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County Line Pie: Homegrown is the new delicious

Mystery Diner • Sep 19, 2019 at 6:15 AM

My friend and sometime dine-around bunch member Poppie told me about how the folks running Johnson City’s Main Street Pizza had opened a new restaurant “out in the wilderness.” This proved to be the part of Greene County near Chuckey, where proprietors Jamie Dove and Elise Clair have started a restaurant they call County Line Pie.

County Line Pie is located near its namesake on Tenn. Highway 107. Be sure to keep a sharp lookout for their sign, as their entrance off Tenn. 107 is obscured in the curve. Parking is ample and available. Once inside, keeping right takes you to the ice cream and dessert display cases. Next is the cashier and takeout, followed by a dining area that accommodates about 80 patrons. Further along you’ll find the restrooms and access to a comfortable outdoor patio.

Yes, County Line Pie does sell pie, both of the pizza and pastry varieties. Ordering is done from the menu at the front counter; you’ll be summoned when it’s ready. Dove and Clair firmly require that what they serve at all their restaurants will be as fresh as can be, and use ingredients sourced from their own River Creek Farm.

Nolichucky BLT combo: If you are planning to dine at County Line Pie, be sure to bring your appetite. Portion sizes are “Appalachian-substantial”. If you order a whole sandwich, you’ll need a doggie bag for the leftovers. I chose the half-sized Nolichucky BLT sandwich ($8.75). Here, County Line Pie’s take on the classic bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich starts with half a baguette of River Creek Farm-sourced Italian bread. Add fried River Creek green tomatoes. Some new-picked Swiss chard is used instead of lettuce. The bacon portion is dipped in a mixture of cornmeal, chili powder, black pepper and brown sugar and baked until crunchy. Add a jalapeno tartar sauce and red chili coulis and then stick two toothpicks in the sandwich to hold it all together. Delicious.

Quinoa Power Salad: The Dieter was delighted to find locally-grown quinoa in the Quinoa Power Salad. Quinoa is a food originally from South America that pre-dates the Incas. Related distantly to spinach, quinoa seeds are what County Line Pie uses in the Power Salad, along with a mixture of kale, cashews, butternut, raisins, onion, sunflower seeds, diced apple, sage and some tangy vinaigrette. Mindful that she would be sharing in the other dine-around bunch entrees, the Dieter wisely chose the side order quantity at $5 rather than the more robust entrée at $9 and was very pleased with her choice.

Meatball Sub sandwich: Joining the rest of the dine-around bunch after another of her multi-mile jaunts, the Retiree wanted something both Italian, satisfying but not too much. Her choice was a 6-inch Meatball Sub sandwich ($8) rather than the foot-long number at $12.50. County Line Pie uses their own red sauce, (or ragu for you Italo-philes). The meatballs were medium-large, savory and drew the quartet of flavors: meat, sauce, creamy-melted mozzarella cheese and the nutty Italian bread. While the menu said there was Alfredo sauce to be found; none was and it was not missed.

Flat Top Burger: Menu in hand, the Carnivore zero’ed in on the Flat Top Burger combo, which included fresh-cut French fries and a drink ($8.75). Closing his menu with a flourish and a broad smile on his face, my friend said that he was already getting his taste buds ready for County Line’s 100% grass-fed beef on a locally-baked burger bun together with locally-sourced toppings like lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles. Adding mustard, homemade mayo and American cheese, and the grin on the Carnivore’s face got even broader.

Carnivore Pizza: My dining partner had her palate fired up for a Carnivore pizza for her very own ($13, medium-sized.) With pizza-smiths who’d learned their trade at Main Street Pizza, my partner’s pizza was loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage and ground beef along with chunks of city ham, smoky bacon and sauced with some of that excellent ragu. Delectable.

And for Dessert … Well, after our delicious supper we just had to have dessert, and County Line Pie did not disappoint. We ordered a slice of their peanut butter pie ($3.50) along with some bread pudding ($6) and four spoons; the Carnivore does not do dessert. The Dieter chose a single scoop dish of County Line Pie’s coffee ice cream ($3.50) while the Retiree chose one made from fresh-picked strawberries. Purist, I chose a single scoop of the key lime pie flavor served in a waffle cone ($4.50), enjoying its citrus tang of key limes and almost paralyzed with brain freeze from eating it too fast.

The bottom line: Though they’ve been open only a short while, County Line Pie has all the elements necessary to be a huge success. Though Dove and Clair located County Line Pie a good way from either Greeneville, Jonesborough, or Johnson City, this is one restaurant that will have folks lining up to get inside, no matter where they’d have built it. Gas up the car, load up the family and/or friends, come on over to County Line Pie and experience what “home grown” tastes like. It is worth the drive.

County Line Pie

5641 Tenn. Highway 107 (Erwin Highway)

Chuckey

525-4294

Mon-Thu 4:30-9 p.m.

Fri-Sat 4:30-10 p.m.

Available on Facebook & social media

Credit cards accepted

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