About Dennis Perkins
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07/19/2012 - current
Restaurant Report: Holy Land Market and Deli
Published 12/11/2013 at 11:12 a.m.
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 ...
Barley's Brings Behind the Barn Broadcast to Maryville
Published 10/09/2013 at 11:19 a.m.
A stroll through downtown Maryville, especially around the intersection of Broadway and Cusick Street, is marked by a commingling of natural and man-made beauty alongside an equally beautiful commingling of the past and the present. This tree-lined stretch is the ...
Restaurant Report: Coffee and Chocolate II
Published 09/11/2013 at 10:15 a.m.
The new location—near the corner of Walnut and Clinch—is much more than a fancy little shop for java and sweets.
Restaurant Report: Stir Fry Cafe
Published 08/21/2013 at 10:07 a.m.
It’s been nearly 20 years since the late Kenny Saio opened the doors of Stir Fry Cafe and began to reveal what would become a multi-cultural and transformative vision for Knoxville’s culinary life.
Knoxville's Most Dangerous Burgers
Published 08/09/2013 at 10:51 a.m.
These local and intemperate burgers represent that most curious human frailty, adventurous debauchery: the drive to seek out the nth degree, the place where immoderation is shamelessly glorified.
Knoxville’s Alternative Burgers
Published 08/08/2013 at 10:38 a.m.
Admittedly, if you say burger, most folks think of a fat and sizzling disk of ground beef, but it ain’t necessarily so. In these parts you can avoid beef on your bun in all sorts of clever ways, tame or ...
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.
Napa Refresher at Fleming’s
Published 05/08/2013 at 11:02 a.m.
Wow—this libation summons a happy face as soon as it hits the bar before you; the aroma of pineapple leaps from the glass and practically slaps you in the face with summery joy.
Roasted Apple Fashioned at Knox Mason
Published 04/10/2013 at 11:35 a.m.
Apples. It’s all about the apples in this drink, which, naturally enough, taste like an apple—and a mighty fine one at that.
Barrel-Aged Negroni at The Public House
Published 03/13/2013 at 2:47 p.m.
On cursory glance, this could be any old-fashioned cocktail, but this Public House specialty is a thoughtful and creative option for both aperitif and digestif consideration.
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