Phil's Dream Pit BBQ is excellent at Exit 67AB near Kingsport, TN go E on I 26 just a minute to Exit 10 then go N on Eastern Star Rd. a minute. About 5 minutes off I 81.
Phil's Dream Pit @ 534 Eastern Star Rd., Kingsport, TN 423 - 349 - 6437. http://www.philsdreampit.com
Just N about 10 miles on E side of I 81 is Dixie Outpost BBQ if you prefer at Exit 69. Go E on # 394 a mile or two then turn left or N on # 126 just a few minutes to Dixie.
Dixie Outpost BBQ @ 3172 Highway 126, Blountville, TN 423 - 574 - 7447.
Troutdale Bistro is the place for lunch/dinner in Bristol, TN.
Troutdale Bistro @ 724 State St., Bristol, TN 423 - 989 - 3663. http://troutdalebistro.com/
Cootie Brown's @ 2715 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN 423 - 283 - 4723. http://www.cootiebrowns.com/
Ridgewood BBQ @ 900 Elizabethton Hwy., Bluff City, TN 423 - 538 - 7543.