Grub Scout: A foodie's fiesta awaits at Farragut's Azul Tequila
Published 05/20/2013 at 12:43 p.m.
I happened to be running around out Farragut way the other day and noticed a Mexican-food restaurant that hadn’t previously crept onto my radar. Since my short list has been uncomfortably short lately, The Grub Spouse and I decided to ...
Grub Scout: Flaherty's Irish Pub delivers Emerald Isle flavors to Blount County
Published 05/13/2013 at 2:32 p.m.
There’s a restaurant space in Maryville that most recently was home to a Roaming Gnome, although that underwhelming pub went bye-bye a few months back. Now, there’s a new eating-drinking establishment in place that, in my opinion, looks much more ...
Grub Scout: For flavor and value, Oscar's Taco Shop can't be beat
Published 04/29/2013 at noon 1 Comment
It seems that new fast-casual Mexican-food chains have been about as ubiquitous in Knoxville lately as pre-meal chips and salsa are in the sit-down establishments.
Grub Scout: At Burchfield's, enjoy upscale Southern with a down-home pricetag
Published 04/22/2013 at 5:27 p.m.
Every now and then The Grub Spouse and I are open to trying out restaurants located in area accommodations. The latest such venture took us to Burchfield’s, inside the Double Tree Hotel in Oak Ridge.
Grub Scout: New Sevier eatery Holston's Kitchen excels at American favorites
Published 04/15/2013 at 2:09 p.m.
My official 500th restaurant turned out to be — for no particular reason other than it just happened to fall next on my list — Holston’s Kitchen in Sevierville. Open for just a few weeks, the eatery sits on Dolly ...
The Grub Scout reflects on 10 years, 500 eateries and one happy diner
Published 04/08/2013 at 11:18 a.m. 1 Comment
I’m doing something a little different this week. Instead of my usual restaurant review, my overlords at Knoxville.com have allowed me a moment of reflective self-indulgence, in which I am marking a milestone in my tenure as The Grub Scout. ...
Grub Scout: Don't dawdle; hit Doodles in Hardin Valley for amazing BBQ
Published 04/01/2013 at 2:30 p.m.
Some of the early online reviews I read about Doodles BBQ Bistro weren’t very kind. I read multiple accounts of slow or even neglectful service, but these were written right when the new Hardin Valley eatery opened about a month ...
Grub Scout: Elvira's Cafe may become your go-to haunt in Wears Valley
Published 03/25/2013 at 1:07 p.m. 1 Comment
Multiple readers have recently sent me e-mails urging me to try out Elvira’s Cafe in Wears Valley. It’s been open for just a few months now, but based on my pre-visit research online, the new eatery seems to have already ...
Grub Scout: N. Knox diners will dig Happy Badger's varied options
Published 03/18/2013 at 3:20 p.m.
The Grub Spouse was not able to accompany me on my recent drop-in at The Happy Badger Cafe on Clinton Highway. But the elder Grub Sprout was free last Friday, so he and I made it a parent-child lunch outing ...
Grub Scout: India Cuisine delivers bold, palate-pleasing flavors
Published 03/11/2013 at 2:41 p.m.
Just in the past six months, three Indian-food restaurants I had not tried yet made their way onto my radar, and being the fan that I am, I made a point of checking them all out. The most recent, India ...
Grub Scout: Macadoo's barbecue will leave folks talking
Published 03/04/2013 at 3:16 p.m.
Recently, The Grub Spouse and I tried out a Blount County establishment called Shiloh Brew & Chew. Recently, we dropped in on another new restaurant with a mastication-friendly name, Macadoo’s Chat and Chew. It’s in the former Vernon’s spot, just ...
Grub Scout: Fox Dogs in Rocky Hill elevates the humble frank
Published 02/25/2013 at 12:45 p.m.
The poor hot dog. While countless chains are devoted to fast-food staples like burgers, pizza and chicken, the lowly frankfurter is typically relegated to the bottom of the restaurant menu. An also-ran. An afterthought. Outside of sports stadiums, the hot ...
Grub Scout: West Knoxville's Plum Tree rooted in traditional Chinese flavors
Published 02/18/2013 at 5:21 p.m.
Every now and then my list of restaurant prospects gets pretty short. So the other night, I went to Urbanspoon’s Knoxville page and just started scanning the lists of popular eateries in hopes of finding one I had managed to ...
Grub Scout: Dawat will tickle your tastebuds with pungent, flavorful Indian entrees
Published 02/11/2013 at 3:19 p.m.
I've completely given up on getting The Grub Spouse to appreciate Indian cuisine. On the other hand, it's one of my absolute favorites, so when I spotted the new Dawat Indian Restaurant on Kingston Pike (where Owens Turkey Restaurant used ...
Grub Scout: Joe's no schmo when it comes to tasty seafood
Published 02/04/2013 at 1:19 p.m.
Joe's Crab Shack has been open in Sevierville for almost a year, but I waited this long to try it out, because I try to avoid traveling to Sevier County in peak season. And while I'm sure waiting for a ...
Grub Scout: Small-plate items big on flavor at downtown's iCafe
Published 01/28/2013 at 3:39 p.m.
Normally, I don't do repeat visits to a restaurant unless said restaurant has undergone a major overhaul in menu and/or concept. However, such was the case with iCafe, formerly Le Parigo, that little postage stamp of an eatery on Clinch ...
Grub Scout: Downtown's Knox Mason elevates Southern comfort foods
Published 01/21/2013 at 4:20 p.m. 3 Comments
Now that the renovation of the 100 block of Gay Street is well advanced, we're starting to see more restaurants pop up there (and even fade away already). The most recent arrival is Knox Mason, which is where Harry's Delicatessen ...
Grub Scout: Pizza lovers will want to stake out The Mafia House in Pigeon Forge
Published 01/14/2013 at 1:39 p.m. 1 Comment
I had read some good online buzz about The Mafia House, so The Grub Spouse and I decided to take advantage of the slow season in the Smokies to head to Pigeon Forge and check it out.
Grub Scout: Shiloh Brew & Chew in Maryville raises the stakes for carnivores
Published 01/07/2013 at 12:40 p.m.
A reader's e-mail brought my attention to a new place in Maryville called Shiloh Brew & Chew, a family restaurant that specializes in steaks and also offers sudsy beverages for the over-21 crowd. The Grub Spouse and I headed that ...
The Grub Scout's Top 10 of 2012
Published 12/31/2012 at 1:11 p.m. 1 Comment
Has it been a year already? Wow … 51 more restaurants and 51 more breath mints under my belt (in more ways than one). So once again, it's time to look back and give some retroactive love to some of ...
Grub Scout: Campus-area spot will curry favor with Asian-food fans
Published 12/24/2012 at 1:02 p.m.
I have to admit that my short list of restaurants to try is getting pretty short. Fortunately, it had been a few months since I'd been to an Asian-food eatery, so Jai Dee Thai & Japanese Cuisine coming up in ...
Grub Scout: Firefly Cafe in Townsend focuses on Southern comfort foods
Published 12/17/2012 at 2:05 p.m.
The Grub Spouse and I heard good reports from multiple sources about a new restaurant in Townsend, so we headed for the peaceful side of the Smokies to check out Firefly Cafe. It's set back off the main road in ...
Grub Scout: Bucket Head Tavern's atmosphere, food quality offset service snafu
Published 12/10/2012 at 2:19 p.m. 1 Comment
While out doing some holiday shopping, The Grub Spouse noticed a new restaurant doing business in the former Rolf Lanz Ski Shop facility on Ray Mears Boulevard. Eager to explore a new eatery, we put Bucket Head Tavern on our ...
Grub Scout: Bombay Palace shines with extensive array of Indian dishes
Published 12/03/2012 at 12:41 p.m.
The Grub Spouse and I agree on most international cuisines, but unfortunately, we couldn't be more opposite when it comes to Indian food. It's one of my absolute favorites, while The Spouse tolerates it at best. So you can guess ...
Grub Scout: New Casa Del Burro Flojo builds on substantial entrees
Published 11/27/2012 at 2:49 p.m.
Despite my four and a half years of high school and college Spanish, I didn't recognize/remember the word "flojo." But based on my translation research and the word's context, I'm interpreting the name of the new La Casa Del Burro ...
Grub Scout: Sandwich-centric E.B.'s in Halls is A-OK
Published 11/19/2012 at 12:59 p.m.
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 ...
Grub Scout: The buzz around Tupelo Honey Cafe proves justified
Published 11/12/2012 at 3:49 p.m. 7 Comments
When the Asheville-based Tupelo Honey Cafe announced it was coming to Knoxville, the news generated a lot of buzz. I counted myself and The Grub Spouse among those looking forward to its arrival on Market Square, in the old Market ...
Grub Scout: Seafood lovers could get hooked on Farragut's SOB
Published 11/05/2012 at 2:38 p.m.
For those who enjoy a little wordplay with dinner, it's no accident that the initials for Shrimp, Oysters and Beer are SOB. In fact, one of the new Farragut seafood eatery's appetizer samplers bears that moniker. But the fact remains ...
Grub Scout: Raw or grilled, Koko Japanese Grill serves up fresh flavor combos
Published 10/29/2012 at 1:39 p.m.
After going back to the Mexican-food well last week, The Grub Spouse and I decided to re-visit another long-ignored international cuisine this week by stopping in at Koko Japanese Grill for dinner. The restaurant is just off North Peters Road, ...
Grub Scout: West Knoxville's Mexico Lindo boasts top-notch tamales, tasty entrees
Published 10/22/2012 at 3:07 p.m. 1 Comment
Every now and then, I find myself craving Mexican food, and fortunately, Knoxville offers plenty of ways to scratch that particular culinary itch. This time, The Grub Spouse and I decided to try Mexico Lindo on North Cedar Bluff Road.
Grub Scout: Meal at downtown Holiday Inn does not disappoint
Published 10/08/2012 at 1:26 p.m. 1 Comment
This was a unique situation for The Grub Spouse and me; we found ourselves visiting hotel restaurants in back-to-back weeks. We'd been wanting to try out the new Windows on the Park eatery at the downtown Holiday Inn, and as ...
Grub Scout: Meal's merits grounded by lofty prices at airport hotel
Published 10/01/2012 at 1:02 p.m.
Hotel restaurants are a unique animal in the dining kingdom. They often don't get as much attention as other eateries because they cater to a captive audience. And in the case of Cooper's, which operates out of the Hilton at ...
Grub Scout: Cumberland Avenue's Goal Post Tavern follows pub-grub playbook
Published 09/24/2012 at 2:33 p.m.
I'm a sucker for those half-off coupons, especially when food is involved and especially when I spot one for a restaurant I've never been to (which is rare). In this case, my sense of thrift and a hankering for some ...
Grub Scout: Gavino's Pizzeria in Bearden no pie in the sky
Published 09/17/2012 at 3:56 p.m. 2 Comments
I loves me some pizza, as the kids like to say on the Facebook. So I was all about checking out the new Gavino's Pizzeria in Bearden. The Grub Spouse and I pulled in on a recent weeknight with our ...
Grub Scout: Cazzy's Corner Grill offers upscale take on game-day grub
Published 09/10/2012 at 11:52 a.m.
Reading online reviews before visiting a restaurant can be a double-edged sword. They can be informative, but sometimes, they can plant prejudicial thoughts. Several of the early posts I found on Cazzy's Corner Grill at Northshore Town Center suggested that ...
Grub Scout: Zoes Kitchen brings Greek delights to Bearden Hill
Published 09/03/2012 at 4:51 p.m. 2 Comments
My ears always prick up a little whenever I hear of a new Mediterranean-food restaurant coming to town. Such was the case with Zoës Kitchen, an Alabama-based chain of fast-casual eateries that recently opened its first Knoxville location on Bearden ...
Grub Scout: Chuy's delivers the goods on flavor, service, funky decor
Published 08/28/2012 at 2:38 p.m. 7 Comments
I hadn't heard so much buzz about a new restaurant in Knoxville for quite some time. So after giving the bees a couple of weeks to settle down, The Grub Spouse and I headed out to Chuy's, the Austin-based restaurant ...
Grub Scout: Archer's hits the target with its succulent, smoky BBQ
Published 08/20/2012 at 2:07 p.m.
As summer has begun its annual slipping-away process, I have felt the urge to cling to it a little more tightly by trying to squeeze in another barbecue feast or two before the season is gone.
Grub Scout: Shrimp Dock's po' boys rich in flavor
Published 08/13/2012 at 12:17 p.m. 4 Comments
I've been familiar with The Shrimp Dock for several years but had just never gotten around to checking out the food-service component of this small chain of local fresh-seafood markets. My procrastination came to an end when I decided to ...
Grub Scout: Lil' Vinnie's in Old City offers palate-pleasing Italian options
Published 08/06/2012 at 1:41 p.m.
I try not to read online feedback about a restaurant before I experience it for myself. I prefer to go in with a clear mind that's free of influence. Unfortunately, in the process of looking for a Lil' Vinnie's menu, ...
Grub Scout: Barberito's in Bearden rises above typical Tex-Mex fare
Published 07/30/2012 at 12:52 p.m.
Hey, look, everybody — another fast-casual Tex-Mex restaurant! I know we've already got Salsarita's, Moe's, Blue Coast Burrito, Z Mex Grille and Chipotle Grill (and no telling how many others I've let roll out of my brain), but we've got ...
Grub Scout: Farm-to-table cuisine shines despite service snafus at Oak Ridge's Market House
Published 07/23/2012 at 12:27 p.m.
The Market House at Jackson Square in Oak Ridge is one of the newest area restaurants to trade on the popular farm-to-table concept. Their seasonal menus are built around fresh local produce and cuts of meat, and they offer their ...
Grub Scout: Delicious Cuban dishes served at Townsend cafe
Published 07/16/2012 at 11:32 a.m.
The Grub Spouse and I first noticed Lil' Cuban Cafe on our way through Townsend about a month ago and vowed we'd head back to try it soon. We fulfilled that promise on a recent weeknight.
Grub Scout: Mi Pueblo impresses with authentic Mexican fare
Published 07/09/2012 at 5 p.m.
The Grub Scout and Grub Spouse accompany friends to Mi Pueblo, a taqueria-within-a-tienda, for an authentic Mexican meal.
Grub Scout: Down-home favorites reside at Kitts Cafe in North Knoxville
Published 07/02/2012 at 12:39 p.m. 4 Comments
It's not often that I get up into the northeast regions of the Knoxville metro area, so once Kitts Cafe wound up on my radar, I made it a priority to focus some attention on an often-ignored corner of the ...
Grub Scout: Jay's Subs in Farragut boasts fresh flavor combos
Published 06/25/2012 at 12:31 p.m. 3 Comments
The Grub Spouse and I hadn't done a sub shop in a while, and we saw that Jay's Subs in Farragut was doing one of those social coupon thingies, so I saw it as a chance to get some work ...
Grub Scout: Sevier County's Smoky Mountain Cheesecake Cafe excels at both savory and sweet
Published 06/18/2012 at 12:46 p.m.
On one hand, I despise driving in Sevier County during tourism season. On the other hand, I loves me some cheesecake, so in this case, my high-calorie cravings won the inner war of wills. Even better, The Grub Spouse and ...
Grub Scout: Banana chimi a highlight of Mexican meal at E. Knox's Habaneros
Published 06/11/2012 at 11:59 a.m.
I had been looking forward to checking out Habaneros Mexican Restaurant, which opened for business on Asheville Highway about two months ago. I had heard good reports, both online and directly from customers who had dined there. So The Grub ...
Grub Scout: Bearden's Hilltop Vineyard elevates fine dining
Published 05/28/2012 at 12:29 p.m.
I don't even recall how I first heard about The Hilltop Vineyard, which sits, appropriately enough, near the peak of Bearden Hill, next door to Calhoun's. It hasn't gotten a whole lot of press, and it's easy to miss if ...
Grub Scout: Gracie's in Maryville cooks up array of Southern favorites (and one mean Reuben)
Published 05/22/2012 at 2:48 p.m. 1 Comment
My Blount County sources keep feeding me tips, so I keep heading to Maryville and Alcoa to feed my face. Our most recent sojourn was to Gracie's in Maryville. It's one of those mom-and-pop, home-cookin'-type places that the locals seem ...