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Clarence's Drive-In

American, Diner
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4021 Unicoi Dr, Unicoi, TN 37692-6852
+1 423-743-7200
06:00 - 21:00
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Sun 07:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 21:00
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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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204 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

Recommended by locals, so you know it's good! On a Saturday morning, it's busy with groups of friends and family starting the day off right! Very friendly service, and good value food. You can pick and choose from the menu to make your own breakfast plate - but including the home-made biscuits and gravy is a must! I added on... More 

Thank Mark D
Kingsport, Tennessee
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We had a great meal at Clarence's today. We live about 45 minutes away but we were in the area today and decided to eat there. Our waitress was very friendly and did an excellent job. Although it was 5:00 PM, I chose to eat breakfast, biscuits and gravy, bacon and eggs (DELICIOUS !!!!). The 2 other people with me... More 

Thank Dee8888
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

If you want good country cooking and support a local mom and pop business this is the place to visit. I always sit at the little corner bar inside for quick service, and recommend their breakfast.

Thank ILuv2smile
Clearwater, Florida
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118 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

If you're anywhere near Unicoi, Clarence's Diner is a must stop. Serving outstanding biscuits and gravy all day is just the beginning of their delicious selection of comfort foods. Great burgers, fries, sandwiches, daily specials and ice cream!! Clarence's...a must when you're anywhere in the vicinity❤💚

Thank AJRV
East Tennessee
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This is a good place for any meal. Breakfast is always great. Graveyard and biscuits are just like home. Burgers are great as well as the hamburger steak.

Thank rpwillis1
Johnson City, Tennessee
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

As my mom has aged (nearing 70), she hasn't been able to cook too often. She's the one that told me about Clarence's. It's a 30 minute drive or so from Johnson City. I've ate breakfast there at least 20 times in the last year. I keep it simple. Scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy. Thanks to my job, I... More 

Thank Tim W
Jonesborough, Tennessee
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Clarences has one of the best breakfasts around. The staff is always sweet and welcoming. The food is always consistently good. The gravy is better than any I have ever had. This is not a fancy place, just good down home cooking.

Thank hours2kill
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92 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

Friday night fish. I got the one piece catfish breaded and fried with two sides. I chose a baked potatoes and house salad. The ranch is homemade. Yum. The fish was flaky and cooked well. No hush puppies though. Hubby got two fried chicken breasts that were huge and juicy. My girl got 2 fried eggs and sausage and a... More 

Thank Sonya W
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69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Okay, to begin with, you have to understand, this is not a fancy place. This is a local diner with down home food and a cafe atmosphere. It's a local hangout for coffee drinkers getting the local news and gossip, and has a local menu. It's the place everyone says "I don't feel like cooking today, let's go to Clarence's".... More 

Thank BlackberryFarmer
Unicoi, Tennessee
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98 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Was at Clarence's Drive-in for a birthday party celebration. They have a room in the back for that kind of thing nice for the partiers but I heard from other people everyone could hear us in other parts of the restaurant. It is a mom and pop restaurant offers all kind of foods from sandwiches to steak, seafood all day... More 

Thank kingj24

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4021 Unicoi Dr, Unicoi, TN 37692-6852
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Unicoi
  • Phone Number: +1 423-743-7200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?