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Places To Eat In Chattanooga

Tired of your typical fast food fare? Looking for a restaurant with delicious and affordable cuisine in Chattanooga, Tennessee? Check out these restaurants that will satisfy your cravings.

Collage of food that was made in Chattanooga.


I believe that Chattanooga just might be the up-and-coming location for foodies.  You can do a Google search and find several articles that go into more detail about the food scene in the Scenic City, but I want to share with you three of my favorite places to eat.

1.  Maple Street Biscuit Company

Maple Street Biscuit Company sign on building.

Maple Street Biscuit Company opened its doors in Florida in 2012.  Today there are 8 locations across the south, including the Chattanooga location at 407 Broad Street.  The food here is absolutely amazing, if I do say so myself.  

I ordered The Five and Dime (pictured below).  It is The Five (flaky biscuit, all natural fired chicken breast, pecan wood smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, topped with sausage gravy with a little kick) topped with a fried egg.  It was so good that I was tempted to lick my plate.  The price was a little bit more than five and dime, costing $9 per plate, but it was well worth it.

Plate with biscuit, egg, cheese, and gravy.

Maple Street Biscuit Company uses fresh, natural ingredients. The scratch-made biscuits are made daily using real butter and unbleached artisan flour, plus a few other specialty ingredients. The jellies and jams are made in-house without preservatives. Coffee beans are roasted each week and ground fresh daily. The syrup served at Maple Street Biscuit Company comes from the Bissell Family Farm who has been making real maple syrup for 150 years.

Row of Maple Street coffee mugs on a shelf.

Other menu items include The Chicken Club (flaky biscuit, all natural fried chicken breast, pecan wood smoked bacon, Romaine lettuce, tomato topped with blue cheese, ranch dressing, or honey mustard), The Squawking Goat (flaky biscuit, all natural fried chicken breast, fried goat cheese medallion, and house made pepper jelly), Smokey Mountain Mac-N-Cheese , and Hashups (home fries with chopped smoked ham, red and green peppers, grilled onions, mushrooms, and melted cheese). Vegetarian options are also available.

It is no wonder that Maple Street Biscuit Company was featured on The Food Network on the show called Guilty Pleasures.

2.  Sing It or Wing It

Plate of ribs with a side of mushrooms and broccoli.

I never would have thought that a karaoke bar would be among my favorite places to eat, but after spending a fun evening with my family at Sing It or Wing It at 410 Market Street, this place has won my heart.  

I found out about this hole-in-the-wall (no disrespect!) via TripAdvisor.  My family and I were passing through Chattanooga one day and wanted to eat at a local restaurant, not some chain that we could eat at anywhere.

Sing It or Wing It is the first karaoke bar that I have been to.  In addition to being able to sing your heart out to one of the many songs in their collection, SIOWI serves really good food.  

My son devoured all of his ribs (shown above) and loved the side order of mushrooms.  If you like fries, you cannot go wrong with either the regular or the sweet potato fries – they both are amazing.  I made the Loveable Lauren (below) with sweet potato fries disappear.

Plate with chicken wrap and side of sweet potato French fries.

3.  Thai Smile

Thai Smile restaurant banners on side of building.

This little restaurant that is just blocks away from The Chattanooga Aquarium has become our family favorite

Plate of chicken pad Thai.

Pad Thai

Aquarium.  In fact, the last time that I drove through Chattanooga, I brought ice packs with me so that I could bring dinner home on my way back from Dollywood.  True story.

Bowl of Massaman Curry with a side of white rice.

Musamun Curry

My family and I happened upon Thai Smile a few years ago after spending the day at the aquarium.  We started walking around and spotted the Thai Smile sign at 219 Market Street and walked in.  It was love at first bite.   

Every time we go, I try something new and think I have a new favorite. My newest favorite dish is Musamun Curry (above), a dish made with onions, potatoes, peanuts, and coconut milk.

Spicy chicken with peppers, onions, and carrots with a side of white rice.

Bangkok Spicy

The servings are fairly generous and the prices are moderate.  Thai Smile was listed as one of Chattanooga’s best restaurants according to chef Daniel Lindley, as published at Condé Nast Traveler (online).

Where do you like to eat in Chattanooga?

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