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W=free wifi
options available
FB=full bar
$$=moderately priced


Downtown and Old City Area:

  • Coffee shops:
    • Coffee and Chocolate – 327 Union Ave. - W, V, $
           Great coffee and unique desserts in an urban atmosphere. Just off of Market Square.
    • Downtown Grind – 418 S. Gay St. - $
           Serving gourmet coffee & coffee products as well as fresh baked pastries, scones, muffins and cakes.
    • Higher Grounds – 625 S. Gay St. - $
           Cappuccino, lattes, breakfast, daily lunch specials and one of the best chocolate milkshake downtown. Closes at 3 p.m. Daily.
    • Old City Java – 109 S. Central St. - W, V, $
           Knoxville’s oldest coffee shop specializes in locally roasted coffee blends, gourmet store-baked treats, multitudes of espresso drinks, full breakfast and lunch served all day, monthly art shows.

  • Dining:
    • Cafe 4 – 4 Market Square - V, $$
           A cafe and bakery with an American southern fusion serving upscale comfort food with a gourmet twist. Dedicated to cutting back on waste, this restaurant focuses on being not only a place for great food but a responsible aspect of the community.
    • The Bistro – 807 S. Gay St. - V, $$
           One of Knoxville's oldest restaurants featuring fresh fish, pastas, home-style specials, a Saturday brunch 11-3pm and Happy Hour from 3-6pm. Featuring live jazz on the weekends!
    • Downtown Grill & Brewery – 424 S. Gay St. - V, $$, FB
           Fresh hand-crafted brews, mesquite-grilled specialties, jumbo pastas and salads served in a historic downtown setting with a patio. Voted Best Brewpub four years running by Metro Pulse readers.
    • Bistro 31 – 31 Market Square - V, $$$, FB
           Known for its Latin and Southern cuisine, this cozy bar features Spanish and South American wines, inventive margaritas, mojitos, caipirinas and an eclectic beer list.
    • The Butcher Shop Steakhouse – 806 World's Fair Park Dr. - $$
           Grain-fed and aged Midwest beef to stick to your ribs. Also great fish selections. Runner-up for Best Steak in Metro Pulse's 2009 Best of Knoxville Guide.
    • Koi Fusion – 19 Market Square - V, $$, FB
           Serving Asian-French cuisine in an elegant, comfortable atmosphere. Drink specials. Accepts cash and all major credit cards.
    • Mahogany's – 401 Summit Hill Dr. - $$$
           Specialties include premium Black Angus beef, the Friday night Prime Rib and seafood buffet and Sunday brunch. Hours: Opens at 5 pm. Located in Crowne Plaza.
    • Barley's Taproom and Pizzeria – 200 E. Jackson Ave. - V, $$, FB
           In the heart of the historic Old City, Barley’s serves up the best New York-style hand-tossed pizza in the region, plus huge calzones, pasta and appetizers like Black Bean Hummus and Hand-battered Buffalo Fingers. Located in Old City.
    • Pasta Trio – 119 S. Central Ave. - $$
           Cozy Southern Italian dining in the Old City with candle-lit tables, affordable lunches and nightly specials. Newly introduced wine list, plus BYOB with a reasonable cork fee. Located in Old City.

  • Nightlife:
    • Preservation Pub – 28 Market Square
           Winner of Best Neighborhood Bar/Pub and Runner-up for Best Beer Selection in Metro Pulse's 2009 Best of Knoxville Guide. The Pub’s new menu features various salads, pasta and sandwiches from 3pm-10pm with free pizza Mon-Fri after 5pm.
    • Sapphire – 428 S. Gay St.
           Sapphire is a modern bar and restaurant featuring 60 wines by the glass (including 10 sparkling wines), and creative cocktails in a sexy atmosphere. Featuring an expansive and unique new sushi menu.
    • Urban Bar – 109 N. Central Ave.
           A relaxing spacious atmosphere with a patio that puts you right in the middle of the Old City. They offer twenty different draft beers and they are smoker friendly. Enjoy one of the many pool tables or dart boards. Located in Old City.

Campus Area:

  • Coffee shops:
    • Golden Roast – 825 Melrose Pl. - V, W, $
           Perhaps the only coffee shop in the world with a Mars crater named after it, this academic hangout offers its own roasted Fair Trade coffee, plus homemade soups, salads and sandwiches, fresh pastries and desserts. A short walk from campus.
  • Dining:
    • Copper Cellar – 1807 Cumberland Ave. - $$
           Friendly atmosphere with 15 HDTV screens and handcrafted microbrews. Runner-up for Best Hamburger and Best Brunch in Metro Pulse's 2009 Best of Knoxville Guide. Steakhouse and seafood.
    • Ephesus Mediterranean Grill – 1823 Cumberland Ave. - V, $
           Delicious Mediterranean cuisine located within walking distance of UT campus.
    • Half Barrel – 1829 Cumberland Ave. - V, FB, $$
           Knoxville’s newest multi-tap bar also offers salads, sandwiches, appetizers such as fried pepper jack cheese orbs and hummus, and “pub plates” such as satay chicken and a Cajun tofu platter. Located within walking distance of UT campus.
    • Sunspot – 1909 Cumberland Ave. - V, W, FB, $$
           Polycultural menu features Southwestern, Caribbean and Latin American dishes. Exceptional Sunday brunch features weekly chef specials in addition to favorites. A laid-back little place, where tye-dyes and neckties unite, reminding you that you don't have to be in college to enjoy "The Strip." Its extensive selection of drafts, wines and spirit is enjoyed in a cozy smoke-free bar.
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