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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

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“Another local favorite in the Southside district, between St. Elmo and downtown. Their food and drink menu is worth the visit! They also have a great patio area for when the weather is nice.”
  • 88 locals recommend
Bar
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“Best burger I have ever found. Also great beer selection. A Chattanooga must. ”
  • 56 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Great local place for delicious Mexican food. The owners have other eateries, as well. Each are unique in their offerings and their eclectic decor. ”
  • 53 locals recommend
Bar
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“Great bar/food and live music most weekends. Walking distance from our townhome”
  • 48 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“ (Reservations recommended or first come first serve bar) Sprawling, industrial-chic space offering modern American eats, craft cocktails & an oyster bar.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“The food is to die for! This place is great for a fancy date night. Prepare to be swept away by how good the meals are. Everything is in-season and local. ”
  • 49 locals recommend
Burger Joint
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“Incredible burgers. They have a gluten free bun option and great vegetarian options as well! Wonderful service and an expansive menu!”
  • 32 locals recommend
Ice Cream Shop
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“They serve fabulous gelato, sorbet, baked goods, and breakfast... all made from scratch. They even grind their own coffee. ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“A hole-in-wall not known for their service, but famous for their pancakes! Expect long lines on Saturday morning. Aretha's is on Thompson Street, just down the road from BamboogaNooga! ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Hotel
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“What was once a crossroads for travelers is now one of downtown Chattanooga’s premier vacation destinations. Located in the great Southside neighborhood of Chattanooga, TN, the Chattanooga Choo Choo successfully blends history and style. Enjoy outstanding amenities and on-site extras like dining, shopping, and featured attractions. Chattanooga Choo Choo is only footsteps from other popular restaurants, entertainment, and attractions thanks to its central location along bustling Station Street. The Chattanooga Choo Choo offers a variety of on-site dining options. From coffee to cocktails, breakfast to dinner, early morning to late at night and everything in between - you'll find what you crave all within steps. Catch a show at Songbirds, Station Street or even in the Glenn Miller Gardens. With plenty of options at the Chattanooga Choo Choo you'll always be surrounded by lively music to set your mood. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Delicious pasta with great views of the river. After dinner, you can walk to Rembrandt's coffee shop for a homemade dessert.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Bar
“At the edge of the UTC campus downtown Chatt. OMG--AMAZING breakfast. A cozy place but worth whatever the weekend wait to get in. Of course, they are open for other meals and drinks as well (2 a.m. on the weekends).”
  • 36 locals recommend
Pub
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“Amazing restaurant and brewery! Located next to the Choo-Choo in the triangular shaped building, this place is packed a lot on the weekends, so get there early or be prepared to wait.”
  • 33 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“This place has the best ambiance. It overlooks the Tennessee River and has indoor and outdoor seating. Their food is cooked over their indoor woodfire grill. They have great seafood if that's your thing. We love the half-chicken, the nachos, the guacamole, the stuffed poblano, the grilled okra, and the mojitos.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Southern / Soul Food Restaurant
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“Industrial-style haunt with elevated comfort grub such as grass-fed sloppy joes, plus a lively bar. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Fried Chicken Joint
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“So I don't usually indulge in fried chicken because, well... it's fried food. But after hearing about how good Champy's was and seeing the place packed with people every time I drove past, I decided to give it a try. Glad I did! Best friend chicken I've ever had. I couldn't even leave the skin, it tasted so delicious. Sides are delicious, too. I don't go too often, but when I want to treat myself and indulge a little, Champy's is at the top of the list!”
  • 28 locals recommend