The Top 10 Restaurants In Kingsport, Tennessee

Photo of Marcelina Morfin
9 February 2017

A great spot for lovers of the great outdoors, Kingsport is a lovely city with a rich history. Located in northeastern Tennessee, the area is also a popular place to eat out, BBQ is a particular favorite. Here is our list of the top 10 restaurants found in Kingsport, Tennessee.

The historic Wills-Dickey Stone House in Kingsport | © Tricitiesbob/WikiCommons

Biggie's Clam Bar

Bar, American, $$$
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Founded in 1946 in New Jersey, Biggie’s Clam Bar is a small regional chain. A family-owned and operated establishment, this restaurant offers an upscale yet casual dining experience to diners seeking to try a variety of American cuisine. Within a family-friendly environment, visitors can savor specific highlights such as oysters on the half shell, shrimp with cheese grits, Cajun shrimp in a white wine sauce, and the hand-cut, grilled 12 oz. rib eye topped with caramelized onions and served with choice of side.

Braeden's Barbeque

Restaurant, American, $$$
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Braeden’s Barbeque features mouthwatering, authentic hickory-smoked barbeque that is smoked for 24 hours ensuring that the meat is flavorful and so tender that it falls off the bone. A family-friendly venue, this restaurant offers a menu with selections that will satisfy any meat lover and barbeque that will suit any taste from those seeking a mild sauce to those wanting something sweeter or even spicier. Enticing options include the pulled turkey platter with a choice of sauce plus two sides, which include homemade chips and pasta salad, rib platters with choice of sides; and the eponymous Braeden burger topped with smoked cheddar and house BBQ sauce.


Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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Fort Patrick Henry Dam, Kingsport
Fort Patrick Henry Dam, Kingsport | © Tennessee Valley Authority/Flickr
Established in 1987 by brothers Mike and Raffaele Misciagna, Giuseppe’s is a delicious Italian restaurant. Diners can feast upon an array of flavorful meals all made to order using the freshest ingredients available. Open for lunch weekdays and dinner every night except for Sunday, the menu is varied with everything from appetizers to house specialties to seafood entrées to pasta and more. Start with bruschetta al pomodoro, toasted Italian bread topped with tomatoes, olive oil, garlic and onion, followed by chicken cacciatore with mushroom and marinara sauce for a wonderful meal.

Hibbert-Davis Coffee Company

Restaurant, Tea , Coffee, $$$
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Founded in 2013, Hibbert-Davis Coffee Company is an inviting coffee house, roaster and bakery rolled into one. A popular downtown local gathering place tucked inside the old bus depot, the spacious interior, complete with industrial accents, exposed brick walls, and fireplace, makes it a perfect spot to get some work done, visit with friends, or even have a meeting. In addition to their delicious espresso drinks, the café also offers tea, breakfast sandwiches, other savory edibles, and an array of baked goods, including scones, muffins, cakes and cookies.

Pal’s Sudden Service

Pal’s Sudden Service is a popular regional fast food chain restaurant delighting customers again and again with its tasty American fare. Established in 1956 by Fred ‘Pal’ Barger, the first Pal’s opened in Kingsport, and therestaurant has grown considerably since then with 25 locations in Tennessee and Virginia. The menu offers everything from breakfast items to burgers to sandwiches to hot dogs to ‘frenchie’ fries, in addition to many beverages, including milkshakes. Try the famous sauceburger, which is an all-beef patty with Pal’s famous sauce, a slightly spicy ketchup-based sauce, alongside some shoestring fries sprinkled with a special seasoning salt for a classic Pal’s meal.
Various locations in Kingsport, TN, USA

Phil's Dream Pit

Restaurant, Dessert
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The motto at Phil’s Dream Pit is ‘The Quest for the Perfect BBQ.’ Following their passion of wanting to provide the Kingsport area with top-notch quality BBQ, Phil and Dianna Pipkin opened their BBQ restaurant in 2008. A family-owned and operated venue, the succulent dishes and friendly service keep people returning to this outfit. Some of the must-try tender, flavorful meat dishes include the pulled pork sandwich with fresh coleslaw and baked beans; the smoked turkey sandwich with potato salad; and half rack of sweet baby back ribs. Tantalizing desserts are also available, including banana pudding.


Restaurant, American, $$$
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The historic Netherland Inn in Kingsport
The historic Netherland Inn in Kingsport | © Jack E. Boucher/WikiCommons
Founded in 1971, Pratt’s is a favored restaurant and catering company known for their honey glazed hams and smoked barbeque. Not hard to find, the exterior finds ‘The Big Indian,’ a 32 foot-tall statue with a longer history than Pratt’s, standing guard. Within a rustic interior, guests have access to a large menu with numerous meat dishes sure to please any carnivore along with many side dishes, several of which will please vegetarians. Tasty options include the smoked blueberry-chipotle ribs; smoked meatloaf with choice of side, including mashed potatoes and fried okra; and the pulled smoked turkey sandwich topped with pickles and slaw. A variety of sweet treats are also available.

Purple Cow

Restaurant, American
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Established in 1993, Purple Cow is a quirky drive-thru restaurant serving American fare. A little purple building with yellow awnings covered in purple cowhide print, the front is decorated with a family of bovine statues in purple and white. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day except for Sunday, frequenters will find a large, varied menu with everything from sandwiches to dinner entrées to sweet treats, including dozens of flavors of milkshakes. Everything is made to order ensuring a quality product that will suit many tastes. Try the Reuben sandwich with corned beef, Swiss cheese, kraut and Thousand Island dressing on rye with an order of baked tater wedges for a tasty meal.

The Shack BBQ & Grill

Restaurant, American
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Another tasty BBQ joint, The Shack BBQ and Grill is a lively venue specializing in a variety of American cuisine. A locally owned and operated restaurant, the interior features several high-definition televisions where friends can watch sporting events while feasting upon an array of dishes from appetizers to wings to quesadillas to BBQ to burgers and more. A typical meal at The Shack might begin with fried green tomatoes followed by ribs with green beans and a twice-baked potato. Visit on Friday and Saturday nights when live music takes place adding to the already vibrant atmosphere.


A brand new addition to Kingsport’s culinary scene, Uncorked is an upscale venue specializing in fine wines, bourbons, plus delicious small plates. Located downtown, the modern interior features an exposed brick wall, exposed beams and custom-made furniture creating an environment suitable for a lovely night out with friends. The wine list is extensive and includes varieties from around the world. As for tasty edibles, the menu highlights items such as cheese straws; grilled shrimp with lemon butter and homemade sesame slaw; and lobster ravioli in a white wine-butter sauce. Several sweet treats are available as well, including flourless chocolate cake.
Uncorked, 316 Broad St. # 102, Kingsport, TN, USA, +1 423 765 0085