Growing up in Nashville, I always thought of Chattanooga as a quant town with outlet shopping and Rock City. Over the years I heard less-and-less about Chattanooga, and then, about 10 years ago I began hearing more-and-more about Chattanooga as a city on the rise!
With the aquarium anchoring the downtown, I assumed there would only be family friendly restaurants. To my surprise, just the opposite! The downtown area has gone through unbelievable growth and renovation over the past five years. Many of the older buildings are finding new life with amazing restaurants and bars opening all over the city.
I found Easy Bistro’s hip, modern feel a perfect fit downtown. The upscale Parisienne fare paired with dynamic cocktails offer a delightful evening, especially without a brutal price tag. .25 cent raw bar goodies, wine, and then a dinner of braised local pork medallions made for a perfect experience.
Another great Chattanooga eatery is Public House. The wrap around porch and fresh fare make it a hard spot to leave. Public House actually sits on the corner of Warehouse Row. Warehouse Row used to house outlet shopping, but now has some of the best boutique shopping around. Great food and boutique shopping are hard to pass up.
I also recently discovered a restaurant, Bald Headed Bistro in the nearby city of Cleveland. A western style steakhouse that makes you feel like your in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Innovative appetizers, handmade pasta, and 28 day in-house aged beef makes this a dinner worth driving for.
I discover something new every time I make my way down to Chattanooga. . . And thankfully you can still see seven states from Rock City!