Market square location, full bar, and varied menu
Black and Bleu Sliders, Chipotle Glazed Pork Loin Medallions, Oyster Po Boy, and Two Specialty Martinis
??? Lost it
Half Full at best
Market Square Knoxville
Not Watson’s, a restaurant with a weird name. Good thing there’s a cute story behind it. Recently opening in Market Square of downtown Knoxville the boss wanted to give it a try. First impressions are a neat little restaurant. They have a pretty large menu and full bar. The menu is quite varied, with an emphasis on Burgers and Dogs. These range in price from $6.99 for the “Backyard Dog” to $12.99 for “The Carpetbagger”, Some crazy sounding burger with cheese, bacon, slaw, remoulade, and oysters. Yep, fried Oysters. We like the look and feel of the restaurant.
Upon entering we felt the greeting could have been warmer, but that’s just us. Look alike maybe they were a bit unorganized at the host stand. We asked for a patio table and were taken immediately outside and seated. Out server quickly approached and offered us some beverages. That evening they had a special on martinis. We each ordered one and continued looking at our menu.
The martinis arrived. Mine, a strawberry martini, tasted like strawberry daiquiri mix and vodka. Not very good but you can’t be mad for $4. The wifey had another flavor. Cannot remember what it was. It was more the same, not very good but hey, it was super cheap.
We decided that we probably were not going to order hamburgers so wanted to start with the sliders to get a feel of what their burgers might be like. The arrived quickly and we dug in.
The Black and Bleu Sliders ($7.99) were good, but with a few tweaks could have been better. We often order sliders for their fun eating qualities. Heck, there are two restaurant chains that based their success on little tiny burgers. The beef was good, the onions good, the sauce good, and we did like how they were served on these really sift little almost dinner bun like rolls. The only problem, give us enough bacon to taste, and more importantly, toast the bun. Toasting helps ads a wonderful texture and also keeps the bread from getting soggy. If you read my visit to another market square restaurant, you would know that Knoxville has a problem with this…. Anyways, the sauce was delicious and we fed our grocery holes pretty quickly.
Next the main courses. I decided on the Chipotle Glazed Pork Loin Medallions ($14.99)
These arrived hot off the grill. To my surprise, everything on the plate including the mac and cheese were hot and fresh. The port chops were large, tender, and moist. They were covered with what they called a Chipotle and brown sugar glaze. I think I was expecting more chipotle, but they were good. The mac and cheese was delicious, nothing more to say about it, and the grilled asparagus couldn’t have been done better. Good work from the Kitchen staff on my dish.
The wife ordered the Po boy. ($11.99)
They offer this dish with fresh fried oysters or alligator. I tried to talk her into the alligator, but she didn’t take my hint. No problem. Arriving at the same time as mine, we found a sandwich with a soft bogie roll with greens, tomato, and remoulade. The remoulade was delicious, and fresh fried oysters are oh so good. Super tender and flavorful. Their breading hit the mark. A good Po Boy all the way around.
Food quality, service speed, location
Toast Your Buns! Special martinis could be better thought out using better ingredients