Whether you go in for just an ice cream or a brewski or lunch or a full dinner plate, you will get your money's worth and leave satisfied.
We did the early dinner. I went for the roasted chicken and my wife had the tuna steak sandwich. The chicken was cooked in walnuts for added flavor and the tuna had a pineapple sauce on it. We had side salads and cup of coffee. Finished it off with carrot cake for dessert.
The cost was about $22 (2003 price) and we had doggy bags of left overs.
The restaurant has a mixture of tables, bar and stools and booths. The main area is well lighted and the lighting dims along the edge tables and the bar (more cosy that way). The people were mostly tourists from the Aquarium stop and were dressed casual. There were also outside tables but it was a bit cool that day so they were not being used.
The waitress was friendly, busy but not rush-rush, and made us feel welcome. The service was a bit slow but that was to be expected due to the crowd.
We'd do this place again, the next time we are in Chattanooga.
Favorite Dish: Roasted chicken and carrot cake
We told a couple that we were going to Chattanooga, TN for a daytrip, and they immediately said that we had to go to The Acropolis restaurant--that their food was "absolutely the best, and their desserts were to die for."
We sought out The Acropolis, and it was very easy to find, and though on the opposite side of Chattanooga from where we intended to visit (Lookout Mountain & Point Park) it was just a 20-minute-or-so drive.
The first thing you notice about this restaurant is that it's very clean. Everything is neat and tidy. The freestanding tables have tablecloths; the booths do not. Some tables are outside on the patio.
The only negative I have to say about this restaurant is that our server, while pleasant, was not helpful at all in helping us select meals, in spite of the obvious hints we dropped such as, "we've never been here before." When she came back in a few minutes for our orders, I said that we weren't ready yet because we were trying to understand the menu (many items had Greek names). She just said, "that's OK, take your time and read it and I'll get your order later." Then she split. LOL
So, while my wife and I were discussing the menu, a man across the aisle turned to us and asked what type of food we like--pasta, chicken, seafood, etc.
He continued by making pleasant conversation, asking where we were from, etc. He said he has many customers that come from Atlanta, Birmingham, Nashville and other places. "You eat here once, you will be back," he said.
As it turns out, this man, Teddy Kyriakidis, is the founder & owner. We had a nice chat about restaurants, business, food, family, etc. He told us about growing up in Greece during WWII then, some years later getting to come to the US (New Jersey), and over the years owned several different restaurants til he landed in Chattanooga "ten years and eight months ago."
He has only one location. He said that if you have more than one location, your food can't be as good. "Most restaurants have cooks. I have a chef. It's a big difference."
Favorite Dish: Mr. Kyriakidis recommended to me the Shrimp Tourkolemono. "Dip your bread in the sauce," he told me. Then he ordered an extra basket of bread for our table. The bread is really good, by the way. He took a homeland recipe and modified it to his taste. There's white, and brown bread. The latter is similar to pumpernickel but not as heavy or dry. House-made honey-cinnamon margarine spread is provided)
La Wife got some pasta dish which was very good--I just don't remember what she got.
Mr. K insisted that at least one of us get the house salad with the house dressing (a vinaigrette he created himself), so we ordered this salad, and a Caesar salad for me (while the Caesar was good and of excellent quality and freshness, I prefer a bit more anchovy--I could not taste it in this salad).
My shrimp was really excellent! There were only about six shrimp and so I thought I'd be hungry, but the shrimp were large, and there was plenty of sauce for the bread, so combined with the salad, I was really full afterward!
My favorite part of our visit was Mr. K himself--it's really cool to meet someone who has a true love for what he does. He is so proud of his restaurant! The desserts, he said, have never been in a freezer. All are made fresh every day in-house. The amazing thing is that the selection is HUGE!
I'm accustomed to restaurants having only a handful of desserts, but there must have been 20-30 items available. I'll post photos of the menu. Hopefully it will be big enough to read.
Mr. K recommended the Strawberry Patch Cake (his own creation), and the Raspberry Patch (this one is not found on the menu but he recommended it). He also suggested the Baklava Cheesecake (Yup. Another of his creations). We got the Strawberry Patch and the Baklava cheesecake. Both were excellent, and serving sizes were generous.
I think our entire ticket was around $35 (for two persons). Includes Cokes, entrees, salads, desserts and taxes.
Mr. Kyriakidis was right. We will definately be back.
Buffalo Wild Wings is a chain of sports bars that specialize in chicken wings, specifically of the "buffalo style" variety. The atmosphere is terrific, and the service at this location was very good. The wait staff was knowledgeable about what they served, and willing to help in making choices. Your choice of wings with 12 signature sauces were delivered hot and quick, and even at the "off" time of the day (2pm-4pm) the side of the business where all the TV´s and smoking section was packed out.
Drinks specials nightly, and of course ESPN and any sports channel blaring the latest scores. It seemed a very popular place even in the middle of so many other bars and restaurants, plus locals and regulars dominated but were friendly as well. Waiters knew most of those coming in by name. Its rather on the dark side of course, to highlight the many big screen TV´s, but seems a great place to start an evening or have a quick tasty lunch and beer.
Open Mon-Thurs 11am-1am
Favorite Dish: We just spent 5 hours in the bowels of Lookout Mtn, deep below its surface without having eaten any breakfast beforehand, so we were starved! I opted for the 2 dozen wings hot flavored. Ok, I like hot foods, and usually with hot wings I can handle the heat...well, these were almost too hot for my taste, but I was hungry so I ate them all with 2 margueritas to wash them down. My lips were burning but I was really satisfied.
They also have salads, sandwiches, typical bar foods and appetizers. We also had a big side of fries and onion rings, crispy, tasty, YUM! You can also buy the sauces bottled to try out at home. For two people, our total came out to almost $30 because of the drinks. I usually keep a copy of the receipt to give prices, but sorry I´ve lost it. You can try the website for that.
I have always enjoyed the ambiance of his restaurant, located just off the domed lobby of the old Chattanooga Choo Choo station. Opened in 1909 as Terminal Station, the train depot welcomed thousands of travelers during the golden age of railroads in America. Those who dine here today can still experience a bit of the atmosphere of that bygone era, surrounded by greenery and sunny windows looking out over the formal gardens, where there were once railroad tracks.
The setting is casual and you do not need reservations. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but not in between.
Favorite Dish: Traditional southern cooking in a wide variety; everything I've tried here is good. I especially like their gourmet deserts.
The Southside Grill is an upscale, unique restaurant in the trendy, growing Southside area of downtown with many great culinary choices. My first and only experience here was great, and I will hopefully go back one day. Choose to dine inside or out, you will not be disappointed either way. The outdoor patio is covered and there is a small garden with native wildflowers and shrubs separating you from the entrance. The inside is very elegant with candles at every table and formal artwork on the walls. This is a great restaurant for couples, but not for kids. Open for dinner and lunch. Reservations not required but are a good idea for dinner.
Favorite Dish: I had the fish of the day, grouper, with roasted tomatoes and jasmine rice. Everything was very good, with the right amount and variety of spices. My girlfriend ordered the quail, which is wrapped in bacon and grilled. The unique taste is one I will not forget, and I would definitely recommend it for anyone who likes well-cooked meat. It was served with rice cakes and asparagus. For dessert I had key lime pie, which was good, but probably not worth the $6 per piece unless you're celebrating a very special occasion. They also serve coffee roasted by Greyfriar's, a great complement to dessert. Entrees between $14-$25, with salad and soup $5. Check out the menu on their website.
Big River Grill is another great restaurant that was started in Chattanooga but has since been added in other cities. They have some of the best food around, seafood, steak, chicken, veggies, etc. and best of all, they make their own beer. In fact, their beers have won several awards at national and international competitions. There is a large variety and you can order a sample tray so that you can try 5 or 6 at a time before you decide which you'd like to have. The atmosphere is great as well, and you can dine inside or out. It is located on the corner of Broad and 2nd Street, adjacent from the aquarium and across from the Bijou Theatre. Its a good place for families, as well as couples and singles who just want to sit around at the bar and enjoy the ballgame.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish here is by far the smoky mountain pasta, while I also recommend the hickory bacon burger if you like barbeque sauce. Right now if you go to the Imax your ticket stub is good for a free order of tortilla chips and a cheese dip that has spinach and tomatoes, very good, with purchase of an entree. This may only be for a limited time though, and perhaps only for certain movies that they sponsor, but i'm not sure.
On different visits to Chattanooga I have brought Karen, my son Gregory, my grandchildren, and my Dad all to Big River Grill, so I must like this place. It is a sports bar / brewery housed in an old warehouse in the heart of the riverfront entertainment district.
Favorite Dish: I love the Hickory Bacon Burger with smoked cheddar cheese and sweet magnolia barbecue sauce. They also have pizza, pasta, seafood, chicken, steak and other offerings. Everything is good.
Also, they claim to have an "award winning" selection of ales and lagers, freshly brewed on the premises. I personally prefer the sweet iced tea.
The Acropolis is a 4-star grill that is one of only about a dozen restaurants in the city to be given 5 stars by chattanoogadineout.com. This great local restaurant has a large selection of greek, italian, french, and american food. They use the perfect amounts of spices on everything and just about everything on the menu is delicious. Perhaps the best part of all is free: the homemade bread and cinnamin butter that comes with all entrees. Salads are very similar to Italian salads with a vinigrette-type house dressing. I recently tried their soup which was some of the best I've ever had anywhere. The owner is a very-friendly Greek man who makes sure to greet everyone before they leave and to ensure that everything was as good as it could possibly be. He alone makes this place unique and special, which is why I recommend it so highly besides the food. The restaurant's atmosphere is elegant and casual, decorated with Greek art and highlighted with traditional Greek music. You may want to make reservations but the wait is normally not very long except at peak times on the weekend.
Favorite Dish: My two favorite dishes so far are the Mahi Mahi and the santorini, with either garlic mashed potatoes or a baked potato and greek-style okra. Just make sure you have a lot of bread, and if you like, order the fried cheese, a Greek tradition. There is also a large selection of specialty drinks and desserts that are very good. Some have alcohol and/or coffee.
The atmosphere is very open and warm, even if there are few people inside, like when we visited. I guess it´s because of the decor and furnishings or floor plan it just feels good inside.
Qdoba is a chain of restaurants across America, I have been to a few in other places, but they generally have the same basic layout. You order your food from like deli-style line, watch them sizzle you up huge portions of steak or chicken, together with vegetables, rice, beans and signature salsas for quesadillas, taco salads, burritors and tacos. Everything is very fresh and made to order while you watch.
Favorite Dish: I love Mexican style foods because you can have lots of flavor, taste and fresh vegetables and legumes and still be full and happy. I had the vegetarian burrito with beans, cilantro rice, lettuce, guacamolé, zucchini, onions and peppers topped with a fiery habanéro salsa. It was absolutely huge, even I couldn´t eat it all! And only for $4.69 and some nice iced tea. Nice to have iced tea again!
Mom had a taco salad with black bean salsa, and said it was terrific also!
The location of this newly rebuilt restaurant across from Cumming's Cove (a scenic community with it's own golf course) and next to Raccoon Mountain is worth the drive on I-24 W. eight miles west of downtown Chattanooga, Tennessee. A good variety of steaks, seafood, or local and Southern quisine, such as barbeque, is available. They advertise that this is 'the home of the best steaks and burgers in town'. The hours are '6:00 a.m. to midnight'.
Cheeburger Cheeburger (no, I didn't misspell it) is a great little diner-type resturant in downtown Chattanooga. Their specialty is Cheeseburgers (obviously), and they even have a burger so big, if you eat all of it yourself, they'll take a picture of you and put it on the wall! I wasn't that brave, so I got the burger that is 2 sizes smaller. It was still huge! The service was friendly, and it was a great experience!
Favorite Dish: Cheeseburgers! You can get as many toppings at your like for FREE (excluding the cheese)....try Guacamole on your burger, it's actually pretty good!
Big River is part of a chain of Breweries that produce excellent beer accompanied with great food. Portions are large so come hungry.
This Big River is right across the street from the Aquarium in Downtown Chattanooga. Since it's in the heart of the tourist area, it can get crowded.
It's the perfect spot for stopping after seeing all that Chattanooga has to offer.
Favorite Dish: The Iron Horse stout is my favorite beer produced here. You can also get it at some of their other restaurants and it's consistently been good.
They also have a seasonal or two on tap as well. I haven't met one yet that I didn't like.
The food is excellent as well, ribs and shrimp are among my favorite. The last time we were there the vegetable of the day was Snow Peas. Buttered, seasoned and served in the shell these were OUTSTANDING!
If you are in the south, one of the last things you would think of doing is going ot a chinese restaurant. The southern United States has soooo much good food, that you wouldn't think of people wanting to eat chinese food, but yet there are restaurants (funny enough, mostly buffets :) all over the place.
We didn't chose the Hunan Wok based on any other reason then it was close by to the I-75.
When we walked in the place was half a garage sale half a restaurant with more staff hanging around then customers.
I ordered the Mongolian beef which was quite tender and tasty, with a nice amount of heat to it while my friend ordered chicken balls. Neither of us finished our plates, but that was mostly due to the large amount of food.
The price was reasonable for the food we got. The decor of the place is chaotic with crap all over the place....well, not real crap, but stuff...randomly places all over.
I'm not sure about the cleanlyness of the place but I didn't sick off the food, so that's a good sign. :)
Favorite Dish: The only one I've eaten..Mongolian Beef.
I just recently ate here for the first time, and I liked it much better than Kampai Tokyo japanese steakhouse. The food was different than other oriental restaurants I've been to. They used more seasoning and had more types of sauces to choose from. The best part about the Ichiban, however, was the show done by the chefs. This was also better than the other ones I've been to. The chef performed tricks such as spinning the spatula around a single finger, spinning an egg and then flipping it into the air repeatedly and finally on top of his hat. The most impressive part of the show was when the chef separated an onion into rings of different sizes, stacked them on top of each other in the shape of a cone, and then poured oil inside and lit it on fire so that it looked like a volcano exploding. When the fire went out, the onion cone smoked for about 30 more seconds just like a volcano does after it blows. It was really neat! The sign out front says they have the best chefs in town, and I believe they are right. I also recently just went to the other new japanese steakhouse called Shogun, which is located on Gunbarrel Road. The food here was also great, but the show, although good, was slightly less exciting. Also, the rice had a unique flavor that I didn't care for, so I had to use lots of soy sauce to make it taste good.
Nagoya is a tiny sushi bar with a large seleciton. There are over fifty Chinese and Japanese dishes to choose from, and about 20 different sushi rolls, all made as you order. The soup is also excellent! Great food, service, and atmosphere. There are only two oriental restaurants downtown (ThaiSmile 3 and Sekisui), both of which I havent been to yet. If you feel like making a short trip away from downtown for some great food, don't miss this place. The place is very small, casual, and relaxing, and best of all, it is never full. You never have to wait to be seated here, even on friday and saturday nights, and the food is ready fast.
Favorite Dish: I love to get the teriyaki beef with fried rice and hot and sour soup. Although I'm not into sushi myself, everyone i know that is says they have the best is town.