Archive for December, 2009

Blog Break 2

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

Mockingbird is away from headquarters this week so posts will be sporadic. If I was in a place with more interesting food we wouldn’t have this problem.

Stay tuned…

snowy times

BaconFest 2010 Dates!

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

BaconFest 2010 Announced!!!
February 26-27, 2010

Feb 26: Swine and Dine @ The Glowing Body
Sponsored by East Tennessee’s best, Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams. Allen Benton will be on hand to discuss his products. Wine curated by Stanton Webster. Small plates created by local chefs/bacon enthusiasts to be paired with special wines. Tickets for Swine and Dine will be on sale through the Glowing Body in the new year. Check Mockingbird blog or Facebook for exact on sale dates.

Feb 27: BaconBits @ Ironwood Studios
Join us at Ironwood Studios for a semi-competitive bacon off. Bring your favorite bacon dish and drink. BaconBits will feature live music and PRIZES awarded for various bacon fest categories such as, best use of bacon grease, most pork/bacon used in a dish, most contemporary interpretation of a traditional recipe, most exotic, and many more. There will be a small cover for BaconBits that includes a sampling of contestants’ food, live music, and other tasty treats. 

For more information about ticketing for each night, details, etc:

Mockingbird Favorites in Knoxville

Saturday, December 26th, 2009

A lot of these are obvious, but I’m still learning about the nooks and crannies in Knoxville…Please chime in with your favorites in the comments section.

Egg Drop Soup at the Plum Tree on Kingston Pike:
A friend also told me they had amazing, authentic Pho but we didn’t try it the day we went. The rest of the food was not awesome, but not bad.

Sausage platter and Spetzle at the Linderhoff:
I know, I know, it is ALL the way out in Farragut. I know our grandparents walked to school in the snow, but let me tell you I used to have to drive that far to buy beer outside of my dry county…It’s worth the drive. Almost more than the beer.

Dried, fried eggplant and crispy beef at Hong Kong House:
Well those and everything else. Still haven’t made it for Dim Sum on Sunday, but someday Mockingbird HQs will be awake and out west before 2:30 on a Sunday.

Fish tacos at Manhattan’s:
Best french fries in town and best fish tacos. Somehow. They also have about the most interesting bourbon selection of any bar downtown. Sometimes they even have Pappy…

The Tortas at Senor Taco:
I had never ordered this and always wanted to. It was one of my favorite discoveries when I did my semester abroad in Mexico. We got it a couple weeks ago, the bread was like Challah, the sandwich huge, the fries fried in some crazy tasting grease. Mmmmmmmm.

Sunrise is amazing, everyone knows. Everyone who hasn’t gone needs to go. Right now. It is so fun. Chicken hearts, cows’ hoofs, bok choy, limes for .25 each, ginger, fresh tumeric, the list goes on and on and on.

Holy Land has great prepared foods, feta, olives and frozen meats. Also as Kevin Clark pointed out, great for sandwiches and falafel.

Three Rivers Co-op. Shopping there is the best experience in town, they have everything you need and the most concentrated local food selections of anywhere.

Okay, that’s all I have right now. I’m sure I’ll think of more later.

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 25th, 2009


Knoxville Food Finds

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Here’s a round up of Knoxville Food Finds from some local eaters.

Anna Bogle:
I discovered Aroma Cafe – Cuban restaurant in Eagleton Village (between Vestal and Maryville) – they have ridiculously good Cuban snadwiches, Tostones, and Papas Rellenos.

Aroma Cafe
2570 East Broadway Ave

Eagleton Village, TN 37804
(865) 982-4933

Katie Ries:
Super Asian Market on Sutherland. I’ll go there just to look at packaging.

Oriental Super Mart
3800 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, TN

(865) 588-9411

Kevin Clark:
This is random but the first thing off the top of my head is about my love of philly cheesesteak sandwiches.  oddly enough, the best i’ve found in town is at Holy Land Market.  add jalepenos and you have my favorite sandwich in town.

Holy Land Market
3609 Sutherland Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37919-4309
(865) 525-4659

Joseph Lenn:
Favorite places in K-town…. Butler and Bailey for quality meats and Hong Kong house is one of my favorites for real Chinese food.

Butler and Bailey Market
7513 South Northshore Drive
Knoxville, TN 37919-8002
(865) 691-8881

Hong Kong House
8079 Kingston Pike # X
Knoxville, TN 37919-3909
(865) 670-8819

Charlie Jennings:
My favorite restaurant is by far the Northshore Brasserie.  I don’t think many people know about it due to location / lack of advertising. I like the Yacht Club for cheap & dirty beer.

Northshore Brasserie
9430 South Northshore Drive
Knoxville, TN 37922
(865) 539-5188

Fort Sanders Yacht Club
721 South 17th Street
Knoxville, TN 37916-2403
(865) 673-3500

Sarah Bush
Let’s see, Holy Land Grocery, I Love New York Pizza, and the fried green tomato cart lady in front of AmVets- if she is still there.

I Love NY Pizza
6518 Chapman Highway
knoxville, TN 37920
(865) 577-9191

Jesse and Lauren Wagner:
Full Service BBQ in Maryville and Ali Baba’s.

Full Service BBQ

113 South Washington Street
Maryville, TN 37804
(865) 981-4414

Ali Baba
8361 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37919-5450
(865) 693-1446

Mint Chutney

Monday, December 21st, 2009

Mint Chutney recipe from Street Food via Mangoes and Curry Leaves, a cookbook I can’t say enough good things about. The recipes are amazing. Ignore the seemingly unedited editorials…

2 cups packed mint leaves
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons coriander leaves
3 tablespoons of shallots or yellow onion
2 teaspoons of green cayenne chile
1 teaspoon of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor for about 15 seconds, until almost pureed. For the best flavor serve immediately.

Sunrise Market

Friday, December 18th, 2009


***Each month Mockingbird will do a post of a featured item from the Sunrise Market. Located in West Knoxville it is an expansive Asian grocery store full of live fish, duck hearts, produce, and many, many other amazing items.***

So this item I have to admit I am not adventurous enough to actually taste. It is almond slivers and fish:


I really couldn’t get past the dried fish with heads and eyes. It just looked so cool though to be able to buy little bags of dried fish. Mmmmmmm.