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Where to eat when you’re in Knoxville

By: The Local Palate

The abundance of outdoor activities, constant flow of live music and high-end attractions will make you work up an appetite in Knoxville

Start your day the right way at The Plaid Apron with fluffy cinnamon rolls, griddle cakes, omelets, Eggs Benedict and biscotti made fresh every day. You’ll eat so well, you’ll want to come back for lunch and dinner.

Oliver Royale serves a variety of dishes from confit pork belly with macaroni and cheese and Benton’s bacon braised collard greens to barbecue spare ribs.

Walk into the energetic Preservation Pub for local brews, a rooftop “electric forest,” music and food. Try one of their specialty pizzas (the dough is made with Guinness Stout).

Kaizen is a Japanese-style pub with Asian fusion, tapas-style small plates. Dan Dan noodles, Balinese shrimp curry, dumplings, Mapo Doufu, a variety of fried rice and steamed buns are all up for grabs.

Hailed by many as producing the “Best Cupcakes in Knoxville,” you can’t go wrong with the confectionery heaven that is Magpies Bakery. Pies, cookies, cheesecakes, banana pudding and wheat-free cupcakes are also available.

You can’t go to Knoxville and not stop in at Sweet P’s Downtown Dive. Order pulled pork or chicken, ribs, brisket and bone-in chicken with sides like coleslaw, green beans, mac n’ cheese and banana pudding.

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