Don’t forget about this little joint near ETSU Campus on Walnut Street. Acoustic Coffeehouse boasts live music, cold beer in an open minded atmosphere. You can find them serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and also offer vegetarian and vegan menu.
Bristol Station Brews and Taproom
The “Continental Traveler” at Bristol Station. Bristol Station Brews and Taproom is proud to be the first craft brewery in downtown Bristol, and they promote a fun and relaxed atmosphere. They boast an impressive variety of award-winning brews in their ever-changing beer menu. An example of this would be the just released “Continental Traveler”, the result of an impromptu hop trade with another local brewer. In the trade, they acquired a supply of Japanese hops that they just had to do something with. They mixed them with hops from Germany, New Zealand and America to create a citrus-forward IPA. This beer has a great body with a smooth and delicious head, complex but highly drinkable. Hops in the aroma, lemon zest on the first taste, malty middle and a nice long citrus finish. I am not normally a big IPA fan, but this one is really good. Decided to go for a second! Come try out their variety – you’ll find something you’re sure to like.
Oldest Retro Diner on State Street. Retro Diners are all the rage these days, and if Broad Street is any indication, rightly so! When you walk in, the first thing that grabs your attention is their 45-foot lunch counter, a real throwback to yesteryear! Their real, homemade menu is classic comfort food made from scratch using family recipes and old-time cooking techniques. Try the 100% All-Beef hotdogs with homemade chili. The hand-formed burgers are cooked retro-style in a cast iron skillet. Scratch-made soup beans & cornbread are available every day. Specials include the signature meatloaf on Mondays, one-of-a-kind fried tacos on Tuesdays or the Blue-Plate Special on Thursday! Hand dipped milkshakes, ice cream floats, made-to-order banana pudding, and old-fashioned pies & desserts round out the delectable offerings. Come for the history, stay for the food!
The Brooklyn Grill
Upscale and Fantastic. Out on Euclid, just before it meets State Street, is a wonderful dining establishment that has long had an excellent reputation, The Brooklyn Grill. I sat down with Karl Harris, the chef and proprietor (along with his lovely wife Laura) to find out some of his secrets. He has a different take on many traditional dishes. For example, his popular Fried Mozzarella appetizer. His twist is that he uses egg roll wraps, fills them with mozzarella, deep fries them and finally tops them with his own homemade marina sauce. Marvelous! Another great example is his Salmon Rockefeller. You might not think Salmon when you think Rockefeller, but once you try this you will! He bakes a filet of salmon, tops it with Parmesan dream spinach and cashews and serves it piping hot. A dish to die for! Whether for lunch or dinner, The Brooklyn Grill is always a treat. See for yourself!
Bone Fire Smokehouse
Originally founded in Kingsport by Doug Beatty in 2007, Bone Fire Smokehouse has been operating in Abingdon, Virginia, in the former Withers Hardware Store building, since 2012. At Bone Fire Smokehouse, they take great pride in the ability to provide delicious smoked meats paired with unique, high country side dishes at an affordable price. In addition to the food, Bone Fire Smokehouse is noted for its vintage hardware store home, and the outstanding regional and national musicians they bring to their stage. Bone Fire was last year’s Regional Winner of Best BBQ by “Virginia Living Magazine.” Bone Fire was also awarded the honor of “Best Ribs in America” by “Regis and Kelly” in 2009. Go see for yourself next time you find yourself nearby!
Chef’s Show Tables at J Frank. J Frank, the outstanding upscale restaurant on 6th Street just west of Anderson, has some unique offerings. Their Chef’s Show Tables feature 4 or 5 course meals prepared by their excellent kitchen staff under the direction of Executive Chef and Proprietor Jason Vanover. These selections offer the dining patron several different options for each course, ranging from lamb to seafood to wonderful filets. The appetizers, salads and side dishes are all designed to perfectly accompany your entrée. Then to top it all off, select one of their scrumptious desserts. Oh, by the way, if you’re looking for the perfect Sunday brunch, this is the place! I guarantee your first visit won’t be your last!
A True Original. Many places call themselves a diner, but few come as close to the original meaning of the word as Larry’s, located next to the flea market on the Bristol Highway. Breakfast, lunch or dinner all feature traditional diner offerings with their own twist on them. Take the meatloaf for example. Prepared on premises using top quality ground beef, tomatoes and their own blend of spices, it is mouthwatering – and comes with your choice of sides, one of which, their unique mac & cheese, is a crowd favorite. Or their best-selling steak and cheese sub. This one has chopped sirloin, swiss cheese and any combination of toppings your heart desires, all on a tasty 8-inch sub bun. Personally, I enjoy breakfast there as I love their biscuits and gravy, prepared with an extra dose of love from Brenda in the kitchen. Give Larry’s a try, you won’t be disappointed!
Los Amigos is you’re authentic Mexican food stop. This family oriented restaurant has a great selection of fresh Mexican food. Good for large groups of all ages. Don’t forget to ask about their catering menu while you’re dining in or carrying out.
Mid City Grill
Get saucy tonight at their place or yours. Either way you can dine in or carry out at this unique burger joint. They deliver allll night long. If you choose to dine in, don’t forget to bring your beer or wine of choice with you. Their menu varies from juicy burgers to fried pickles and everything in between.
Mona LIsa’s Gelato & Cafe
Mona Lisa’s Gelato & Cafe’ is a Tennessee Corporation owned and operated by Steve and Sheridan Nice. Sheridan is a classically trained chef who studied at the prestigious La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Paris and the Culinary Institute of America in Napa, California.
MLG & C is committed to producing the finest all natural Soups served with house-baked Ciabatta Rolls, Organic Salads, Gluten-Free Thai Noodle Bowls, Veggie Burgers, Grilled Sandwiches (Panini) served on house-baked Focaccia Flatbread, Daily Specials, and Artisan Gelato.
Mona Lisa’s sources the healthiest ingredients, Organic and GMO-Free where possible, and has its own large Organic Garden to supply much of the Vegetables, Tomatoes, Greens and Legumes used in our recipes. Mona Lisa’s has been named one of the Top Ten Best Restaurants in Johnson City by The Culture Trip for three years in a row.
The good folks at Machiavelli’s are proud of their pizza offerings – and rightly so. They start with their unique thin crusts, made from scratch right on premises. But then, you get your choice of three different sauces, also made from scratch. They offer the traditional red sauce as well as a delicious white sauce and a pesto. Now come the toppings – practically anything your heart desires. They have over 40 different toppings that you can choose from, all prepared fresh right on site. Machiavelli’s is just around the corner on 5th street in Tennessee, just up from State Street. I encourage you to visit and give their pizza (or any of their other mouthwatering entrees) a try.
The same location for 24 years, Numan’s is a downtown favorite. Orginally named Chucky Trading Company Billiards Center, owners Daniel and Janis Numan renamed it to Numans’s 2 years later. Oldest daughter Jenora Perkins, the Kitchen Manager, offers a full menu of great food including the same mexican food that The Chucky Trading Company Restaurant became so well known for, which Dan and Jan owned on the Nolichuckey River for 17 years from 1980 to 1977. Recently voted #9 of the Top Ten Sports Bars in TN by BESTTHINGSTN.COM. General Manager is their youngest daughter, Janine Broyles.
Phil’s Dream Pit
If there is one food that the South can claim ownership to its barbecue. I’m not saying that people outside of the South are incapable of making good barbecue, but there’s a distinct something in the air around here that just makes it work. The beauty of this is that us southerners are not in the drought when it comes to finding a BBQ joint. Now, this puts someone owning a ‘Q joint in an exciting position. When, so few of them are sub-par, what does one do to stand out? When you can hit on any number of barbecue restaurants, and, find perfect slabs of heaven in each, how do you stand out from the crowd? Ask anyone that’s ever been to Phil’s Dream Pit in Kingsport; and, they can tell you.
Rock’s Wood Fired Pizza
Stop by and enjoy some delicious hand crafted food in their convenient location off the Bristol Highway in Johnson City. You’ll enjoy their spacious patio with a beautiful stone fireplace as well as their casual, elegant atmosphere. Try one of their signature wood fired pizzas, hand ground burgers or fish n chips. Rock’s also has twenty craft and domestic beers on tap, always rotating! Stop and give them a visit. You’ll be glad you did.
Shanghai Chinese Restaurant
The place to go for Chinese in Bristol. There is a wonderful spot just up from 7th street on the Virginia side of State Street. I am of course referring to Shanghai Chinese Restaurant, a place that is considerably larger than it looks from the outside. You’ll be happy to discover that in addition to all the great food, they also serve mixed drinks, beer and wine. Currently, the hottest dish on the menu is the aptly named Generous Chicken. I can’t really say what the combination of sauces are, just know it is absolutely wonderful. Other must-have menu items are the perfectly prepared spring rolls and their signature hot and sour soup. There is something to please everyone on the extensive menu, so head on over for a dose of top notch Chinese cooking.
Stateline Bar and Grill
Unique Approach to BBQ at Stateline. Stateline Bar and Grill is one of the more venerable establishments on State Street. Long a go-to place for good food and delicious adult beverages, the proprietors tell me that they are especially proud of their BBQ. To begin with, they have their own proprietary dry rub that they use as they smoke all of their meat on premises. The homemade sauce, a bit of a Memphis-style with a tang of sweetness, is really what takes this from delicious to out of this world. It is made right on premises too, and they also make it available on their wings and brisket. Add in all the fixins, also all homemade, and you have the perfect BBQ meal right in front of you. The menu has many other offerings, so multiple trips to Stateline should be in your future!
The Cure for the Common Sweet Tooth. Everyone gets the craving for something sweet now and then. All you have to do to satisfy yours is visit the Southern Churn on the Virginia side of State Street, right downtown. You’ll be hard-pressed to make a decision once you encounter virtually every type of candy imaginable, from retro to new age. But I recommend that before you decide, check out the fudge. It must be good because in the last three years they have sold over 18,000 pounds of it – to every corner of the world. It’s all homemade right on premises. They tell me that the secret is to always use real ingredients, no shortcuts. They have over 30 varieties available of fudge at any one time, many of them quite unique. Stop by, try a couple and handle that craving!
A couple blocks up from State Street in Virginia on Moore Street is the erstwhile Studio Brew, a popular dining and drinking establishment. This local favorite is known for new twists on craft beers. Master brewer Erich Allen tells us they are re-releasing a previous favorite, Casino Roy-Ale made with 007 hops. Erich says it won’t make you James Bond but maybe Roger Moore! Give this one a try! Another new offering is his smoked glass bourbon barrel series beer. He actually smokes the glass using Applewood, lets it sit for a minute, then fills it with the beer. Talk about a unique taste! Another new concoction is his “Smoking Pistols at Dawn”, a unique beer infused cocktail with a very interesting smoky flavor. A visit to Studio Brew should definitely be in your short-range plans!
Revolutionary Plates and Pours. Fresh perspective and variety are the hallmarks of the excellent, rotating menu at Whiskey Rebellion on State Street next door to the Paramount Theatre. You might think that their over-the-top selection of fine whiskeys would be the main attraction, but their food offerings actually surpass it. Their ever-changing menu has a unique perspective on Southern cuisine. They source as much as possible locally and create some of the most mouth-watering dishes you’ll ever have the pleasure of devouring. Steaks are naturally one of the features, but the various seafood offerings and other expertly prepared dishes make this a menu to be envied. Stop by and let the friendly and knowledgeable staff guide you through cocktails and dinner – an experience you won’t soon forget but will want to repeat often.
Woodstone Deli now serves breakfast 7 days a week. You might be wondering about the new look & feel that Woodstone Deli has acquired. This family owned and operated Deli, by Naomi Quillen, has made it her mission to make sure Woodstone Deli continues to offer all the great food her patrons desire. Most all items are homemade including the sauces and dressings and offer daily specials. You will still experience the same familiar face, and possibly some new ones. Woodstone Deli has a smoke free, kid friendly atmosphere for you to enjoy. Join them every Friday in September for their karaoke contest. There are winners each week with a final cash prize of $500.00. Runner ups will also receive cash prizes. Stop by and say Hello.
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