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What to Eat in Chattanooga

Well-known for its natural wonders and ties to the Civil War, Chattanooga may not stand out to foodies as a must-visit destination at first glance. But at closer inspection, visitors looking for a great bite will see that there is much more to this town than fried chicken. Chattanooga's dining scene is filled with comfort dishes, yes, but it's also involved in the farm-to-table culinary movement. Many of Chattanooga's beloved local eateries source produce, meat and dairy products from farms within a 100-mile radius of town. Among the most notable is the upscale Public House, which severs Southern dishes and has long-standing relationships with local farmers and purveyors. Along with sourcing regional ingredients, Chattanooga prides itself on its large community of local eateries. You won't find a Starbucks on every block here.

Taco Mamacita reigns supreme as the area's top Mexican joint, while GOOD DOG is the only restaurant of its kind in the city, offering nothing but hot dogs and sausages with loads of toppings. If hot dogs aren't enough to satisfy your carnivorous appetite, head to Urban Stack Burger Lounge for a variety of flavorful patties, including the Philly Cheesesteak Burger. For a great cup of joe, wander to Rembrandt's and indulge in anyone of its breads, French pastries or chocolates. The Italian eatery Alleia is run by Daniel Lindley, a Chattanooga native and five-time semifinalist for Best Chef in the Southeast by the James Beard Foundation.

When you're craving something sweet, sample some of the handcrafted ice cream from Clumpies, referred to by locals as an "institution."

There's also the beer. Chattanoogans love beer. Held in March, Chattabrewga is Chattanooga’s premier craft beer festival, where 75 different types of brews are showcased from some of the country's most popular craft breweries. If you aren't in town for the festival, squeeze in Brewhaus, Chattanooga's only German-American-style gastro pub or stop by the Chattanooga Brewing Company.

And last but not least, MoonPies. MoonPies were invented in Chattanooga. For those unfamiliar, MoonPies are graham cracker marshmallow sandwiches covered entirely in melted chocolate. The name originated when a local coal miner asked a traveling salesman for a snack "as big as the moon" at the beginning of the 20th century. The traveling salesman brought the request back to the Chattanooga Bakery and thus MoonPies were born. Because of their low cost (5 cents!) and small size, they were bought up quickly and eventually sent to the front lines of World War II to give soldiers a taste of home. Today, you can find some at the MoonPie General Store in downtown Chattanooga. 

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  • #1
    Uncle Larry's Restaurant
    #1 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 763 reviewsTripadvisor (763)
    $ | American, Seafood
    736 East Mlk Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403
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  • #2
    St. John's Restaurant
    #2 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 792 reviewsTripadvisor (792)
    $$ | American
    1278 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402-2713
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  • #3
    Bluegrass Grill
    #3 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 669 reviewsTripadvisor (669)
    $ - $$ | American
    55 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408-1200
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  • #4
    River Street Deli
    #4 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 265 reviewsTripadvisor (265)
    $ | American, Deli, Soups, Contemporary
    151 River St, Chattanooga, TN 37405-4007
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  • #5
    Public House
    #5 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 970 reviewsTripadvisor (970)
    $ - $$ | American
    1110 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402-2863
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  • #6
    Clumpies Ice Cream Co.
    #6 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 508 reviewsTripadvisor (508)
    $ | American
    26 Frazier Ave # B, Chattanooga, TN 37405-3931
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  • #7
    Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que
    #7 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 595 reviewsTripadvisor (595)
    $ | American, Barbecue
    5611 Ringgold Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37412-3150
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  • #8
    Main Street Meats
    #8 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 228 reviewsTripadvisor (228)
    $ - $$ | American
    217 E Main St #105, Chattanooga, TN 37408-1324
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  • #9
    Maple Street Biscuit Company- City Center
    #9 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1074 reviewsTripadvisor (1074)
    $ - $$ | American
    407 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402-1238
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  • #10
    The Hot Chocolatier
    #10 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 319 reviewsTripadvisor (319)
    $ - $$ | American
    1437 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402-4430
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  • #11
    Bridgeman's Chophouse
    #11 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 128 reviewsTripadvisor (128)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    107 W MLK Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402-2507
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  • #12
    Ruth's Chris Steak House
    #12 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 704 reviewsTripadvisor (704)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    2321 Lifestyle Way Embassy Suites Hotel, Chattanooga, TN 37421-2291
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  • #13
    HillbillyWilly's BBQ
    #13 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 437 reviewsTripadvisor (437)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    115A Browns Ferry Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37419-1706
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  • #14
    Milk & Honey
    #14 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 291 reviewsTripadvisor (291)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    135 N Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37405-3904
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  • #15
    1885 Grill
    #15 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 848 reviewsTripadvisor (848)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Grill
    3914 Saint Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409-1268
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  • #16
    Cupcake Kitchen
    #16 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 426 reviewsTripadvisor (426)
    $ | American
    500 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402-1221
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  • #17
    Alleia
    #17 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 468 reviewsTripadvisor (468)
    $$ | Italian
    25 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408-1227
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  • #18
    Champy's
    #18 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 890 reviewsTripadvisor (890)
    $ - $$ | American
    526 E ML King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403-4111
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  • #19
    Urban Stack
    #19 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1318 reviewsTripadvisor (1318)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    12 W 13th St, Chattanooga, TN 37402-4458
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  • #20
    Community Pie
    #20 of 828 Places to Eat in Chattanooga
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 665 reviewsTripadvisor (665)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    850 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402-2644
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