Started out at New Knoxville Brewing Company, where we sampled their wonderful microbrews, including my fave, a red ale called "Alt." Skipped the standard pub grub on menu to save room for dinner...
Next was dinner two blocks down at Cairo Cafe. Started out with the fresh hummus and tzatziki dips with toasted pita points and then had perhaps the best grilled lamb chops I have ever had with some sort of pea-based dish and a side of nutty rice. Show this place some love, Knoxville! It is wonderful.
Finally, stopped for dessert at Coolato Gelato, where we sampled both the berry-pear sorbetto (which was yummy) and the zabaglione gelato (which was stellar), all washed down with foamy cappuccinos.
All in all, much better (and a better value) than the chain restaurant crap now being served in my former west Knoxville neighborhood!