The Tomato Head in Knoxville

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We went to a lovely wedding this weekend in Knoxville, TN.  Neither the husband nor I have ever been there before so we were excited to have the chance to explore a new city while up there for the wedding!

While at the reception, we were talking with a friend who mentioned some yummy places to get brunch in downtown Knoxville.  Since she’s gluten free as well, she mentioned a place called The Tomato Head that has lots of gluten free options and is very health oriented.  I said, “boom, we’re there.”

The downtown Knoxville area is very charming.  There were many people walking around the square, enjoying the crisp, fall weather and wide variety of restaurants.

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Once we were seated, we asked if they had a gluten free menu.  While they didn’t have a specific GF menu, our server was very knowledgeable about their gluten free options, from GF pizza crust to GF bread and tortillas.   One thing that really impressed me was their commitment to using organic and natural ingredients.

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Here’s the husband prior to his coffee. *sleepy eyes*

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With many of their menu items being gluten free, I had so many options to chose from.  Since ordering a sandwich at a restaurant is a luxury these days, I knew I wanted to order one of their unique brunch sandwiches.  I settled on the Annabelle sandwich with GF bread and the chorizo.

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One really cool option they had in the middle of the restaurant was a build your own omelet station. (not pictured) There were several chefs ready to create and cook your own personal omelet right before your eyes!

Then, came my Annabelle.

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Even though my taste buds weren’t functioning at their optimum (currently have a cold, boo) the flavors in this sandwich really blew me away.  When I’m cooking and eating, I really love for every single ingredient to be able to stand alone when it comes to flavor, so this really did it for me.  The combination of the savory chorizo, smoked chedder and roasted potatoes were complimented well by the sweet onions and tart granny smith apples.   And I can’t forget to mention the perfection that is their gluten free bread.  It felt light and fluffy like a biscuit, yet looked and tasted like an English muffin. So. Good.

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My sandwich also came with fresh fruit, which was a nice, fresh touch.

We were very impressed with everything about this restaurant and definitely will return again if we are in the area.

After eating, we did some more exploring downtown!

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Before we returning back to reality, we decided to make a little detour for lunch in downtown Hendersonville, NC. It’s a quaint little mountain town that will just steal your heart.

For lunch, we had some amazing Pad Thai at a local Asian joint called Lime Leaf. They have killer lunch specials, so if you’re ever in the area for lunch, check it out!

While strolling through downtown we stumbled upon one of my favorite ice cream stores, Kilwins.  Little did I know, the store owner has Celiac’s disease and the majority of their ice cream flavors are gluten free!! (with the exception of flavors with cookies, caramel, brownies, etc.)  They had a list printed out of all of their GF ice cream flavors to chose from.  Did you also know they use hormone and antibiotic free cream?!  Even though we had just finished our Thai, I got the Cappuccino Chocolate Chip!

You can always find room for a little ice cream! 😉

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If you would like to follow me on Facebook, my page is GlutenFreeMrs

‘Til next time!



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