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

Macaroni & cheese, spangled with herbs, comes in a small cast-iron pot

Mac N Cheese

Bakery shelf holds rows of cupcakes.


Tender 2-layer yellow cake boasts butter-sweet caramel-colored frostingy

Caramel Cake

Custard, sliced bananas, crumbled Nilla wafers, and meringue are crowded in a diner bowl

Banana Pudding

Knoxville’s Best Restaurants

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