By Hope S. Philbrick
“It’s so new even I haven’t been there yet!” enthused the gal who set up my dinner reservation at Knoxville, Tennessee’s Blue Slip Bistro & Wine Bar.
My husband and I arrived at the appointed date and time. As we grabbed a table in the empty restaurant, I figured word about the place had not yet got out around town.
Then a couple came into the doorway behind us, asked for a table, and the guy who had handed us our menus with the words, “I’ll be both your server and chef tonight,” told them, “We’re actually closed.”
Things were getting weird, it seemed.
But from there our meal went off without a hitch. We ordered a sandwich and salad, the main thrusts of the menu, and were satisfied with our selections. The grilled brie cheese and fig on Texas Toast was as decadent rich-sweet as it sounds. The strawberry balsamic salad lived up to expectations.
We didn’t try the wine, since we’d just finished a hike we craved water, but you may want to imbibe: Blue Slip Winery opened in 2009 as Knoxville’s first winery and Tennessee’s first urban winery. The wine is made from all locally grown fruit and made on-site at the Historic Southern Railway Station.
Blue Slip Winery
300 W. Depot Ave.
Knoxville TN 37917
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