Johnson City Press Wednesday, May 27, 2015
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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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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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