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Best BBQ in Knoxville area

Deadend BBQ is NOT a traditional bbq joint. Portions are small and expensive. Depending on the day your sweet potato fries will be served hot or cold. Have been served a plate of bbq'd fat when I ordered brisket. I have had great food at Deadend. But because of the prices, I resent the inconsistancy of the food. One more note, they have their own recipe for baked beans which ,someone needs to break it to the owners, is just awful. Cumin in baked beans? Nuh uh! Get the blue cheese Cole slaw instead.

Summer Beers 2012

Well, it's a new year and a new summer so I thought it appropriate to refresh this topic with a shout out to my new favorite summer beer, Sweetwater IPA. It's brewed in Georgia, and to be honest, being in the southeast myself, I don't know how far Sweetwater's distribution stretches. This beer is crisp, full-bodied with a bitter finish that at times reminds me of bergamot or grapefruit (Sweetwater credits the hops for the flavor). Unfiltered and unpasturized, this is a beer with some tooth, but as Belgians are a little heavy for me in the summer, this has been a fantastic alternative sans lime, lemon or orange sections on the rim of my glass.

Jun 14, 2012
knoxhound in Beer

Best BBQ in Knoxville area

Deadend BBQ is NOT a traditional bbq joint. Portions are small and expensive. Depending on the day your sweet potato fries will be served hot or cold. Have been served a plate of bbq'd fat when I ordered brisket. I have had great food at Deadend. But because of the prices, I resent the inconsistancy of the food. One more note, they have their own recipe for baked beans which ,someone needs to break it to the owners, is just awful. Cumin in baked beans? Nuh uh! Get the blue cheese Cole slaw instead.

Roux Barb - Knoxville Eats

Despite the clever name Roux Barb can proudly boast it is THE place to eat in Knoxville when you are tired of pig burgers and chain restaurants. YEEEss, it's pricey but anything would be after eating at P.F Changs and Bravo. For the money you will get thoughtful, beautiful masterly crafted food. The name Roux Barb sums it up: high/low country Southern Food. Try cheese biscuits and watermellon chutney...and the watermellon was as vibrantly colorful as if it had just been cracked opn on the picnic table. The food is seasonable (blackberries and goat cheese salad) so the menu changes with the solstice (not East Tennessee weather...) Tucked next to the traintracks on North Shore and Kingston Pike, it's tiny and there's a smoke house in the back, reservations are strongly recommended. Yay!

Substituting Chocolate for Cocoa

I want to use 70% chocolate instead of cocoa in recipes. How and what do I adjust to accommodate the added fat of the chocolate and the diminished volume of the missing cocoa? The recipes call for up to a cup of cocoa.

Jan 29, 2007
knoxhound in Home Cooking

knoxville restaurants

King Tut is some place you bring someone to blow their minds. It has a Fellini-esque party atmosphere which requires none of the alcohol you've carried in in a bag to enjoy. The menu is is fairly limited and odd tasting middle eastern cuisine which is at least seems fresh...I don't think they actually serve over half of what is listed. Let me put it this way, soft drinks are served in disused vases and you can get up and make your own coffee...nuff said? It's really fun but my stomach hurt so much from laughing I couldn't eat.

NYC has great food and I didn't appreciate it until I left and couldn't find falfal at 3am in Knoxville...gosh. But I've learned to love BBQ and the hunt for great food continues...anyway I'm a chef and I cook what I can't find in K-Town...

Bob's Red Mill: any good??

Sorry, I find that this pre-packaged, whole foods stuff sits around on the shelf for a while. I have found the flours to be rancid or buggy. Since I don't buy mixes I can't speak for them. The beans and grains are rather old, too. Maybe you live in a place where there is more turn-over. I lived in NYC and I saw this packaged stuff sit around. Whole foods is difficult to mass market because of the volitility of the ingredients...that's a sad fact...the oils break down very quickly leaving a bitter aftertaste and who knows what. Buy bulk if you can...the turnover is quicker at least where I live now.

Jul 09, 2006
knoxhound in General Topics

ketchup without high fructose corn syrup?

You can make your own. It's easy and you can put whatever you want into it. You can even sweeten it with apples. It will take you all of an afternoon.

Jul 09, 2006
knoxhound in General Topics

What is your most frequently used condiment

Salt and Pepper..and then butter.

Jul 09, 2006
knoxhound in General Topics

knoxville restaurants

Hi! Welcome to 'K-Town' I'm a transplanted New Yorker myself and struggled with the restaurant issue too. Catinella's Bistro is perhaps the best Italian food you'll get in Knoxville. Bring your own wine...Savarelli's has got great atmosphere but the food is OK...bring your own wine. These are non-chain restaurants. Litton's is a local favorite and has fantastic desserts...also not chain. The breads and rolls are all homemade. Chop House has fantastic steaks, burgers, onion rings and Big Orange Potaoes and Puleos is pretty good, too...I have had inconsistant experiences there...the menu reads well but service and execution are unpredictable. Tomo on Kingston Pike is well regarded for Japanese/sushi but I don't eat too much seafood this far away from the ocean. Bone Fish Grill is very good but is a chain...still it's very good. The BEST Mexican is Soccer Taco...I know the name and paint job are deceptive...Pelanchos is very good and has atmosphere. Market Square has some real nice places...I haven't hit a clunker yet. Roman's Pizza is the closest to NYC-style you'll find but you HAVE to ask them to make sure the crust is cooked. And it takes forever. The owner tries his hand at Italian pastry but the results don't look as good as they probably taste. M&M Catering...the cinder block shack on Middlebrook Pike next to the Maytag laundomat, has the best BBQ in Knoxville...it's not a restaurant, though, and you have to eat the gi-normous sandwiches in your car or on the grass. Finally, Best Bagels has the best bagels...almost New York City but just barely misses the mark...they are on the corner of Kingston Pike and Ebenezer. Good luck and learn to love BBQ!