Well, it's settled. My wife and I have a new favorite restaurant in Knoxville, and we're already eating there often enough that the servers recognize us and our baby boy. Sergeant Pepperoni's is located in the same shopping center as Long's Drugstore on Kingston Pike and, lucky for me, close enough to work for lunch, and close enough to being on the way home that is has become our go-to place for a quick, inexpensive dinner. You can check out the restaurant's website to see a copy of the menu, as well as the address and directions.
My wife tried Sergeant Pepperoni's for the first time when I was out of town for work. She texted me a picture of her pizza that night and told me she really wanted me to try it, so when I flew home a couple days later we stopped there for dinner on the way home. That first night was awesome enough that I knew we'd be coming back often. S.P. serves a thin crust pizza, and with all due respect to my former favorite pizza place, Little Joe's, Sergeant Pepperoni's pizza is the best in Knoxville. The crust is excellent, the ingredients are fresh, and the combination is delicious. I believe we ordered a custom pizza that first night - pepperoni, sausage, green pepper, and onion. It was great. When we'd finished out pizza, our server asked if we'd like to try dessert and mentioned they had bread pudding. I'm a bit of a bread pudding snob, so I said, "Well, is it home-made? If it is, I'll try it, but if you just buy it from someplace else, I'll pass." Turns out it was homemade, and it was some of the best bread pudding I've ever had, even if they did smother it in whipped cream for some odd reason. Rachael ordered the Apple Crisp pictured here and really liked it as well.
We returned to Sergeant Pepperoni's a few nights later and tried the Pop-Eye Pizza, which has garlic, spinach, tomatoes, pepperoni, and bacon. My taste buds sang a happy song that night. The pizza was off-the-charts good, both the combination of ingredients and each of them individually. This was real bacon, not the bacon bits or tiny bacon pieces most places serve, but large chunks of freshly prepared bacon - more like what you'd expect to see on a good sandwich or sitting next to some eggs than on a pizza. The only reason I was willing to try a different pizza the next time we visited was because it was the Meaty and it had bacon on it as well. After the pizza we each got a bowl of Cherry Crisp. My wife said she preferred the Apple Crisp and I preferred the Bread Pudding, but if I'd ordered the Cherry Crisp anywhere else I would have been quite happy. Here are pictures of the Pop-Eye Pizza and Cherry Crisp.
We swung by Sergeant Pepperoni's tonight and decided to try something different, so we asked our server if the sandwiches were as good as the pizza and he said yes. He recommended we order the World's Fare (basically a turkey & ham club, with bacon (same awesome bacon), cucumbers (crisp), tomatoes, both Swiss and American cheese, with garlic mayo) and the Pretzeled BLT (pretzeled bread, bacon, tomatoes, and lettuce) and split them, so we did. I'm so glad we ordered those sandwiches, because now I know I can inject Sergeant Pepperoni's into my work Friday lunch group's rotation. Both sandwiches were great, and I'd happily order either of them again. They were also the first and second best $6.00 sandwiches I've ever had - definitely a good value for the money. We both preferred the BLT, and I'll be having it for lunch soon. They were out of ice cream today, so we ordered four of their Cinnamon Rolls. They were quite good, and seemed like a real deal at 50 cents each.
Sergeant Pepperoni's is new to us, and I believe it may still be within its first year here in Knoxville. If you like pizza, sandwiches, or home-made desserts, you owe it to yourself to give this place a try. I know you'll love the food, and you'll find the staff friendly and happy to be around as well.
Here are pictures of our sandwiches, the cinnamon rolls, as well as the bread pudding without the whipped cream.