Try these 8 local delicacies on your trip to Knoxville

Try these 8 local delicacies on your trip to Knoxville


Knoxville is located on the Tennessee River, roughly an hour’s drive from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Sunsphere, a rising structure topped with a gold sphere that dots Knoxville’s skyline, is a visible remnant of the 1982 World’s Fair.

In Knoxville, you will find some delectable dishes that you just cannot miss! There are some mouth-watering dishes and tasty dishes like Veggie Hummus Bowl, Macaroni And Cheese, and Monte Cristo Crêpe and many more. Continue reading to know more.

1. Veggie Hummus Bowl

This is a dish that is composed of many different types of cruciferous vegetables. These veggies come in many shapes and sizes and include popular favorites such as kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli and possibly other types of green leaf vegetables. The meal also includes a big portion of hummus as well as toasted sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and a soft-boiled egg.

The most popular places to try out Veggie Hummus Bowl are Croissants, Christopher’s and Yassin’s Falafel House.

2. Macaroni And Cheese

Consisting of cooked macaroni pasta and a melted cheese sauce, macaroni and cheese is a comfort food that is enjoyed in many countries. While in the U.K. it is mostly known as macaroni cheese, in the U.S. it is commonly referred to as mac ‘n’ cheese. It typically contains cheddar cheese along with breadcrumbs but can also include meats and vegetables.

The most popular places to try out Macaroni And Cheese are Christopher’s, Stock & Barrel and Myrtle’s Chicken and Beer.

3. Monte Cristo Crêpe

Sweet and savory at the same time, Monte Cristo crêpes are perfect anytime of the day. Just like the sandwich it is named after, a Monte Cristo Crêpe is filled with ham, and often turkey; cheese (usually Swiss cheese), and a raspberry-mustard mixture. But thin crêpes replace the bread. The entire roll is pan-fried in butter. The finished crêpe is then topped with more of the raspberry or dusted with powdered sugar.

The most popular places to try out Monte Cristo Crêpe are poppies fish and chips and The French Market Creperie Downtown.

4. Fried Catfish

Popular in Southern American cooking, fried catfish is a popular and satisfying entree. Care must be taken when preparing a catfish filet to remove the many small bones in the meat. Coatings or batters for this fish are typically based on cornmeal, but flour is acceptable. Deep frying is usually preferred for taste, but pan frying has increased in popularity for health reasons. Fried catfish is commonly served with tartar sauce , a lemon wedge, and a side of coleslaw.

The most popular places to try out Fried Catfish are Captain Jack Fish & Chicken, Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken and poppies fish and chips.

5. Sweet Tea

Sweet tea is made by adding sugar or simple syrup to black tea while it is brewing or still hot. It is usually served ice cold and can be flavored with lemon, peach, raspberry or mint. Baking soda is sometimes added to reduce the acidity. The drink is available in most restaurants in the Southern United States.

The most popular places to try out Sweet Tea are Chacha Feeka Famous Lassi Peray Wali, tupelo honey and poppies fish and chips.

6. Country Ham

Used as a method of preservation from before widespread refrigeration, country ham is packed in a mixture of salts, sugar, and spices and allowed to cure for a long period of time, sometimes months, and often smoked afterwards. It is extremely dry and salty, often too salty to be palatable on its own. Most preparations call for a long soak (as long as a day or two) prior to preparation so that much of the salt can be removed and the ham rehydrated. Country ham is a popular breakfast item in the southern U.S. It is often served in diners as a grilled steak, with the cross-cut portion of the leg bone still intact, alongside a portion of red-eye gravy, which is made by deglazing the pan used to cook the ham with black coffee and then reducing the resulting sauce.

The most popular places to try out Country Ham are Christopher’s, poppies fish and chips and Croissants.

7. Chicken Laab

Chicken laab is a spicy meat salad that is traditionally from Laos and Thailand. The dish consists of sticky rice mixed with lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, peppers, onions, and meat. The meat options for laab are pork and chicken, but chicken is much more popular as a choice. The common seasonings on chicken laab are fish sauce, lime juice, mint, cilantro, and lemongrass.

The most popular places to try out Chicken Laab are Sticky Rice Cafe, Croissants and Christopher’s.

8. S’mores Crepe

A crepe is basically a super thin French “pancake-like” breakfast meal if it is sweet. S’mores are a shortened way of saying “some more”, obviously you will want more. Putting the s’mores together with crepes is a great way to start your day or as a snack anytime. Feel free to also get a topping on your s’mores crepe, and be adventurous.

The most popular places to try out S’mores Crepe are poppies fish and chips and The French Market Creperie Downtown.

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