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“great food, cash only” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Red Chili

Red Chili
Ranked #4 of 76 Restaurants in Elizabethton
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Korean, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Avery County NC
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169 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“great food, cash only”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

i really like the food here....both times i have visited. My husband finds it very salty.

Bring cash.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank strollingbonez
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Kingsport, Tennessee
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“AMAZING food, RIGHT in Elizabethton. Who knew?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

I was SO impressed with the quality, flavor, portion, AND presentation. I had the signature Big Bim Bob with beef (on the excellent recommendation of the server) and my friend had the Spicy Pork. They were BOTH delicious. The presentation of the Big Bim Bob was so terrific! In a SIZZLING bowl. Charming, intimate dining room. The TOTAL package for date night.

Having to write a check was a bit of a hassle, but will take cash next time. I highly recommend this place, just terrific!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KingsportTN
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Abingdon, Virginia
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Hidden gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2012

Korean food in Elizabethon, TN? I couldn't believe it either. I had never had Korean food and I must say I was a bit skeptical at first, but the Red Chili is hands down one of the best Asian restaurants I have ever been to.

The restaurant is a little hole in the wall in downtown Elizabethon, you will miss it if you don't look real close. The inside is cramped, probably only about 20 seats and it is hot in there during the summer. Don't let this stop you though because the heat is worth it for the amazing food. It appears to be run by a family, 2 ladies in the back cooking and one up front waiting. From what they told me, they only have a 4 burner stove so if it is busy, it may take your food a bit to come out.

But when your food does come out, prepare to be amazed. There is so much flavor in every bite that I am always sad to finish my plate. Get adventurous and try whatever sounds good. They will explain the dishes to you if you have questions. I have yet to have anything I didn't like, but I would highly recommend the Be-Bim-Bop. After your meal., if they aren't too busy, expect someone from the kitchen to come out and ask you how your food was. They are very proud of what they serve as they should be!

I have taken several people here who were in town visiting. All of them were a bit hesitant to try it, but they also all left raving about how good it was. Do yourself a favor and try it.

Prices are reasonable, 7-10 dollars for an entree. The hours are a bit weird, i think they are only open for lunch 11-4 most days, but open for dinner Friday nights. They are closed on Sunday. My one gripe is that there are no refills on soda or tea, so you may want to order a water, especially if you get a spicy dish!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank ecpux
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“knoxville tn locationis a wonderful place both to eat and shop.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2011

I really enjoy the variety here, with it being a 24hr location its great bot for eating and shopping. They have a nice variety of gifts if your on your way to visit someone and would like to give a little something.

Visited November 2011
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Thank mzshire2009
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Johnson City, Tennessee
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“This Place is Fantastic”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2011

The food is so authentic and delicious. It is amazing. The Red Chili is a small quaint little Asian/Korean restaurant in downtown Elizabethton, TN. It is not muddled with a bunch of over decorated paraphernalia; just small, inviting, delicious, and very reasonably priced. The Korean owner/chef (I guess) is a very nice lady that comes out after cooking your meal checking to make sure everything is good plus the server (sorry :( I can't remember her name) who has been there for years is great! Yes, I said server, singular...if that says how small and quaint. The restaurant seats, guessing, about 15-20 and is only open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm. Also, depending on your "spice index" make sure you tell the server on a scale of 1-10 how spicy you like your food otherwise you are subject to the owner/chef's mood which is awesome. If you are ever anywhere near the area around lunch time, this place is a must! Sorry I haven't reviewed this one before.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank HathP
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