My short list of restaurant prospects had been running a little too short for my comfort, so it was well timed that someone snail-mailed The Grub Scout a menu flyer for E.B.'s Eats & Treats and suggested that I give this new eatery a try.
The Grub Spouse and I picked up the elder Grub Sprout on a recent weeknight, and the three of us headed north into the Halls community, where E.B.'s has been dishing out for about four months.
The interior looks new and very clean, although it doesn't necessarily exude a lot of personality. Focused more on the food component, however, our trio ambled up to the counter, where a large signboard menu lays out the options. The menu is sandwich-centric, offering up a selection of traditional six- and eight-inch deli-style sandwiches as well as cool salad-based sandwiches and even several types of hot dogs. Specialty sandwiches include grilled chicken breast, chicken cordon bleu, barbecue chicken and a classic club. They also offer a couple of fresh salads and several varieties of soup.
We had already made up our minds in the car while reading our flyer, so it didn't take us long to place our orders.
The Sprout decided to try out the larger version of the Cades Cove BBQ sandwich, while The Spouse couldn't resist the idea of the pinto beans combo special that day. It included a 12-ounce cup of pinto beans accompanied by onions and two homemade corn muffins. The special comes with a side, and The Spouse picked the six-ounce baked potato salad.
I toyed with trying their hot Reuben but balked when they told me it was made with wheat bread instead of rye. That's sandwich sacrilege in my book. Instead, I went with my backup plan, the spicy Buffalo chicken wrap, which is one of four different wraps on the menu.
We didn't have too long a wait before our orders came up. The barbecue sandwich was pretty tasty, although it's hard to say much noteworthy about the fact that they use what I'm presuming is the pre-packaged Cades Cove brand of barbecue.
The pinto beans and muffins were also not bad, about what one would expect, but I thought the mayo-based potato salad was particularly good. The Spouse noted that it would have been nice, however, if the side of onions had been chopped rather than served as rings.
My favorite item was my own wrap selection. The blend of chicken chunks, Buffalo sauce and blue cheese dressing was quite fine, and I noted that the sauce wasn't very fiery at all, which I realize some diners may like and others may not.
We finished with a couple of homemade desserts, a strawberry chess pie and a chocolate cream cheese cake, both of which were nicely done.
Overall, I felt that the serving portions were average in size, which means they should comfortably satisfy a single patron. By the same token, the prices are very reasonable. We got dinner and desserts for three for right at $25. I don't think there's an item on the menu that costs more than $6.
If you live up in the northern nether regions of Knox County and are looking for a new restaurant to try, I think you'll be pleased with what you find at E.B.'s Eats & Treats.
E.B.'s Eats & Treats
Address: 4620 Mill Branch Lane
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. seven days a week
No alcohol service
Bottom Line: This new Halls eatery serves up fresh sandwiches, salads, soups, desserts and more seven days a week.
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