We will be heading down to Chattanooga in a few weeks. Are there any restaurants there that shouldn't be missed? We will only be down for a weekend and have time for a few meals since we will be attending a wedding. Thanks in advance for the suggestions.
Provino's is an Atlanta based small chain with several locations in metro Atlanta and one in Chattanooga. It is classic "red sauce" Italian. Informal and very reasonable. Crowded on weekends. I used to go there mainly for the huge, delicious, all you can eat Italian salad bowl with homemade dressing and the great little hard rolls served piping hot swimming in a wooden bowl with butter, oil, and fresh minced garlic. Being hard rolls, they don't get soggy. One time during my meal, 15 of them jumped on my plate! (I said they are small!)The veal Parmesan is quite good. That's all I ever ordered on at least a dozen visits. The other entrees I saw looked good, but most of my friends always ordered the Parmesan also.
You can check the menu at www.provinos.com/index.html
WayCrazy's has amazing BBQ - its up on signal mountain, i'm not sure of the exact address. We go there whenever we're in the area.
Up on a hill to the right of the aquarium (if you're facing it) is the "art district". You can walk there. Eat there. I'm sorry but I'm leaving town in a minute and can't research for you. There's a bistro riverside that's wonderful. Can't remember the name.
Chattanooga now has some great restaurants. You didn't indicate exactly what you were looking for, but the following are all very good:
(1) River Street Deli for lunch. It is located on the north shore of the river at Coolidge Park.
(2) St. John's for a fabulous dinner-- located on the south end of the downtown area. They use a lot of produce and meat from local sources.
(3) the Meeting Place- next door to St. John's and owned by the same people. Great food but in a more casual atmosphere than its neighbor.
(4) 212 Market recommended among the restaurants closest to the aquarium, and it's one of the few non-chain establishments.
10 years ago Chattanooga did not have a lot of good dining options. Things have really changed in recent times.