La Costa (31 Market Sq., 865/566-0275, Sun.–Thurs. 4–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 4–11 p.m., brunch Sun. 10 a.m.–3 p.m., $16–23) offers a surprising fusion of Southern and Latin cuisine in a cozy Market Square storefront. Featuring organic, local, and fair-trade ingredients, La Costa takes care with dishes like the catch of the day served with organic quinoa, jumbo scallops and rice, or the seasonal vegetarian plate. Save space for dessert, which includes sopaipillas, crème brûlée, and sorbet.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Tennessee, 5th Edition