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Bluegill's Cafe has what you want for breakfast or lunch

April 17th, 2015 9:22 am by Contributed to the Press

James Matherly is a name familiar to anyone who's been around or on or in Boone Lake. His wry smile, framing a tanned, weathered face and topped by an equally weathered ball cap, has been a staple at Jay's Boat Dock as long as most folks can remember.

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Rico's Pizzas & Subs is a bit of old New York on the road to Damascus

Rico's Pizzas & Subs is a bit of old New York on the road to Damascus

April 10th, 2015 9:31 am by Mystery Diner

Gentle readers, I am grateful to you for telling me about the just-spotted eatery that you just had to try. Or that old favorite restaurant that you and your family have been frequenting since grandma and grandpa took you there when you were little.

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Burger building is fun at Johnson City's Burger Bar

April 3rd, 2015 9:08 am by Mystery Diner

Yes, the Mystery Diner is still on his diet. No, it has not been a walk in the park. More like a walk through the neighborhood.

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Creekers BBQ Still Smokin' in Carter County

Creekers BBQ Still Smokin' in Carter County

March 27th, 2015 9:33 am by Mystery Diner

Being the Mystery Diner means your objectivity gets a workout each and every time you stick your knees under a restaurant table and pick up a menu. This is especially true when the table and menu in question are located at a barbecue joint.

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Sunday brunch at Cafe One 11 not to be missed

Sunday brunch at Cafe One 11 not to be missed

March 13th, 2015 9:23 am by Mystery Diner

I finished the meal with four empty plates stacked in from of me. It would have been five if not for hissed stage whisper from my dining partner about "leaving something for the others there, big boy."

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Third time's the charm at Knight's Pizza

Third time's the charm at Knight's Pizza

March 6th, 2015 8:47 am by Mystery Diner

My dining partner is a very patient person. Besides being both lovely and having a great sense of humor, she is remarkably clear-headed and pragmatic. Much of this pragmatism manifests itself in her being able to let things like other folks' thoughtlessne

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Got winter blues? A bowl of pho from Angkor Bistro will chase them away

February 27th, 2015 9:02 am by Mystery Diner

Growing up in a northern town, my parents could forecast how tough winter was going to be by watching the local TV weather guy.

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Spanish cuisine and tapas dining debuts at Portico restaurant

Spanish cuisine and tapas dining debuts at Portico restaurant

February 20th, 2015 9:12 am by Mystery Diner

Spanish cuisine has come to town in a big way with the opening of Johnson City's Portico restaurant. Located in the Northridge Center on Bristol Highway across from the Food Lion shopping center, this latest project from the Stir Fry Group has all the sig

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7 Hermanos Mexican Cuisine: a treat for the eyes and tummy

7 Hermanos Mexican Cuisine: a treat for the eyes and tummy

February 13th, 2015 12:20 pm by Mystery Diner

I knew the dine-around bunch and I were in for good time when we walked through the doors of 7 Hermanos Mexican Cuisine.

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Sicily Italian Cuisine: Accommodating, delicious and worth the drive to Gray

Sicily Italian Cuisine: Accommodating, delicious and worth the drive to Gray

February 6th, 2015 9:01 am by Mystery Diner

Though the ballyhoo about North Johnson City being THE place to go for dining out shows no signs of abating, if you head a few miles farther north you will find the town of Gray. Though Gray's dining selection may not leave you spoiled for choice, the tow

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What's Hillbilly Butts & Brisket BBQ's recipe for success? Perseverance

What's Hillbilly Butts & Brisket BBQ's recipe for success? Perseverance

January 30th, 2015 9:03 am by Mystery Diner

Their idea is barbecue, smoked by Carsten, prepared by Pat and assistant Terri, and sold to a hungry public as Hillbilly Butts & Brisket BBQ. Their business started life as a food truck plying the roads of Unicoi County, and receiving rave reviews whereve

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