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Left: House-made chipotle cream sauce covers chicken
enchiladas at 7 Hermanos.

FRED SAUCEMAN

Below: The egg-topped hamburger is a hit at Pop Ellis.

FRED SAUCEMAN

"I learned at a young age to
appreciate the incredible flavor of
vegetables fresh from the garden and
to respect the amount of hard work
and diligence it takes to grow and
harvest them." -Ben Carroll, Rain

Gourmet and Company has been
serving up innovative fare in a strip
mall on the city's north side. Its
menu pays allegiance to several Tennessee producers. Benton's bacon
stars in pickled shrimp, hamburgers and an Appalachian Cobb salad.
Cheeses from Sweetwater Valley
Farms in Southeast Tennessee show
up in house-made biscuits and a
Southwest salad. The trout, cooked
in a cast-iron skillet, hails from Sunburst in Haywood County, North
Carolina. Regional influences are evident in a buttermilk ramp dressing
and in sorghum butter, served with
iron-skillet cornbread.
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With the coming of Tupelo Honey and White Duck Taco, the downtown Johnson City restaurant scene
has come alive. A restaurant called
Label places heavy emphasis on regional products, using Knoxville's
Cruze Dairy buttermilk for its chicken and Allan Benton's famed bacon
in its creamed corn.
On Fountain Square downtown, Andreas and Michele Herholz
opened Freiberg's in 2008, named for
an 800-year-old silver mining town
in Andreas' native Germany. Schnitzels at Freiberg's cover an entire plate,
with sauerkraut and roasted potatoes
tucked underneath.
A quintessential neighborhood
bar with customer nicknames like
Slick and Slice and Chalk, The Cottage has been serving hamburgers
and beer since the 1950s. Its fried
chicken, dipped in milk, is among
the best in the region.
In Johnson City, Appalachian
soup beans and cornbread have now
made it to the drive-through, served
by the Buc Deli.
Formerly located in a motel on

the north side of town, Sahib now
serves its Indian menu in a refurbished Long John Silver's building, near the Johnson City Medical
Center.
Among Johnson City's outstanding Mexican restaurants is 7 Hermanos-Seven Brothers-in the former
location of a Fatz Café. It is one of the
first Mexican restaurants in the area
to add liver-higado-to the menu,
and it specializes in a smoky, hot chipotle cream sauce that enrobes plates
of chicken enchiladas.
Johnson City is home to several
Pal's Sudden Service restaurants.
Headquartered in Kingsport, the
regional chain celebrated its 60th
anniversary in 2016. Known for its
virtually error-free ordering system,
its rapid turnaround, its low employee turnover, and its high health
scores, Pal's was the first restaurant
company in America to win the
Malcolm Baldrige National Quality
Award.
Pal Barger opened the first Pal's on
Revere Street in Kingsport in 1956.
Always an innovative thinker, he


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