This past Thursday, randomly we were driving down the Bristol Highway in Johnson City going to rent some equipment for the Epic 2014 Kitchen Overhaul of 2014 and I happened to spot something called The Local - Kitchen and Wine Bar. Totally relevant to our interests.
Friday night we tried it out because we needed something to do for Becky’s birthday. Going in we really didn’t have any information about the place really beyond what we could find on a Facebook page, which was slightly tricky because we don’t have Facebook logins.
The space is nice, the entire ceiling is covered in wine bottles, and much of the floor is embedded with pennies. There is a patio that will be awesome in the warmer months and a nice bar area.
The night that we went was slightly annoying because it was covered up with literally every known local douchebag who wants their picture in VIPSeen (think car dealers with fancy glasses and leather jackets with tassels… locals know what I’m talking about). But even though it was packed we got our table around the time that we were told, and the service was good.
Once we were in, I saw that the lady who owns/owned (not sure) Cootie Browns and Jack’s City Grill was running she show.
The food was good. I got a steak with collard greens, mac & cheese, and fries as sides (why not right?). The steak was great. Collard greens and mac & cheese good. Fries were terrible… a soggy mess. Becky got a burger with fries and reports the burger was pretty awesome, but he fries were no good. Maybe chalk that up to opening weekend jitters.
We will for sure go back and check it out.
Honestly my biggest complaint at this point is the location. It is sort of out of the way… I really wish this place was downtown.