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    Sure, you visit Chattanooga for the world famous attractions like Rock City, Ruby Falls, and Tennessee Aquarium. You do the less known ones like Naughty Cat Cafe Incline Railway, and Bluff View Art District. You fed your soul with these interesting places, but your body needs nourishment too. Here are some choices near the attractions.

    Naughty Cat Cafe
    a cat explores a purse at Naughty Cat Cafe

    Naughty Cat Cafe offers you tea or coffee along with you admission but you can get some baked goods to snack on while you pet the kitties.

    The Purple Daisy
    The Purple Daisy

    After you visit the Lookout Mountain attractions, The Purple Daisy is near the Towing Museum and Naughty Cat Cafe just a few hundred yards from the Incline Railway in Historic St. Elmo. They have great hot dogs and many burgers, salads, and other choices. They also offer picnic lunches you can take to the top of Lookout Mountain to eat in Point Park, the site of The Battle Above the Clouds.

    inside Stir Restaurant

    Stir is the spot for lunch or dinner when you visit the Chattanooga Choo Choo Complex or if you are staying in a box car or the main hotel there. You'll find many other night time entertainment choices there also.

    Old Gilman's Grill
    outside table with lady and dog

    Old Gilman's Grill, Pluckett's Grocery, and City Cafe Diner are close to the Aquarium and riverside attractions. Old Gilman's Grill is more of an upscale choice. It has indoor and outdoor patio dining. It has classy cocktails and great food choices. Open most days for lunch and dinner. It's American with a French twist. Lots of steak, and fish choices. They are dog friendly, too.

    Pluckett's Grocery
    inside Pluckett's grocery

    Don't let Pluckett's Grocery's modern style building fool you. This is a down-to-earth home town restaurant.  Delicious home-style food. The Meat and Three choices are a favorite for lunch or dinner. For breakfast, I had a hard choice between the Biscuits & Gravy, two biscuits smothered with sausage gravy, or The Hoss, crumbled sausage, bacon, home fries, onions and peppers smothered in pepper gravy, side of white cheddar Weisenberger grits. It has entertainment onstage some nights. It's the kind of place where you expect to see Bo and Luke Duke or Little Joe Cartwright.

    City Cafe Diner
    inside City cafe diner

    City Cafe Diner takes the all-night diner over the top. It's typical 50s style with a jukebox and lots of neon. Food is perfect and lots of choices. I mean LOTS. The menu is gigantic. They go way beyond the old-fashioned diner choices of burgers or club sandwich. You'll find things like Cajun Chicken Pita Wrap or N.Y. Baked Pasta Pie with Italian Sausage, pepperoni, sautéed onions, green peppers, & mushrooms. Tossed in marinara sauce with penne pasta. Topped with mozzarella cheese and baked. Served with garlic bread.
    For breakfast skip the many other choices, and have the Banana Pecan Waffles filled with pecans and topped with bananas. It is out of this world.

    Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria
    bowl of pasta and bread

    Tony's Pasta Shop & Trattoria is in the Bluff View Art District. It has been picked as Best Italian Restaurant in Chattanooga in the Times Free Press Best of the Best Awards for three years running. You get to choose your pasta, sauce, and additions. The servings are HUGE.

    Chattanooga has lots of restaurants, but these are ones I have tried personally and can vouch for the quality of food.

    For more info: https://www.visitchattanooga.com/restaurants/





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