Moving to Chattanooga or visiting before your move? Kids in tow? Looking for family friendly restaurants? I have seen families who are visiting Chattanooga for vacation wandering around trying to decide where to take the kids for dinner after a long day of sightseeing. There are lots of familiar chain restaurants downtown, but what are you to do if you want a more “local” experience?
Local restaurants in Chattanooga are opening weekly it seems. Many are higher end, fine dining establishments, but there are a lot of options for families as well that keep parent palettes (and sanity) in mind. Three of my favorite local restaurants fit that bill with great food and excellent service.
On the North Shore of Chattanooga if you are hungry for Italian, Marcos Italian Bistro is a great family Italian restaurant. Homemade pastas, steaks and pizzas cater to all age groups. The vibe is cozy and casual with dark walls and leather booths throughout. Even the pickiest of eaters can find something to satisfy with create your own pasta options that include over thirteen different types of pastas and over ten different types of sauces. My favorite is spinach linguine with pesto cream sauce with shrimp. Prices are very reasonable and service is impeccable.
The Terminal Brewhouse is another family friendly restaurant, located in one of Chattanooga’s beautiful restored flatiron buildings in the South Side. One of Chattanooga’s local breweries, The Terminal Brewhouse features American food handcrafted with ingredients from many local farms and bakeries. From burgers and grilled salmon to delicious sandwiches and salads, the menu is vast and caters to all tastes. Start with the Brewhouse Nachos, made with maple chipotle cooked pot roast and your family will be deliriously happy! With fun, picnic style outdoor seating and three floors of unique views of downtown outside and the brewery inside, this is a really fun place to eat.
Pizza has to be one of everyone’s favorite things to eat and Chattanooga’s newest pizza restaurant gets it right. Community Pie, located at the corner of Market Street and M.L. King, delivers a unique menu with great pizza, delicious salads and to finish off, homemade gelato with flavors such as pistachio made at their sister restaurant, Milk & Honey. Catering to large groups with their rolling high top tables, Community Pie delivers great service and the usual pizza with unique twists. My family loves their Kobe meatballs starter and I crave their Caesar salad with the poached egg. Their extensive drink menu includes house made sodas and local beers on tap. Kids love the graffiti on the walls and watching the cooks throw pizzas in the custom beehive shaped brick oven.
With all the great family attractions in Chattanooga, the city is a great place to live and raise kids. Complementing the local sights with wonderful meals at local homegrown restaurants.