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.

A Refill, Please: Jonesborough’s Coffee House Serves Guests from the Corner on Main Street

Coffee lovers in Jonesborough now have a local option for their caffeine needs. The Corner Cup is the only locally-owned coffee shop in Jonesborough, TN.

Owner Debbie Kruse introduced The Corner Cup to Main Street in Jonesborough almost three years ago, although she dreamed of opening a coffee shop for years.

The Corner Cup offers a variety of coffee, which is all brewed with coffee beans roasted at The Coffee Company in Elizabethton, TN.

There is a tea bar with several tea options such as the steaming sweet chai tea, and light eats include homemade crepes and gluten-free pastries.

The Corner Cup stays open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is in business on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

A Sweet Tooth’s Delight: The Lollipop Shop Serves Smiles for Nearly Two Decades

While taking a family afternoon stroll through Jonesborough, parents focus on antique stores and the historical buildings. Kids, however, have something else in mind. Missing the colorful and playful allure of The Lollipop Shop is hard, especially for sugar fiends.

The Lollipop Shop began serving customers of all ages almost two decades ago after its owner, Jeff Gourley, lost a job and decided to go a different career route. Since its opening, The Lollipop Shop expanded and has locations spanning as far as Georgia and South Carolina.

The candy shop offers a wide variety of candy— 400 different types— that ranges from brands almost a century-old and modern-day favorites.

Bring Your Own Wine: The Black Olive Serves Homemade Italian Food to Pair with Wine of Choice

For more than three years, The Black Olive in Jonesborough has been serving and catering to guests from all over the Tri-Cities.

“We want to make sure everyone feels welcome and not exclude anyone from coming.” -Kinsey Holliday, Co-owner of The Black Olive

Her husband, Mo Farrouki, co-operates the restaurant and dedicates special nights to homemade Moroccan dishes. Customers must make reservations to enjoy a night of Moroccan food, music and entertainment.

The Italian restaurant is a bring-your-own-wine establishment so guests are guaranteed a favorite wine to pair with the homemade pasta of their choice.

The Black Olive stays open Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and remains open until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Main Street Café to Extend Hours

Main Street Café on Main Street in Jonesborough plans to extend its hours after 36 years of serving Jonesborough residents and tourists.

Zac and Kati Jenkins, the second-generation owners of the restaurant, look to extend the hours by providing a dinner service beginning in May.

“[Dinner services] are going to go through 8 p.m.,” said Jenkins. “We are starting small, and we can always grow. If people want us to be open until 10 p.m, we’ll be open until 10 p.m.”

Since its founding in 1982, all food served at the Main Street Café has been homemade and prepared within its kitchens.