I think I’m going through a phase, a food phase. It’s one where I feel like I have to try new things. I have an urge to go out and eat at as many different restaurants in Knoxville as possible.
This phase started when I realized that my time in Knoxville could be limited. I am a senior now at UT and my whole entire future is just up in the air. I mean, all seniors’ futures are up in the air if you really think about it. So, for me, much like a mid-life crisis, I am having a senior food-life crisis.
Thanks to my new handy dandy food plan, that allows a commuter like myself to spend my week eating the same Aramark bland meals over and over again, I now have a few extra dollars in my bank account.
I made my own silver lining. I decided to use my extra dollars to explore all the local cuisine that this Scruffy City has to offer. This is when I came upon the Crown & Goose.
This restaurant feels like a traditional British pub and features the most exquisite cuisine. Personally, I’ve never been to England, but I can imagine that this food comes pretty close with dishes like fish n’ chips, bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes) and duck confit. Pair these dishes with a glass of handcrafted beer and you have a match made in British heaven.
The cheese board: A wooden cutting board is topped with a variety of english imported cheeses and paired with fruits, nuts and fresh baked bread.
Main entree: Honey balsamic cornish hen grilled to perfection and paired with crispy quinoa polenta, baby kale and fried leeks.
Chef Jeffrey DeAlejandro is an amazing cook and has even opened up a brunch place called Olibea, which I also highly recommend.
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Jessica Carr is a senior majoring in journalism and electronic media at UT. She is an independent food blogger. You can check out her blog by clicking here.
Edited by Taylor Owens