The foodies whom I follow on Instagram and Twitter have posted enticing pictures of their meals at Knox Mason. The restaurant has also received a lot of attention recently from travel writers who have visited Knoxville. I finally tried it on Wednesday night.
My friend Nancy came to Knoxville to attend the induction ceremony for the Friends of Literacy East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. She nominated me for the social media award, which I will receive on Thursday. My wife and I wanted to treat her to dinner. The local and regional fare at Knox Mason was the perfect choice.
I wondered if the restaurant’s name was a reference to American Revolution figures Henry Knox and George Mason. It’s not. I found a quote online from chef Matt Gallaher that explains the name. “I saw a mason jar that said Knox Mason. We have several here. It’s a line of mason jars that were made until the 1960s and I just thought it was a catchy name,” Gallaher told WBIR-TV. “It doesn’t necessarily mean anything but it kind of sounded cool.”
My wife ordered the filet. I ordered the pork belly confit. Nancy had the sunburst trout. We shared a side order of roasted Brussels sprouts served with Benton’s bacon. We were all extremely pleased with our meals.
For dessert, my wife had the peanut butter mousse which had a chocolate shell. I had the banana pudding, which was topped with toasted marshmallow cream. Nancy had pumpkin ice cream with bits of Benton’s bacon.
The menu at Knox Mason changes frequently, depending on what is in season. I’m looking forward to enjoying more meals there in the future.