Hot Food in a Flash: Would You Like a Frenchie Fry With That?

Tennesseans who move out-of-state often miss the waves of mountains, but for some, it’s sadder leaving behind the option of a Big Pal and Frenchie Fries.

Pal’s Sudden Service in East Tennessee began when Pal Barger, owner and CEO, opened the first sit-in store in Kingsport, TN in 1956.

There are only two sit-in Pal’s diners in East Tennessee, and the rest are all drive-throughs, where customers order at the first window, drive around the store and pay at the second window.

Usual waiting time is less than five minutes, and Pal’s Sudden Service is the first restaurant chain in the United States to be awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.