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.
Soups & Scoops Café services the whims of polar and equatorial explorers alike with a worthy assemblage of frosty and steamy comfort foods, from homemade ice creams and sorbets to soups, sandwiches, and salads. Voted Knoxville's Best Ice Cream Shop by CityVoters in 2010, Soups & Scoops plies patrons with more than 40 homemade ice creams and sorbets, available by the scoop, pint, quart, and bucket. From key lime sherbet ($5.25 for a pint) to vanilla malt ball ($45 for a six-quart bucket), each flavor is lovingly hand-wrought on-site and eagerly awaits a bevy of delectable toppings to deliver more sugar, crunch, and x-ray vision with every bite.
Drawing from an archive of more than 130 flavors, Chadwick's Churn scoops up a dozen varieties of homemade ice cream at a time. The refrigerated roster can tickle all areas of the taste-bud map with luscious lickables such as key-lime pie, candy corn, and cookie dough. Owner Andrea Brooks Mount doles out the dairy in a variety of denominations, from bowls ($3.30–$4) to conical waffles ($3.75–$4.75) to shakes ($4.20–$5). Unlike at buffets or art museums, take-home containers are readily available and encouraged, carrying treats by the pint ($4.30) or quart ($7.40) for extra enjoyment.
Mother Earth Meats stocks groceries picked with care, including dry goods, produce, and craft beers, alongside a lunch menu of meals cooked onsite. Try the grassfed burger or lobster bisque for a nutritious bite between scouring the aisles for the perfect tomato.
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.