Best Fine Dining

Bistro by the Tracks

215 Brookview Centreway, Suite 109, Knoxville, TN 37919


You don’t have to go far for an exceptional culinary experience.

Reviewers say “consistently spectacular” with friendly “non-stuffy” service. Bistro by the Tracks simply is Knoxville’s answer to great metropolitan dining.

The restaurant proudly offers an extensive and diverse wine list featuring carefully selected whites and reds from the finest wineries around the world. Bistro by the Tracks is a recipient of Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence, 2010.

Join for an evening of dining that is at once casual and elegant. Reservations appreciated.

Best Casual Dining/Sports Bar


Multiple Locations

When it has to be fresh, and it has to be right, the right choice is always Aubrey’s.

Aubrey’s was launched in West Knoxville by a Catholic High School and University of Tennessee graduate in 1992. Aubrey’s was born and raised in East Tennessee and will forever remain a partner with the communities it serves. 

Step into any of the nine locations across East Tennessee and you will always find smiling faces, great food and satisfying portions. Aubrey’s focuses on serving perfectly prepared pastas, fresh seafood and the Southern favorites you crave so you can focus on what matters the most to you: quality time spent with family and friends.

Real comfort. Real food. Real good.

Best Dessert/Bakery

Nothing Bundt Cakes

5300 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919


To find the perfect recipe, you first need the perfect ingredients. And that’s what founders Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz were for each other. In 1997, they joined forces to help make cakes to entertain their friends and family. The cakes they made were delicious, unlike anything anyone had tasted. 

They quickly realized this side project of theirs could be something more. There was a gap in the world for delicious cakes, readily available, that didn’t compromise on their ingredients.

Flash forward and the Nothing Bundt Cakes brand has grown nationwide. Built on Dena and Debbie’s vision, each bakery still has the warmth and nostalgia of its home-kitchen roots, but also takes a modern approach for the world today. 


Best Cosmetic Surgeon

Dr. Tom Gallaher, Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa

7560 Dannaher Drive, Suite 150, Powell TN 37849


Gallaher Plastic Surgery & Spa MD is owned by board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Tom Gallaher. Gallaher has more than 27 years of surgical experience and performs cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. In addition to plastic surgery, this practice offers CoolSculpting, laser skin resurfacing, injectables such as Botox and Juvederm, facials, massages, skin care products, waxing and more.

Best Dentist

Dr. Buzz Nabers

Two locations: 12061 Thunderhead Road, Knoxville, TN 37922; 304 S. Gay St., Knoxville, TN 37902

865.531.0100, 865.394.6167

Dr. Buzz Nabers practices family and cosmetic dentistry while specializing in preventative and restorative procedures. He and his staff have created a positive atmosphere, from the front desk to the treatment rooms, that promotes an attitude for an overall healthy lifestyle.

Education is paramount with Nabers. He and his entire staff strive to be current on the latest technology and techniques which are changing rapidly in the dental profession. He continues that educational mindset by passing along to his patients the information necessary for them to make better decisions about their dental health.

There’s a lot to buzz about if you are a patient of Buzz Nabers: a wonderful, healthy smile, a warm enticing place to visit, and dentist that you will be proud to call your own.

Best Dermatologist

The Skin Wellness Center – 
Merideth Overholt, M.D.

10215 Kingston Pike, Suite 200, Knoxville, TN 37922


The Skin Wellness Center’s mission is to offer Knoxville the very best in total skin care, specializing in both traditional dermatology and innovative cosmetic procedures.

The Skin Wellness Center was founded in 2001 by dermatologists Meredith Overholt, M.D., and Kimberly Grande, M.D. They emphasize preventive screening and care as well as treating all types of skin conditions and diseases—from acne to cancer—using the latest medical advances. The practice treats adults, teens, children and infants and has expertise in the particular conditions common to each group.

The practice also offers a full spectrum of cosmetic treatments administered by a caring staff of doctors, nurses and aestheticians. After an initial consultation about your skin type and potential issues, they’ll create an individualized skin care plan just for you.

Best Orthodontist

Pickering Orthodontics

Two locations: 4741 North Broadway, Knoxville TN 37918; 118 Mabry Hood Road, Knoxville, TN 37922


Pickering Orthodontics has been setting the highest standards in orthodontics since 1995. Dr. James T. Pickering obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville before attending the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences in Memphis for his doctorate of dental surgery. He completed his orthodontic training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and a general practice residency in Oklahoma City.

The doctors at Pickering Orthodontics feel it is important to stay on the cutting-edge of orthodontics and maintain memberships in numerous professional organizations to keep up-to-date on the latest techniques and technology.

Pickering is the orthodontic consultant for the Children’s Special Services branch of the Knox County Health Department, consultant for the cleft lip and palate team associated with Parkwest Plastic Surgery and the orthodontist for the team at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

Pickering Orthodontics’ goal and policy is to treat patients as they would treat their families. They will offer a high-quality, friendly service, in a gentle, caring atmosphere. Patients are the heart of the practice and the reason it exists.

Best Optometrist

Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun – 
Philip D. Campbell, M.D.

Main office: 1124 Weisgarber Road, Knoxville, TN 37909


Drs. Philip Campbell, Leslie Cunningham, C. Tobin Taylor and A. Kirk Haun are eye surgeons who offer state-of-the-art diagnosis, management and treatment of age-related and other eye diseases. The practice is also home to Eye Surgery Center of East Tennessee where East Tennesseans can have a convenient, on-site ambulatory surgery center for procedures such as cataract microsurgery, cosmetic eye surgery including blepharoplasty or eyelid lifts and more.

They are among the first in the Southeast to perform the Crystalens procedure, designed to correct vision at all distances, reducing or eliminating the need for glasses or contacts, including the need for reader’s glasses.

Campbell and Cunningham lead the Campbell Cunningham Laser Center, the area’s first on-site center of its kind, offering state-of-the-art custom LASIK for the treatment of nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. The procedure is performed 100 percent blade-free.

Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor and Haun are considered among the top cataract surgeons in Knoxville and East Tennessee.

Best Chiropractor

Sport & Wellness Chiropractic Center – John Dandelski, DC, CCEP

10429 Hickory Path Way, Knoxville, TN 37922


John Dandelski of Sport & Wellness Chiropractic Center is the highest rated chiropractor in Knoxville on Yelp with more than 20 five-star reviews. Some common themes found throughout his reviews are excellence, compassion, empathy, caring, and getting positive results when others have failed to do so.

At Sport & Wellness Chiropractic Center, there is no waiting. If your appointment is at 4 p.m., the doctor will see you at 4 p.m. The practice offers same day or next-day service. Your first visit is a one-hour comprehensive physical exam that will identify the cause(s) of your complaint(s), and you will also be treated on that same visit. Your condition(s) will be managed based on quantifiable metrics and rehabilitation protocols, standards and timelines generally accepted in the physical medicine community.


Best Homebuilder/Remodeler

Eagle Bend Development LLC

P.O. Box 11315, Knoxville, TN 37939


Herbert W. Davis established Eagle Bend Development Company in 1956 with a vision to construct and remodel superior homes and develop neighborhoods of distinction. Through three generations and for more than 60 years, the tradition of Eagle Bend Companies is being carried out today by Scott W. Davis and a team of real estate development professionals. Dedicated to complete customer satisfaction, Eagle Bend creates livable and distinctive communities. Eagle Bend has helped hundreds of families find the neighborhood of their dreams. Thoughtful attention to detail, focus on energy efficiency and customer service contributed to Scott Davis being awarded the 2011 Builder of the Year and the 2015 President’s Award by the Home Builder’s Association of Greater Knoxville.

Best Realtor

Debbie Elliott-Sexton, CEO/founder of 
Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty

859 Ebenezer Road, Knoxville, TN 37923


Debbie Elliott-Sexton has been in the real estate industry for more than 26 years and established Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty, a leading East Tennessee brokerage firm, in 2009. Whether it is listing a home or working with a buyer, there is nothing more rewarding and inspiring to Debbie than making a positive impact on others.

Best Home Decor and Furnishings

O.P. Jenkins Furniture & Design

209 W. Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37902


O.P. Jenkins knows furniture. Located in the heart of downtown Knoxville, the store has been providing high-quality home furnishings and accessories at a value to customers in the East Tennessee area for the last 110 years.

O.P. Jenkins believes fine furniture and accessories truly make your house a home, and the staff is enthusiastic about helping you achieve this goal. So whether you’re looking for a few decorative accents to liven up your decor, or you’re looking to completely remodel your home, stop by O.P. Jenkins today where there is something for every lifestyle and every budget.

Best Landscaper / Lawn Care

Volunteer Lawn

4605 Vie St., Knoxville, TN 37918


Volunteer Lawn Corporation provides a wide array of services to care for all of your outdoor property needs. This includes lawn care and maintenance, landscape design, installation and maintenance of irrigation systems, design and installation of night lighting, and the building and design of special outdoor spaces such as patios, fire pits, water features and outdoor kitchens.

Full-service care also includes caring for the unique needs that arise with every season. In spring, Volunteer Lawn applies fertilizer and herbicides, and in summer, the company applies fresh mulch and plants seasonal flowers. In fall, they aerate and overseed and provide leaf pickup and gutter cleaning. In winter, they provide snow removal. Through every season, your property will always look its very best!

Best Heating / Cooling / Plumbing

Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning Inc.

4604 Mill Branch Lane, Knoxville, TN 37938


Since 1981, Pioneer Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. has been working every day at being Knoxville’s most trusted name in home comfort. Serving the greater Knoxville area and surrounding communities, Pioneer Heating & Air is founded and owned by Gordy Noe, and specializes in HVAC installation and repairs, offering a variety of other supporting HVAC services.

Pioneer Heating & Air employs 46 people, has more than 35 service trucks on the road and serves more than 2,500 local customers a month. Pioneer Heating and Air Conditioning is honored to be named National Residential HVAC Contractor of the year in 2013 by the Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors of America and again in 2017 by Contracting Business.

Pioneer Heating & Air Conditionin  Inc. is proud to be Knoxville’s most trusted name in comfort since 1981.


Best Veterinarian

Bluegrass Animal Hospital

1439 Ebenezer Road, Knoxville, TN 37922


In May 2003, Bluegrass Animal Hospital opened at its present location. Owned by Mary Rice, registered nurse, and Cristi Moser, doctor of veterinary medicine, the 5,600-square-foot facility is located on 4 acres with nine large fenced exercise yards and 29 indoor runs. The hospital property is monitored 24 hours a day with security surveillance cameras. The hospital offers state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment to meet the needs of clients and their pets.

The hospital offers ultrasound, radiographs, dental cleanings, preventative medical care, pharmacy, laboratory, tonometer and surgery. Bluegrass Animal Hospital also offers boarding, grooming services and house call appointments.

Best Private School

Webb School of Knoxville

9800 Webb School Drive, Knoxville, TN 37923


Webb School is a pre-K-12, independent, coeducational day school located in West Knoxville. The school’s college preparatory curriculum readies students for challenges both in and out of the classroom. In addition, athletics, service learning, arts, clubs and organizations, and international study programs enrich the experience.

Webb School of Knoxville prepares students intellectually, emotionally and ethically to thrive in a collegiate setting and beyond with the lifelong purpose of active participation in global citizenship.

Faculty at Webb School of Knoxville are singularly focused on one thing: your child. They bring their passions into the classroom and develop deep, caring relationships that inspire a true love of learning. Webb School’s teachers pay close attention to the social, emotional and academic needs of each student. Put simply, a good school knows your child by name; a great school knows your child by heart.

Best Luxury Auto Dealership

Lexus of Knoxville

10315 Parkside Drive, Knoxville TN 37922


Lexus of Knoxville is East Tennessee’s home for luxury Lexus vehicles. At Lexus of Knoxville, value and luxury intersect. That means you’ll find a varied collection of signature Lexus cars, crossovers and SUVs at the best prices. The dealership carries the full Lexus line as well as a variety of certified pre-owned and used Lexus vehicles. Plus, it’s your source for certified Lexus maintenance and original equipment manufacturer Lexus parts.

You won’t just find a wide selection of luxury cars either. Every Lexus of Knoxville customer is treated to the VIP sales experience, which includes benefits you won’t find anywhere else including a lifetime warranty. Visit the dealership in West Knoxville today. 

Best Day Spa/Med Spa

Natural Alternatives AVEDA SalonSpa

Three locations: 4491 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919; 9279 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37922; 11335 Parkside Drive, Knoxville, TN 37934


With a vision of serving guests from a holistic and sustainable point of view, Natural Alternatives opened in 1992 as Knoxville’s first Aveda Concept Salon. Today, with two full-service SalonSpas and one HairSpa, it continues to connect beauty and wellness, bettering the lives of guests through education, nontoxic products and services performed in a way that preserves the health of the environment while providing a real sense of well-being. With a team of technical experts and trend artists sharing this philosophy, Natural Alternatives offers hair, esthetic, massage and body, and nail services in three convenient Knoxville locations: Western Plaza – Bearden, The Landings at Cedar Bluff and The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek.

Best Insurance Agent

Laura Ash, State Farm

12744 Kingston Pike, Suite 106 Knoxville, TN 37934


Laura Ash is a State Farm agent serving Knox and all surrounding areas. She has been a past Knox News Readers Choice Award winner, an Ambassador Travel Qualifier and Legion of Honor qualifier.

Best Hair Salon

Frank’s Barbershop

Two locations: 304 S. Northshore Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919; 1543 Downtown W. Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37919


Frank’s Barbershop focuses on masculine tastes and needs and has established itself as a premier men’s barbershop. The need for a special place in which guys can feel comfortable and receive great services along with excellent grooming has now been met. Frank’s knows how important it is for you to look and feel your stylish best whether at work, on a date or just going out on the town. Show up early and take advantage of the opportunity to relax in the men’s lounge—play some pool or just enjoy a complimentary beverage.

Whether you want to close a business deal or just get away from it all, Frank’s Barbershop is your place. The experience begins the moment you walk through the door. The smell, the music, the decor—you’ll know that Frank’s is taking you back to a time reminiscent of generations past. A staff of trained professionals is skilled in the time-honored traditions of barbering and hot towel shaves, as well as a contemporary styling, executive hand details and gentlemen’s facials, all at a great price. So whichever your preference, at Frank’s Barbershop you’ll leave feeling great and looking even better!

Best Fitness Center

Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center

270 Fort Sanders W. Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37922


Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center is a member of Covenant Health and the only Tennessee Quality award-winning fitness facility in the state. As a five-star health and fitness center, it’s committed to offering members personalized service, training and education from nationally certified trainers and instructors, while offering a wide variety of additional club amenities.

Memberships are month-to-month and provide members with programs including aquatics, basketball, racquet sports, youth classes, individual training opportunities, fully staffed fitness floor and 130+ weekly complimentary group fitness classes. Amenities include relaxing spa services in The Day Spa; spacious locker rooms with whirlpools, saunas, complimentary lockers, towels and body care products; The Pro Shop; two child care areas; member rewards; and more.

When you become a member at FSHFC, your family becomes part of FSHFC’s fitness family. It offers age-appropriate activities including karate, soccer and youth strength training. The Youth Development team goes above and beyond to ensure that your children have fun while they are at FSHFC with little extras like our Summer Dive-In Movie and Halloween Trick or Treat event. 

Discover the difference at Fort Sanders Health & Fitness Center.

Best Jeweler


6932 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919


Harold and Ida Markman opened their first jewelry store in October 1976. Their plan was to provide their customers with the “best quality and best service at the best price.” While this is an idea that a lot of companies claim is their goal, the Markmans made this the foundation of their business. This concept is an ongoing promise also shared by their son, Steve Markman, who joined the team in 1978, and Steve’s son, Jeff Markman, who joined the team in 2017.

As will happen when a business fulfills its promises, customers have continued to make Markmans their source for special moments. Parents and grandparents purchase those first jewelry pieces for their children and their children’s children. Markmans has given birth to family keepsakes and heirlooms through the thoughtful purchases given by customers to those they love. Customers continue to return to Markmans for their jewelry needs and encourage others to visit as well. When you see a gift box with a Markmans logo, you know something special is inside.

Best Financial and 
Wealth Management

PYA Waltman Capital LLC

2076 Lakeside Centre Way, Knoxville, TN 37922


At PYA Waltman Capital, they believe why they do what they do is significantly more important than what they do. The team is focused on positively impacting the lives of those they serve by helping them lead more fulfilling lives. The professionals at PYA Waltman are united and focused on this mission. It’s their why that drives everything they do.

To live out the firm’s mission, it’s critical that they understand the why of each of their clients. They accomplish this through a unique, values-based financial planning process that builds long-term relationships with clients and their families. Rather than deliver a canned financial plan in a fancy binder and call it a day, PYA Waltman Capital helps you uncover your why and create a plan that is as unique as you are. When your financial resources are properly aligned with your why, you will gain peace and harmony. The team at PYA Waltman is passionate about helping you get there!

A lot of financial planning and investment management firms say they put your interest first. PYA Waltman Capital actually does it. They invite you to discover the true PYA Waltman difference today.

Best Retirement Community

Arbor Terrace

9051 Cross Park Drive, Knoxville, TN 37923


Arbor Terrace of Knoxville offers quality, state-of-the-art assisted living and memory care in Tennessee’s beautiful Knoxville area. Arbor Terrace provides the highest quality of geriatric care and assisted living available, including innovative memory care designed specifically for those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Every Arbor Terrace resident receives unique and personalized care and attention tailored to where they are and what they need most.

Best Dog Care / Grooming

Bluegrass Animal Hospital

1439 Ebenezer Road, Knoxville, TN 37922


Bluegrass Animal Hospital is proud of its boarding services. The facility sits on 4 acres of property and has 10 separate fenced run yards. The ample yard space allows boarding patients to get plenty of exercise during their stay. A veterinarian is on site to monitor the well-being of patients. All cages and runs are indoors to ensure that no patient is outside without the supervision of our staff, but boarding dogs spend lots of time outside playing. The cattery is located in its own separate area of the hospital to ensure feline friends are as comfortable as possible during their stay.

Bluegrass Animal Hospital offers doggie day care services during normal weekly business hours. Kennel staff is available to bathe day boarding patients at owner’s request, allowing day boarding patients to play during the day but go home clean.

Bluegrass Animal Hospital has bathing services that are available during the week by appointment. Services include a full bath, brush out, toenail trim, anal gland expression and ear cleaning.