I lived in Knoxville 12 years (with one year in Birmingham thrown in there for good measure) so needless to say I grew an affinity for the city that taught me how to drive aggressively, opened my eyes to music that I love, and where orange is a part of your every day attire. After visiting a couple of weekends back, I realized there were some favorites I have in Knoxville. I thought I would share them here with you, for the city that I love and miss on occasion…(Nashville I still love you, but it’s a new kind of love)
- The proximity to the Smoky Mountains.
Seriously…it’s a 20 minute drive to some of the best views in the world. I would take a random Friday off during the school year and go up to hike. The last time I did it, I didn’t realize it would be my last time hiking in the Smokies before I moved to Nashville (love it, but these aren’t hiking trails ’round here)
- Trio Cafe
One of my favorite places to eat ever. They serve breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. It’s situated on Market Square perfectly and has the best staff around. I have never, ever had a bad meal or bad experience here. It’s a must every time I visit Knoxville. I am not kidding, ask my sister.
- Bijou Theatre
Most everyone else will tell you the Tennessee Theatre is a must-see. I prefer the smaller venue across the street. I have sat in every section of that facility and it’s still by far my favorite in Knoxville. Sorry Tennessee Theatre, your bathrooms are ridiculously hard to navigate. Plus it has the added bonus of the fact I have been backstage to see Marc Broussard do sound check.
- Downtown Grill and Brewery
This place holds a very special place in my heart. Anyone that knows me from Knoxville knows this was my place. It was my very own Cheers in downtown Knoxville. Many a memory has been made there. My favorite? The night I saw Will Overstreet (swooooon) and never spoke to him.
- McKay’s (the Orig)
Nothing beats the original McKays in the cramped converted restaurant building on Kingston Pike. Oh those were the days. I went on a first date there. Those were the days.