My favorite part of traveling is exploring a new place I have never been before. For Judd’a birthday we decided to explore Downtown Knoxville and grab dinner at a local joint. We did research in the weeks leading up to our trip to find the best possible place to try while downtown. We came across Stock & Barrel and knew we had to try it.
Stock & Barrel is known for its bourbon and burgers. They get their beef locally from Mitchell Family Farms in Blaine, TN which has been operational since the 19th century. They also serve each of their burgers on freshly baked bread from Flour Head Bakery which is located in Knoxville. Stock and Barrel is truly a local joint and well worth the visit!
When you enter the restaurant the first thing you will notice is how narrow and small it is. It’s pretty surprising at first but trust me, it makes for an intimate experience. Stock and Barrel doesn’t take reservations so make sure you go early! We got to the place at 3:30pm and were able to get right in and seated.
Their menu has an incredible selection of items. From the unique appetizers like the Duck Confit Fries to their killer burgers like The Elvis, you’ll have a hard time deciding what to order! I went for The Farmhouse, a beef burger topped with cheddar cheese, fried egg, bacon, tomatoes, onion and garlic aioli. I’m a sucker for a fried egg on a burger! I ordered onion rings to go with my burger instead of fries. The burger was incredibly flavorful and probably the best burger I’ve had in my life. I kid you not! The garlic aioli added a nice touch to the overall burger.
Judd went for the Shroomin’ burger out of his love for all things mushrooms. This burger came with crimini, shiitake and button mushrooms, swiss cheese and creamed horseradish. He too agreed that his burger was perfectly seasoned!
After our incredible dinner we decided to walk around downtown. There are a bunch of boutiques and local shops which we perused through. Downtown Knoxville is like any bustling downtown with busy city streets and guests wandering on the sidewalks. We walked up and down Gay Street and in and out of stores. As the sun set on the city we enjoyed cooler temperatures. It was a wonderful way to spend a Friday evening!
I just adore the theater downtown! The sign is a classic landmark and is easy to spot when you’re strolling down the street. We walked through Krutch Park to finish our evening before the sun finally set.