Bettina Hamblin believes that food brings people together, that you don't eat with strangers, and that there is something truly intimate about sharing a meal. Knoxville Farmacy, located at 9430 S Northshore Dr. in West Knoxville, is a charming farm-to-table brunch/lunch establishment that hopes to exemplify Hamblin's philosophy of food and fellowship.
Farmacy has cute and interesting decor and the menu offers fresh made southern favorites with a modern twist. See the full menu here.
We were seated across from this cute coffee and tea bar. The restaurant has a lovely feel but because of it's small size and juxtaposition with the kitchen, there's plenty of noise to act as a cover for conversation - don't be afraid to bring the little ones!
You place your order at the front counter and you are given two mason jars with ice and a bottle of water at your table. Nice touch.
A visit to a local southern restaurant is not complete without seeing what they bring to the table as far as a good ole biscuit, so we ordered a classic hand-spanked (say that without giggling) buttermilk biscuit. It was superb - a crisp outer shell browned to perfection with a fluffy center. Served the right way - with butter and honey - and Farmacy shows they are on point with their biscuit game.
When we take our kids to restaurants we usually choose meals that we know they'll eat without complaint, which usually means leaving the healthier options for their meals at home. So they shared a plate of chicken tenders and fries. This was a huge portion and more than enough food for both of them. The yummy fries arrived piping hot with the potato skins still attached (my favorite).
Matt went all in on the Hot Chicken, Nashville style fried Springer Mountain Chicken served on Texas toast, topped with house made pickles and buttermilk dressing. The chicken had a nice lingering heat that builds over time but doesn't leave you panting or reaching for glugs of ice water. The buttermilk dressing is a nice pairing to the spicy main dish and cuts through some of the warmth of the chicken.
I ordered the Heart of Dixie - grilled Springer Mountain chicken breast with Sweet Water Valley white cheddar (I ordered it without cheese), spring mix, carrots, sprouts, tomato, red onion, and avocado on Dave's Killer Bread and served with lemon-artichoke dressing and house made kettle chips. This was the kind of sandwich that makes you feel good about eating it - not overwhelmingly heavy and the bit of zip from the dressing made this an impressive flavor presentation.
The house made kettle chips were a winner on their own, thick and crunchy with the perfect amount of seasoning. They were so popular I ended up having to share them with my little chip monster kiddos!
Have you eaten at Farmacy? What did you think? Leave me a comment!