The Tomato Head; Knoxville, Tennessee

Original art pieces dot the walls at The Tomato Head locations in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Original art pieces dot the walls at The Tomato Head locations in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Image via thetomatohead.com.)

I first visited The Tomato Head 20 or so years ago. It was the first time I ever saw blue corn chips. Since then, I’ve been a frequent visitor to their Downtown Knoxville location on Market Square. And more recently, I’ve found myself at their newer West Knoxville location. The downtown location is kind of a hippie place. It helps anchor the eclectic Market Square vibe. The West location has more of a generic ambiance. In other words, the food is the same at both, but if it’s your first trip, go downtown.

The menu reads kind of like a fairy tale. Their sandwiches are as unusual as the unique pieces of art pieces dotting the walls. And, their pizzas rival any you’ll find anywhere. I’ve never had a bad meal there. The beer selection is out of this world. And, both locations feature a bakery. Both locations also have a great Sunday brunch menu.

So the next time you find yourself in Knoxville, check out either of The Tomato Head locations. A word to the wise, though: expect a wait at peak times, and all day long downtown during patio weather.

Visit them online at thetomatohead.com.

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