Chattanooga, TN, nestled in the foothills of Appalachia, has always drawn visitors for its spectacular panoramic views and world-class outdoor activities. Today, the bustling and vibrant downtown scene attracts culinary enthusiasts in addition to adventure seekers and music disciples.
Food and music have taken root, and most nights, you can’t get one served without the other. Stay downtown and choose from dozens of restaurants within walking distance from your hotel. Here’s a four-day guide on where to find some of the Best Town Ever’s finest flavors paired with fresh sounds.
Located next door to flagship sister St. John's Restaurant, The Meeting Place offers the same quality cuisine, attention to detail and hospitality in a more casual atmosphere. On Thursdays, sit back and enjoy stimulating flavors as you take in the sounds of Jazz.
Foodie favorite: Sautéed sea scallops, sweet potato-sorghum polenta and spring vegetables paired with Cloudy Bay ’14 Marlborough, New Zealand.
Located in Chattanooga’s thriving Southside, The FEED Co. Table and Tavern is an artful combination of tavern and family dining with an inviting farm fresh menu. Head to its front porch for live performances from some of the best ‘pickers in town. Later, walk across the street to Hi-Fi Clyde's for late-night bites, live music and dancing.
Foodie favorite: Eight-hour smoked pork sandwich, French fries and brussels sprouts with maple bacon paired with The FEED-back signature cocktail: Chattanooga Whiskey Reserve, fresh peaches, rosemary, house-made maple simple syrup, fresh lemon juice.
Spend your Saturday atop Lookout Mountain at Rock City Gardens enjoying quiet woodland paths and gardens. Then, sit down to relax at Café 7, (open April-October) offering beautiful scenic views along with catchy mountain music and bluegrass performances during Summer Music Weekends (May-September).
Foodie favorite: Fried green tomatoes with house-made pimento cheese and grilled local bread paired with Chattanooga Brewing Company Chickbock Maibock.
Known for its seasonal and local ingredients, Flying Squirrel offers innovative dishes in a casual, yet contemporary environment. Sunday brunch features drink specials plus live music from local bands and musicians.
Foodie favorite: Five-spice French toast, bourbon-barrel aged maple syrup, powdered sugar, Niedlov's brioche paired with a bubbly mimosa.
For more music recommendations, see our blog on Chattanooga music, updated weekly!