About Grub Scout
BiographyGrub Scout is a freelance contributor to the News Sentinel.
- Restaurant critic
06/17/2007 - current
Grub Scout: Tamales take center stage at Knoxville Center mall
Updated 10/31/2011 at 4:56 p.m. 9 Comments
Thought I'd do something a little different this time around. This week, I actually paid an official visit to a mall food-court vendor. This isn't part of my usual protocol, but I had heard some good buzz — online and ...
Grub Scout: Tokyo Hibachi & Sushi boasts rockin' rolls
Published 10/24/2011 at 2:42 p.m. 1 Comment
The Grub Spouse and I figured that a recent home game for the Volunteers would virtually guarantee we could go out to eat that night and, depending on the venue, not have to contend with throngs of fellow diners. We ...
Grub Scout: Cook Out may find an in with cost-conscious college kids
Published 10/03/2011 at 3:49 p.m.
Until its arrival in Knoxville, I had not heard of the North Carolina-based Cook Out chain of restaurants. After noticing that we now have two locations in town — on the Cumberland Strip and in Bearden — I figured it ...
Grub Scout: Bearden's Surin of Thailand gets creative with spicy flavors
Published 02/28/2011 at 2:36 p.m.
Sometimes serendipity leads to good things. The Grub Spouse and I arrived at an intended restaurant destination last week, only to discover upon seeing it in person that it was drive-through only. That was a no-go. I had to think ...
Grub Scout: New Ethiopian eatery Gosh a hands-down delight
Published 02/21/2011 at 5:03 p.m.
When I first heard about an Ethiopian-food restaurant opening in Knoxville, I was excited. It had been quite a while since I could say I had tried a new ethnic cuisine for the first time. Gosh opened its doors earlier ...
Grub Scout: Juicy burgers reign supreme at Fountain City's Sam & Andy's
Updated 12/07/2010 at 2:08 p.m. 2 Comments
Any restaurant that’s been in business since 1946 must be doing something right. That was my rationale for investigating the fare at the Sam & Andy’s location in Fountain City.
The Golden Shisha spices up The Fort with Middle Eastern flavor
Published 08/30/2010 at 4:14 p.m. 1 Comment
Middle Eastern ranks right up there near the top of my list of favorite ethnic cuisines. And it had been a long time since The Grub Spouse and I had enjoyed any, so once The Golden Shisha showed up on ...
Grub Scout: Multi-national Asia Cafe represents variety of cuisine
Published 04/19/2010 at 1:27 p.m. 1 Comment
A couple of months back, I remarked on the trend of Asian-food restaurants serving the cuisine of multiple nationalities. So when I saw online that Asia Café—at the intersection of Central Avenue Pike and Callahan Road—offers Malaysian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian ...
The Grub Scout reviews Tomato Head in Maryville
Published 06/01/2007 at midnight
How 'bout that Maryville, huh? The city is already home to an Aubrey's, a Sullivan's and the Ruby Tuesday concept byproduct, Ruby T. Now The Tomato Head has become the latest Knoxville eatery to find fertile dining ground in neighboring ...
Grub Scout: At Dean's in Oak Ridge, hearty home cooking well worth the drive
Published 12/09/2013 at 11:56 a.m.
The Grub Scout and Grub Spouse get their just desserts at Dean's Restaurant & Bakery in Oak Ridge.
Grub Scout: Mama Mia Cuisine delivers across-the-board satisfaction
Published 12/03/2013 at 6:25 p.m.
The Grub Scout zeroes in on a Cedar Bluff-area eatery that fuses Greek/Middle Eastern and Italian fare into one delicious menu.
Grub Scout: Caribbean flavors shine brightly at Rocky's Jamaica Sunrise in Maryville
Published 11/25/2013 at 2:26 p.m.
The Powers That Be at the News Sentinel recently opened the door for me to expand the scope of my dining adventures to food trucks. I haven’t explored that option yet, but in the meantime, I learned about a little ...
Grub Scout: Bida Saigon delivers authentic Vietnamese flavors in West Knoxville
Published 11/18/2013 at 1:19 p.m.
As many restaurants as I’ve had the privilege of visiting in the past 10 years, I don’t claim to have a comprehensive knowledge of area restaurants. For instance, I was totally oblivious to the existence of Bida Saigon, a Vietnamese-food ...
Grub Scout: Backwoods Bistro in Halls boasts bangin' burger
Published 11/11/2013 at 1:53 p.m.
One of my editors hipped me to the existence of Backwoods Bistro, a fairly new eatery on Maynardville Pike in Halls. Doing a little online pre-scouting, I saw where the place had gotten overwhelming positive feedback on one review site. ...
Grub Scout: West Knoxville's La Cabana houses savory Cuban dishes
Published 11/04/2013 at 1:48 p.m. 2 Comments
For a while, it seemed that Knoxville was a revolving door of Cuban-cuisine restaurants. In recent years, however, that door has been stuck, with the only notable Cuban eateries I’ve noticed being ones flourishing in Townsend and Maryville. (What up ...
Grub Scout: Windy City pies inspire Stefano's creations
Published 10/28/2013 at 11:48 a.m.
On our way to and from our recent visit to a new Cumberland Strip burger joint, The Grub Spouse and I walked right past Stefano’s Pizza. Then it struck me that I must be the only person to have lived ...
Grub Scout: Cumberland Ave. burger joint should rank high with UT crowd
Published 10/22/2013 at 9:59 a.m.
First things first. I was not familiar with the term “gyrene” before learning about this restaurant. For inquiring minds like mine, the word is an amalgam of “G.I.” and “marine,” which makes a lot of sense, considering the restaurant’s military-theme ...
Grub Scout: Li'l Joe's barbecue is big on flavor in Maynardville
Published 10/14/2013 at 5 p.m.
A recent reader e-mail strongly recommending Li’l Jo’s Bar-B-Que was enough to send The Grub Spouse and me journeying north to Maynardville for our visit to that territory in a number of years. We easily found the restaurant on the ...
Grub Scout: Doc's serves up revamped menu, superior service
Published 10/07/2013 at 2:05 p.m.
You’d be surprised what will get me and The Grub Spouse out to any given restaurant. In this case, it was a coupon for half off the price of an appetizer at Doc’s All American Grille. Doc’s has replaced what ...
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