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.

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.

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.