Jonesborough’s American-Styled Diner Treats Tourists and Residents to Burgers and Milkshakes

Tourists and residents alike stream into Jonesborough’s JJ’s Eatery and Ice Cream for a hot sandwich and an old-school ice cream sundae.

Owner Vicki Brown introduced Jonesborough, TN to the classic American-styled cafe in 2006 and often participates in town event promotions such as Scoop Fest, which is an ice cream tasting that requires the purchase of tickets in exchange for samples.

Meals include the fried bologna sandwich or classic burger paired with fries and a milkshake.

JJ’s Eatery and Ice Cream stays open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Street Eats Food Cart Creates Custom Hotdogs Customers Relish

Jordan Banks sets his restaurant up on the sidewalk for the night and prepares to top over 200 hotdogs.

The Street Eats vendor has over six years’ experience running the food cart in downtown Johnson City, TN between Capone and The Hideaway. The hotdog stand is the longest-running food truck in Johnson City.

With hotdogs piled with toppings such as Fritos corn chips, jalapenos and even mashed potatoes for the seasonal Monster Mash dog, Street Eats serves “a different kind of dog,” according to Banks.

The full menu is linked to the Street Eats Facebook page.

 

Lunch or Midnight Munchies: Mid City Grill Feeds Daytime Strollers and Night Owls

It is past midnight, and bar-goers in downtown Johnson City, TN stumble through the doors of Mid City Grill, a bring-your-own-beer establishment.

The restaurant can seat several groups of guests and accepts both call-in and walk-in orders for take-away food.

Mid City Grill serves their infamous grilled hamburgers until 10 p.m., and they serve late-night grub for the after-dinner munchies.

Don’t eat meat? Mid City Grill has a vegetarian menu so the whole group can enjoy the late-night food run.

Mid City Grill is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 5 p.m. through 4 a.m., staying open later on Thursdays through Saturday until 5 a.m.

La Pata Blanca: The White Duck Taco Shop Serves Cooked-to-Order Specialty Tacos

Johnson City introduced locals to a North Carolina favorite in 2015 with the opening of another White Duck Taco Shop franchise.

With a constantly changing menu, the White Duck Taco Shop prices dishes separately rather than a set meal, striving to ensure the price is as good as the quality of the gourmet tacos.

All meals are cooked to order with more than 95% of the ingredients produced and bought in the U.S.

Many customers wonder where the shop got its name, and co-owner Laura Reuss reveals it stems from her nickname “La Pata Blanca,” meaning, “the white duck.”

She received this nickname from kitchen staff because of her lively chatter and enthusiasm while working in the kitchen.

The White Duck Taco Shop in Johnson City, TN is open Monday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ooh, La, La: Café Lola Bistro Dishes International Cuisine

A bistro in Johnson City, TN promotes international flavor with a menu that features entrées such as chicken marsala, miso-glazed Chilean sea bass and seared ahi tuna.

Café Lola Bistro boasts wine and a martini bar so guests can pair their meals with an in-house mixed drink or wine.

The menu changes with the seasons, and the food is grown and bought locally.

The bistro also offers catering services to events such as weddings, bridal showers or casual family gatherings.

Tara and Hunter Morrow opened Café Lola Bistro’s doors in 2006 and have owned and operated the restaurant for over a decade.

The bistro has set hours for lunch and dinner.

 

Johnson City Coffee House Serves Live Music and Hot Mochas

Hungry for live music? The Willow Tree in Johnson City, TN is a coffee house and bookstore by day, but by night, the stage sets for musicians, singers and bands from the region.

Every Wednesday night, the talent can sign up for a time to perform, and the audience keeps busy browsing books and drinking coffee before the show.

The Willow Tree’s coffee beans are roasted at The Coffee Company in Elizabethon, TN.

During the day, guests savor homemade quiche or chicken salad while losing themselves in a book off one of the shelves.

The Willow Tree stays open every day of the week.

Flavor Fusion: Korean Taco House Garnishes Tacos with Traditional Korean Toppings

Choosing what to eat can be hard, but the Korean Taco House on Buffalo Street in Johnson City combines two different types of food, which can make deciding on a next meal much easier.

Guests can order two spicy beef tacos with a side of chicken ramen. The Korean-Mexican food fad began on a food truck in California and spread to multiple different urban locations.

The Korean Taco Shop is the only restaurant dedicated to Mexican-Korean cuisine available in Johnson City. The close-walled building seats 16 guests, but the shop offers take-away services for both lunch and dinner.