14 Hidden Restaurants In Chattanooga, Tennessee

14 Hidden Restaurants In Chattanooga, Tennessee

Everyone can add a little flavor into their life.

The city of Chattanooga is widely known for its world-class attractions, beautiful views and delectable restaurants! Here's a list of my favorite hidden restaurants in Chattanooga that will delight your taste buds.

1. The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe

Address: 4001 St. Elmo Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37409

The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe is nestled at the foot of Lookout Mountain and serves excellent Southern food. The customer favorite is the "Piglet Pak," but I personally love "The Rainbow Sandwich," which is a three-layer sandwich with homemade chicken salad, pimento cheese, and cucumber spread. From the quirky decor to the scrumptious food, The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe is definitely worth the visit!

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2. Sluggo's North Vegetarian Cafe

Address: 501 Cherokee Boulevard, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405

Sluggo's North Vegetarian Cafe has been labled the best vegan/vegtarian restaurant in Chattanooga. Sluggo's North Vegetarian Cafe offers hearty portions of healthy food that is fresh, healthy, delicious and attractively pleasing. I'm not a vegan nor vegetarian, but their 'Pot Stickers" Teriyaki Veggie Burger" has been highly recommended.

3. The Flying Squirrel

Address: 55 Johnson Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37408

The Flying Squirrel restaurant uses only the best local ingredients to create sophisticated plates. My personal favorite are the "Duck Carnitas Tacos," but if you're in the mood for brunch, you should definitely try the "Roasted Potato Hash." Whether you're in the mood for brunch, dinner, or cocktails, The Flying Squirrel will have something that will satisfy your tastebuds.

4. Brewhaus

Address: 224 Frazier Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405

Bauhaus restaurant is a little taste of Germany in Chattanooga with the freshest mix of German-American brews and food. Since I'm a quarter German, I love how they dug up recipes from their grandmother's cookbook and added a modern twist. If you want to try a traditional German meal, then I would recommend "The Schnitzel Weiner Art" or "The Spaetzel." Also, they have a sausage line-up where you can customize you're own brat served on a pretzel bun.

5. The Camp House

Address: 149 E ML King Boulevard, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402

The Camp House is a cool spot located off the beaten path that offers outstanding drinks and a world-inspired menu. My personal favorites are the "Farm House Press Sandwich" and "Mediterranean Flatbread."

If you're in the mood for brunch, I would highly recommend the "Bacon, Asiago, Spinach, and Onion Quiche" or the "Hot Goat Waffle." At The Camp House, their philosophy is, "We love coffee." So, you can expect coffee seasonal selections from South America or Asian countries.

6. Taconooga

Address: 207A Frazier Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405

Taconooga is not just another pinch taco. At Taconooga, they specialize in authentic Mexican food and only uses the finest and freshest ingredients to spice up your day! My personal favorites are the "Taconooga Speciality Taco" and "Taquitos Mexicanos."

If you're really hungry, you should get "The Big Nooga Burrito," which is a 10-inch burrito filled with your choice of meat, rice, and beans; also its topped with the famous cheese dip, shredded lettuce, pico de gallo, tomato, and sour cream. Whether you like tacos, nachos, or Mexican plates, Taconooga has something that will fill-up your belly.

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7. Sofa King Juicy Burger

Address: 1743 Dayton Blvd. Red Bank, Tennessee 37405

The Sofa King Juicy Burger is your typically burger joint with a touch of awesome! The Sofa King Juicy Burger specializes in one-of-a-kind, grass fed burgers such as "The Chili Cheese Burger" or "The Nutty Burger."

If you don't like one of their house burgers, no problem! Sofa King Juicy Burger has a meal where you can choose your patty, bun, cheese, sauce, and toppings. Also, remember to save room for dessert because they're known for their liquid nitrogen milkshakes.

8. Community Pie

Address: 850 Market Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402

At the Community Pie, it all started with simple idea, "pizza, beer, and ice cream." Community Pie specializes in authentic Neapolitan and traditional New York style pizza, crafted beer, and homemade gelato from their sister restaurant, Milk & Honey.

My personal favorite are the "Drunk Pig" pizza, "Spicy Bianca" pizza, and the "Sweet Fig" pizza. If you're not in the mood for pizza, Community Pie offers a wide selection of appetizers and salads that will equally satisfy your appetite!

9.Uncle Larry's Restaurant

Address: 736 East ML King Boulevard, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403

Uncle Larry's restaurant incorporates traditional southern cooking with Chattanooga flavors that has became the locals' favorite. Uncle Larry's slogan "Fish so good that it will smack you" is a completely accurate statement!

My personal favorite is the tilapia with a side of fried okra and white beans. If you're not in the mood for seafood, their pork chop is simply delicious. Whether its the catfish or tilapia, you can't go wrong with one of their seafood dishes or homemade desserts.

10. Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant

Address: 2 West Aquarium Way, Chattanooga Tennessee 37402

Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant resembles a community kitchen with live musical performances just a few feet away from your seat! Their menu features comfort food, barbecue smoked slow n' low over cherry wood, home cooked sides, and delicious desserts that you will remembers many years later.

The customer favorite is "Puckett's BBQ Sliders," but my personal favorites are the "Briskett Taco Salad" and "Redneck Burrito." If you have saved room for dessert, then you definitely need to try the "Honey Bun Bread Pudding" and "Moon Pie Banana Pudding," which are made right here in Chattanooga!

11. Southern Star Restaurants Incorporated

Address: 1300 Broad Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402

The Southern Star Restaurants Incorporated is a place where you can "Put some south in your mouth!" The Southern Star Restaurants Incorporated offers great southern cooking and service in a fun atmosphere.

My personal favorite is the "Turkey Cobb Salad," but you can't go wrong with their blue plate special, which features a vegetable plate or a meat and three sides. Oh, you definitely need to try their "Texas Chocolate Cake" because its to die for!

12. The Bitter Alibi

Address: 825 Houston Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37407

The Bitter Alibi is a modern restaurant located in Chattanooga's old-architecture district that is known for their wide selection of beer and delicious food. The Bitter Alibi doesn't have an extensive menu, but they offer a little bit of everything from burgers to curry chickpeas.

My personal favorites are "The Cumberbatch" and "The Cheat Day." If you're a Muppet's fan, then you should try the "Kermit's Ex" sandwich, which features pepperoni, hard salami, shredded mozzerella, pepperoncinis, and vinaigrette with a side of Texas caviar.

13. Wafflelz Factory

Address: 3 ML King Blvd. Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403

Do you love fluffy Belgium waffles made your way? At the Waffelz Factory, their Belgium waffles are available in almost an infinite amount of flavors! The color, aroma, and flavor of the waffle depends on the customer's creativity.

The chicken and waffles are a customer favorite, but I personally love The Tennezzean and the Waffelz Grilled Chicken and Parmesan Sandwichez. Whether you want the Waffelz Your Way or Wafflez Wonderz Desserts, the Waffelz Factory makes it their mission to making waffle wishes come true.

14. The Yellow Deli

Address: 737 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403

The Yellow Deli is a unique restaurant that features delectable food and hipster vibes. There is something about The Yellow Deli's atmosphere that draws UTC college students and people from all generation like a magnet.

The signature dish is the "Yellow Submarine" featuring the spread of the week, sprouts, lettuce, onions, olives, yellow tomatoes, and yellow peppers on a seeded bun. If you don't like on of their hot sandwiches, no problem! You can customize your own sandwich or try one of their salads or soups.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:” Line Matters,

I want to start off by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can’t afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you’re just lazy and you “don’t feel like it”? Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you’re unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the US Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck.” stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:” line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can’t seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to ten people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!”

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the seventeen other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there’s a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 dollar bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of ten times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession - whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food, and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a forty dollar bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes - as if you’re better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you’ll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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'Everything In Moderation' Is Probably The Best Thing Your Mom Ever Told You

Cheating only counts in relationships and tests - not food.


It's summer again, which means it's that time of the year when basically everyone says they're going to go on some sort of diet to get the perfect beach body.

I mean, it certainly is easy to entertain the thought when you're most likely going to be spending your days lounging by the pool or running around on the beach. I've certainly been guilty of this mentality, and I don't think trying to look your best is a problem within itself, but I do think the quick timespan a lot of people want to reach their goal in may be. It can get especially bad when people attempt to cut out all sugar, carbs, gluten, or whatever in their last ditch effort to drop a few pounds. Didn't anyone ever tell them you can have everything in moderation?

I've tried many times to cut out bad foods, only eating healthy foods and then counting the calories in them. Sometimes this would be successful, and other times it wouldn't be. Most of the time, my downfall would be a sugar craving, which then turned into a sugar binge.

I think depriving myself of what I really wanted just made everything worse in the end. Moral of the story: if you're craving something, just eat it- everything is okay to have in moderation. I finally figured out that being healthy is a mix of eating the right foods, working out, and also giving your body what it wants. It's okay to have that brownie after dinner, as long as you don't overdo it. If you deprive yourself and try to satisfy your craving with something you don't really want, you're just going to end up feeling sad and unsatisfied.

I remember one time I was trying to stay on a diet and not eat anything "bad" or sugary, so instead of eating the ice cream I really wanted, I settled for a sad little rice cake with almond butter - which does taste really good, too, don't get me wrong - but it's just not the same as ice cream and it honestly never will be.

Because I didn't eat what I really wanted, I ended up still craving something sweet and ate a bunch of cookies I had laying around in my kitchen. If I'd just had a little bit of ice cream when I wanted it, I wouldn't have eaten the rice cake, plus the almond butter, plus the cookies, and I would have felt satisfied and ultimately better.

Basically what I'm trying to say here is to give your body the food it wants when it's craving it, as long as it's a healthy serving for your body and you balance it with a healthy lifestyle. Eating everything in moderation will honestly keep your body feeling good and healthy. This is a way better alternative to feeling sad and hungry when restricting yourself on a diet. If you listen to your body and take care of it the right way for yourself, there's no way you won't feel happy and confident this swimsuit season.

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