Knoxville’s Best Autumnal Cuisine

Get a taste of the season at these local restaurants

As temperatures start to cool down, the days of cookouts and potato salad are replaced by cravings for fresh fall produce and nourishing comfort food. Knoxville’s abundance of local farmers and award-winning restaurants make the city ideal for getting a taste of autumn. From fall-inspired pizza to perfectly-prepared brussels sprouts, these area restaurants offer seasonal dishes that will warm you up on a crisp autumn day.

Hard Knox Pizzeria:
Tasty in lattes and mouthwatering in pies, pumpkin is undoubtedly one of fall’s favorite flavors. If you’ve never tried the tasty orange squash on a pizza, you’re missing out. Hard Knox Pizzeria’s seasonal “Pumpkin Pie” pizza has a savory pumpkin puree base, and it’s topped with cheese, broccolini, prosciutto, chopped pecans and a balsamic reduction. The restaurant offers a variety of other classic and contemporary wood-fired pizzas that are perfect for enjoying with the family after a day at the pumpkin patch.

Citico’s Restaurant & Club
When it comes to fine-dining, the lakeside Citico’s Restaurant has it nailed. Located near Tellico Village, the reservation-only restaurant specializes in Southern farm-to-table cuisine. The menu changes seasonally to incorporate fresh, local produce into each dish. Brussels sprouts are in their prime this time of the year, and there’s no better place to enjoy the traditional fall vegetable than at Citico’s. The craveable Fried Brussels are topped with pork belly and house-made sweet chile sauce. They’re perfect for autumn, but the dish is so delicious that you’ll want to order it year-round.

Market Square Farmers’ Market
Every Wednesday and Saturday through November, farmers, artisans and food trucks line Market Square with products made or grown in East Tennessee. The popular farmers’ market gives Knoxville residents an opportunity to purchase fresh, seasonal produce while supporting local businesses. Honeycrisp apples, winter squash and local kale are among the many items that guests can purchase to create their own fall-inspired dishes at home.

Nothing says “comfort food” more than a warm bowl of homemade pasta. At Emilia, a modern Italian restaurant in Market Square, the fall-inspired menu offers a variety of pasta dishes that incorporate local in-season ingredients. When paired with a glass of red wine from the restaurant’s extensive wine list, Emilia is the ideal date spot for a cozy fall evening.

Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro
Just up the road from Knoxville and near the entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Townsend, TN, is a quintessential mountain town. Visitors can enjoy cuisine that’s authentic to the region at the Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro. The gourmet farm-to-table restaurant incorporates local produce into its seasonal dishes, giving guests an opportunity to taste in-season fruits and vegetables.

Sweet P’s Barbeque & Soul House
It might not be what comes to mind when you think of autumnal cuisine, but to some, barbeque is the ultimate fall meal. And with football season in full swing, it’s easy to see why. Pulled pork and it’s tasty accompaniments are the centerpiece of any game-day tailgate. While Knoxville has countless options when it comes to barbeque, Sweet P’s Barbeque & Soul House was picked as Travel Channel’s favorite. Cooked slow and low, Sweet P’s barbecue spells comfort.

With dozens of local restaurants and world-class chefs, Knoxville is quickly becoming one of the South’s foodie capitals. As a Southern city, Knoxville’s dining options expand far beyond fried chicken and biscuits. Residents can enjoy the perks of living in a small city while having a wide range of cuisine available at their fingertips. If you’re interested in learning more about the area or viewing our current listings, please visit our website or give us a call at 865-458-9600.

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