• 2014 •

The Best of Knoxville

Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville 2014

We may kid about "20 Years of Glamour," but let's recall the Knoxville of 1994, when the Best of Knoxville was launched—a time when our city was the Southeast's underdog. Downtown was pretty much a wasteland after 6 p.m.—even our one repository of bohemia on Market Square, the Snakesnatch Lodge, had closed. Outside of downtown, chain stores and restaurants dominated the landscape, and people seemed to take comfort in being just like most other places. In that inaugural Best of Knoxville, some of the winners included Hooter's, Circuit City, and McDonald's. But even back then we had proud-to-be-local originals who won the hearts of Knoxvillians right from the start: Tomato Head, the Disc Exchange, Litton's, Bike Zoo, and several others. They were places you could not find elsewhere—and now, 20 years later, there are many more local icons that help define the city we live in. Today, Knoxville has finally become its own distinctive place, again—and our Best of Knoxville celebrates all the people, businesses, and institutions that have made us a destination worth traveling to. To all the winners, congratulations—and thank you.
—Coury Turczyn, editor

Previous Best of Knoxville Winners & Information

• 2013 •

The Best of Knoxville

Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville 2013

Please Note: All runners-up are listed alphabetically, not in order of votes.

• 2012 •

The Best of Knoxville

Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville 2012

Please Note: All runners-up are listed alphabetically, not in order of votes.

• 2011 •

The Best of Knoxville

Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville 2011

There are a lot of "best" lists out there, from local magazines, TV stations, newspapers, and websites. But when we launched the Best of Knoxville in 1994, the very concept was alien to a lot of people here: Knoxville has things that are "best?" Who knew! Since then, of course, just about every media source in town has started vying to declare things best, and nobody bothers to question whether Knoxville's establishments are worthy of such honors. (They are, and they help create the place we love to live in.) But the Best of Knoxville itself is still the best of the best-of-Knoxville lists, the one poll where the results reflect the will of thousands of voters, and the one that guides us to all things genuinely Knoxvillian.

This is it: The one true Best of Knoxville.

—Coury Turczyn, ed.

Please Note: All runners-up are listed alphabetically, not in order of votes.

• 2010 •

The Best of Knoxville

Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville 2010

THE BEST OF KNOXVILLE WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP

The Entire List, in Its Pure and Gargantuan Form

Best of the Best

Knoxville Life

Food and Drink

Arts and Entertainment

Goods and Services

Online Knoxville

National Chains

• 2009 •

The Best of Knoxville

Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville 2009

THE BEST OF KNOXVILLE WINNERS AND RUNNERS-UP

The Entire List, in Its Pure and Gargantuan Form

Best of the Best

Knoxville Life

Food and Drink

Arts and Entertainment

Goods and Services

Online Knoxville

National Chains

• 2008 •

The Best of Knoxville

Metro Pulse Best of Knoxville 2008