Johnson City Mexican Restaurant Dubbed “El Kroger” for Close Proximity to Grocery Store

East Tennessee State University students hide their cell phones underneath their desks as they create a group chat with friends asking if the lunch plan for “El Kroger” is still on.

This lingo is not foreign to students, who have unofficially nicknamed the Johnson City, TN Mexican restaurant, El Charolais, due to its being next to a Kroger near campus.

El Charolais has served jumbo margaritas and house-made quesadillas since the owner, Jose Luis Jauregu, opened the regional restaurant chain in Johnson City.

Jauregu has operated restaurants since 2004.

El Charolais is open 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, stays open until 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and closes early on Sundays at 9:30 p.m.

Sport Sticky Fingers at The Wild Wing Café

The Wild Wing Café in downtown Johnson City, TN hosts band performances every weekend.

Sarah Goodpaster, the sport bar’s marketing and promotions manager, runs the show from Knoxville and ensures guests have live music and can leave with a good experience.

Bar-goers mingle with friends carrying a bucket of beer, shaking hands with acquaintances with sticky fingers from the smothered chicken wings.

The Wild Wing Café stays open Monday through Sunday 11 a.m.- 2 a.m. and welcomes walk-ins and offers take-away plates.

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.

 

Rock’s Wood Fired Pizza & Grill Tops Customers’ Expectations

Rock’s Wood Fired Pizza and Grill on the Bristol Highway features the only Italian oven in Johnson City.

Larry Sangid, the owner, ordered the brick oven from Naples, Italy, and he boasts that the wood-fired taste of his restaurant’s pizza mimics the pizza of Naples.