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

Macaroni and Cheese

Bakery shelf holds rows of cupcakes.

Cupcakes

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

Banana Pudding

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

Caramel Cake

Knoxville’s Best Restaurants

Chandler’s Deli

KNOXVILLE, TN

Sweet P’s Downtown Dive

KNOXVILLE, TN

M&M Catering

KNOXVILLE, TN

Waitress sows a tray of hamburgers
Litton’s

KNOXVILLE, TN

Louis Original

KNOXVILLE, TN

Chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting ... all butter all the time
Magpies | All Butter All the Time | A Knoxville Best

KNOXVILLE, TN

A strip of pork belly is striated like bacon, but thicker and even more succulent
OliBea

KNOXVILLE, TN

Huge burger with pimento cheese and fried green tomatoes
Stock & Barrel

KNOXVILLE, TN

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The Best Restaurants in Knoxville, Tennessee | Roadfood Bests

Where to Eat in Knoxville? Exploring cities can be fun but finding where to eat in one is difficult. A delicious day in Knoxville must begin in the Old City...

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