NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Teams from two states will tangle for ultimate bragging rights in a border battle expected to smash college football’s biggest crowd on record.
Downtown Bristol, Tennessee is decked out but make no mistake, it’s a street divided with spirit, one side for the Vols, the other for the Hokies.
The Tennessee and Virginia Tech football teams may be fighting for the Battle at Bristol trophy but from the gridiron to the grill, another contest is cooking.
Restaurants on both sides of the state line are battling for taste buds.
In honor of the big game, Food City Executive Chef JJ Jones and his department cooked up some burgers,each with state specific ingredients.
“Smoked sausage from Smithfield cut up and it’s stuffed with Velveeta cheese and Virginia ham,” he said. “Tennessee burgers got little fried onions on top along with the Grainger County tomatoes, some orange peppers.”
In the battle of the burgers, Chef JJ said it’s hard to pick a winner.
“We’re actually going to take them and see what we sell the most of and declare a winner,” he said.News 2 will broadcast the Battle at Bristol game Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. CST. Click here for full coverage of the Battle at Bristol.