So I was definitely supposed to blog about another restaurant in Knoxville, but after I went to BreadShed Café today I HAD to share my good news with the world. I finally found a bakery in Knoxville that can make both a delicious sandwich and decadent pastries. It has to be one of K-Town’s best kept secrets.
Since graduating, I rarely get to eat in Knoxville, but today my best friend gave me the best gift—an amazing experience at a place I’ve never eaten at before. BreadShed Café is a quaint place located on N. Broadway. The inside features only a few seats, but the rest of the space is filled with rows and rows of freshly baked goodies displayed for customers. Eating at BreadShed Café reminds me of going to an old friend’s house. The owner, Kymberle, welcomed us into her Café like we’d been old friends. She shared a freshly baked cinnamon roll with everyone in the Café to sample, and I knew immediately that I was in love with this place. Kymberle openly speaks to all of her customers inviting them to take part in a communal restaurant experience. At the end of my meal, I felt like I made new friends and had great conversation.
In case the friendly dining experience isn’t enough to convince you to visit BreadShed, maybe the phenomenal food will tempt you. Everything here is made from scratch and I mean everything. The bread, pastries, soups and salads are all from natural ingredients and handcrafted by Kymberle herself. One of the most exciting aspects of this Café is that the menu changes depending on the ingredients she can find. I even heard her talking about making gumbo, and after checking BreadShed’s Instagram I saw that it was indeed featured the next day.
For this trip, my friend and I split the caprese sandwich with prosciutto and an Italian Stallion sandwich. The caprese sandwich featured mozzarella, pesto, tomato and prosciutto on freshly baked garlic herb bread. The Italian Stallion featured carved ham, pepperoni, salami and mozzarella. Both sandwiches were absolutely incredible. The salty meats paired well with the creamy cheese and crunchy bread. Each bite was perfection. I think the best way to try a bit of everything is to bring a friend and split two different sandwiches. Each sandwich is around $10 which isn’t bad at all. I can’t wait to try the other sandwiches on the menu.
My favorite part of the meal was a heavenly sticky bun. It exudes the most basic quality that most bakers can’t achieve—it is moist. I’ve had a lot of pastries that were dry, but not at BreadShed. I’ve tried the honey and chocolate croissants and blueberry cream cheese streudel. Both were moist and creamy with hints of tart flavor. I can’t sing its praises enough.
Seriously, the thing that made me the saddest after my trip to BreadShed was that it took me 2 years to find this place. If you want to make friends, eat delicious sandwiches and have a spiritual experience with a sticky bun, then BreadShed Café is the place for you.
Special thanks to Kymberle for letting me try the rum and strawberry ice cream. It’s the simple things that can make someone’s day.