Fuelled by their passion for Southern home cooking, owners Drew and Bonni opened The Plaid Apron in 2011 with a view to creating tradtional delicious dishes in Knoxville. Their Saturday brunch menu certainly lives up to this dream. Try their all-American buttermilk chicken biscuit, or the melt-in-the-mouth sourdough French toast, for a true taste of traditional Tennessee fare. The cool, contemporary layout gives the place a relaxed and casual vibe, so you can eat until your heart’s content whilst kicking back on those lazy mornings. If you aren’t around on a Saturday then their extensive menu serves a great list of brunch options all day every day.
This organic cafe and grocery store sells healthy, delicious food, made using only locally sourced products. All ingredients are taken from sustainably-run farms in the Knoxville area, including from their own farm in Greenback, Tennessee. All meat and egg products are sourced from pasteurised animals, and the vegetables here are fresh and seasonal, making Just Ripe a progressive and innovative place to enjoy brunch. Try their vegan verde burrito for comfort food with a twist, or one of their freshly made fruit smoothies to refresh and revive.
Just Ripe, 513 Union Ave SW, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. +1 865-851-9327
Located in Knoxville Old City, The Crown and Goose is an unmissable spot. The establishment prides itself as being Knoxville’s only London-style gastropub, serving traditional British cuisine in the heart of the South. The food is rich and warmly comforting, with the bangers and mash a popular local favorite, and the spiced apple pancakes creating a brunch to remember. If you’re in for a traditional British ‘hair of the dog’ then don’t miss some of their draught beers and ales, sourced from all four corners of the UK.
The Crown and Goose, 123 S Central St, Knoxville, TN, USA. +1 865-524-2100
Nothing says brunch like a restaurant that serves breakfast all day, and Pete’s Coffee Shop delivers this service in a comfortable and homely setting. Having won Metro Pulse’s “Best Breakfast” seven years in a row, the establishment is always full, so arrive early on the weekends to find a table. Mounds of delicious pancakes, french toast, bacon and eggs are available here, and the diner-style interior gives the place an All-American feel, providing an authentic and exciting experience whilst travelling in the South.
Pete’s Coffee Shop, 540 Union Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. +1 865-523-2860
With rustic exposed brick walls and a ceiling painted in the style of Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, this café has an eclectic, artsy vibe and attracts a young, student crowd. Serving excellent coffees and home-baked croissants, as well as a variety of sandwiches and other quick bites, Old City Java is the place to enjoy a light brunch in central Knoxville before heading out to seize the rest of the day.
Old Java City Café, 109 S Central St, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. +1 865-523-9817
By day a cozy café serving great Southern comfort food, by night a lively venue for a variety of concerts and gigs, Four Market Square is one of Knoxville’s most popular brunch spots. This is a relaxed and charming venue in which to eat, drink, and maybe come back to party later. Try the fried green tomatoes for a real taste of the South, or indulge in the lobster BLT flatbread in their stylishly decorated mezzanine, a very popular choice.
Four Market Square, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. +1 865-544-4144
Located in the historic Kern’s Bakery building in downtown Knoxville, Tupelo Honey Café is a fun, contemporary venue in the centre of town. Come here to try some Southern soul food with a twist. Their brunch-specific menu features interesting takes on the classics, and uses fresh ingredients to create an authentic taste; if you’re looking for a change and the chance to eat something a little different, this should be your brunch time stop. With three different kinds of Bloody Mary and free coffee refills, there is nothing not to love.
Tupelo Honey Café, 1 Market Square, Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. +1 865-522-0004
With three restaurants in Knoxville, you are never too far from a Copper Cellar, and thus have no excuse not to stop by at brunch time. With its elevated wooden bar area and tall bar stools, the original Copper Cellar venue on Cumberland Avenue has a real vintage feel. It serves an array of succulent burgers and expertly cooked steaks, as well as a Sunday brunch menu with Belgian waffles so big you’ll be full for the rest of the day. A favorite gathering place for local workers and college students, The Copper Cellar gives guests a great taste of Knoxville daily life.