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11th Street Expresso House & Cafe
1016 Laurel Ave. * 546-3003
11th Street's eclectic sandwich and dessert menu is nearly eclipsed by their equally eclectic extended-family type clientele. Their gourmet vegetarian sandwiches are complimented by some of the best chicken salad this side of Grainger County. Check out their poetry readings and sip a cup of coffee.
Open Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-midnight. Sun. 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Under $7. Cash or check. No alcohol.
195 Degrees Coffee Shop
109 S. Central * 546-0051
195 degrees is an eclectic little coffe house in the Old City, serving great coffee, tempting deserts and is expanding its menu to offer food of a cafe flair. It also offers a good selection of quality beers and wines. Smoking permitted/ handicapped accessible.
Mon.-Fri 8am-11pm, Fri. 8am-1am, Sat. 10am-1pm, Sun. 11am-11pm. Beer and wine coming soon. Under $7. V/MC/Personal checks.
Western Plaza * 584-2902
Serving gourmet coffees and teas, sinful cakes, pastries, and other desserts. Lunch featuring specialty sandwiches and daily specials. Nonsmoking, handicapped accessible.
Mon.-Fri. 8am-6pm, Sat. 8am-5pm. V/MC/AE/D. No alcohol.
1911 Cumberland Ave. * 673-3148
It's not just a coffee shop anymore. This hangout offers a full line of import and microbrewed beers, desserts and imported hand-rolled cigars. It's smoker friendly, but high ceilings and ceiling fans keep the air on the move. Don't forget to check the new collection of used books. Smoking allowed, handicapped accessible.
9am-2am every day. Under $7. V/MC/AE/D/checks accepted. Beer.
1823 Cumberland Ave. * 971-5406
A relaxed yet energetic espresso house perfect for a good game of chess, or checkers while relaxing on one of the many futons. Home-made baked goods available. Try the frozen mocha. Smoking permitted, handicapped accessible.
Mon.-Thurs. 11am-midnight, Fri. & Sat. 11am-1am, Sun. 5pm-midnight. Under $7. Cash only.
825 Melrose Place * 544-1004
Stop by and enjoy the plethora of gourmet coffees, espresso drinks, and fine desserts. Now offering light and unique lunches changing daily, to suit your need for variety. To cool down, try an iced cappuccino or a smoothie. Provides plenty of room for roundtable meetings and study groups, so bring a friend, or two, or three. Limited smoking area, handicapped accessible.
Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-midnight, Sat. 9am-midnight, Sun. 10am-midnight. Under $7. Cash and checks only. No alcohol.
House of Beans
9700 Kingston Pike, Suite 8 * 692-0084
Another fine addition to the Knoxville coffee house scene, House of Beans provides 22 different kinds of coffee as well as a plethora of desserts and bagels. Smoking is not permitted, handicapped accessible.
Mon.-Fri. 7am-11pm, Sat. 8am-12pm, Sun. 9am-9pm. Under $7. V/MC/D/AE/PC.
5115 Homberg Dr. * 558-9100
Intimate but sociable coffeehouse, once again voted the "Best Coffee House" in our BOK Reader's Poll. Located in Homberg near the Terrace Theatre, it's the perfect spot to grab a cup of coffee or tea and some decadent treat after watching a film. Bring a book or a friend, or enjoy any of the unusual publications they have there for you. Now serving lunch.
Almost always open, call for hours. Under $7. V/MC/AE. No alcohol.
JFG Coffee House
132 W. Jackson Ave. * 525-0012
JFG, Knoxville's claim to the coffee hall of fame, has its own entry in the coffee shop sweepstakes. With high ceilings, book-lined walls, and unpretentious atmosphere, it's the perfect place for fresh-brewed coffee, delectable desserts, and fresh bread. Lunch available any timetry the big green spinach wrap filled with some of Knoxvegas' best chicken salad. Nonsmoking, handicapped accessible.
Mon.-Thurs. 9am-10pm, Fri. & Sat. 9am-midnight. Closed Sun. Under $7. V/MC/AE. No alcohol.
Joe Muggs Cafe
8513 Kingston Pike (in Books-a-Million) * 691-2665
Hanging out was never so fun. Buy some bargain books and read them over a cappuccino or Torani-flavored Italian soda and delicious homemade desserts. Read, drink, and watch their cable TV. Make a night out of it, they're open later than the mall. Smoking outside, handicapped accessible.
Every day, 9am-11pm. Under $7. No alcohol.
Line's Sweets and Eats
412 Clinch Ave. * 523-2414
Bakery and diner serving breakfast and lunch in the downtown area for over twenty years. Try one of their popular burgers, hot plate lunches or sandwiches on homemade bread. Then take home some cookies or pastries from their bakery.
Smoking section available, handicapped accessible.
Mon.-Fri. 7am-2pm. Under $7. V/MC. No alcohol.
Paddle Wheel Mercantile
6535 Kingston Pike * 602-6677
This coffee shop also offers over 130 import and microbrew beers, a number large enough to impress any beer snob. They offer Chicago style hot dogs and pizza. If you're in the mood for something lighter, they also have a juice bar. Smoking permitted/handicapped accessible.
Mon.-Thur. 7am-10pm; Fri. & Sat. 7am-11pm. Under $7. V/MC/D/AE.
Pete's Coffee Shop
428 Union Ave. * 523-2860
Traditional diner that serves up sass along with its down-home Southern cooking. Fresh salads, four meats, homemade bread, five vegetables daily. Sit at the counter, and don't miss the lemon ice box pie. Nonsmoking.
Mon.-Fri. 6:30am-2pm. Under $6. No credit cards. No alcohol.
Ruby's Coffee Shop
3920 Martin Luther King Ave. * 522-0782
In the heart of East Knoxville, Ruby's serves family-style breakfast ('til 11am) and plate lunch specials. And they open in time for the most ambitious fisherman to grab some biscuits and gravy on their way to the pond. Nonsmoking.
Tues.-Fri. 6am-1:30pm, Sat. 6am-11am, closed Sun. and Mon. No credit cards. No alcohol.