I recently, well, not so recently, spent a few sweltering summertime days in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Now, it wasn’t actually my first visit, as I have family in the area and I’ve been to Stone Mountain quite a few times over the years. BUT it was my first time spending any real amount of time there, and as I was being hosted by the Tourism Board, I was treated to an inside look at the most fun dining options the city had to offer! I had no idea that Chattanooga had such a budding foodie scene, so I thought I’d share A Foodie’s Guide to Chattanooga, Tennessee for those of you who want to pay this delightful city a visit!
A Foodie’s Guide to Chattanooga, Tennessee
Clyde’s on Main
Our first stop was for dinner at Clyde’s on Main, which is a incredibly popular restaurant with just about every demographic. The decor was funky and fun, very casual and just had a really upbeat vibe – which I think really captures what the city of Chattanooga is all about!
We saw families, couples, teens, college kids – EVERYONE loves Clyde’s on Main. After the friendly staff began delivering our food, it became apparent as to why.
Their food is DELICIOUS. We started with pretzels and candied bacon appetizers, then moved onto their mouth-watering loaded nachos. I was trying to pace myself, as I usually follow a very low carb diet and I knew that BBQ was on the menu…but those nachos!
Resistance was futile.
Yes, they were every bit as delicious as you’re probably imagining. Even more so. You should go try them for yourself the next time you happen to be in the area. Or drive to Chattanooga for a weekend – I swear you won’t be disappointed!
Oh, and that BBQ? Yep, it was worth the carbs. I ate almost every single bite. One of the things I really enjoyed about Clyde’s on Main is that while everything is restaurant quality, it still has that made-at-home appeal. It’s an elevated version of your family’s summertime barbecues.
Next up was STIR, a fine dining experience located next door to the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel.
When you walk into STIR, you might be taken aback by the casual decor and those incredibly high ceilings. It’s such a LARGE space, one might be think that they won’t receive the kind of dedicated service that you would normally receive at a fine dining establishment.
You’d be wrong. While STIR is a very large restaurant with an entire area dedicated just to cocktails – that bar is amazing! – it has the same down home feel that any smaller restaurant would provide, and the staff is friendly and eager to please.
Oh, and the food? Yeah, it left NOTHING to be desired. From fresh seafood to steaks, they offered something to temp anyone’s tastebuds!
Including different types of oysters! I am allergic to most kinds of shellfish, so I didn’t try the oysters for fear that I’d find out that I am also allergic to them, but my traveling companions thought that they were fantastic! And look how pretty they are!
I ordered a chicken dish, and I was so full from eating a late lunch, and it was probably the most tender chicken breast I’ve ever had. I was honestly a little shocked at how much I enjoyed such a simple dish of chicken breast and a twist on a Caprese salad!
And then we ate the local Chattanooga version of Chipotle, which made me never look at Chipotle in quite the same way again. le sigh.
We somehow got extremely lucky and walked into Mojo Burrito just mere moments before the entire neighborhood came rushing in, or so it seemed. We were the only ones in line as we walked in, and by the time we all finished our orders, the line wrapped halfway around the restaurant!
This was the point in the trip where I was like…guys, I really can’t eat any more. I am still full from dinner last night! But then I saw the food, and well, I figured I’d just run a few laps around the hotel later that night and try to burn off the extra calories before I flew home the next day.
It was totally worth it.
Our last meal together was breakfast on the last day of the trip.
Daily Ration was my JAM, man. We’re talking down-home Southern Food with an upscale flair. Everything was simply divine. Even the Bloody Marys were on point!
Of course, being in a real southern state, I had to order biscuits and gravy. It’s my favorite breakfast food, PERIOD, but they’re always especially good when made in one of the states that considers them a staple!
They were so freaking good.
Have you been to Chattanooga? I can’t wait to go back and get my grub on again, and try out some of the other awesome restaurants they’re known for!