At Lenny's Sub Shop, named Best Sandwich Shop in 2010 by CityVoter Knoxville, team members bake fresh loaves of bread every morning and slice deli meat to order for each sandwich. Lenny's Sub Shop has been active in Knoxville for 14 years and it has grown to reach diners in more than 15 southern and midwestern states. Its signature 7.5-inch sandwiches cradle a half-pound of meat and cheese, the 10-inch holds 3/4-pound while its 15-inch Heroic subs hold up to a full pound. On the lighter side, the 5-inch holds 1/3-pound. Hot pepper relish blended from diced cherry peppers is available to add zing to deluxe clubs, roast-beef sandwiches, and veggie subs. New items include the chopped BBQ sub, potato salad, wraps, coleslaw, and a large variety of chips. In addition, the shop also serves kids' meals.
Crowned Best Overall Restaurant by the Knoxville News Sentinel in 2010, Puleo’s Grille takes tongues on a whirlwind taste tour with its eclectic menu of Southern and Italian classics. Circle tooth wagons around scrumptious orders of fried green tomatoes partnered with a savory side of stone-ground cheese grits and country gravy ($6.99), or lay a delectable claim on Italian mainstays such as lasagna ($11.99) or artichoke- and caper-flecked chicken piccata, which gets its beauty sleep atop a bed of linguini draped in lemon wine sauce ($14.99).
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.
Sweet CeCe's Frozen Yogurt & Treats yields a chilly harvest of up to eight flavors at a time, which patrons can pump in velvety swirls and adorn with spoonfuls of cookie, fruit, and candy toppings. Gluten-free dollops of country vanilla, peanut butter, and original tart line cups with creamy beds in which fresh pineapple chunks and Oreo crumbs can snuggle up to escape nightmares of imprisonment in pints of ice cream. At 49 cents an ounce, armadas of almonds and walnuts can patrol 8-ounce seas of yogurt for roughly $5 and sour worms can burrow into soft and shallow holes for around $3. Sweet CeCe’s predominantly fat-free flavors fit safely within the strictures of stringent diet plans, and all but one of the shop’s frozen yogurts eschew high-fructose corn syrup entirely. A charmingly pink interior with wood-paneled walls complements the sassy tartness of the yogurts and vegetarian-friendly sorbets, which rotate every time they start to get too smart-mouthed with owner CeCe.
This new family eatery features an extensive menu of timeless Italian tastes, including pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and salads. A thin-crusted pie topped with pepperoni turns circumscribed circles into a square meal ($9.50 for a 12-inch). Unlike parents or pants, pasta and sauce combinations can be hand-selected and mix-and-matched; try a large dish of penne with meat sauce, served with garlic bread ($7.39). Or, put the fear of The Don into an unruly, growling stomach—a deli trifecta of ham, salami, and pepperoni, crowned with mozzarella, portabello mushrooms, peppers, and Italian dressing, sandwiched between house-made bread ($7.99 for a 12-inch). Lescotti's friendly service and casual atmosphere make it the perfect place for an evening family outing or outing the neighbor family for mistreating your cat topiary.
Though born in Mexico, Jose Garcia has built a career focused on fresh, nutritious Asian cuisine. As reported by Carly Harrington of the Knoxville News Sentinel, Garcia’s goal in opening Fan Chao was to supply health-conscious locals with cuisine that harmonizes with their dietary goals or restrictions. So he teamed up with local chiropractor and wellness expert Dr. Scott Courtley to design Fan Chao’s bill of fare. The restaurant’s made-from-scratch, oil-free, and veggie-heavy fare is as tasty as it is wholesome.
The menu tantalizes tongues with bold flavors of flame-seared beef, chicken, and tofu. Many items, including moo goo gai pan and a vegetarian feast with spiced tofu, can be made entirely gluten-free upon request. Sensitive tongues can also request a lower heat level on spicy dishes such as garlic ginger beef or firecracker shrimp.
Knoxville.com also favorably featured the Chinese eatery, highlighting distinctive décor details such as the color scheme of reds and earth tones. A flat-screen TV beams a live stream of Fan Chao's grill chefs, who spend most of their time searing or singing lullabies to each fresh morsel.