$18 for $30 Worth of Contemporary Southern Cuisine at Sapphire

Downtown Knoxville

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Chefs tempt diners with refined interpretations of southern comfort foods that use locally sourced meats, cheeses, and produce

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Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per table, 2 for tables of 4 or more. Dine-in only. Must purchase an entrée. Not valid on holidays or for special events, such as fashion shows and charity fundraisers. Not valid for happy hour specials. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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$18 for $30 Worth of Contemporary Southern Cuisine

The menu includes the Sapphire cheeseburger—a grass-fed beef patty, goat-cheese spread, and housemade pickles on a housemade brioche bun ($11). It also includes a red pepper crawfish dip with fresh baked herb crostini ($10) and herb-crusted bone-in pork rib chop with blackeye peas and broccolini ($15).

Sapphire

For more than 70 years, jewels used to fill the African mahogany cases lining Sapphire's walls. The dark wooden cabinets remain, although they now brim with more than 40 kinds of vodka, Tennessee and Kentucky whiskeys, and rums from Central and South America. Sapphire may no longer drape its customers in precious gemstones, but it does aim to preserve the sense of elegant refinement that characterized the historic building for decades.

This commitment is readily apparent in the menu of upscale southern cuisine, which includes Tennessee cheeses from Sweetwater Farms, bacon and ham from nearby Benton's, and seasonal produce from local farms. These ingredients appear throughout the selection of regionally inspired dishes. Some dishes, such as the Louisiana-crawfish-stuffed hushpuppies with cajun remoulade, assertively announce their southern roots, whereas others show a bit more restraint, such as beef-tenderloin medallions, which arrive with a simple southern succotash.

On Thursday through Saturday evenings, the elegant environment in the long, narrow room becomes livelier as the night progresses and DJs begin their sets. Upbeat rhythms echo off the high ceilings and the vintage mahogany woodwork while patrons enjoy one of the martinis that earned Sapphire a spot on Metro Pulse's Best of Knoxville 2012 list.

After-work activities, from bites and brews to bowling and bottle service
For those looking to get out of the house with the ladies