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Sunspot Restaurant


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Queso Dip
tortilla chips, fresh cilantro
Seasonal Hummus Plate
fresh & house pickled vegetables, grilled flat bread
Chips & Salsas
tomatillo & smokey chipotle, served with tortilla chips
Cauliflower & Sweet Potato Fritter
caper remoulade, romesco sauce, fresh herbs
Add to any salad: salmon $8, shrimp $6, tuna $6, avocado $2, tofu $4, grilled chicken $5. Dressings: honey mustard (gluten Free, vegetarian), creamy herb (vegan, gluten free), cruze farm buttermilk ranch (gluten free, vegetarian), serrano caesar (gluten free), marcona almond vinaigrette (vegan, gluten free), citrus vinaigrette (vegan, gluten free)
Sunspot Salad
mixed greens, fingerling potatoes, marinated beets, haricot verts, avocado, sunflower seeds, creamy herb dressing
Kale & Quinoa Salad
kale, arugula, quinoa, fall squash, goat cheese, garden radish, roasted marcona almond vinaigrette
cup $3, bowl $6
Today's Soup
changes frequently, inquire with staff
Veggie Soup
changes frequently, inquire with staff
Served on flour tortillas, corn tortillas available upon request
Pork Carnitas
pickled red onion, guacamole, slaw
seared salmon, salsa verde, slaw, cotija
Fried Avocado
arugula, pico de gallo, hummus, goat cheese
Fried Chicken Tender
mexican street corn, house hot sauce, cotija, pickeled red onion, arugula
Blackened Shrimp
Jalapeño aioli, radish, pickled red onion, slaw, hot sauce
Choose one side. Gluten free bun available upon request $1. Add an egg to any sandwich $1, add bacon $1.50
The Bob
jerk chicken, arugula, tomato, shaved red onions, honey mustard
Grilled Salmon BLT*
bacon, arugula, tomato, shaved red onion, roasted garlic & jalapeño aioli
Black Bean Burger
house made with quinoa, beets & mushrooms, chipotle mayo, arugula, guacamole, cucumber, tomato
Sunspot Burger*
all natural burger, arugula, tomato, shaved red onions, house pickle, mayo, buttermilk cheddar
fried green tomato, bacon, arugula, noble springs goat cheese, roasted garlic & jalapeño aioli, sourdough
Butter Beans
Brussel Sprouts with Marcona Almonds
Braised Greens
French Fries
Quinoa Salad
Spiced Sweet Potato Waffle Fries
Steamed Broccoli
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes with Caramelized Onions
Whipped Sorghum Sweet Potatoes
Potato Salad
Add a house or caesar salad for $4. Egg whites available upon request.
The Americano
2 Circle V eggs cooked to order, home fries, bacon, toast, fresh fruit
Steak & Eggs*
sirloin steak, home fries, Circle V eggs cooked to order, fresh fruit
Omelete of the Weekend
served with fresh fruit
Chicken & Waffle
Buttermilk marinated chicken tenders, muddy pond sorghum, tobasco butter, home fries
On the Sweet Side
served with fresh fruit
Mushroom Toast
Sourdough bread, creamy mushrooms & root vegetables, winter herbs, avocado, cashew "parmesan"
Rice Bowl
Brown rice, house-made curry chickpeas, root vegetable hash, kale, red cabbage, mango
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
American, Bar
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'd read on another app that the food is awesome and that they can do celiac safe. So glad we stopped here. Our server Rebecca was knowledgeable about gf sensitive and what to do to prevent cross-contamination for celiacs and others who can not have...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank DebGFtraveler
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Nice spot near campus. Food was high quality, especially the burger, French fries, and the chicken. Menu was somewhat limited, but had good, somewhat healthy choices. Server was friendly and helpful.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Karen M
Reviewed February 11, 2019

Have eaten here on several occasions when they were in their old location. Came to Knoxville for the UT vs. FL basketball game Saturday and had dinner here. We ate at the bar and the bartender was great. He knew the menu well. They have...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank MaccaFan1
Reviewed January 9, 2019

Visited on the recommendation of UT staff during a recent program evaluation. Close to the university with good parking and an eclectic decor. Wish we had enjoyed the food more...I had an excellent bean soup but the experience peaked with last spoonful. My Cuban sandwich...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank daniel p
Reviewed December 6, 2018 via mobile

I went to this place with a group of people, and so got to see a bunch of the dishes that they serve. I had the Cuban sandwich, which was massively under nourished and thin, although tasty, but not really enough for a full dinner....More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank townp2014
Reviewed November 14, 2018

Started going regularly to the Sunspot when my son was a student at UT. We would dine there for lunch weekly. While I have seen the menu evolve, and some of my favorite dishes come and go, the food is consistently good, served timely, and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Travelcycle125
Reviewed September 30, 2018

Plenty of room for a family gathering. Friendly service and good food. Watch out where you park though because they ticket on the side road!

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Katherine F
Reviewed September 29, 2018

Took Lilly and Jennifer to dinner at the Sunspot, when we went to Knoxville! As was our meal last time, delicious! Evan, our server, was very patient with Lilly, and so helpful with items on the menu. Jennifer asked about the sweet potato chili, and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank sandis366
Reviewed August 28, 2018

visiting with another couple and they suggested Sunspot, in and amidst the University of Tennessee. Great wine list, by the bottle, or the glass, with great values. Food variety was amazing. I had a BLGT (fried green tomato, bacon, arugula, goat cheese, roasted garlic &...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Smokeynav
Reviewed August 19, 2018

My wife is gluten and corn free. I'm a pescatarian. We are both trying to eat low carb. So, finding a restaurant that works for us both is a miracle. Sunspot had something for everyone at our table including a daughter with a dairy allergy....More

Date of visit: August 2018
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