The Perfect Evening in Johnson City, Tennessee

May 30, 2019
Johnson City, Tennessee

Hey, y’all! I’m so excited to be sharing the next installment in my Travel Northeast Tennessee Series with y’all today!


As Old Crow Medicine Show famously performed:

“But he’s a’headed west from the Cumberland Gap…
To Johnson City, Tennessee!”

And while I headed south instead of west, all that matters is that I landed in beautiful Johnson City — I quickly became infatuated with the city!


Surrounded by beautiful mountains, Johnson City is a gem of the region. The people are kind, the Americana spirit is strong, and as is important to me, the food is finger lickin’ good.

While I would recommend that you stay longer than an evening in Johnson City, I also understand that time is of the essence. I often find myself only able to stay an afternoon + one night in a location; thus, I try to keep that in mind when crafting itineraries for y’all when I travel.

JC Phelps (JCP Eats) in Johnson City, Tennessee

1. Visit Yee-Haw Brewing:

126 Buffalo St.

Johnson City, TN 37604

There’s no better place to kick off your afternoon that Yee-Haw Brewing Company. I’m not going to lie — the name immediately drew this country boy in; however, don’t let that fool you. Their brews stand up to their name; one sip and you’ll want to yell, “Yeeeeeee-hawww!”

Yee-Haw Brewing Company, Johnson City, Tennessee

Yee-Haw Brewing Company started in downtown Johnson City in 2015; in just a few short years – and with a lot of work and devotion, as is clear – they quickly situated themselves to be a powerhouse of the region.

My favorite thing about Yee-Haw was the variety in their beers. They bridge the gap between traditional, classic brews and hip, innovative brews.

This enables there to be a drink for all palates in the tasting room – which, as a consumer, I appreciate.

Oh, and if you need a snack – fear not! Located in the distillery is the White Duck Taco Shop. I might’ve enjoyed one (or three) of their delicious tacos… you have to keep your energy levels up, am I right?

2. Visit Gourmet & Company:

214 E Mountcastle Dr.

Johnson City, TN 37601

After having a drink at Yee-Haw, you must have dinner at Gourmet & Company! Locally owned by the same restauranteurs for 30 years, Gourmet & Company is a Johnson City legacy. They have set the tone for the dining scene in the city — and while I entered with high expectations, they were met and surpassed.

The menu at Gourmet & Company is seasonal and rotational; they incorporate fresh, organic ingredients into their well-created dishes, while also utilizing local ingredients when in season.

Gourmet and Company, Johnson City, TN

When I visited, they had the most delicious lobster entree on the menu. It was rich and decadent – which is, of course, why lobster is my favorite food. I also had a salad with fried goat cheese balls, which was a standout to me. That said, the menu is very well-rounded. Diners can enjoy dishes from the likes of charcuterie boards, seared diver scallops, fried chicken, filet, veal medallions, and so much more.

Gourmet and Company, Johnson City, TN

They also have an expansive cocktail list + wine selection (with great flights!), if you are looking for another libation with dinner.

3.Visit The Carnegie Hotel/Wellington’s:

1216 W State of Franklin Rd.

Johnson City, TN 37604

End your night (and stay!) at the Carnegie Hotel. This luxury hotel is the perfect mix of modern amenities + classic Southern charm.

After your delicious meal at Gourmet and Company, you need a night cap and potentially dessert, am I right? Located inside the hotel is Wellington’s Restaurant — and it’s simply gorgeous! I felt especially lucky to be there on a night with jazz music; it made the ambiance and experience so special.

Cocktails at Wellington’s at the Carnegie Hotel, Johnson City, TN

The menu at Wellington’s is chock-full of southern favorites, paying homage to its Appalachian and Southern roots, while also incorporating other high-end culinary inspirations.

While I was full, I did manage to find room for banana’s foster + a gin martini (with a lemon twist, of course).


Now I know y’all are planning your trip to Johnson City — but, heed my warning: come hungry!

I’m already wanting to plan my next visit back…

As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!

Y’all come back now, ya hear?

My best,


FTC: This is a commissioned post; however, as always, all expressed opinions are my own.

  • Reply
    Charles Cross
    May 31, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    The city leaders have made the right steps with the flooding mitigation and green space in downtown. Continue the course and Johnson City will have no rival among the tricities.

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