My wife and I visited Rouxbarb on our anniversary last March with two friends. We were so impressed that we decided to partake of the special Tasting Night. The price is not by any means bargain basement but for the special occasions it is the place for us 99% to splurge.
The host, Glo, is a joy. She is very personal, efficient, and so helpful that she adds that extra flavor to the evening. The service was efficient without being overbearing which is the key to great service. The restaurant is small and the tables are somewhat close but it has such a comfortable atmosphere the closeness did not phase us.
There was not a morsel of food that was served to us that was less than extremely creative and spectacular. The chief himself comes to the table to inquire what you may be allergic to or what foods you dislike when you get the Tasting program. After that the meal was in his very creative and capable hands. We think we had 8 courses but we lost count after 4. The gnocchi, mussels, ribs, soup, fried cheese, salad mushrooms, cornbread, original condiments and the shrimp and grits, which we had to take home along with the desert, were to die for.
We eat our allot but usually not this type of gourmet food on a regular basis but we promised to adjust that tendency and include Rouxbarb on our monthly meal plans.
The restaurant was crowded both times we have been there and some friends suggested that they should expand. I would be afraid that it would take away some of the cache and could effect Chef Bruce's attention to detail and quality which would be a problem.
Needless to say there is not a better, more creative and comfortable restaurant in Knoxville and maybe in the entire state.
Thank you chef Bruce, Glo and our waiter for a night we will remember and the incentive to return many more times.