25 Incredible Restaurants in Kingsport, TN

This article was written by local contributor Benjamin Williams & edited by the Travel Lens team.

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Kingsport, Tennessee has always had a special place in my heart.

With a variety of restaurants offering a mix of cuisines and atmospheres, it's easy to find the perfect meal to satisfy any craving.

From classic Southern comfort food to exotic international dishes, this charming town's culinary landscape has something for everyone.

So, without further ado, let me take you on a journey through some of the best restaurants in Kingsport, Tennessee!

Sister's Cravings Juice Bar and Grill

I have tried my fair share of local restaurants.

But nothing compares to the amazing experience I had when I first visited Sister's Cravings Juice Bar and Grill.

I walked in and was immediately greeted with enthusiasm and positivity, which set the tone for my entire visit.

I decided to go with the Jerk Chicken Bowl, which turned out to be a chef's kiss of perfection.

The freshness of the ingredients was unparalleled, and the generous amount of toppings without any up charge was a pleasant surprise.

I could tell that everything was made with love and care, which made the experience even more enjoyable.

The fruit bowls also caught my eye, and I couldn't resist trying one.

It was simply out of this world – so much so that I found myself craving another one later that day.

Although the prices were a bit steep for me to make this a regular lunch spot, I definitely see myself returning whenever I'm in need of a special treat.

Sister’s Cravings Juice Bar and Grill · 208 Cherokee St, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

Kay's Restaurant

One of my favorite spots to grab a delicious home-cooked meal in town is Kay's Restaurant.

This small, family-owned hidden gem has been serving our community for 37 years.

They offer breakfast and lunch, and I can't get enough of their dishes.

Every time I visit, the food is fresh, hot, and made to order.

Some of my favorites are the cheeseburger with onion rings and the grilled cheese with tater tots.

I also love their slaw!

Keep in mind that they only accept cash or checks.

The atmosphere in Kay's Restaurant is so welcoming and nostalgic.

I love listening to the conversations of fellow customers, enjoying their lovely hill country accents.

It feels like taking a step back in time.

I've enjoyed their breakfast options too, such as eggs with bacon, home fries, grits, and toast.

My daughter loves their scrambled eggs with a biscuit and sausage gravy.

The iced tea is perfect, and the coffee is outstanding.

Kay’s Restaurant · 4893 Hwy 11 W W, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · American restaurant

The Bagel Exchange

One of my go-to places for breakfast or lunch in Kingsport is The Bagel Exchange.

It's true when I say that they have the best bagels in the area!

I've eaten there several times, and they never fail to impress me with their delicious bagels and sandwiches.

Even though it can get quite busy at times, I never mind standing in line because I know it's going to be worth the wait.

The good news is that they have an upstairs seating area, which is perfect when the main floor gets a bit too crowded.

I love how they make a lot of their stuff in-house, like the croutons that came with my soup, which seemed to be made of bagel pieces.

They have a great variety of savory and sweet options, as well as a few non-bagel sandwich alternatives.

I absolutely adore their bagels and the warm atmosphere they've created.

The Bagel Exchange · 107 W Center St, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

Thai Riverside

My favorite new restaurant in the west side of the city has to be Thai Riverside.

I visited this place during its first few weeks of opening and was delighted to see all the tables were taken - a great turnout!

The Shrimp Paradise and spring rolls I tried were absolutely delicious.

I also appreciate the fact that they offer outdoor seating with a beautiful view of the river.

I returned for lunch on another day and ordered the Fancy Chicken, which was excellent.

The pineapple fried rice with chicken and spring rolls I had were very tasty as well.

The food at Thai Riverside is great, and I have yet to try a dish that disappoints.

The mango fried rice, pineapple fried rice, and larb are all excellent.

Thai Riverside · 1837 Netherland Inn Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Thai restaurant

Milly's Authentic Jamaican Restaurant

I recently stopped at Milly’s Authentic Jamaican Restaurant for lunch, and I must say I was blown away by the amazing flavors and atmosphere.

The dining area was spacious and clean, making me feel comfortable eating at the bar since I didn't want to take up a table all by myself.

As someone who loves Caribbean food and has spent several Christmas holidays on different Caribbean islands, I was thrilled to see curry goat on the menu.

The meal came with red beans and rice, steamed cabbage, and plantains, and the flavors and spices were simply amazing!

I don't know how I hadn't discovered this gem before, but I'm definitely making it a weekly stop.

It's hands down the best lunch I've had in weeks.

I've also had the chance to try the jerk chicken and ox tails, and the food is just perfection.

Milly’s Authentic Jamaican Restaurant · 1120 E Center St, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Jamaican restaurant

Pal's Sudden Services

Pal's Sudden Services has been a go-to spot for me whenever I crave some fast-food goodness.

The fact that it's been around since 1956 just goes to show that they know what they're doing when it comes to serving up tasty burgers, hot dogs, and fries.

Their breakfast fare is not to be missed either – I usually grab one of their delicious breakfast options to start my day on the right foot.

You can learn more about them and check out their menu on their website here.

The service at Pal's is true to its name – very sudden and fast!

Every time I visit, I am amazed at how quickly they can whip up my order.

One of my favorite things to order is their tea, and I can assure you that all the flavors are worth trying.

Pal’s Sudden Services · 3012 N John B Dennis Hwy, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

Bare Bones BBQ

One of my favorite places to enjoy a delicious southern comfort BBQ meal would be Bare Bones BBQ in Kingsport.

I ended up stumbling upon this hidden gem about a month ago, and ever since, I've been going back for more!

The service at Bare Bones BBQ is always phenomenal, and the food comes out super fast.

The ribs are tender with just the right amount of smokey flavor, and the prices are more than fair for the quantity and quality of food.

One time I tried their burger, it was excellent too, although it came with a bag of chips, which I wasn't a fan of.

Bare Bones BBQ · 5340 Memorial Blvd, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

Phil's Dream Pit

As a fan of BBQ, I'm always on the lookout for great local spots, and I came across Phil's Dream Pit on one of my searches.

I decided to give it a try, and let me tell you, it's now one of my favorite places for classic BBQ dishes.

The pulled pork was tender and full of flavor, and I enjoyed the different sauces available.

I tried a few of their sides as well - the hash brown casserole was a standout, and the coleslaw was good too, though pretty typical.

The potato salad was a bit bland for my taste, but the banana pudding more than made up for it.

That dessert was light, fluffy, and packed with vanilla wafers and banana chunks - definitely worth the indulgence.

I've been back a few times since my first visit, and I've never been disappointed.

Phil’s Dream Pit · 534 Eastern Star Rd Intersection of I 81 and I-26, exit 10 off, I-26, Kingsport, TN 37663, United States
★★★★★ · Barbecue restaurant

Full Belly Restaurant

I recently stumbled upon this hidden gem, Full Belly Restaurant, tucked away in a nearby shopping area.

Let me tell you, I've been trying out the restaurants in the neighborhood since I moved here, and I couldn't be happier to find this spot.

Hands down, they serve the best hamburger I've had in Kingsport!

The fried mushrooms were also a delightful treat.

I've heard great things about their Fried Green Tomatoes, Chicken and Dumplings, Soup Beans, and Hamburger steak from a friendly elderly customer I met there.

Full Belly Restaurant · 4340 W Stone Dr, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

Riverfront Seafood Co

Riverfront Seafood Co has remained one of my favorite spots to enjoy some delicious Southern-style seafood.

Located alongside a beautiful river, this eatery offers a casual space with a deck that provides breathtaking river views.

You can visit their website here.

One of the highlights of this place is their quality catfish, which never fails to impress me and my family.

I've visited this restaurant with large groups and for intimate dinners for two, and the atmosphere always feels welcoming and comfortable.

The service is consistently courteous and efficient, making it an even more enjoyable dining experience.

Another standout feature of Riverfront Seafood Co is their dessert selection, particularly the blackberry cake, which is truly divine.

In my personal experience, the food has been satisfying and tasty.

The Captain platter is definitely worth trying, and while the burgers may not be the best in the Tri-state area, they are still quite enjoyable.

The views, the ambiance, and the friendly service are what make this restaurant a must-visit spot for those who appreciate good seafood and a relaxing atmosphere.

Riverfront Seafood Co · 1777 Netherland Inn Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Seafood restaurant

El Loco Taco Taqueria

As someone who loves Mexican food, I couldn't help but try out El Loco Taco Taqueria in Kingsport.

I've heard mixed reviews about this place, but I wanted to see for myself.

I must say, the food and service were fantastic!

All the salsas are homemade, and you can request to try all four of them.

I ended up loving the regular one the most.

I ordered the Steak Mexicana, and my partner tried the chimichanga with chicken.

We couldn't believe the huge portions and good prices.

What a steal!

El Loco Taco Taqueria · 800 Stonegate Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Mexican restaurant

El Patron Mexican Grill

One of my favorite spots in Kingsport is definitely El Patron Mexican Grill.

I've been coming here for years, even after moving to the other side of town.

The food is consistently amazing, and the service is top-notch.

Just the other day, my friends and I went there for a casual dinner, and as usual, the experience left us wanting for more.

The food arrived quickly, and it was absolutely delicious.

I had the chicken fajitas, which were cooked to perfection with a flavorful blend of spices.

My friends ordered the steak burritos and veggie quesadillas, and they couldn't stop raving about their dishes.

El Patron Mexican Grill · 1504 W Stone Dr, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Mexican restaurant

Italian Village Authentic Pizzeria

One of my go-to spots for pizza in town is the Italian Village Authentic Pizzeria.

I love that they're always willing to go the extra mile for their customers.

I remember one time, I ordered a Sicilian and asked them to make it like their steak special, which isn't even on the menu.

They not only accommodated my request, but even went as far as grilling the vegetables, making the pizza taste absolutely delicious.

They had it ready in no time, and added aluminum foil to protect it.

It's become one of my absolute favorite pizza places.

One thing I must praise Italian Village for is their generous portions.

I'll never forget the time I picked up a pizza box and was amazed at how heavy it was!

The toppings were piled high and there was so much cheese on it.

The Sicilian crust was thick, not over or undercooked, and had a perfectly crisp bottom that wasn't burned.

Italian Village Authentic Pizzeria · 2101 Fort Henry Dr, Kingsport, TN 37664, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

Sloopy's Diner

Just the other day, I decided to grab a bite at Sloopy's Diner, a popular spot for us locals to enjoy jumbo burgers, burritos, hand-dipped ice cream, and shakes.

I've always been a fan of their Sloopy cheeseburger, which comes in 8 oz. or the regular 5 oz. – it never fails to hit the spot, and this visit was no exception.

While waiting for my order, I couldn't help but notice someone indulging in a chili dog that looked absolutely mouthwatering with plenty of ground beef in the chili.

It almost made me reconsider my cheeseburger choice, but I stuck to my guns.

And of course, I couldn't resist adding an order of their nearly perfect onion rings.

Sloopy's menu variety always impresses me – from fish tacos to quesadillas and even a 2-lb burger challenge.

Sloopy’s Diner · 819 N Eastman Rd, Kingsport, TN 37664, United States
★★★★★ · Hamburger restaurant

Authentic California Mexican Grill

I was searching for a great Mexican dining spot in my town, and I accidentally stumbled upon the Authentic California Mexican Grill.

I decided to give it a try, and oh boy, was it a fantastic decision!

As soon as I entered the restaurant, I noticed the lovely, clean, and cozy atmosphere.

The family-owned and operated establishment made me feel right at home, making me feel even more excited about trying their food.

Their extensive menu had me spoilt for choice, and I finally settled on the carne asada tacos, the dish that I usually order at any new Mexican restaurant.

To my delight, the food was nothing short of incredible!

The tacos were bursting with flavor, and I could tell they were made with the freshest ingredients.

The service, too, was super fast, which made my dining experience even better.

The prices were very reasonable, and I was genuinely impressed by how much value I received for the money I spent.

Authentic California Mexican Grill · 2819 N John B Dennis Hwy, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Mexican restaurant

Thai Noodle Town

If you're craving for some authentic Thai food, look no further than Thai Noodle Town in Kingsport.

Ever since I first visited this cozy restaurant, I've been hooked!

The atmosphere is warm and inviting without feeling too cramped, making it a perfect spot for lunch or dinner.

One of my favorite dishes here has to be the Cashew Nut Chicken.

It's hands down the best I've had at any Thai restaurant.

I'm also a huge fan of their egg rolls, chicken satay, and dumplings.

And let me tell you, their Thai Fried Rice with a protein is simply to die for!

Not only did it taste amazing, but I couldn't even finish the generous portion they served.

Aside from the delicious food, their service is always top-notch.

Thai Noodle Town · 800 Stonegate Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Thai restaurant

The Shack

I recently discovered The Shack, a down-home BBQ joint in town, and I have to say, it's become my go-to place for some delicious comfort food.

They've got amazing burgers, wings, and even patio seating for those days when the weather is just too perfect to eat indoors.

The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, with TV screens to keep you entertained while you enjoy your meal.

You can check out their menu here.

The other day, I ordered the pulled pork sandwich with cheese fries, and it was so good that I couldn't stop thinking about it.

My friend tried the Philly with chili cheese fries, and she couldn't stop raving about it either.

The prices are also quite reasonable, which is a plus for someone like me who loves eating out often.

One thing I noticed and loved was how fresh and tasty their burgers are.

My favorite so far has been the bacon cheeseburger with bacon cheese fries, which I enjoyed on a sunny day while sitting outside on their patio.

I even added a little ranch dressing on top of the bacon cheese fries, and it was a heavenly combination!

The Shack · 4231 Fort Henry Dr, Kingsport, TN 37663, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

Nick's Family Restaurant

Whenever I am in the mood for a scrumptious meal, I know I can rely on Nick's Family Restaurant.

I recently had a delightful experience trying their breakfast for the first time, and it did not disappoint.

The Veggie Omelet with added sausage was delicious and filling, and I must say, their biscuits are the fluffiest I've had in a long while.

The service at Nick's is always impeccable, and my recent visit was no exception.

I've also enjoyed their chicken dishes in the past, which have been consistently good.

Although the building has seen better days, it doesn't detract from the overall dining experience.

Nick’s Family Restaurant · 1916 Sherwood Rd, Kingsport, TN 37664, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

The Mustard Seed Café

I recently visited The Mustard Seed Café with my partner, and we were both blown away by the delicious food and friendly atmosphere.

I ordered the chicken salad croissant, and the broccoli cheese soup, while my partner opted for the chili.

We both agreed that the food was some of the best we've ever tasted - the chili didn't even need crackers!

One of the highlights of our meal was the small muffin that came as a garnish on our plates.

It was such a delightful surprise, and we couldn't stop raving about how delicious it was.

The iced tea was also very refreshing and wonderful.

The décor of The Mustard Seed Café was fun and inviting, and the place was clean - even the bathroom.

The Mustard Seed Cafe · 118 E Market St, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

Evelyn's Kitchen Table

Just last week, I decided to finally try out Evelyn's Kitchen Table after hearing so many rave reviews from friends and coworkers.

I must say, they were absolutely right - it's the best breakfast spot in Kingsport!

I was immediately impressed by the menu choices and unique ingredients.

I opted for the Arkansas biscuit with fried pickles, something I've never seen on a menu before, and it was unbelievably good.

She even got excited about the fresh ground beans for their decaf coffee, which I must admit, tasted great.

My dining companion had the Apple Walnut Waffle, and she couldn't stop raving about it.

The restaurant itself was clean, spacious, and nicely decorated.

I didn't try the savory waffle or the grits this time, but after hearing from others about their experience, I will make sure to give them a try on my next visit.

Evelyn’s Kitchen Table · 1141 N Eastman Rd, Kingsport, TN 37664, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

Pop's Restaurant

I must say, living in Kingsport has its perks, and one of the best things about it is Pop's Restaurant!

I was so excited when I found out about this place through their Facebook page.

It has quickly become one of my go-to spots for delicious comfort food.

They have an amazing catfish plate, and I absolutely love their corn nuggets.

It's been so long since I had corn nuggets as good as these.

I've also tried their daily specials, like the chicken casserole on Wednesdays, which was simply delicious.

Don't let the fact that it's attached to a gas station deter you, because the food is nothing like the sketchy stuff you might expect.

Their fried chicken livers are well-cooked and crispy, while the mashed potatoes and gravy are to die for.

Pop’s Restaurant · 3016 N John B Dennis Hwy, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Family restaurant

Italiano's of Kingsport

One evening, I decided to try Italiano's of Kingsport for the first time.

I had heard good things about their pizza, so I ordered a take-out NY style pepperoni pizza.

You can check their menu here.

To my surprise, the pizza was not as I expected.

The sauce had a great flavor, but there was just too much of it, making the pizza quite soggy.

Additionally, the crust was greasy and flat, nothing like what's pictured on their website or other review photos.

I was quite disappointed, but I thought maybe it was just an off night for them.

Despite my initial experience, I decided to give them another chance, and I'm glad I did.

On my next visit, I tried their authentic Italian calzones, and I was blown away!

The ingredients were fresh, and the crust was thin, crispy, and buttery.

Italiano’s of Kingsport · 447 Ridgefields Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Italian restaurant

The Main Street Pizza Company

One of my favorite spots to grab some delicious food and drinks in town is The Main Street Pizza Company.

Whenever I have friends visiting or just want to treat myself to a great meal, this is the place I go.

The atmosphere is cozy and welcoming, with options to sit downstairs, on the second floor, or even out on the patio.

Sitting at the bar is always a pleasure, as the bartenders are skilled at crafting artisanal cocktails tailored to your preferences.

There's really something for everyone here, no matter what type of drink you're in the mood for.

When it comes to the food, I simply can't get enough.

Some of my personal favorites include the meatball appetizers, the wings, and the pesto pizza.

I've even managed to win over my picky teenage family members with the delicious offerings at Main Street Pizza Company!

Everything from the food to the service, cleanliness, and atmosphere gets a well-deserved 5-star rating in my book.

The Main Street Pizza Company - Kingsport · 242 E Main St, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Pizza restaurant

Thai Cuisine

I cannot believe I had only recently discovered Thai Cuisine hidden away from the main road.

I have to say, it has quickly become one of my favorite spots for Thai food.

I regularly stop by for lunch or dinner and I'm never disappointed with the food or the service.

The first time I visited, I ordered the Rama Noodles, which was the peanut curry noodle dish I had been craving for months.

The flavors were spot-on and the service was quick, attentive, and friendly.

Since then, I have tried several other dishes, including the basil rice and various noodle dishes.

What I love about this place is that they offer different levels of spice to cater to everyone's preferences.

On special occasions, I indulge in the Crispy Duck, which has the perfect balance of tender meat and crispy skin.

The chicken pad Thai is another favorite of mine, and I usually ask them to add cilantro for an extra punch of flavor.

My spouse and I have even brought out-of-town guests to Thai Cuisine, and they have all raved about the food as well.

The wonton soup at this family-owned business is hands down the best I've ever had.

Thai Cuisine · 116 Jack White Dr #2, Kingsport, TN 37664, United States
★★★★★ · Thai restaurant

Fusion at Ridgefields

As someone who lives nearby, I've had the pleasure of dining at Fusion at Ridgefields on multiple occasions, and I must say it has quickly become one of my favorite places to eat in the area.

The honey glazed salmon entrée and fried artichokes appetizer are to die for, and their toxic tonic is a perfect addition to any meal.

I also can't forget to mention their delectable cinnamon roll cheesecake for dessert!

The atmosphere at Fusion is upscale but still manages to remain affordable, making it a great place for a special occasion or just a night out with friends.

I enjoy the beautiful views and the fact that Fusion offers a full-service bar with craft beer on draft and a variety of wines to choose from.

Fusion at Ridgefields · 2320 Pendragon Rd, Kingsport, TN 37660, United States
★★★★★ · Restaurant

Final Thoughts

Kingsport, Tennessee, truly offers a diverse and delicious dining scene that caters to all tastes and preferences.

From classic Southern comfort food to international flavors, there's always something new and delightful to experience in our beloved city.

Some of my personal favorites include the mouthwatering barbecue at Phil's Dream Pit, the authentic taste of Italy at Italian Village Authentic Pizzeria, and the vibrant flavors of Thai Riverside.

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