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Reports on the menu offerings from new, classic, or just plain interesting restaurants in Knoxville.

  • Restaurant Report: Woodlands Indian Restaurant Published 4/3/2014 at 3:08 p.m. 0 comments

    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.

  • Restaurant Report: Parton’s Smokin Butz BBQ Published 2/19/2014 at 10:18 a.m. 0 comments

    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 1/8/2014 at 11:03 a.m. 0 comments

    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. 0 comments

    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. 0 comments

    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. 0 comments

    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 ...

  • Knoxville’s Pizza Icons Published 11/13/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments

    We certainly have a lot of pizzerias in town, but these places are true pizza destinations.

  • 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 ...

  • Restaurant Report: Coffee and Chocolate II Published 9/11/2013 at 10:15 a.m. 0 comments

    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 8/21/2013 at 10:07 a.m. 0 comments

    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 8/9/2013 at 10:51 a.m. 0 comments

    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 Diner Burgers Published 8/9/2013 at 10:48 a.m. 1 comment

    Maybe it’s the bustle, the shiny grill, or the smell of fry oil and grilled onions drifting in the air, but every now and then nothing but a ’50s-style burger plate will do. Here are three places happy to oblige, ...

  • Knoxville’s Alternative Burgers Published 8/8/2013 at 10:38 a.m. 0 comments

    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 ...

  • Knoxville’s Gourmet Burgers Published 8/8/2013 at 10:36 a.m. 0 comments

    What’s a good thing for if not making it better? The great American sandwich gets dressed to the nines so often that you might think that there’s a red carpet and a burger awards show around every corner. While Knoxville ...