Gray Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Gray

April 14, 2018 Alice Mieles

Gray is a census-designated place (CDP) in Washington County, Tennessee, United States and a rural suburb of Johnson City. It is part of the Johnson City Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region. The population was 1,222 at the 2010 census.
Things to do in Gray

1. KALM Bistro

5205 Bobby Hicks Hwy, Gray, TN 37615-6215 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 423-207-0888
Excellent
82%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

KALM Bistro

Reviewed By KatWat39 - Jonesborough, Tennessee

Four friends dined here. Service was superb.

Summer rolls were absolute best we've ever had. We said we were new to Vietnamese food, so we needed guidance. I was a bit disappointed in the guidance. Three people ordered Pho noodles. Large portions. Great tasting broth. Two people added too much hot sauce that was on the table, so their entrees were less than great. It's a slow burn, so use it sparingly until you figure out how much you want.

Chicken and meatballs were good. Beef had gristle in it. When I go again, I'll definitely do Pho with either chicken or meatballs.

I ordered rice/beef entree, which was extremely bland. The owner said it was one of the most popular dishes. I'm not sure if it was an off night or if people in this area like bland, chewy food, but I wouldn't order it again.

The place is small. It was full, but no one had to wait in line on a Wednesday night.

This is a new place with different food that I think is worth a try. Right now, I rate it average, but that could change with more guidance on sauces or as I learn more about Vietnamese food.

2. Pal's Sudden Service

257 Old Gray Station Rd, Gray, TN 37615-3532 Takeout American, Fast Food Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +1 423-477-1400
Excellent
62%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

Pal's Sudden Service

Reviewed By Chris B - Kingsport

fastest fast fast food place in town. This locally owned. There are many to choose from. Order is right all the time. You can not ask for more friendly and polite people.

3. Stephen's Pizzeria

5049 Bobby Hicks Hwy, Suite 105, Johnson City, Gray, TN 37615-8411 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 423-207-0181
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 24 reviews

Stephen's Pizzeria

Reviewed By J T - Gray, Tennessee

I went there tonight because of a good friends recommendation. I ordered our usual Sausage, Pepperoni, Mushroom and Banana Peppers. It was a little high for the pie. The staff was friendly, but Little Italy in Bristol by far is the best around. But for Gray I would rate it the best.

4. Lacarreta Restaurant

5494 Bobby Hicks Hwy, Gray, TN 37615-3187 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 423-477-0200
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 32 reviews

Lacarreta Restaurant

Reviewed By J T - Gray, Tennessee

Carolyn Burgess and I were there today for lunch. I had the Veggie fajitas she had the taco salad. Mine was great her was so so very bland I would not recommend it at all.

5. Phil's Dream Pit

634 Eastern Star Rd, Kingsport, TN 37663-3268 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner +1 423-349-6437
Excellent
76%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 278 reviews

Phil's Dream Pit

Reviewed By Michael G - Toronto, Canada

This place could be a movie set for a traditional Q joint. I had their ribs and they were first rate, and so, btw, was the beans and slaw. Very friendly folks. Recommend it if you're passing through.

6. Sittin Bull Restaurant

730 Gray Station Rd, Gray, TN 37615-3158 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 423-477-8564
Excellent
22%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 22 reviews

Sittin Bull Restaurant

Reviewed By Sailinggal - TN

The locals go here. Been there seems like forever! The biscuits and gravy is a big seller. People just SIT and BULL with each other.

7. Hot Dog Corner

5025 Bobby Hicks Hwy, Suite 105, Gray, TN 37615-8407 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +1 423-477-0016
Excellent
40%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 18 reviews

Hot Dog Corner

Reviewed By Jim R - Walton, New York

in an area filled with fast food and chain restaurants, this was a great find while we were traveling. I went with their special dog with cheese, chili and Cole slaw, and it was great - not for eating while driving, however. My wife opted for their chicken salad, and it was some of the best I've tasted. Just a small place but very friendly.

8. Subway

305 Suncrest St, Gray, TN 37615-3478 Fast Food, Delicatessen SGD 26 +1 423-477-2929
Excellent
64%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By pittysmom101 - gray TN

The bread is always fresh, the people are always friendly, and food is always good. What more could you want from Subway? This is not true with every location, but this one is top notch, and I go here all the time.

9. Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

3000 Franklin Ter, Johnson City, TN 37604-4123 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 423-262-0087
Excellent
57%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 311 reviews

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

Reviewed By Simon W - Nashville, Tennessee

Cheddar's is a typical American chain serving lots of 'favorities' with a typically oversized menu. The restaurant itself appeared to be fairly new and was clean. It reminded me a bit of Applebees in vibe, with a lot of autographed photos on the walls and other sporting references.
The food itself was ordinary and the server had our check on the table about halfway through us eating our entrees. We would enjoyed another drink, but we just decided to call it there.

There are a lot of options around here and I think you could do better at exploring those.

10. Bluegill's Cafe

5314 Kingsport Hwy, Gray, TN 37615-5215 +1 423-467-4200
Excellent
33%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Reviewed By wabjr705 - Piney Flats, Tennessee

This is a GREAT "hole in the wall", home cooking' restaurant. Comfort foods are very tasty and very economical. Daily specials are offered. I frequently get one of the best bacon cheese burgers I've ever had in nay restaurant. And you can finish off with a home cooked dessert !! Cash only - breakfast & lunch only !!!

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