New to the Knoxville area? Or just looking for a good place to eat? We put together a local foodie list to help guide you on your quest for a yummy plate.
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Pizza: A family favorite and American staple. We’ve found a few amazing pizza joints around town. Whether you’re looking for a gourmet pie or a gluten free crust we’ve got the dish on this go-to favorite.
Blaze– Great for families. Fast and friendly service that the whole family will enjoy. Need gluten free options? This is the place. Build your own pie from the crust up.
Hard Knox Pizzeria– Locally owned! They pride themselves on providing “old world Italian” wood fired pizzas. Choose from a variety of specialty pizza pies: red, white or gourmet. Truly delicious and totally local. Stop in and enjoy.
Tomato Head– Another local favorite. Dubbed an “innovative eatery” this Knoxville staple for going on 21 years is known for fresh tasty food that embraces the use of organic and locally grown products. Tomato Head supplies much more than pizza; diners can choose from a variety of entrees, sandwiches and salads.
Burgers and Handhelds: You can never go wrong with a great burger or well-crafted sandwich and luckily, Knoxville doesn’t disappoint with tons of options for this foodie favorite.
Stock and Barrel– “Locally grown, gourmet, craft burgers.” Honestly one of the best burgers we’ve had! Stock and Barrel is truly local; implementing “farm to table” ingredients from farms and businesses around Knoxville. Voted “Best New Restaurant, Best Hamburger and Best Fries” in 2014 by Metro Pulse. A must try when you are downtown!
Brown Bag– Voted “Best of the Best” in 2015 by Cityview, this restaurant and catering joint has amazing breakfast and lunch options for all taste buds. From grilled chicken sandwiches to fish tacos there is variety of fresh and tasty options that do not disappoint. What started in a garage as a way to provide “simple, healthy meals at a reasonable price” is now flourishing in two locations- Hardin Valley and Downtown Knoxville.
Dinner and Fine(r) Dinning: Looking for a nice place to go out on Friday or Saturday night? Something a little more date friendly? Check out one of these local dinner hot spots.
Shuck– Not too fancy but definitely a great spot for date night. Shuck offers tons of seafood options. The fish tacos are amazing and it’s one of the few places where you can get delectable raw oysters and ceviche around town. Not a fan of raw seafood? Try the Oysters Rockefeller! You’ll want more than one order.
Lakeside Tavern– Gorgeous views and great food! Lakeside has an amazing bar area and outdoor seating all overlooking the beautiful lake. With hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, southern delicacies and brick oven pizzas you can’t go wrong with this menu. Plus, they offer gluten free options for anyone in your dinner party who requires it. Stop in for Sunday brunch too; this weekly special event is packed with a wide variety of breakfast and lunch favorites.
Tupelo Honey– “fresh, southern, scratch-made” Serving lunch, dinner and brunch this southern hot spot is a great way to start or finish your day. Located downtown Knoxville and featuring things like fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and of course, fried chicken, this menu is full of delicious options for any palate.
Northshore Brasserie– Serves a “variety of beer, wine and hearty food.” A great place to have a social outing, this family owned restaurant prepares amazing steaks and boasts a wide variety of other less common food options such as, duck and lamb. The “relaxing yet elegant” atmosphere lends itself well for date night! Plus they have an amazing brunch buffet.