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Downtown Knoxville is a hub for unique, artisan restaurants that specialize in partnering with local farms to serve the freshest and finest dishes year-round. Several of downtown’s top Executive Chefs have cultivated their craft at Blackberry Farms, and offer a Southern twist on traditional fine cuisine. Whether browsing the Market Square Farmers Markets, out for a night of authentic East Tennessee dining, or treating your senses to a more exotic culinary experience, Knoxville’s food scene is unsurpassed.

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Olibea

Knoxville. Loves. Brunch. Olibea quickly proved itself the Pinnacle of Knoxville’s hole-in-the-wall brunch options when Chef Jeff Dealejandro, former Executive Chef of the Crown & Goose, opened this quirky breakfast joint. With refreshing natural light illuminating the quaint setting, his good taste reaches far beyond the kitchen. “Chef Jeff” combines Southern and Latin flavors using ingredients from regionally sourced partners, creating the unique brunch experience that is Olibea.

Wild Love Bakehouse

A crafted wooden counter teeming with flakey croissants, sweet or savory galettes, and a cold case showcasing artisan puddings, colorful salads and locally smoked fish sandwiches, this little bakehouse will tickle all the senses. This delightful community hub is home to Knoxville’s most delectable pastries, daily artisan goodies, and smooth coffee. We’re Wild about it.

J. C. Holdway

James Beard Award-winning chef James Lenn brings his Blackberry Farm culinary sagacity to downtown Knoxville: wood-fired grilling techniques and Appalachian influences mark his cuisine. “Southeastern regional” dishes note the taste of Appalachia, but the art of local partners & farmers hung upon the walls and the furnishings assembled by the Executive Chef himself reflect the depth of southern hospitality. 

BREWERY BASH

Knoxville’s beer scene is bursting, currently boasting 10 breweries in the downtown area and continues to expand yearly. Local craft beer, specialty brews and favorite good-ole-boy classics are ever on tap. Cheer on the Vols or sip & repose on a downtown patio for a hoppy ending – or beginning – to the evening.

Make sure to check out:

  • Balter Beerworks
  • Downtown Grill & Brewery
  • Saw Works Brewing Company
  • Woodruff Brewing Co

CRUZE DAIRY FARM

Cruze Farm raises Jersey cows whose homes are lush, open fields, 365 days a year – hormones not included. They can be seen in the Cruze Farm food truck serving milk, ice cream, biscuits and more at the Farmers Markets, local groceries, co-ops, special events, coffeehouses, and even incorporated into an exquisite dish served at a local downtown restaurant.

You can find their yummy dairy products at:

  • Awaken Coffee
  • FLOW A Brew Parlor
  • K Brew
  • Magpies Bakery
  • Makers Donuts
  • Old City Java
  • Remedy Coffee
  • Wild Love Bakehouse
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