Get off I 26 at Exit 19 in Johnson City, TN and go S on Franklin to W Oakland. Go to your right and go to Cafe Pacific for fine dining for dinner. For outstanding comfort food for lunch or dinner go to Cootie Brown's @ Exit 20A off I 26 in Johnson City, TN. Go N on Roan for good salads, sandwiches, burgers, tamales, steaks and seafood. Cafe Lola is a neat bistro on Roan. Go S on Roan @ Exit 20A to Cafe Lola for lunch or dinner. Kingsport Grocery Co. is a fun place for pizza and burgers, cold drinks and music in Kingsport, TN. Riverfront Seafood is a great casual place for lunch or dinner located right on the river at Exit 1 off I 26 serving fresh seafood and steaks. The Chop House is part of a national chain but it's one of Kingsport's finer restaurants. Gourmet and Company is one of the finest restaurants in the area.
Cafe Pacific @ 1033 West Oakland Ave., Johnson City, TN 423 - 610 - 0117.
Cootie Brown's @ 2715 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN 423 - 283 - 4723.
Cafe Lola @ 1805 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN. 423 - 928 - 5652.
Kingsport Grocery Co. @ 1648 East Stone Dr., Kingsport, TN 423 - 245 - 1707.
River Front Seafood Co. @ 1777 Netherland Inn Rd., Kingsport, TN 423 - 245 - 3474.
The Chop House @ 1704 North Eastman Rd., Kingsport, TN 423 - 247 - 1704.
Gourmet and Co. @ Suite J, 214 East Mountcastle, Johnson City, TN 423 - 929 - 9007.
Do you like BBQ? For the best go N on Roan Street in Johnson City, TN and continue on Highway 11 which is Bristol Highway. Go about 10 miles and take a right on Highway 19E. Go about 1.5 miles to Elizabethton Highway. Go .5 mile to Ridgewood BBQ on your right.
Ridgewood BBQ @ 900 Elizabethton Hwy., Bluff City, TN 423 - 538 - 7543.
Phil's Dream Pit is excellent BBQ at Exit 10 off I 26 at Kingsport, TN.
Phil's Dream Pit @ 534 Eastern Star Rd., Kingsport, TN 423 - 349 - 6437.
Don't know if it's still open, but when we lived there 5 years ago, Cafe 111 in JC had an amazing menu-- I'm pretty sure it's the only place on the planet where you could get fine fried chicken and superb sushi on the same Sunday brunch line. Excellent drinks and great Asian fusion (does that still work?) menu.
And if you want music, check out 'Down Home' in downtown JC. I understand that Kingsport also has more dining choices now but I would still drive 5 hours for the cheeseburger with grilled onions at The Boatyard on the river.
111 Broyles St Ste 1, Johnson City, TN 37601