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Oct 27, 2013
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Chattanooga Reccomendations

I have not been to either of these, will check them out pronto if still in business. Abuelo's esp if they are open, still trying to get over the closure of La Altena's at Northgate....why why, can't we have real Mexican food that says in business!

Oct 27, 2013
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Where to eat downtown Chattanooga..local style?

Steve's landing is a good call, really friendly atmosphere and boat docks kick up my ratings there....esp during the summer.

Owner of River City Deli is kinda like a southern Soup Nazi.....but d*mn he can make some good food.

Choo Choo BBQ (high five) but SHHHH

and thanks for heads up on Lili's on my next to visit list!

Oct 27, 2013
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Where to eat downtown Chattanooga..local style?

Ya know that is OLD SCHOOL....I'll give ya that. Maybe a Grilled cheese from Zayre's while we're at it.

Oct 27, 2013
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Where to eat downtown Chattanooga..local style?

Sadly Hiroshi's is closed and there was much nashing of teeth and wailing in the food universe :( (Please come back Hiroshi...PLEASE!!!!)

Mt Vernon was once a very decent place, and sometimes I dunno I still like it for the memories....but...yeah....not really up very high on the list anymore. Mr Irvine should make this his next stop. I think it COULD be saved.....but doubting it.

Oct 27, 2013
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Where to eat downtown Chattanooga..local style?

Champy's is awesome Chicken, but try Lamar's...

Oct 27, 2013
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Where to eat downtown Chattanooga..local style?

Real quick for people who want to get their brew on... Might write something longer later.

Brewhaus (not a brewery, but great beer selection, nice atmosphere and view...good place for beer tastings)
Terminal Brewery overall my favorite Brewery/Restaurant in town

McHales Irish Scottish Pub/brewery

Some of my favorites....McHales has particularly surprised me, their master brewer is seriously talented.....the Scottish ale in particular blew me away when I found out it was local BTW, Acropolis also stocks their suds I think.

Yes I know I didn't mention "your" brewery.....no it wasn't an accident.

Oct 27, 2013
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Chattanooga Reccomendations

:EDIT: Maybe Beas read this, they got much better last time I went, I take back what I said, but still not my top favorite, but their chicken is in my top 3. So Sorry Beas, I believe again! Info in this thread is dated, see other Chattanooga thread...

Oct 27, 2013
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Where to eat downtown Chattanooga..local style?

ENTP post incoming J's and grammar nazi's might want to skin out the back.

You can not go wrong in general with the City Café, it is in the bottom of the Day's Inn downtown, don't let the hotel location fool you this place is excellent the owners were also responsible for the original one in Atlanta that was sort of a Atlanta mecca for late night foodies, as they are open 24 hours a day. Huge portions, and the most insanely large menu's you have ever seen (it makes nice bedtime reading too), every style of food is here, and done well. The hardest part is deciding on what to try. It's ALL good, they also have a Hamilton Place location (diff Hotel. Also save a spot for Cake as their cake slice is enough for 2-4 people (wife and I split one slice twice.) The cakes are made by a bakery in Athens and incredible as well. Many people overlook this, I'll take City Café over 212 Market most days, though 212 Market does have excellent fresh local produce, if you're value minded it's just not my top 4-5 choices downtown, it gets thrown out a lot as a great place, but honestly every large city in North America seems to have a 212, but in general it will not disappoint most, and if you want upscale fancy and inventive it and St Johns are among my favorite snooty. places.

Another great place that gets overlooked is the Acropolis at Hamilton Place. Excellent food, excellent bakery items. Every city has a Greek restaurant but I love ours the best, and run by a great family. Literally I think almost everyone is related there and the best people on earth. My favorite items there is their Pan-seared Grouper in Caper lemon sauce, an also their Moussaka.. As with City Café they have excellent bakery items, and cakes slices are delicious, just not quite as King Kong size as City Café, but when we order a B-day cake we go HERE.

What has impressed many friends who travel more is to find we have one of the best if not the best Thai Restaurants on the eastern seaboard for AUTHENTIC Thai food. I'm not kidding, and yes I have been to Cali, and Asia. Sawasdee is located at the very base of Lookout Mtn, and outside of going to the west Coast there's not many more truly authentic Thai restaurants you will find. You need to be a hardcore Thai fan though as this is very much real Thai food, we have two other Thai restaurants in town a little more upscale atmosphere, and more westernized Thai menus...for those less adventurous. Sawasdee has the curry that will make your Thai friend holla! (note in another thread a Chinese foodie did not agree, I respect his opinion, but wonder if he was there on a bad day, or just prefers Chinese to Thai, my friends from Thailand love this place)

Fried Chicken is something taken as a matter of personal pride in this area, and the best is probably made in home kitchens, but there are three excellent places you can get your southern fried chicken on. My favorite is Lamar's also in downtown area near UTC, it's also serving tell like 2am or later...this is a bar/restaurant, the bar has black and gold velvet wallpaper and a jukebox filled with 60's R&B the drinks here are STRONG and two might lay you out. This place is stuck in time in the good way. A great hole in the wall and my favorite late night chicken binge, it might not be younger kid family friendly depending on time of day. Next up would be Champy's not far away, and excellent spicey style fried Chicken....they serve Chicken and 40's....I don't go for the 40 but their chicken is excellent. My wife's favorite, and I can't argue...this place is a Chicken paradise...just not as classic original as Lamar's. (let me say one more time if you like secret gold mines Lamar's is the bees knees!)

Beas is the most family friendly of the chicken joints, and you sit at a table with a lazy susan and may have other people sit with you at the table. If your cardiologist approves of you having greasy southern goodness it's a great stop. It is sort of a grease pit, but in the south that is good sometimes, but we don't all actually eat this way all the time, and make to age mid life anyway. it's a good family spot though! If Larry the cable guy was to make a choice for favorite this might be it, and that's not a bad recommendation, it's just not for everyone.

For the best home country style vegetables, and a bit more healthy I highly highly recommend the Country Side Café in Ooltewah it's a bit of a drive, but really excellent meat and three. One of the best I have found anywhere!

If your downtown looking for veggies I also would recommend the Tupelo Honey Café in downtown this is the same one made famous in Ashville so not purely local, but I am always extremely impressed with the quality and service, it's also a bit more chic for those who don't love hole in the walls like I do....it's also extremely popular expect to wait. They have great breakfast too....really all I need is their veggies.....this place is veggie paradise. If you live the life of a good honest pious god fearing tomato, or carrot you may end up here. (Unless your a Baptist tomato or carrot, and then you will go to Country Side Café...both are great Veggie Heavens....it's more denominational thang. )

If you are not adverse to buffets, we have the only Asian buffet I am still willing to eat at, (most equal gross) and it's really to me one of the best bangs for the foodie buck in town. It's called Forbidden City and at Hamilton place. it's the only buffet where I have found a sushi buffet that was actually worth eating, and always fresh and good. Sushi on a budget...NICE! Like most they have a little bit of everything and possibly the best Froglegs I have found outside of Louisiana. If they can't stock the froglegs fast enough, I may be there. The atmosphere is actually quite nice, with high quality dining area that reminded me of restaurants actually in China, very clean, and basically they have done everything right that most buffets get wrong. Quality food, CLEAN, good selection, and great service.(at a buffet? really? Yes!) Large family on a budget this place can't be beat. My son is a toddler and loves it!!!

There's some other great dives in the larger area I will throw out but really only worth going to if you are going to be here longer as these are more like day drives in some cases and not close to Chattanooga Attractions. Let me just shoot em you can look them up: Canyon Grill (rising fawn near cloudland canyon, a bit more snooty, not cheap, food is delicious), Cookie Jar Café (on a farm at Dunlap, animals to see and pet too, reasonable prices their Meatloaf redefines what that dish should be), Larry's Trenton Ga...(Another southern veggie gold mine, a buffet, but don't let buffet fool you it's all homestyle, pan fried okra not that battered chain crap, great ribs too, and even fried green tomatoes...on a buffet....homestyle.. why are you not there yet?), Also Randys (Trenton is a good hole in the wall with possible the biggest hamburger in America...if you order their largest size you need to call 24 in advance as they make their own rolls and it is the size of the largest pizza you have seen in diameter and very thick, will feed like 2 families.)I haven't actually ever ordered it, the normal Gigantor selection is more then enough for me and wifey, they also do meat and three I think.

Steve's landings is good food, and GREAT atmosphere at the boat docks in Soddy Daisy area....if your not from here use your GPS! My Sister and her kids seem to like this place. Good ribs and bbq, and I actually liked their Cajun pasta..overall I'd give em a 7 out of 10, but atmosphere and service may push it up to a 8.5 or more during summer...love sitting by the docks drinking a longneck with good food.

My last comment is this, for attractions most go to Aquarium, Rock City, Ruby Falls etc. some of those are great, the Aquarium is nice, Rock City is 1950's era Stuckey nostalgia, and just gets better and better for kids! but I would like to shoot some that get overlooked that are to me the best of all. The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum does daily short trips or book in advance for one of their day long excursions, Also check ahead to see if it will be 630 their steam train, or their Deisels. On the daily you will see their shop where they rebuild trains too, there's no working trains at the Choo Choo....but you can find them here!!!! Lots of trains to see! This is a working railroad! Train lovers looking for the Chattanooga Choo Choo come here! (Food at Choo Choo downtown is crap anyway, they should let City Café take over the Choo Choo) Also I really think the Southern Belle riverboat is an excellent way to see the river and Lookout. Tour ticket is cheap and they serve beer (Yay!), a bit more to eat on it, great for kids. Go up to Lookout and drive out to Cloudland Canyon for some of the most breathtaking scenery, and if it's a nice day you may see many hang gliders launching at the facility halfway there.....the Canyon Grill is located this way as well. Always see Eagles there....great mtn views and day hikes. If it's cold when you get here and below freezing (and congrats on being here one of the 5 days a year this is the case) I recommend toughening it out and going there even more the two waterfalls at Cloudland Canyon create Crystal wonderlands on trail when it's cold......

To be honest I could go on and on. I didn't even get into Beer connoisseur places that may be a future post we are littered with Beer mines of really well done suds...(Terminal, McHales, Brewhaus, etc) I didn't go there because I could spend as much time just talking about beer places. My tastes are a bit different then most, I am more about dives, and secret gold mines then stuffy type restaurants. I think my taste range between Anthony Bourdain's and Towmater's...so ya know...I appreciate snooty food and good endangered animal entrails with saffron truffle crème sauce, but I'm just more homestyle at heart. If you want more chic pretentious atmosphere and more general gourmet fair, yeah 212 is good, St John's is better yada yada... Every large city has those places. Most places Chattanooga's size do not..If you haven't been to big city gourmet dining much these places will thrill...so we are lucky to have them, I'm just not as blown away by that sort of restaurant, for me it's turning that corner walking into a little dive and finding a foodie hidden treasure, and where I am welcome in the Chattanooga official uniform (t-shirt cargo shorts, and sandels) Plus I like my suggestion to be indicative of the local area... If you want more international gourmet thought St Johns is awesome, and 212 Market is pretty close as well, have heard about The Meeting Place but have not been yet. I do not mean to offend the Chef's at these places, or their incredible international menus but I like to think I know where their cooks like to eat after work ;)

Oh one last one I have been to Lambardi's in NYC, okay whateva....Lupis whips their butt, and has the best Pizza's on earth, made top to bottom with fresh local produce and I challenge ANY Pizza place in North America to compare, no predone sauce here! These hippies make the best pizza pie on earth... that is all... for now.

Oct 27, 2013
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Chattanooga Reccomendations

Your absolutely right inside cafe is a great breakfast and an awsome burger. I went there the other day on a sat only to find them closed, I have always associated them with work as lots of places get take out orders there. I wish they were open on weekend. There's a few others I need to add. As for best southern breakfast would need to eat there and Wallys back to back to decide.

Dec 10, 2010
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Chattanooga Reccomendations

Sadly I just found out Pisa Pizza closed this previous year (;_;)
I will miss your pizza pies........
Thankfully Lupis stands at 3 locations....but I'm hoping the Pisa owner will make a come back....competition makes for better Pizza pies for all!

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Pisa Pizza
551 River St, Chattanooga, TN 37405

Nov 29, 2010
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Knoxville's best?

Mmm I'm all about beef tongue Taco's I haven't had one, but I love beef tongue. Any thoughts on Wrights?

Nov 29, 2010
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Knoxville's best?

I been going back up to Knoxville alot this year since getting a shot at season tickets to the Vols, and I went to school at UT as well so I sorta know the area, but really i've been fairly dissappointed with my efforts in finding the best places to eat. I'd love to hear recommendations. I do have some limitations though
1.) No chains.
2.) No chains.
3.) CLEAN

The only local gem in Knoxville that has really surprised me has been the Linderhoff, which is hands down the best German food i have had ANYWHERE. Yes i know people whine about the wait there, but a restaurant like that is not where you go before or after another "event". Eating at the Linderhoff is the main EVENT. If they'd ever like to move to Chattanooga we'd gladly welcome them, as would the VW plant down here and growing german population. That is maybe in my top 10 food experiences from coast to oast here and four continants of travel. Anyone who gripes about the wait does not deserve the experience of that places food....it's epic.

So anyway....food in knoxville? I've heard good things about Wrights cafeteria? and I'm all about a classic southern cafeteria place if it's high quality. I also am ALL about any place that has a large selection of good country vegtables, I love all sorts of ethnic dives, Thai, Sushi, Indian, REAL mexican, etc.....what places stand out not just on Knxville, but would around the country? What's the best meat and three type place, one that would make your grandmother jeolous? What I care about is quality food in every price range.

Nov 28, 2010
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Chattanooga Reccomendations

Nov 28, 2010
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Chattanooga Reccomendations

Hope this isn’t too late for you, but it likely is, but maybe will help someone else. I have been a closet reader on here for some time, but honestly I can't take anymore “bad advice”. Now I know everyone’s tastes are their own, and unique, but I can’t see advising people to go to either Chains, or wannabe chains, when most people are wanting to taste real local flavor on a trip, or if moving there just want really good sound places to eat. Or someone say recommending a Thai Resteraunt if they've only been to one in their life.

I have to say most tourists feel that Chattanooga is pretty much downtown, all the attractions are in that area after all and so they do choose to go to the “walk to” places around that area. Which honestly is NOT where Chattanoogans that have lived here for years would usually go. You'll miss the best places if you try and walk everywhere.

Downtown has very few real Gems, and the ones it does have are definitely on the more pricey side. Personally I’m a little more basic, I prefer either country style food, or authentic ethnic, I’m more a hole in the wall and dives kind of guy. That said If quail stuffed truffles, with a cold Icelandic Iguana topped salad is what you would choose on the menu. We have some really nice gourmet spots.

For those people Southside Grill, St. Johns, 212 Market, and for those wanting a real experience the Canyon Grill on Lookout Mountain will be fairly pleased. Personally though of those I really would only go to the Canyon Grill, or Southside….not to knock on St. John’s and 212 too much, as I haven’t had a bad meal at either….but when you been to one fairly well done, stuck up gourmet restaurant you been to most of them. Tasty, but for that kind of money I’d rather go to Hiroshi’s near the Choo Choo and get the Chef special where you basically just let him go to work and surprise you with a endless sushi adventure.

Yes Chattanooga does have Sushi, and really good Sushi at that. Most tourists will maybe find Sekisui, but it’s just a chain, their good, and heck I had a great first date with my wife there, but the real Sushi spot for Chattanooga is Hiroshi’s. Hiroshi can do your great classic Japanese sushi favorites, and is well trained, but what gives him the edge for local sushi is he is also as southern at heart as the rest of us, and I don’t just mean southern accent, he makes a lot of things with a unique twist that makes him “stand out” from every other Sushi restaurant you likely will go to. Also I highly recommend just getting the Chef Special…not sure what it costs now, at one point you could start at 50 dollars, but now I think it’s gone up as seafood prices have likely starts at 70 or up….basically there is a minimum but no maximum you tell him how much you are willing to spend, let him take over, and he just goes to town with favorites, whatever is new and freshest, or just a quirky idea he’s wanted to try…..it’s fun, and Hiroshi is as fun to talk to as he his food is tasty. If there is such a thing as Southern Style Sushi...then Hiroshi has invented it.

If traditional Sushi is your thing Sushi Nabi is located At Coolidge Park just across from one of the best running Carousels around. This place is just old school, down to slots for people to keep their personal chopsticks for when they come in. If someone is always complaining that it’s not like they had in Japan, THIS is where you take them. This is where the Japanese Komatsu employees will go….this is the real deal. Either here or Hiroshi’s will not disappoint, and they Blow Sekisui away.

One last mention would be for Mikado’s Sushi Bar, and Noodle House, it’s near I-75 across the interstate from the Hamilton Place shopping area, and close to Airport as well. Their Sushi is a great quality for a great value, but their noodles…..oh I live for their noodles. I especially recommend the Seafood Special soup which is actually a Jjampong soup, make sure to ask for it “Korean hot” if you want it traditional and not dumbed down spice wise….I live for this soup…oh it makes me happy.

Now for southern foods, get in a car and get away from downtown as quickly as possible, with only two real exceptions, and that is Zarzour’s and they keep a very narrow lunch time only weekday schedule. Their good and the place fits the perfect hole in the wall niche, it’s also the hangout of many a power broker from here, very affordable, and just done right. However given their hours, you’re not likely going to get a chance to eat here unless you plan a weekday around it. They’re good, but I think there’s others as good. Take a moment and read about the founder of Zarzour’s on their wall, his life would make a decent movie. I highly reccommend anyone here for baseball or the Lookouts stop by here...there's a connection I'll let youf ind it.

The other exception is Nicky’s which is across the bridge from downtown, and these are both also the two oldest restaurants still in operation as far as I am aware. Nicky is not a southern food so much as it is a trip back in time Dinner, with some great burgers, and the Best Shrimp I have had anywhere that was more then 1 mile from the Gulf. Their fried shrimp are colossal! The breading is delicate not heavy, and I swear if I could only have one fried shrimp again, including all my favorite food spots in Apalachicola Fla. Nicky’s would be my choice. If you go on a weekend expect to stand in line…Nicky’s is VERY popular among the natives.

The nearest place I recommend not down town but close would be Mt Vernon’s on the way to Lookout Mtn, it’s an old school southern restaurant, with a little refinery, basically this is where the local bluebloods have eaten forever and ever. The place has more silvered hair then red hat club, but for a really god reason. They really do everything well, at a very decent price, I won’t put them on the top of my southern food spots, but they tend to have something to please everyone, and this place is definitely been a local favorite for years. It’s also a good location if Lookout Mountain is your destination. I love their fish, whatever their having that day. Delicious soups as well.

My favorite restaurant around Lookout though is Sawasdee , a Thai eatery, we actually have been blessed with several great Thai places around town, but this is by far the most authentic , and some of the best Thai food I have had anywhere. (Definitely do not go to Thai Smile downtown, it’s not that good and this is only minutes away) Sawasdee is curry heaven, with several different kinds on and off the menu to choose from. I also dig teh painting on the wall by elephant artists.

Speaking of Thai food, I also recommend Sweet Basil which was my previous favorite Thai place locally it’s in Brainerd area, and is a white table cloth kinda place. Bit more toward the romantic, great place for dates, or something a little more upscale, but still affordable prices. If your close to the interstate "Rain" is not bad but feels like a “chain”, but will have stuff for non Thai fans as well. It has the best décor by far, and very artsy atmosphere, and you can sit on the floor with mats if you like. Rain would be a great Thai place if it wasn’t in a city that had Sawasdee and Sweet Basil, it’s just out gunned flavor wise. The slaves of the "Chic" will like Rain, it's slick, and well done.

Okay for the TRUE southern Flavor, get in your car and get ready to drive, Top on the list and not even anyone close, for the BEST country vegetables, and the ultimate Meat and Three there is only one real choice, and that’s the Countryside Café in Ooltewah, and I wouldn’t trade those Veggies for anything at St. John’s. If you're a good vegtable and say your prayers at night, and don't get eaten by rodents, and the Lord smiles upon you, you will wind up being served at the Countryside Cafe. This is the real deal southern food. The Country Side Café is where locals go who miss the southern food our grandmother made….it’s as good as it gets.

I have read so many reviews on here that mention “Bea’s Resteraunt” which is basically a pigout lazy susan place that has been here for years and years, and always been mass quantity but little quality food. It’s a glorified pigtrow. There is a long tradition at Beas, but I can't say it's a good one, unless you just want to go for teh dive nostalgia and bacteria I do not recommend. Do not believe the hype if someone recommends Bea’s immediately put their other recommendations near the bottom. Beas is nasty.

There are some Close alternatives though if Ooltewah is too far for you. Wally’s is close to the interstate and has been here forever whether you order off the menu or even get their buffet, they have some really good food, and for the money are the absolute hands down best bang for your buck for Southern food. If you have a large family and a budget this is the place. If I’m going to eat at a buffet this is the only one in town I trust, also note there are TWO "Wally's" the one I am talking about is off I-75 at the Eastridge area, there is also one downtown which I have heard good things about, but just not been to. Not sure if they have same owners or connection.

….the BEST buffet and worth the beautiful drive would be Larry’s in Trenton GA just south of here, where you actually can get old school green fried tomatoes, and pan fried okra (not that nasty breaded chain kind, just a note REAL southern cooking does not BREAD okra, it’s pan friend with crumbs, I blame Cracker Barrel for teaching people about bad okra.) They also have great ribs, and deviled eggs. It is a decent drive from here though in North GA, on the way to Alabama. This is a buffet with southern grandmother style food. It's a little pricier then most "buffet" type places but then the quality makes it worth it. I said PAN FRIED OKRA! at a buffet!

Randy’s nearby also in Trenton at the base of Sand Mountain is a stones throw from Larry's and has the most colossal burger you’ll ever see in this area, at 48 oz's two and three people cannot finish their biggest which as big a round as a pizza pie. If you want to get the biggest 48 oz burger....you must call a day in advance Randy's makes their own rolls (who else would?) and the largest burger takes a day of prep, or you could just get a few of their gigantic but smaller burgers and call it a day. Randy's also has good food and if I were to order off a menu they'd be a good spot, but being just down from Larry's I tend to only get Burgers at Randy's and dinner at Larrys if i am down that way.

I haven’t even covered so many of our best places, this is barely scratching the surface, Piza Pizza, and Lupis are two of the best Pizza restaurants ANYWHERE, I have been to New York, I’ve had Lombardi’s, and some of the other NYC Pizza meccas, but they all should wash Lupis car and pay them a dollar for the privilege….they both are better in my view then anything NYC has to offer Pizza wise. Lupis is as far as I am concerned the best Pizza on Earth Period, but Piza Piza is right on it’s heels. They use fresh ingredients in their pies, and local growers when they can. Lupis Pizza sauce should be federally protected as a national treasure.

Riverside catfish is the best spot for fingerlings! (if you don’t know what a fingerling is you are no Catfish foodie!) It's also a beautiful drive into the Tennessee River Valley Gorge, perfect for Aquarium visitors, or anyoen wanting to see the Raccoon Mountain facility. If your not a fingerling type, and like a filet they can do that for you too......ya wuss. Either way this is catfish heaven.

The Pastaria on Signal Mountain is a short nice drive from downtown Chattanooga, an is not only the best Italian restaurant in the area, many Italians have visited and said it’s the most authentic they’ve found in the states. I believe their also still BYO bottle of wine, which is a plus in my book. Unlike many of teh American Italian restaurants who seem to be trying to see how much heavy cheese and meat they can stuff in yoru arteries, Pasteria is light and more like what someone FROM Italy would be used to. Italian visiters for buisiness have given it high praise.

La Cabriole is the best European style (or sorry Jaque, French Canadian) place by far and honestly leaves the top snob restraints I mentioned in the dust, it’s run by a husband and wife next to their equestrian riding field, and jumps….it’s definitely BYO bottle and don’t dare to ask for tea or water or you’ll offend the owner, make sure you bring a second bottle at least to share with the owner as he will likely talk you up while you are there. This is reservation only and I think only open on Friday Saturday? You have usually a choice between entrees, and Jaque will decide the rest.

If you’re hungry and driving through you can’t go wrong with the City Café Diner, nothing unique but rock solid quality and portions enough to last you a week. Great deserts and open 24/7. They have aplace downtown I usually eat at their location in Ooltewah/Hamilton place area. Their sandwhiches are epic, do not fear about leaving hungry no matter what you choose. They have great sandwiches, burgers pastas, seafood, greek, if you have 3 freinds at 2am all wanting something different everyone can be satisfied here.

Every city has an Acroppolis too, but ours near Hamilton place is the best Greek restaurant I have been to, they also have the best pastries in town. For gourmet food they are the best bang for the buck in town. Next time I’ll speak more about them I DEARLY love the Acropolis food and their family, good people. This place is equal to any of the top gourmet restaurants in town in my opinion they have a staff of well trained chefs, a couple of dedicated pastry chefs, and if only for coffee and desert after a night out this place should NOT be missed, They do a great job at really affordable prices, and it's a family loved kind of place and that shows. I can't say enough about the quality you get for the price, they have prices that would compete with Olive Garden, but the food is nothing short of classically trained chef goodness. Also we’ll often get dinner somewhere and drive over here afterwards JUST for their deserts….THE BEST deserts in town. Period.

Oh and Lamar's has THE BESTSOUTHERN FRIED CHICKEN! and you can get it at 1-2 am while drinking the strongest drink you've had with black velvet wall paper and a jukebox that only has old school R&B. Warning take a cab, I have never seen anyone drink 3 drinks and walk...anywhere much less drive, and 1 drink will knock most people down. Lamar's fried chicken though is worthy of pilgrimage. Word of advise, do not comment on drinks being too strong...you may get kicked out. Lamar's is a bit more inner city, but the area really is not so bad these days as it once was. Still might not be a family place. This place is pure nostalgia and an underground secret even among most Chattanoogans. The owners also do some of the best Catering I have been lucky enough to enjoy.

I know I’m going to remember more places, and wish I would have added, but this is my start. I didn't even talk BBQ a subject dear to my heart, but I could write pages on that….and remember, if you just want to walk somewhere from your hotel that’s fine but a chain or chain wannabe is about all you’ll find, but if you really want to explore our best there is no more beautiful area to drive, hop in the car or cab and try some of the places I mentioned.

Friends don’t let Friends eat at food chains.

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St. John's Restaurant
1274 Market St., Chattanooga, TN 37402

Countryside Cafe
8223 Mahan Gap Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363

212 Market Restaurant
212 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

La Cabriole
1341 Burgess Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37419

Mt Vernon Restaurant
3535 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37409

Hiroshi Southside
114 W Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408

Nov 28, 2010
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee

Chattanooga Reccomendations

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La Cabriole
1341 Burgess Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37419

Mt Vernon Restaurant
3535 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37409

Nov 28, 2010
Hillbilly Foodie in Kentucky & Tennessee