbecue seems fraught with peril—barbecue is a subject that comes with deeply held, nearly religious conviction. And like religion, there are many sects in the faith of ’que, and all ...
Restaurant Report: Grinder and Grains Cafe
Published 01/08/2014 at 11:03 a.m.
There’s a healthy list of selections for all sorts of eaters—the staff even presses and marinates tofu for vegetarian and vegan guests.
Restaurant Report: Holy Land Market and Deli
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:12 a.m. 2 Comments
Before they landed in Knoxville 17 years ago, Walter and Denise Ajlouny owned a deli in Huntington, Long Island. That experience—along with good family connections and the recipes that come with them—makes the combination of subs and shish kabobs work.
Restaurant Report: Stock and Barrel
Published 11/13/2013 at 12:23 p.m.
A quick consult with Jack Neely reveals that there hasn’t been a dedicated burger joint downtown since Wendy’s vacated the corner of Gay and Summit Hill—and that hardly counts, anyway. So it’s no wonder that Stock and Barrel has made ...
Knoxville Pizza Exotica
Published 11/13/2013 at 10:53 a.m.
Pizza purists seem pretty clear—too many toppings spoil the pie. But here in the Scruffy City itself, rebellion foments all around. Here, we uncover some of Knoxville’s pizza rule-breakers and reveal their comestible challenges to the establishment.
In Search of True New York Pizza—in Knoxville
Published 11/13/2013 at 10:46 a.m.
Why is it that New York pizza remains the pinnacle, the acme, the very standard of a pie? Outside of New York, only Chicago has truly claimed a name for pizza (please, don’t bring up California), and it’s far outpaced ...
Restaurant Report: Knox Mason
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 1 Comment
It’s been just about nine months since Knox Mason came into being amid a flurry of gourmet hopes and haute cuisine expectations. Now that the birth storm has abated and the skies have cleared, it’s nice to know that chef ...
Pimms in the Garden at the Crown and Goose
Published 05/14/2014 at 12:22 p.m.
Fashion considerations aside, it’s a classy, refreshing, and unusual cocktail that might be described as a lemonade with multiple personalities or a Gin-n-Juice with tickets to Wimbledon.
Weiss Lightning at the Grill at Highlands Row
Published 02/19/2014 at 10:12 a.m.
Admittedly, this cocktail isn’t for everyone; but if you love the dirty martini, have a fetish for dill, appreciate cucumber-infused vodkas, or drink like a Russian, this may be just the ticket.
Bloody Bakon Martini at Sunspot
Published 01/08/2014 at 11:58 a.m.
The Bloody Mary is a practical drink by design; and what it lacks in elegance it often makes up for in condiments. It’s also a cocktail that gets an endless stream of updates—some unfortunate and few better than what the ...
Tender Tennessee Christmas Martini at Chop House
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:24 a.m.
If you find yourself enraptured at the thought of a chocolate truffle with a dark, glossy shell that hides a center of creamy, lickable milk chocolate, then you’ll understand the seduction of this cocktail.
Ramos Gin Fizz at Shuck Raw Bar (Bearden)
Published 11/13/2013 at 12:31 p.m.
You know you’re in for a good time when the barkeep whips out a rasp.
Chai Mar-tea-ni at Nama (Bearden)
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:40 a.m.
This is the ideal local and seasonal cocktail owing to its orange hue and bright, optimistic disposition—it’s so refreshing that you’re almost certain that the sun will always shine.
Skinny Girl Strawberry Basil Splash at Seasons Bearden
Published 09/11/2013 at 10:04 a.m.
While the concept of the lite cocktail may confound some critical minds, this libation, drawn from a menu of equally skinny options, is a colorful and engaging concoction.
The Simmons at Parkside Grill
Published 08/07/2013 at 10:59 a.m.
This nectar is a balm to the tequila lover whose taste buds have been too long abused by cloying lime-flavored goop.
Antebellum at Sapphire
Published 07/10/2013 at 10:49 a.m.
This drink features several components that define modern mixology—a top-quality spirit, a bitter element, and an herbal influence.
Blueberry Caipirinha at The Orangery
Published 06/12/2013 at 10:14 a.m.
It’s rare that a garnish can so completely capture both the soul of a cocktail and the eye of the beholder as it does in this libation.
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