Feel a jolt with a perfectly foamy $3 latte from Old City Java, a spacious, Wi-Fi-equipped coffeehouse that also serves light bites like the egg sandwiches and housemade granola with yogurt. The beans and the barista training are courtesy of Counter Culture Coffee, a sustainable, direct-trade micro-roaster out of Asheville, North Carolina.
Opt for the lobster corn dogs at Bistro by the Tracks, a warm and elegant eatery in the upscale Bearden District that pairs their Southern take on classic French fare with an excellent wine list.
Spend Sunday on the patio at the year-old Crown and Goose, Knoxville’s first gastropub, where the brunch menu spans Danish Ebelskiverm ( buttery apple-filled pancakes) and beer-battered fish and chips.
Get your salads farm-fresh at Veg-o-Rama, the meat-free restaurant and bar opened in July that features a small but creative menu of locally grown, organic ingredients served in a cheery, country-chic interior.