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Jul 31, 2009 10:35 AM

Anything to eat in Chattanooga?

I am spending a few days there in October. Interested in both casual and fine dining. Thanks.

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  1. I can't vouch for it personally, but I had Alleia bookmarked from a previous thread to try the next time I was in Chattanooga. Their menu includes wood-fired pizzas, grilled meats, and a variety of pastas. A search for Chattanooga or Alleia on this board should net you an older thread that had additional recs.

    1. Terra Nostra Tapas is really great. We just ate there last weekend and loved it. A little pricey, but good atmosphere and very well-prepared food.


      1. For a mid-size city, Chattanooga has an unusually abundant selection of excellent restaurants, from fine dining to road food. For fine dining, I recommend St. John’s Restaurant (Chef Daniel Lindley was a 2009 James Beard semifinalist). http://www.stjohnsrestaurant.com/

        Foodie and food editors alike are raving about his new restaurant, Alleia.

        For upscale casual, check out a wonderful newcomer, Public House, owned by Nathan Lindley, brother of Daniel, mentioned above.

        Other longtime favorites include 212 Market, Niko’s Southside Grill, and the peacefully isolated Canyon Grill.

        Also, don’t miss the Back Inn Café and Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria in the Bluff View Art District. http://www.bluffviewartdistrict.com/

        If you’re interested in “road food” joints, family restaurants or diners, there are even more recommendations!

        1. I am not from Chattanooga, but I stopped there a few weekends ago on a trip. Based on recs here and menus online, we decided to eat at St. John's Meeting Place. I must say that was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. The service was excellent. The food was amazing, especially my quail, and the atmosphere is good for a city the size of Chattanooga. Best of all, the bill for two people with app, 2 dinners, dessert, and an inexpensive (but tasty) bottle of wine was right at $100. We ate at Restaurant Eugene in Atlanta the following night for twice as much and I was half as impressed. I would drive to Chattanooga again just to eat there. BTW, try the carrot cake souffle off of the menu at St. John's. It is great! Chattanooga is very lucky to have this tasty food at reasonable prices.

          1. I visit every month or so and I look forward to at least one meal at Easy Bistro every time. The freshest ingredients, the most careful and honest preperation. They have a great relationship with area farmers so they always have new stuff popping up as it's in season. Oysters flown in every day too, if you like the raw bar scene.


            Easy Bistro
            203 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

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            1. re: md_massimino

              I agree - Easy Bistro is fantastic. The space is beautiful, and the food is amazing. We all split the persimmon salad and fried green tomatoes, and both were delicious. The salad had a great balance of sweet and pepper flavors that was truly special. The brisket had a gorgeous crust and a subtle smoky flavor that showcased the flavor of the beef. It was served with a pan sauce that had a interesting and complex pepper flavor. You can tell that Chef Erik Niel truly cares about his food, all the way from fresh ingredients to thoughtful, creative preparation. Mmmm!

              Easy Bistro
              203 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402

              1. re: md_massimino

                I couldn't disagree more about Easy Bistro. We ate there last week and out of 6 people, there was not a single happy customer. Bland, amateur food. Service was terrible. I had the mushroom risotto. The rice was chewy. There was no mushroom flavor in the rice; just mushrooms on TOP of the rice! Are you kidding me? The risotto was overpowered with herbs. It was just awful. S.O. had the shrimp and scallops. Both were overcooked and bland.
                The only positive note was the oysters on the half shell starter. I must say that they were fresh and tasty. The decor was modern and nice, so maybe just go for drinks. If you want good food, go somewhere else!

                Easy Bistro
                203 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402