43 Restaurants in Chattanooga Where Locals Eat and Drink
Planning a visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee and looking for the best restaurants in Chattanooga? We’ve got your complete list of where to go during your visit to the Scenic City!
Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, I’ve loved this town since before it was “cool” to love this town. While I moved away for college, my love for this place never diminished.
Now, 10 years later I’m back. BONUS: now I get to share my love for this city with my husband. After 2 years in Seattle and 2 years of full time travel, this year we moved back to the southeast to purchase our first home in Chattanooga.
While we know this city well, it’s changed so much in our absence. In fact, there seems to be a new restaurant, art installation, park, etc. everytime we turn around. The sense of familiarity combined with new places to explore has kept our first month here in our new [old] home extra fun.
One of our favorite ways to experience any places we visit or live is to try the local food. We’ve hit up our fair share of restaurants in Chattanooga over the years, and this is our complete list of our 43 favorite Chattanooga restaurants.
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Well, Chattanooga is in the deep south so expect some delicious southern food including fried chicken, grits, biscuits, and more. But amazing southern restaurants aren’t the only restaurants Chattanooga has to offer! Chattanooga has some incredible chefs who are using Chattanooga as their audience to serve up unique and delicious food in a lowkey, friendly environment.
Our absolute favorite coffee in Chattanooga (and one of our favorite coffee shops in America)! Goodman prides themself of farm relations and quality sourced beans that are roasted in house at their St. Elmo location. With two locations in town you’re never far from a quality cup of coffee (or tea!).
Address (St. Elmo): 3913 St Elmo Ave Suite B, Chattanooga | Google Maps Address (Warehouse Row): 1110 Market St, Chattanooga | Google Maps
Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Frothy Monkey is a beautiful coffee shop serving both coffee and espresso drinks as well as food, beer, and wine. This location is located inside the Chattanooga Choo Choo and is a treat to visit.
The most delicious baked goods ( and great coffee, too) in town. This cozy shop is complete with the smell of fresh baked bread from the second you walk in the door to a patio with a fire pit to keep you warm even on cold days.
Aretha Frankenstein’s is home to the thickets, most delicious pancakes on earth. Each pancake is almost an inch thick (I’m not even kidding). This place might be the only place I’ve been where you can wash your pancakes and biscuits down with beer. Aretha’s is famous for a reason so GO!
Note: Most of Aretha Frankenstein’s seating is outside but on the cooler days they have heaters out to keep you cozy and warm. COVID update: As of 12/12/20 Aretha Frankenstein’s is still closed due to COVID. Address: 518 Tremont St, Chattanooga | Google Maps
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