The bakers at Kitts Café fill their glass display case with house-made cakes, pies, and cobblers as cooks sizzle up platefuls of Kitts Café's homestyle diner fare. The kitchen staff fires up the griddle at 7 a.m. each morning, sizzling up fresh-cooked eggs and breakfast sandwiches before forging classic burgers and frito chili pie for lunch. To protect taste buds from fits of ennui, the café team whips up a rotating lineup of daily specials that changes each week.
A Knoxville business since 1993, Kitts Café keeps strong ties to the community with Kitts Market, a monthly event that transforms the restaurant into a trendy boutique with the work of local artists and crafters. The market's lineup of handmade gifts includes seasonal decor and enough children's clothing to dress an entire village in Loompaland.
Smoothie King co-founder Steve Kuhnau began mixing fruit, nutrients, and proteins in the late 1960s, in a successful attempt to assuage his own health conundrums. By 1973, he?d begun selling vitamins alongside his health-boosting concoctions, and soon, more than 600 Smoothie King locations were operating worldwide. Today, the shop?s patrons customize real apple, mango, and banana smoothies with sundry health-bolstering mix-ins. More than 70 blendable multivitamins, minerals, enzymes, nutrients, and amino acids fortify frosty smoothies, helping bodies to stay healthy or lift semi-trucks. Snacks, such as veggie chips and high-protein cookies, augment shakes in both health and deliciousness.
Every morning, Coolato Gelato's sugarsmiths arrive in their kitchen and begin transforming simple milk, cream, and sugar into unique flavors—always whipping up a daily special. Offering anywhere from 18 to 24 varieties, they explore flavor possibilities from the standard sweetness of vanilla to the combination of mascarpone, caramel, and pistachio. To complement their frozen treats, they use imported ingredients to re-create other classic Italian specialties. The menu entices diners with espresso drinks, salads, homemade soups, and paninis stuffed with all manner of fillings, ranging from salmon and goat cheese to roast beef and brie.
Husband-and-wife team Wesley and Colleen Crawford run Our Little Coffee House out of their little coffee house in Clinton, where they craft made-from-scratch goodies. Although best known for their fanciful cupcakes and a distrust of measuring cups, the twosome also bakes homemade pies, candies, pastries, and breads. Earning the most plaudits are the Crawford's cupcakes; six staple flavors including tropical pineapple and carrot caramel vie for counter space with rotating monthly and spur-of-the-moment creations. Wesley and Colleen are making a documentary about their journey, which has taken the couple from Macon, Georgia, to Tennessee, all in pursuit of their custard-covered dream.
More than 30 gourmet syrups and Ghirardelli sauces mean that customers at Gatlinburg Parkway Coffee can completely customize their drinks, choosing from flavors such as peppermint, salted caramel, pumpkin spice, toasted marshmallow, and pomegranate. In addition to a full menu of hot and iced coffees and lattes, the baristas pour hot apple cider and hot chocolate into waiting mugs. For those in search of a chilled treat, frozen lemonade and heaping portions of shaved ice cool off tongues on hot days.
Brought up in Germany by parents working with the US military, brothers Jonny, Robbie, and Jeremy Moore trace the foundation of their coffee shop to their travels. From Italy to Thailand, the brothers had the benefit of sampling some of the world’s best coffees, refining their palates and developing their love of the drink in the process. Today, they combine their efforts to source fair-trade beans from far-reaching destinations, bringing them to BonLife for Robbie to roast onsite. Focused on crafting perfect individual cups instead of pouring orders for the masses, BonLife regularly features nine brewing methods and a 10th that rotates monthly. The deft baristas watch Japanese siphoning apparatus percolate over open burners, drip pour-over cups from custom-made stands, and extract espresso from Sofia, a copper-plated espresso machine and not a woman who fiercely guards her coffee. The coffee bar also offers organic granola bars, biscotti, greek yogurt, and 100% fruit smoothies.