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Choo Choo Cafe is definitely on the right track

December 19th, 2014 9:33 am by Mystery Diner

Antiques fascinate me. I myself am fast becoming one, so this may be a case of like attracting like. Housewares of any kind are my area of interest.

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Mooney's Diner is Gray's best kept secret

Mooney's Diner is Gray's best kept secret

December 12th, 2014 8:52 am by Mystery Diner

With the majority of the East-West road traffic between Johnson City and Kingsport now traveling on Interstate 26, travel on the old Kingsport Highway (State Route 36,) takes a more sedate pace. Because of this, those travelling Highway 36 get a chance to

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A Saturday road trip to pizza perfection in Roan Mountain

A Saturday road trip to pizza perfection in Roan Mountain

December 5th, 2014 9:24 am by Mystery Diner

Fun for the dine-around bunch frequently involves us getting out of town for a day's sightseeing drive in the Smokies. Our last trip was particularly enjoyable. Four of us visited an East Tennessee natural treasure, Roan Mountain State Park.

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Taste and conviviality meet in perfect harmony at Osaka II

Taste and conviviality meet in perfect harmony at Osaka II

November 28th, 2014 9:21 am by Mystery Diner

Okay, I'll say it: Japanese cuisine has gained a foothold and a following in East Tennessee. When you can walk into a convenience store and hear the pig-tailed and snuff-using lady behind the counter discussing the finer points of Tempura preparation with

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New Med-Tech addition satisfies a hungry dine around bunch

New Med-Tech addition satisfies a hungry dine around bunch

November 21st, 2014 9:14 am by Contributed

While all of Johnson City's big restaurant news seems to be happening along North Roan Street, another area also is showing continued expansion. The Med-Tech Corridor's main artery is the massive asphalt loop that is State of Franklin Road. While attentio

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Covered Bridge Cafe, they've got a good thing going

Covered Bridge Cafe, they've got a good thing going

November 14th, 2014 10:04 am by Mystery Diner

There is nothing like taking an old-fashioned stroll along Main Street. Towns that have them and properly maintain them can rightfully be congratulated for preserving a piece of Tennessee heritage.

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Mason Jar Cafe a great destination on a fall color road trip

Mason Jar Cafe a great destination on a fall color road trip

November 7th, 2014 9:42 am by Mystery Diner

The fall colors are particularly vivid this year, most likely as a result of all the rain we've had lately. Just a short drive on a cool and sunny fall day here treats you to a more colorful artist's palate than even Vincent van Gogh could imagine.

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Senor Papas brings Cali-Mex revolution to Johnson City

Senor Papas brings Cali-Mex revolution to Johnson City

October 31st, 2014 9:11 am by Mystery Diner

Amid all the hoopla about one well-known Asheville restaurant setting up shop in Johnson City, another of that city's popular eateries has quietly joined us here in town. For those who might say "Who needs another Mexican restaurant?," let me set the reco

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Mad Greek International Cafe has a delicious method to the madness

October 24th, 2014 11:51 am by Mystery Diner

Mad Greek cuisine is Mediterranean, meaning Greek ("Aegean" in my book) and southern Italian with some Near East and Northeast American overtones, all ably produced by their chefs and kitchen personnel.

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Bluff City Diner keeps home cooking traditions alive

Bluff City Diner keeps home cooking traditions alive

October 17th, 2014 9:44 am by Mystery Diner

Despite the influx of chain/franchise restaurants, it is good to see the local diner-style restaurant is still alive and thriving. We are truly fortunate that nearly every town has at least one of these eateries busily serving its regulars and welcoming n

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Two guys, a food cart and a bun full of memories

Two guys, a food cart and a bun full of memories

October 10th, 2014 9:40 am by Mystery Diner

While the mobile food vendor concept is the "new" that is "now," the idea of selling food to your hungry customers on the street rather than in a restaurant is as old as civilization itself. Where I grew up, food cart vendors sold everything from hot ches

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