VOTER: Best Mexican food in the three cities | WJHL


(WJHL) — After viewers’ nominations, four finalists were chosen to compete for the title of Best Local Mexican Cuisine. The four finalists received the most nominations from News Channel 11 viewers.

Voting will remain open until midnight on September 25, and you can vote for your favorite restaurant once per day. The winner with the most votes will receive a News Channel 11 story showing the region why it is the best.

Amigo Mexican Restaurant

With four locations in northeast Tennessee, Mexican restaurant Amigo (commonly referred to as “Amigos”) got its start in Chattanooga. The locations have since expanded to include two in Johnson City, one in Elizabethton and one in Jonesborough.

The restaurant prides itself on its “creamy queso and crunchy chimichangas,” according to its website.


Known affectionately to Johnson City natives as “El Kroger,” El Charolais Mexican Grill & Taqueria has been serving authentic Mexican cuisine in Johnson City since the early 2000s, according to its website. There are three El Charolais locations, including the restaurant and bar near Kroger and ETSU.

The restaurant family says everything at El Charolais is fresh every day.

La Carreta Mexican Restaurant

Originally founded in Lynchburg, Va., before expanding into the Tri-Cities, Mexican restaurant La Carreta has had a presence in the area for decades. The restaurant’s website states that the owners of the restaurant family opened establishments in Bristol, Kingsport and Gray in 1990.

Tracing the roots of their owners in Jalisco, Mexico, La Carreta offers an extensive menu of authentic cuisine.

Santa Fe Mexican Grill

Located on E Stone Drive in Kingsport, Santa Fe Mexican Grill offers a long list of menu options including seafood, nachos, quesadillas, burritos and more. The restaurant prides itself on both its food and its margaritas and other beverages.

Along with the only other location in Greensboro, North Carolina, the Kingsport location is the primary location for local Santa Fe fans.


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