April 16, 2024

Top spots to eat, drink in Market Square

Autumn has arrived in East Tennessee and the heat and humidity are disappearing, making any time of day perfect for an outdoor dining experience. Market Square is a popular destination for open-air dining, offering enjoyable venues and menus from breakfast to cocktails in the fresh fall air.

Photo by Diana Barton
Photo by Diana Barton

9 AM Breakfast

For those who crave traditional, hearty breakfast dishes with an inventive twist, Tupelo Honey Cafe can satisfy those southern comfort cravings. The Cafe offers a classic, made-from-scratch breakfast menu infused with a spirited, down-home take such as the goat cheese grits that complement the fluffy sweet potato pancakes topped with pecans and peach butter. tupelohoneycafe.com

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11 AM Brunch

When it comes to brunch, Cafe 4 knows how to hit the spot. With dishes varying from stuffed, fried french toast to lobster-bacon flatbread, this cafe does the transitional period between breakfast and lunch seamlessly. A seat on the patio and a personalized cup of  coffee from the barista are the perfect pair to accompany the versatile in-between meal this cafe does so well. cafe4ms.com 

Photo by Diana Barton
Photo by Diana Barton

12 PM Lunch

With fresh air, fresh food and a fresh take on Italian, Bella Luna offers a simple and modern lunch menu comprised of light Italian dishes that will please the palette. The Italian lunch buffet is open until 2 p.m. and features the daily chef’s selection of house-made pastas and salads. Other lunch menu items include flatbread pizzas and sandwiches designed perfectly for those who love the flavors of true Italian cuisine. bellalunaknox.com

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7 PM Dinner

The heavenly aroma swirling around Tomato Head is likely a result of the day’s in-house preparation of home-made breads, dressings, cookies and desserts. The bistro offers an out-of-the-box pizza menu including combos such as goat cheese white pizza, gorgonzola and walnut white pizza, and lamb sausage and sun-dried tomato pizza. Burritos and quesadillas are also built from pleasingly creative ingredients such as hummus, mushrooms, walnuts and tofu. thetomatohead.com

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10 PM Cocktails

Out of the three bars on each floor of Preservation Pub, the Moonshine Roof Garden is the perfect spot on a breezy autumn night. This rooftop bar is under a canopy of lights and foliage garland, complete with old moonshiner memorabilia scattered throughout. With a wide selection of beer and cocktails, the Moonshine Roof Garden is a magical place to end the night, creating the ideal venue for creating memories. preservationpub.com

Edited by Jennifer Brake

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