You Gotta Eat: 2 Chez

By WEEK Producer

June 14, 2012 Updated Jun 14, 2012 at 10:32 PM CDT

2 Chez is tucked in the the corner of Knoxville and Pioneer Parkway. Owner Todd Hohulin opened in 2008, surviving the great recession through good food and good service.

Todd Hohoolin said, "Over the years our good customers have become more like family than customers."

We arrived at a time when most customers know each other and exactly what they want to eat. The menu looks like an English Sunday roast: lamb, duck, chicken, beef, veal, a menu fit for a king.

Diner Polly Barton said, "At night scallops. During the day a salad."

The lunch crowd seems fond of the salads. Especially the 2 Chez salad.

Lynn Flaherty liked the, "Bacon, walnuts, cucumbers, grilled chicken."

Two of the regulars at 2 Chez are Tom and Dorothy Brubaker. Ask Tom what he likes and he'll tell you. "Everything. The soups are fan... He's got almost 200 different soups."

The soups and dressings are all made in-house along with the sun-dried tomato spread. 2 Chez gets high ranks from me for the spread alone. As for soup, I had the beer-cheese and broccoli. Photographer Larry Foulk opted for salad before his entree. Steak Frites for Larry. He said it was 'medium-well, just right.' I had the feature, Florentine Ravioli stuffed with spinach and cheese, topped with veal bolognese.

If I had a more refined palette I would come up with a better description than 'amazing.' The entrees had our appetites 'en garde' so we took boxes over desserts, which are also made in-house. Our total with two soft drinks, two entrees came to $34.84 plus tip. An appropriate price for food so good. In the words of the restaurant owner, "We're down-home people doing upscale business here."

2 Chez is located at 7815 North Knoxville Avenue. They are open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Fridays and open for dinner on Saturdays.