Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, Knoxville TN

Over the last three years, this small chain has expanded into Georgia and Texas. We’ve stopped by their original store twice for a couple of really good desserts. Continue reading “Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, Knoxville TN”

Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House, Knoxville TN

The barbecue that I enjoyed most on this trip – actually, the barbecue that I’ve enjoyed most in this city, period – came at a little place that I didn’t know about beforehand, and which I visited on a whim. Continue reading “Sweet P’s Barbeque and Soul House, Knoxville TN”

D & B Hot Dogs and Ice Cream, Knoxville TN

The last stop on our day trip to Knoxville was one that we made by the skin of our teeth. We had an unplanned delay that sent us scurrying back to Powell to pick up our daughter’s charger cord – I swear, this kid would leave her head behind if it were not screwed on – and arrived at D & B Hot Dogs just a few minutes before they were set to close. This is a really neat little place in a small strip mall near the community of Solway, almost in Oak Ridge. It opened in 2014, and the owners, Daniel Price and Bruce Flomberg, are old friends who also own a lawn care business called Four Clover. This unusual little side venture came about as the two lamented the lack of a place around the Knoxville area to get a really good hot dog. Continue reading “D & B Hot Dogs and Ice Cream, Knoxville TN”

Archer’s BBQ, Knoxville TN

We didn’t want to visit Tennessee without having a little barbecue. So after our fun hike at Ijams, we drove back along Kingston Pike, which is the main, sprawling commercial artery of the area, running alongside I-75/I-40, from downtown west for about three miles. Archer’s BBQ is a small chain that has grown very quickly in the time that we’ve been blogging. Archer Bagley, who is from Memphis, opened the first store in 2010. Bagley graduated from UT and had lived in Colorado and Georgia before moving back to Knoxville to become his own boss. Continue reading “Archer’s BBQ, Knoxville TN”

Pizza Palace, Knoxville TN (take two)

It appears that Knoxville is not on a lot of food lovers’ radars, but this city boasts Marie’s all-time favorite breakfast, at The French Market Creperie, and her all-time favorite pizza, and so, since we visit very infrequently, I kind of want to make sure she gets one or the other on a visit. That way, she’ll indulge my need to drive everywhere and document everything with a brighter smile than usual. Continue reading “Pizza Palace, Knoxville TN (take two)”

Scottie’s, Powell TN

In much the same way that there’s a small confusion between the Whataburger chain that is based in Texas and the What-a-Burger chain that is based in North Carolina, there’s also a distinction between an old, defunct chain of fast food restaurants called Scotty’s, which had a girl in traditional Highland costume as a mascot, and Scottie’s, which was a much smaller chain of diners with perhaps a dozen locations in Kentucky and Tennessee. The chain came to our attention via the forums of roadfood.com, as so many places do, and our interest was piqued by a visit that writer RL Reeves paid to the long-since independent location in Powell last year. Our server told us that Scottie’s opened in 1962, and has been independent since the current owner’s family purchased it in 1978. Continue reading “Scottie’s, Powell TN”