Before I visit a new town, I do a little research. Of course, I want to know where I am going, but mostly I want to know where the best places to eat are located. Chattanooga is quickly becoming a town that has a lot of choices when it comes to food. A few years ago we were in a foodie drought. Now, there are more restaurants than you can shake a stick at. The North Shore area of Chattanooga, with all the condos that are being built in the area, there are more restaurants within a few blocks radius than any other area of town.
Here are a few that I really love.
Walk into Chato’ Brasserie and you feel special. Tall bar tables that seat six, a lovely bar with very educated and helpful bartenders and a dining room that is both cozy and sophisticated greet you. The updated and urban feel of this restaurant are perfect for the Northshore. The menu changes with the seasons, keeping food fresh and delicious. My favorites are the Diver Scallops, Under the Brick Chicken and the artisianal meats and cheeses. Their wine selection is top notch and the bar is a great place to meet friends for happy hour. In the spring and summer months, their outdoor patio is the place to be, overlooking the waterway of Renaissance Park.
Marcos Italian is one of the best American Italian restaurants in town. Perfect for both dinner with friends or with your family, the atmosphere is casual and the food is delicious. Their home-made pasta comes in a wide variety of forms and the sauces are very flavorful. I always get the “make your own pasta” dishes but their baked ziti and chicken piccata are delicious as well. One of the best specials is “Wine down Wednesday ” which features half price wine which can be enjoyed by spending a little time enjoying the weather on their outside patio during the warmer months.
If you want to know where the go to place for happy hour, a quick bite or dinner with friends that is both casual and delicious is, head to Taco Mamacita. One of the four restaurants owned by the Monens of Chattanooga, Taco Mamacita is super popular. My favorites are the Chicken Tortilla Soup with a California Taco, but you cannot go wrong with any of the many unique taco choices from the brisket Oy Vey! to the Veggie black bean. The Sangria is literally the best I have ever had and their Sunday half price special is a great way to watch the game on one of their big screens. A friendly staff and great patio round out what is easily one of the best casual restaurants in Chattanooga.
Like most people in Chattanooga, I love to sit outside and enjoy a glass of wine. When I am on a date with my husband, I head to Tera Nostra for tapas and wine in their side alley patio. This local favorite, a tapas bar that is known for its wine menu and amazing art is owned by a wonderful family that knows food and wine. Some of my favorite dishes are the Blue Puffs, Chicken Lobster Quesadilla, and the cheese plate. The atmosphere is great, especially if you just want to hang out and watch the cars go by.
Sometimes you just NEED a burger. Especially a good one. With tots. The North Chatt Cat is always where I head to get a burger on the North Shore. Owner Dennis Plumlee is one of the nicest guys in town and knows everyone by name. My daughters are big burger fans as well and after a game are literally starving. The Puddy Cat burger with cheese and onion rings are always their choice. Not a burger fan, the grilled chicken sandwich and the salmon sandwich are amazingly delicious and fresh as well. Great prices, awesome spot to watch the sunset over the Market Street Bridge and locally owned, this is a “great burger joint”.
I could spend all day talking about eating, wine and food in general. For a true list of where to eat that includes all of the great restaurants around town (pretty sure I have hit them all!) or anything else about the Chattanooga area, please feel free to contact me. Chattanooga is wonderful and I can’t say enough about it!