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: Viet Taste delivers triple treat: great value, phenomenal flavors, superior service
Published 04/14/2014 at 2:37 p.m.
I’ve had so many lunch-only restaurants in my queue lately, I was very happy to hear about the opening of Viet Taste, a new eatery sandwiched between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Panera Bread on Peters Road. They serve lunch and ...
Grub Scout: Bearden bistro-boutique est bien; pie shop a slice of heaven
Published 04/07/2014 at 4:38 p.m.
The Grub Spouse decided to take a day off from work, just because, so we thought we’d have a crack at one of the many breakfast/lunch-only places that have been accumulating on my list. This week, our destination was The ...
Grub Scout: Sevier County's Deep South Smokehouse crafts smokin' barbecue
Published 03/10/2014 at 3:35 p.m.
Last week, I reviewed a restaurant I had learned about from watching WBIR Channel 10’s daily funny-man on the street Ken Schwall. While I didn’t think quite as favorably as that place as he did, Mr. Schwall may just have ...
Grub Scout: Service snafus detract from downtown spot's pub grub
Published 02/17/2014 at 1:52 p.m.
I had been faintly aware that Sky Box Sports Bar and Grill on Gay Street had previously been known as Sky and functioned mainly as a watering hole. But when The Grub Spouse and I started seeing it rebranded on ...
Grub Scout: Panda Express in Turkey Creek serves up fresh flavors, plentiful portions
Published 02/10/2014 at 12:05 p.m.
The fast-casual Asian-food market has been a bubbly one in recent years with the arrival (and sometimes departure) of names like Wok Hay, Wok Chow, Ghengis Grill and the like. The latest entry in the field, Panda Express, occupies a ...
Grub Scout: Farmers Family Restaurant's buffet covers lots of ground
Published 02/03/2014 at 5:01 p.m.
I think there’s only one other time in 10 years that I’ve Grubbed a buffet-style restaurant. The main reason I chose to review Farmers Family Restaurant on Kingston Pike was that it wasn’t a national chain. There’s one in Murfreesboro ...
Grub Scout: Pleasant staff, ambience round out Potbelly experience in Turkey Creek
Published 01/27/2014 at 1:37 p.m. 1 Comment
One thing I can always say about the Turkey Creek neighborhood is that it’s helped keep my restaurant queue nice and full for more than 10 years now. And with the opening of Potbelly Sandwich Shop a few weeks ago, ...
Grub Scout: Alcoa's Metro Pizza boasts primo pies, sandwiches, more
Published 01/20/2014 at 12:33 p.m.
The pizza craving trumps all. So last week, I scanned my to-do list and found only one pizzeria in the official Grub queue — Metro Pizza in Alcoa. The Grub Spouse and I headed Blount County way and found the ...
Grub Scout: Indian eatery Woodlands of Knoxville flourishes with revamped menu
Published 01/13/2014 at 2:42 p.m. 1 Comment
I’ll admit that I’ll make almost any excuse to dine on Indian food. In this case, all it took was learning that the former Taj Indian restaurant on Kingston Pike had rebranded itself as Woodlands of Knoxville and majorly revamped ...
Grub Scout: Yummy breakfast options at First Watch leave lasting impression
Published 01/06/2014 at 2:52 p.m. 2 Comments
It had been a while since The Grub Spouse and I had visited Turkey Creek to check out a new eatery. But with the recent opening of First Watch, we set aside a morning to investigate this national breakfast-and-lunch chain.
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