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.

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.

Domestic Craft or Draft: Tipton’s Street Pub Boasts 50 Types of Beer

Needing a night out with the ladies or guys? Tipton’s Street Pub on Main Street in Johnson City serves $3 shots every night.

Tipton’s boasts a drink menu that offers 50 types of beer from domestic to craft, but if a guest prefers wine, Ladies’ Night on Wednesday slashes wine prices in half.

Lunch specials include meals starting at $6.50, and Happy Hour is 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Monday through Friday.

Tipton’s Street Pub stays open 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and it is open from noon to 3 a.m. on Sunday.

Upcoming events include a celebration for Cinco de Mayo, which is dubbed “Cinco de Drinko,” where the downtown pub will serve $2 Dos XX.