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Nov 30, 2010 11:17 AM

Relocating to Knoxville.... Good Restaurants? Grocery Stores? Pho? Sushi?

Hello Everyone, I am relocating with work for a year from Maryland down to Knoxville, what are some good restaurants in that area? Good grocery stores? I must have a good sushi place with fresh fish and a good pho place. What re your recommendations?

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  1. The Tomato Head
    12 Market Square
    Knoxville, TN 37902

    Sunspot Restaurant
    1909 Cumberland Avenue
    Knoxville, TN 37916

    Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria
    200 East Jackson Avenue
    Knoxville, TN 37915

    Savelli's Italian Restaurant
    3055 Sutherland Avenue
    Knoxville, TN 37919

    Naples Italian Restaurant
    5500 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37919

    King Tut Grill
    4132 Martin Mill Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37920

    Ponchos Mexican Restaurant
    7509 Chapman Highway
    Knoxville, TN 37920

    Senor Taco Mexican Restaurant
    3325 N. Broadway
    Knoxville, TN 37917

    Harby’s Pizza
    3718 Walker Boulevard
    Knoxville, TN 37917

    Golden Roast Espresso Café
    825 Melrose Place
    Knoxville, TN 37916

    The Bistro
    807 S. Gay Street
    Knoxville, TN 37902

    Dowtown Grill and Brewery
    424 S. Gay Street
    Knoxville, TN 37902

    2803 Essary Drive
    Knoxville, TN 37918

    Nama Sushi Bar
    135 S. Gay Street
    Knoxville, TN 37902
    and 5130 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37919

    Bida Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant
    8078 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville, TN
    *Have not been there but heard good things; they serve Pho and Banh Mi.

    Rita’s Bakery
    3023 Tazwell Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37918

    Knoxville Community Food Coop—Three Rivers Market
    937 N. Broadway
    Knoxville, TN 37917

    Sunrise Supermarket
    8509 Kingston Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37919
    Really great Asian market.

    Holy Land Market
    3609 Sutherland Avenue
    Knoxville, TN 37919

    La Espiranza—Mexican/Latino Market and Restaurant
    2412 Washington Pike
    Knoxville, TN 37917

    India Market
    1645 Downtown Blvd. #26-27
    Knoxville, TN 37919

    The Shrimp Dock
    5210 Kingston Pike
    A very good seafood market.
    See website for other area locations

    1 Reply
    1. re: Khotso98

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
      I will add them all to my list!

    2. East Japanese restaurant is by far the best, most authentic sushi in Knoxville. It's in Farragut (~15 mi. from town), but is easily worth the drive. Tomo on Kingston pike is also decent.

      I'm up here from Nashville, and now that you mention it I don't really know of a good pho/vietnamese restaurant, but some other restaurants serve it (like this place : ).

      As far as grocery stores, Earth Fare is probably my favorite, and we have Fresh Market too. These can be found right next to each other on Kingston Pike, and they both have another location in Farragut.

      If you want an international grocery store, we have Sunrise Market ( also conveniently on Kingston Pike.

      Hope that helps! Enjoy your stay in The Marble City/Underwear Capitol of the World, East TN is actually really nice if you appreciate the outdoors.

      East Japanese Restaurant
      11509 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934

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      1. re: whodie

        I'd 2nd Tomo as best authentic sushi..their rice is uninspired but they've got a great selection and all you can eat sushi in the evenings. Plus tatami tables!!

        Tomo Restaurant
        848 E High St, Lexington, KY 40502

        1. re: whodie

          +1 on East Japanese and Sunrise Supermarket.

          I visit Knoxville a few times per year for work (I live in the Detroit area), and these are two of the few passable Asian food places I've found in the area. The only other Asian restaurant I'd recommend is Zhu Garden (, but ONLY for their Thai-style curries, which are quite fantastic. The rest of their menu is just mediocre. It's a Thai-and-Chinese combo restaurant (most Asian restaurants in Knoxville seem to be something-and-Chinese), but run by a couple from Malaysia, so they make good curries.

          I guess another fair place is Kaya Korean Restaurant (7818 Montvue Center Way, (865) 691-0237). Pretty good jap chae and kim chi pancake, but 'meh' banchan.

          How is Bida Saigon? I'd never even heard of it until I saw it mentioned here. I have been looking for good Vietnamese food here for years. Everyone recommended T. Ho restaurant, which I thought served absolutely revolting food, and was glad to hear it finally closed.

          As a side note, the strip mall Sunrise Supermarket is in has grown into quite the center for Chinese food. There seem to be two new-ish Chinese restaurants there--Asian Kitchen and Little Sichuan. I haven't tried either, but would be interested to know what others have to say about them. Little Sichuan says they do Sichuan food and dim sum... a weird combination, but whatever.

          Sunrise Supermarket is actually a really great place. It's a better Asian market than any of those we have in Detroit, and I always find myself taking groceries back home with me from Sunrise. They're a little weak on the Japanese products, but have an excellent selection of Southeast Asian, Taiwanese, and Chinese groceries. They also carry Nigerian and West African groceries, which are RIDICULOUSLY hard to find anywhere, so that's absolutely fantastic!!!

          East Japanese Restaurant
          11509 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934

          Zhu Garden
          120 S Peters Rd Ste 5, Knoxville, TN 37923

          1. re: jjspw

            Sunrise Supermarket and Little Sichuan are owned by the same family. I'm not an expert on dim sum by any stretch (my only other dim sum experience was in Chinatown in SF), but I thought the dim sum at Little Sichuan was very good.

        2. I agree with others who suggested Tomo, it is very good. I should have recommended it too in my first post. Also, just to note, The Knoxville Community Food Co-op/Three Rivers Market, that I mentioined, has now moved from Broadway to a larger new location at 1100 Central Street in North Knoxville and it is really fabulous. I like the fact that it is community owned and is in a slightly scruffier neighborhood as compared to the other "healthy/organic" stores in Knoxville that are all concentrated in the wealthier western part of town. I would probably shop there all the time if I didn't live south on the other side of the river.

          1. I would highly recommend Foothills Milling Co. in Maryville. A professional chef in Knoxville recommended this establishment when I asked him about Knoxville dining. He was quite correct. We had a fabulous meal there.

            Foothills Milling Co
            315 S Washington St, Maryville, TN 37804