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Recs for Bristol TN/VA

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Will be in Bristol this weekend and need recs on good non chain places to eat. Any type cuisine will do.

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  1. Ridgewood BBQ is near. Very good Q, some even say best in the USA. Search this board or google for much more info.

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    1. Near Bristol is the town of Abbington, VA. In Abbington, there is the Barter Theatre which is the "state theatre," the Martha Washington Inn, as well as a small artist community. The times we visited Abbington, we found quite a few nice local restaurants that we attributed to the local social scene there. Can't name any as it was a few years ago, but I'd bet it is worth a short drive down I-81 to check it out.

      1. Since I live a couple of counties away, I frequent Bristol quite often to shop. If you are going to be in Johnson City, TN go to the Fireshouse restaurant- wonderful BBQ and beans. Unfortunately, Bristol is chain restaurant hell given the fact that the interstate runs through it. Abingdon has several good restaurants- Allison's on Main Street, Ellis Soda Shope on Main, and my personal favorite-Chick-N-Little on Main. Good homemade food- all the locals eat there. If you want good pizza or calzones, go to the Lyon's Den just outside of Abindgon on Porterfield Highway.