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.
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.
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.
3. Thai Smile
This little restaurant that is just blocks away from the Chattanooga Aquarium has become our family favorite. 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.
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. Each 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 .
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).