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Purple Cow

1648 E Stone Dr, Kingsport, TN 37660-4610
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Ranked #11 of 202 restaurants in Kingsport
Cuisines: American
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English first
Pawhuska, Oklahoma
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My sister, Dad and myself drove from Oklahoma to the races in Bristol and had to stop at this place. The staff are very nice and since we were able to look at the menu on FB we were able to decide fairly quickly what we wanted. So after the Hawaiian, Fried Bologna sandwich, and a Philly Cheese steak we... More

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Kingsport, Tennessee, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

I absolutely love the Purple Cow. I'm still amazed after all these years how they can get so many items out of that small building. The options are endless. If your appetite is big enough try the Intimidator. A truly monstrous burger that once you eat it all,you may never be the same.

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Norton, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

I was skeptical at first--who wouldn't be. The cow really is enough to turn anyone off; and if memory serves, there is some sort of hot-dog-like sculpture welcoming you in as well. I don't know. I can't be held responsible for what you see at the Purple Cow; I go there for the food. I don't even know how to... More

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Purple Cow-how crazy is that. Sandwiches, subs, everything prepared fresh from the time you stop at the Order window, to driving around the building to the pick-up window. Fried bologna sandwich-takes you back to Mom's kitchen.

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

I have lived in the tricities area my entire life. Before moving to Kingsport I lived out in the Holston Mountain area. Those of us who have been here many years remember the `greasey spoons' and little hole in the wall dives out in the middle of no where with a grill you could see from your stool and a... More

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Kingsport, TN
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Fast food with a twist, then take home sit down restaurant food. EVERYTHING is fixed the minute you order it, nothing is prepared ahead of time and stale. Really, they begin fixing your order the minute you order it. That's the reason people are willing to line around the building to get their food. If you like hop monster sized... More

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South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013 via mobile

I live in kingsport TN several years ago . This was my favorite place to go the owner knew me when I would call in my order for pick up. Steak bomb no green peppers or onions add side of balsamic vinegarette .... They were always pleasant and the food was always outstanding .. And I think I am safe... More

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Bonneau, South Carolina, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2013

My son and I was visiting. We stopped by and oh my the burger was off the chain.he doesnt like pickles but the burger was so good he didnt realize there was pickles until the burger was almost gone.

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Asheville, North Carolina, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We visit Kingport and Bristol about once every two months. We always stop off at the Purple Cow and we are always impressed. Best value and food any where in town. Yes, the wait sucks sometimes. You can call ahead if you want. We don't mind to wait. I highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

The line is long...but you see it before pulling in (don't like to wait...don't stop). A pre-glimpse of the menu would be awesome but its not the end of my world to hurry. The food is outstanding...the cheesecake has been touched by Jesus I'm pretty sure. The employees are a little rough looking...but have you seen the hiring pool lately?... More

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