Restaurants in Knoxville, TN

Exploring cities is fun, but finding where to eat in one can be a challenge. Knoxville is easy. A delicious day in what once was known as The Underwear Capital of the World (because of its many textile mills) must begin in the Old City at Olibea, a cutting-edge cafe where the biscuits are fall-apart fragile and the breakfast meat of choice is house-cured pork belly. For sweet-tooth focused pastries, Magpies is the place to go, its specialties including a margarita cupcake, a churro cupcake, and a chocolate cherry chewy. Litton’s is a locals’ favorite for Thunder Road burgers, Italian cream cake, and a roster of cream pies. There’s sensational soul food at Chandler’s Deli, and late-night BBQ satisfaction at Sweet P’s Barbecue and Soul House.

Knoxville’s Most Famous Dishes

Four long lengths of bread glistenwith butter and are loaded with bits of garlic

Garlic Bread

Salad plate includes slices of orange drizzled with dark balsamic vinaigrette.

Salads

Traditional spaghetti with meatballs and sweet tomato sauce.

Spaghetti

Bright yellow cornbread is moist like cake, dotted with corn kernels

Cornbread

Knoxville’s Best Restaurants

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