19 Nov Say Hello to Knoxville’s Newest Restaurant: Elkmont Exchange
Tonight was special: it felt like Washington, DC, and a little bit of Manhattan had landed in Knoxville, TN. Say hello to Elkmont Exchange. The newest (about 3-4 weeks old, at the time of this post) restaurant to open in the rapidly expanding 4th and Gil neighborhood. Elkmont isn’t just special because of its fusion dishes that draw from local inspiration of Tennessee, Vietnam and everything in between. But its architecture is gorgeous. So much custom steel work was done – inside and outside. And now that fall is seriously here (took awhile), that gorgeous fire pit of theirs will be used – a lot. It reminds me of the different elevations of the Great Smoky Mountains. See it? Beautiful.
OK. Let’s get down to it. To start, I highly recommend the chicken wings, fried plantains and edamame. For the main event: try either the Rainbow Falls salad (a favorite among my colleagues), the Prawns (new; not even on the website yet) and my favorite of the night: North Knox Hot Chicken served between two pieces of lightly toasted white bread with 2 small sliced pickles on top. Waffle cut fries or steamed vegetables were the sides of choice. Obviously, I went with the waffle fries. I had a hearty piece of fried chicken and the “Hot” factor wasn’t enough to have you asking for milk, so don’t be scared.
For dessert … well, let’s just say folks; whatever you decide to order for your starter or main event – PLEASE – save room for dessert. Dale’s Apple Fried Pie was the SHOW STOPPER of the night. Ladies and gentleman, I had NEVER had a fried pie like this. Moist, but fried, and incredibly savory. The sweet came from the apples and vanilla ice cream and whip. Ya’ll…. so damn good! And I was very happy to learn that Dale’s Fried Pie’s are created by a woman!! Yup, Miss. Dale Mackey. And guess what, she ships!!