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My Fellow Chowhounds:

I'll be in Chattanooga the beginning of October 2007 for a conference at the downtown convention center. I'll have a car, and I'll be most likely with other out-of-towners looking for good eating. It can be from expensive ine dining, to TN's version of al fresco, to local Barbecue; from foreign to Southern cuisine. We had our conference in Chattanooga and just tried places near the convention center -- without much luck.

I'd be mighty obliged for y'all's help.

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  1. I'll try to list several good places downtown or near downtown.

    St John's- the best fine dining in town. Pretty formal, good wine list. The chef uses mostly local ingredients. The Kobe beef is excellent

    The Meeting Room - next door to St John's and also owned by the same people. More casual. Excellent apps. kobe beef burger is a good deal for $12

    Blue Water- Owned by the Gordon Biersch(sp?) group. Fresh seafood flown in. I like the jerk swordfish

    Southern Star has great southern food and desserts. They are not open on weekends

    For BBQ, President Bush ate at Porker's. I've never been

    Let me know what you like, and I'll tell you what I know!

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    1. re: toddle

      We're in Chattanooga often, and have had great meals at the Boathouse, which overlooks the river and the riverwalk. Everything we've ever had there is yummy - especially the fire-grilled oysters, if you're a fan. They have lots of meat/poultry offerings as well as the seafood choices. Much more casual than fine dining, but very enjoyable.

    2. 30 vi 2007 Thanks mightily to replies so far!

      1. A month ago today, we discovered an enjoyable lunch spot in downtown Chattanooga. We ate at Mykonos Greek Grill, 11 W 8th. I had a gyro (beef & lamb) and my wife had a combination (beef & chicken) for $5.25 each and a couple of drinks for $1.10 each. Service was a little confused - customers were not served sequentially - but the food was very tasty. We will be back.

        1. We're been in Chattanooga the last two falls for the Head of the Hooch regatta. And a large group of us go to Tony's Pasta Shop over on the other side of the Aquarium. Good pasta and seafood. They only serve Italian wines and will let you taste any one of them on their menu. A bit warehousey in decor but friendly service, reasonable prices and accomodating for large groups.

          1. Any suggestions with slightly more upscale food grounded in Southern classics? Thinking of Watershed in Atlanata, Charleston in Baltimore, etc.

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            1. re: Navin R Johnson

              Southside Grille perhaps. google them on the web.