A friend and I are visiting Knoxville at the end of the month. We will be staying downtown near the Convention Center, but we will have access to a car if necessary.
We are looking for great places to eat. We tend to prefer gastropub places with great food and great beer. But I am open to anything with GREAT food.
I will need recommendations for two dinners and brunch. One of the dinners should be in that same Convention Center area if at all possible.
You won't need the car. There are many good choices within walking distance of the Convention Center. Henley Street Runs N/S beside the CC. Cross the street to the East or walk over on the pedestrian skyway. You will find Market Square (once a huge farmer's market with live animals and produce) Look for Tomato Head- great pizza, sandwiches, nice wines, even vegan desserts. Also on the Square I like La Costa- trendy food and fun. Places on the Square have patios so you can sit outside. Continue on past Market Square to Gay Street. People in Knoxvile are friendly so don't hesitate to ask for directions. On Gay Street there is a brewery with some good beer and fairly standard menu. Just look for the statue of the cowboy and horse. They also have Sunday brunch with live music. Back near the CC just across Henley is Cheasepeaks which has great seafood flown in fresh.Now back at the Convention Center if you go to the W of Henley Street you are at UT and stay on Cumberland Avenue to find places to eat. SunSpot is very casual,vegetarian and also great combinations of flavors. For barbecue try Buddy's which is local-totally casual and no beer but killer sweet tea or Calhoun's which is down on the river near downtown. Their ribs are superb.