COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE – MARKET SQUARE

This little place has been a favorite of ours for some time.  Intimate, softly-lit, modern art on the walls and a really good assortment of coffee, espresso, latte and all the rest of thos coffee drinks.  Had a bunch – they’re all good.  The pastry and chocolate assortment is mind-boggling.  Try the Dulce de Leche truffles – you’ll want more, I promise….   Oh, and the cannolis are wonderful, too !!

The one thing I was a little distressed by had nothing to do with the actual store itself.  As we sat and enjoyed our snack, there were two gentlemen on computers sitting at two seperate tables.  We were there for almost 45 minutes, and we spent right at $30.00.  These two fellas spent not a dime during that time – they were both nursing a cup of coffee for the entire time.  A group of about 6 customers walked in, including two couples that were middle-aged, like me.  They had nowhere to sit because these two selfish nitwits were too busy Facebooking or whatever…..  Look I just wanted to vent – when the place got busy, they should have left.  We ate and drank, and then departed to make room for the new customers…..

Anyway – COFFEE AND CHOCOLATE ON MARKET SQUARE.  The Foodies say “don’t miss it” !!!

LET’S TALK ABOUT FOOD TRUCKS….

It’s been a while since the foodies have written here – really busy Winter and Spring, but here goes…  It seems that Spring has brought up a new crop of food trucks and trailers here in beautiful Knoxvegas.  Everything from gourmet fare to Carribean to BBQ to weenies and just about everything in between.  And we think it’s GREAT !!!  Coming from a place where food is a major part of social life, food trucks can only add to the social scene here, bringing together lots of folks for great food and socializing.

There are some standouts – Savory and Sweet Truck is a perennial favorite, offering vegetarian and meat-atarian items, the Bulgogi Tacos rock ;  Poutine Mobile is killer Canadian comfort food, I mean, how bad can it be, fries, cheese and gravy, for God’s sake; Breezy Weenie does a great, big dog with some good toppings plus a really nice pulled pork and some good specials; Forks on the Road’s sliders are excellent and well-priced, too….

So, we’re seeing the beginnings of a food culture here in our Scruffy Little City…  The food’s not so scruffy any more….  The Foodies say ” Find a food truck and eat there – you won’t be disappointed……

Oh – they got a website too – http://www.knoxvillefoodtrucks.com    It’s got a calendar and schedule for all the permitted trucks in the city.  Check it out.

EL CHARRO on KINGSTON PIKE

I am soooooo glad that El Charro is staying on Kingston Pike !!!  This has been a favorite haunt of ours since we came to Knoxvegas many years ago….  Snuck out yesterday and had lunch with them.  Excellent food, as usual, great service from a waiter with a sense of humor.  The Foodies say “Hey, let’s make sure they stay with us – EAT THERE !!”

BONEFISH GRILL ON KINGSTON PIKE

Me and  Mrs. Foodie celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary last evening at the Bonefish Grill on Kingston Pike.  It was pretty busy, but we were seated right away.  I got the new Cold Snap Ceviche served in a glass made of ice.  Nice touch, fresh veggies, fresh seafood, very pleasant.  Mrs Foodie got the Bang Bang shrimp, which were as good as always.  Seafood was the word for the day for entrees – Talapia Imperial and Shrimp and Scallops.  Both with mushroom ravioli and shredded acorn squash.  Very nice meal…  nice atmosphere…  Excellent service – our waitress was a charming Wisconsin-transplant named Kristin, who was very attentive and knowledgeable.  The Foodies say “Enjoy Bonefish Grille” !!!

MAKINO ON KINGSTON PIKE

Yeah, I know…..  A Chinese buffet….. Reallllllly ?  Well, we were in the mood, what can I say.  Make a long story short, it was clean as a whistle, the service was excellent, even though our waitress was a little hard to understand, and the food was good.  No complaints.  The sushi came out quickly, the tuna tataki was cooked beautifully, the salmon and albacore sashimi was buttery and wonderful…  Even the “beef sashimi” was very tender and tasty.  The Foodies had a nice experience, so, we say “Go there !!”

CHANDLER’S DELI ON MAGNOLIA

The Foodies had a chance to visit this Knoxville landmark today for a short business meeting.  Lunch time.  Crowded doesn’t begin to tell it.  Anyway, placed our order with an exceptionally pleasant young woman who explained the menu and the specials of the day.    Food was delivered very quickly and was received nice and warm.  Now, the mac and cheese was great, the  brocolli and cheese casserole was like Mom used to make.  The fried chicken was a little dry, however.  Possibly due to being prepped in advance for the lunch rush.  Don’t get me wrong, the taste was excellent, but the meat was a little dry for my taste.  The ribs, on the other hand, were dynamite.  Sauce was good, meat was tender as a mother’s love.  Will we go back ?  The Foodies say “Sure, what the heck – why not…”

RIVERVIEW GRILL IN CLINTON

The Foodies have been meaning to get out to the Riverview Grill for some time, but, well, you know how it is…  I got there today with Foodie JR and OH MY GOD, where has this little place been all my life ??!!  The Owner used to be the Proprietor of one of our favorite haunts, so it’s no surprise the food is good, but the Bar-B-Q is just outrageous !!  Big, smoky portions of pulled pork and ribs, excellent light hush puppies, potato salad – yum. Foodie JR says best ribs he’s ever had and, believe you me, this kid has had some ribs !!  As you enter, you get the smells of hickory and oak smoke, with crusty meat dripping on the fire.  I’m telling you, it was carnivore Nirvana.

And a word about our waitress – Brianna. A charming, home-grown cutie with a personality to match. Delightful service with a big smile.  The Foodies appreciate that. 

And the view of the river is particularly pleasant, there’s a veranda to sit on and admire the scenery.

All in all, an excellent experience that we’re gonna repeat this weekend.  Taking Mrs Foodie and Foodie Dad there to sample the fare.  They’ll be impressed too.  The Foodies say “YA GOTTA GO THERE !!”