Local Eats

Alt text: An illustrated montage featuring a variety of foods and beverages from local eateries as part of The Scout Guide. Included are colorful dishes such as oysters on ice, assorted macarons, pizza with various toppings, a layered cake, and a classic sandwich accompanied by a bottle of wine. Each item is labeled with the name of the restaurant or provider, adding a guidebook feel to the vibrant food scene.

With East Tennessee’s incredible wealth of local farms and growers, it’s only fitting that Knoxville has an incredible food scene. For The Scout Guide Knoxville, Volume 8 we taste-tested the town to narrow down a few of our current favorites, from institutional favorites to new-to-town hotspots. Looking for more locally-owned favorites? Browse our Insider Guides, which highlight everything from the Knoxville’s go-to sips to the best locally-born brews.


PAYSAN | @paysan_bread | Breakfast and brunch with a penchant for bagels.

WILD LOVE | @wildlovebakehouse | A neighborhood bakery and coffee shop featuring made-from-scratch-daily goods focused on seasonal and local ingredients.


GOOD GOLLY TAMALE | @goodgollytamale | A Market Square Farmers’ Market favorite that’s evolved into a full-time restaurant. Loved for its quick and delicious comfort-food tamales.

POTCHKE | @potchkedeli | An inspired spin on Jewish deli classics breakfast through brunch.

THE TOMATO HEAD | @thetomatohead | A bakery-driven cafe serving up delicious lunch classics.

YASSIN’S FALAFEL HOUSE | @yassinfalafelhouse | An incredible immigrant-owned restaurant bringing authentic eats to Knoxville with love.


HARD KNOX | @hardknoxpizza | A Knoxville Neo Neapolitan pizza place that packs a punch. Bonus points: three locations.

KAIZEN | @knoxkaizen | An Old City favorite for its steamed buns, Asian dishes, and craft beer.

NORTHSHORE BRASSERIE | @northshorebrasserie | A bistro-style French and Belgian fusion restaurant. Order steak frites and duck confit.

STICKY RICE CAFE | @stickyriceknox | Traditional Lao family recipes handmade with healthy, fresh ingredients.

THE PLAID APRON | @theplaidapron | A local favorite for simple, classic brunch and dinner.


FLY BY NIGHT | @flybynightknox | 70’s-inspired cocktails in the heart of South Knoxville.

ZERO ZERO | @zerozeroknox | A neighborhood spot for natural wines, cheap beers, and tasty snacks.


CRUZE FARM DAIRY | @cruzefarm | Milking cows since 1980 to bring Knoxville and East Tennessee delicious ice cream in five locations across town.

HAMMIE SAMMIES | @hammiessammies | A Maryville-based bakery serving up French macarons made with local eggs and products.

MAGPIES | @magpiescakes | Open Tuesday through Saturday, this local-owned bakery delivers cakes, cookies, pies, and other sweet treats.

Dining locally? Don’t forget to tell them Scout sent you!

Artwork by Beth Meadows (@bethmeadowsart) available for purchase here.