Restaurants

Top Choice Breakfast in Knoxville

Oli Bea

It's worth sleeping in Knoxville just to wake up to the rich, Mexicanized farm-to-table Southern breakfast fare at this morning stop in the Old City. You'll find gussied-up standards (country ham, sage sausage, orga…
Top Choice Modern Appalachian in Knoxville

JC Holdway

You'll want to reserve ahead for the privilege of noshing on James Beard Award–winning chef Joseph Lenn's modern Appalachian comfort cuisine. Lenn, who spent nearly a decade as executive chef at famed Blackberry Far…
American in Chattanooga

St John's Meeting Place

The culinary anchor of Chattanooga's Southside is widely considered the city's best night out. It's Johnny Cash black (black granite floor, black-glass chandeliers, black banquets), lending an unorthodox but mod ele…
Middle Eastern in Knoxville

Yassan's Falafel House

Syrian refugee Yassan is a true American success story: he and his wildly popular falafel house have been embraced by Knoxville. The food is fantastic, featuring spicy falafel, hummus and baba ghanoush (don't forget…
Modern American in Chattanooga

Flying Squirrel

A neighbor to the South's coolest hostel (same owners), Flying Squirrel is at its heart a very cool bar (21 and over only, except for Sunday brunch), but its locally sourced small-plate takes on fusion comfort food …
Bakery in Knoxville

Wild Love Bakehouse

This scrumptious bakery in happening Happy Holler in North Knoxville sources milk, eggs, cheese and other ingredients from a chalkboard list of local farms. It does incredible sweet and savory croissants, a beautifu…
American in Gatlinburg

Three Jimmys

Escape the tourist hordes on the main drag and grab a bite at this local's favorite with friendly waitresses ('Here's your menu, baby …') and a long list of everything: BBQ, turkey Reubens, burgers, champagne chicke…
Steak in Gatlinburg

Peddler

In a large rustic lodge with exposed timbers and native stone fireplaces, this always jampacked spot is loved for its dripping hunks of prime rib, grilled mountain trout and American-sized salad bar. Kids meals are …
Breakfast in Gatlinburg

Pancake Pantry

Gatlinburg has a thing for pancakes, and this is the place that started it all. The Pantry’s secret is simple: real butter, honest-to-goodness fresh whipped cream and everything made from scratch. We recommend the S…
Steak in Gatlinburg

Wild Boar Saloon & Howard's Steakhouse

Since 1946 this dark creekside saloon has been serving burgers, ribs and a tasty pulled-pork shoulder drenched in homemade sauce. But it's known for its steaks and Bloody Marys and for being the oldest joint in town…