Chattanooga’s food and drink scene is growing and drawing national attention. New York-based online travel guide Zagat featured eight of Chattanooga’s top eateries in, “8 New Reasons to Drive to Chattanooga.” Travel and Leisure featured Chattanooga in “The Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Every State.” While regionally and nationally known eateries call Chattanooga home, locally owned restaurants, bars, and pubs are thriving. Whether it be southern favorites, baked goods, seafood, steakhouses, or ethnic cuisines for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, there are plenty of local favorites from which to choose.
Fast-casual and casual dining formats make it convenient for busy families and individuals to enjoy meals. Guests can choose from barbecue to seafood to international eats. Options abound for fine dining, with knowedgeable sommeliers, talented chefs, and experienced restaurateurs available to create memorable dining experiences.
Craft beer connoisseurs can choose from nearby breweries for a well-crafted taste. Local coffee shops source, roast, brew, and serve premium fair-trade coffee. On the Southside, the Tennessee Stillhouse tasting room and micro-distillery, home of Chattanooga Whiskey Co., offers visitors its locally produced potions. Area restaurants serve beautifully fashioned, delicious cocktails for their patrons.
One notable aspect of Chattanooga’s food and drink scene is supper clubs. Several groups throughout the area hold regular get-togethers to enjoy favorite food and drink specialties with friends. The Scenic City Supper Club is a seasonal dining event that brings top chefs together to serve guests a multicourse seated dinner that includes delectable, locally grown foods. The event showcases the diverse and rich talents of Chattanooga’s culinary scene while offering diners an exceptional experience.
Throughout the Chattanooga area, private clubs offer fine dining. Dining clubs include The Walden Club and The Mountain City Club. Golf and country clubs and sport-related dining clubs can be found throughout the area as well. Founded in 1896, the Chattanooga Golf and Country Club is Tennessee’s oldest golf course on its original site. Close behind and nearly a century old are Lookout Mountain Golf and Country Club, Lookout Mountain Fairyland Club, Cleveland Country Club, and Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club. Several newer golf and country clubs are enjoyed throughout the area and provide fine dining experiences as well.
Locally sourced food is important to Chattanooga area residents and restaurants in order to support the local economy and offer the highest quality fresh goods. Many restaurants source food from the Tennessee Valley and locally owned farms. The Chattanooga Market, the region’s largest outdoor local food and crafts market, was voted the number one largest market in Tennessee and the South. Consumers and restaurants also shop at several other farmers’ markets throughout the year.