The Top 5 Healthy Organic Restaurants in Knoxville, TN

Located in East Tennessee on the banks of the Tennessee River, Knoxville is only 35 miles from Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It’s also the third largest city in Tennessee, and Food and Wine magazine had this to say: “Knoxville’s understated cool is a welcome diversion, something slightly different from what you will find anywhere else in these parts.”

Our purpose is to direct you to the healthiest restaurant choices available in the country because we know that when you have cancer, every choice you make matters, especially when it comes to the food you eat.

Here are our top 5 recommended healthy restaurants in Knoxville, Tennessee:

Bistro by the Tracks

215 Brookview Centre Way
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

A first glance at their menu and you’ll feel as though you’re in a sophisticated metropolitan area. Appetizers include Charcuterie & Cheese (domestic, imported, house made and traditional accompaniments); Prawn Egg Rolls (carrots, cabbage, green onion, ginger, lemongrass, fried wonton, duck sauce); and Beef Bourguignon (beef tips, pearl onions, carrots, celery, red wine and puff pastry).

Entrees include Bouillabaisse (mussels, shrimp, scallops, smoked salmon, tomato, peppers); Lamb Shank (yogurt, marinated foreshank, root vegetable ragout, braising jus); and Ramen (mushroom broth, pickled carrots, radish, ginger mushrooms, jalapeno, 60-minute egg).

Tupelo Honey

1 Market Square
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Tupelo’s offers scratch-made, seasonally based menu items made with responsibly sourced, locally grown ingredients as part of their Southern comfort food menu. Their Executive Chef, Eric Gabrynowicz, is a 4-time James Beard Award semifinalist, Top Newcomer from Zagat, who was voted Food and Wine Magazine’s “Peoples Best New Chef – New York.”

Check out the Chef’s Specials which may include Tupelo Shrimp & Grits (sustainable and wild-caught white gulf shrimp, chorizo pork sausage, pepperonata, creole sauce, scallions, over heirloom grits with goat cheese); Chili Lime Roasted Half-Bird (chicken brined for over 18 hours, roasted and grilled then topped with chili-lime sauce, fresh fresno chilies, and mint, choice of two farm fresh sides); and Bourbon Peppercorn Glazed Meatloaf (scratch-made blend of beef and chorizo, choice of two farm fresh sides).

The Tomato Head

12 Market Square
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

The Tomato Head serves up appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, and pizza using all natural, antibiotic free chicken, nitrate free ham, pepperoni, turkey and Italian sausage, Cruze Farm buttermilk, organic eggs, and locally grown, in-season produce.

Try the Hummus Plate appetizer (cucumber, tomato, broccoli, pickled carrot, fresh baked pita); the Kelpner Melt sandwich (fresh spinach, baked tofu, Monterey Jack cheese, herbed tomato, pineapple, roasted onion, walnut, pesto, mustard); or a customized pizza that can solve your allergy dilemma.

Not Watson’s Kitchen

15 Market Square
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902

Try the Veggie Power Wrap (kale, black beans, avocado, feta, pico de gallo, sour cream and fresh herbs); Grilled Salmon Fillet with Honey Mustard Sauce (wild caught salmon crowned with local honey, grain mustard and fresh mint, served with white cheddar mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus), or the Pan Seared Scallops with Tomatoes, Basil and Brie (large pan-seared scallops sauteed, served over linguine, tossed with fresh basil, garlic, tomatoes, Brie and extra virgin olive oil).

First Watch (3 locations)

Bearden Hill
6474 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919

Fountain City
5144 N. Broadway St.
Knoxville, TN 37918

Turkey Creek
11682 Parkside Dr.
Knoxville, TN 37934

Award-winning breakfast, brunch and lunch with menu items like A.M. Superfoods Bowl (coconut milk chia seed pudding, fresh bananas and berries, mixed berry compote, housemade granola with almonds and our whole grain artisan toast with almond butter and Maldon sea salt); Power Wrap (egg whites, turkey, spinach, house-roasted Crimini mushrooms and Mozzarella in a sun-dried tomato-basil tortilla, served with fresh fruit and a side of housemade pico de gallo); and Chicken Avocado Chop Salad (chopped romaine and arugula, all-natural chicken breast, avocado, tomatoes, corn, black beans, Feta cheese and crispy tortilla chips with a citrus chipotle dressing); and much more.

About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the Templeton List is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling. The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, The Templeton List was developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, carefully vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

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David Lansel, “If Everybody Could Stop Pretending Knoxville Doesn't Exist, That Would Be Great,” Food and Wine (April 2019).