It’s been less than two months since I first told you about Chef Carol Scott and her new restaurant, Blue Slip Bistro at 300 W. Depot. It’s been a busy two months and a few changes have been made to the concept, but the day is finally here. Blue Slip Bistro opens today from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM to give Knoxville a first glimpse at what they have to offer.
I spoke to Chef Scott who said her goal is to provide “small plates with a difference.” She rattled off examples of common dishes which she’s give a subtle, yet significant twist. You’ll find a charcuterie board, for example with a red eye aioli instead of the more common mustard sauce. It also includes okra (pickled) and Benton’s ham. Sort of a charcuterie board that knows how to say, “ya’ll.”
Octopus ceviche, a hummus plate with tapenade and a grilled cheese sandwich with brie and fig jam with Benton’s ham continue the theme. She’s particularly proud of the turmeric roasted cauliflower. You’ll easily be able to eat gluten- free, vegetarian and vegan (with just a little modification to dishes). She said they would happily modify to meet the dietary needs of guests.
In addition to Blue Slip wines, which they will help you pair with your food selection, you’ll find signature cocktails and a nice selection of non-regional wines. The food is made from scratch (except the chick peas for the hummus) and the menu will be seasonal and will be expanded to include a soup of the day (on the menu, but not available this first weekend) and nightly dinner specials which will be more of a dinner-sized traditional entree. She’s also considering “oyster nights,” highlighting that ocean delight and she hopes to have a “grill day” utilizing the outside smoker.
The space is simple and has a very cozy feel with a limited number of tables in the main room. Built out by Jeff and Katie Galyon, there are still a few minor touches left which should be in place soon. There will also be tables in the wine tasting room and after this weekend there will be a pet-friendly, covered patio with ten additional tables just behind the Bistro adjacent to the vintage rail cars. Chef Scott pointed out they are starting with a smaller number of tables to be certain they are providing the best service possible. You’ll also find trivia night, soon, and live, acoustic music once a week.
After today, the restaurant will open each day at 11:00 AM and closing times will vary from 9:00 PM on Sunday to 10:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 11:00 PM Friday and Saturdays. Our friends from outside downtown will find a very large parking lot adjacent to the building and Depot is a short walk for the rest of us. Give them a “like” on their Facebook Page and consider joining me at the restaurant tonight to welcome another excellent option to downtown dining.