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

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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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Take a drive through the country to Rooster Rob's - it's worth it

Take a drive through the country to Rooster Rob's - it's worth it

January 23rd, 2015 10:08 am by Mystery Diner

We were on a winter morning's drive back from Knoxville when my dining partner announced she was hungry for something, but she didn't know what. Making this announcement to a car full of the dine-around bunch tooling up I-81 was a cause for some concern,

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Koto a rollicking good place for Japanese food and fun

Koto a rollicking good place for Japanese food and fun

January 16th, 2015 9:27 am by Mystery Diner

The birthday crowd around the first table were whooping it up as the dine-around bunch walked into Koto last Saturday night. I gaped in astonishment as their table chef expertly flipped a steamy hot shrimp from the teppan surface, off the end of his grill

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Old South: An oasis of Southern hospitality

Old South: An oasis of Southern hospitality

January 9th, 2015 9:40 am by Mystery Diner

Change is a necessity. The old adage "adapt or die" is especially applicable in the restaurant business. A restaurant whose management cannot change to meet the needs of its clientele is doomed. The Tri-Cities has lost several eateries this past year beca

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Ole's Guacamoles: Baja cuisine walking distance to downtown

Ole's Guacamoles: Baja cuisine walking distance to downtown

January 2nd, 2015 9:28 am by Mystery Diner

My education in Mexican cuisine proceeds apace. From the callow college student sporting a set of taste buds so blunt they were satisfied by canned tamales gussied up with cheese dip, I have developed an appreciation of the subtle flavor differences in a

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Choo Choo Cafe is definitely on the right track

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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