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Sunday, April 22, 2012
The filet mignon at Broad Street Grille is served atop caramelized garlic mashed potatoes with a house steak sauce.
The filet mignon at Broad Street Grille is served atop caramelized garlic mashed potatoes with a house steak sauce.

AVERAGE MEAL PRICES

$: $10 and under

$$: $10 to $15

$$$: $15 and up

From grilled buffalo strip loin to seared Arctic char, food at the area's American contemporary restaurants is as diverse as it comes. Read on for tips on where to find crab claws, casseroles and champagne Sunday brunch.

Aretha Frankensteins

518 Tremont St.

265-7685

Breakfast all day plus lunch and dinner specials. Even food star Rachael Ray made a trip to the North Shore for Aretha's waffles. $

Aris' Harbor Light

9718 Hixson Pike, Soddy-Daisy

843-2800

Dine inside or out at this family-owned restaurant on the river, or pull your boat up to the dock. Try the Buffalo shrimp. Steaks and Greek specialties add bold tastes to the menu. $$

Bald Headed Bistro

201 Keith St. S.W., Cleveland, Tenn.

423-472-6000

The menu, describing the restaurant as "Jackson Hole Come to the South," offers a wide range of items from Chicken Provence to North American Elk Tenderloin and includes items such as a wood-fired oven pepperoni pizza and a chicken salad melt. Small portion dishes also available. $$$

Beyond the Garden Gate Tea Room at Mountain Oaks

9508 Church Street, Ooltewah

238-2929

Enjoy traditional afternoon tea, complete with scones, desserts and finger sandwiches in a historic mansion. Lunch served Tuesdays through Fridays and selected Saturdays. Groups welcome. $$

Big River Grille & Brewing Works

222 Broad St. 267-2739. (Second location at 2020 Hamilton Place Blvd., 553-7723)

Located in a historic trolley barn, the beer is brewed in-house and the food is made fresh from scratch daily. Pasta, seafood, sandwiches, build-your-own pizzas. $$

Big Table

118 Cross St.

634-0772

A small place with big flavor. Offers soup or casserole of the day at lunch, along with gourmet entrees and specials at dinner. $$

Blacksmith's Bistro

3914 St. Elmo Ave.

702-5461

Located at the foot of Lookout Mountain. The menu offers $5 Small Plates or Big Plates starting at $12.95. Angus burger is among the favorites. $$

Bluegrass Grill

55 E. Main St.

752-4020

Great breakfasts served all day, but don't miss out on made-from-scratch soups, salads and sandwiches, or one of the famous potato dishes. Closes at 2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. $

The Blue Plate

191 Chestnut St.

648-6767

Diner food has gone uptown at this eatery overlooking Chattanooga Green and the Tennessee River. Dishes are homemade using locally grown ingredients. Don't miss the Famous Fried Chicken Wrap. $

Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar

1459 Riverside Drive

622-0122

The view of the Tennessee River is outdone only by the food. Raw oysters, blue crab claws, clams on the half-shell and Cajun U-Peel Shrimp found in the oyster bar. The dining room features rotisserie brisket and smoked rib-eye. $$

Broad Street Grille

1201 Broad St. (at The Chattanoogan)

424-3700

Steaks are a dinner specialty; the Champagne Sunday Brunch is a favorite with locals. $$$

Cafe on the Corner

826 Scenic Highway

825-5005

A casual sophistication of flavors meets the palate at this eatery on Lookout Mountain. Try the shrimp and grits, Black 'n' Bleu Burger or an 8-ounce filet mignon. $$

Canyon Grill

at Georgia highways 189 and 136, Lookout Mountain

706-398-9510

Enjoy scenic views of Cloudland Canyon on your drive to this restaurant. Try the Slash-N-Burn Catfish, or their upscale presentations of duck, pork tenderloin, steak or shrimp. Bring your own beer or wine. Hours: 5-9 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday. $$

Chato Brasserie

200 Manufacturers Road

305-1352

Upscale food in a casual setting. A Chef's Table features personalized tasting menus and wine pairings. Dinners are offered in small, medium or large plates. $$

Chattz Coffee

1010 Market St.

756-8890

Chattanooga Coffee Co. is a nice little place to enjoy a java and pastry. The coffeehouse features muffins, brownies, cakes and bagels as well as espresso, cappuccino and the Chattz house blend. $

Chop House

2011 Gunbarrel Road

892-1222

Premium aged steaks and chops, seafood, prime rib, chicken. $$

Country Life

428 Market St.

634-9925

Cafeteria-style vegetarian restaurant offers salad bar, hot bar, sandwiches, soups and vegetarian pizzas to order. Plus, you can get vegetarian burgers, hot dogs and deli-style sandwiches. $

Daved's Deli

7639 Middle Valley Road

842-9088

If nothing else, get the Reuben. But the deli has other meats and cheeses (try the smoked cheddar), sandwiches and salads, plus some great baklava. $

Epicurean

4301 Ringgold Road, East Ridge

622-4139

Fresh vegetables with prime rib, lasagna, grilled pork chops, steak or lobster. Marking its 35th year in business. $$

Food Works

205-C Manufacturers Road

752-7487

American food with global influences. Every dish in the house is a specialty in this restored section of the old Signal Knitting Mill on Chattanooga's North Shore. Check out The Chop or shrimp and grits. $$

Greenlife Grocery Deli

301 Manufacturers Road

702-7300

From tofu to tabouli, this deli is a vegetarian's dream. Many of the dishes are organic. All meats are hormone-free, and eggs are free-range. Check out the massive buffet and daily soups. Smoothies are among the best in town. $$

Greyfriar's Coffee & Tea

406-B Broad St.

267-0376

Gourmet coffee along with light breakfast, lunch and dinner fare. Irish oatmeal served daily. $

Hennen's

193 Chestnut St.

634-5160

A stylish restaurant with excellent menu and wine list. stone-seared salmon and filet are top choices. $$$

J Alexander's

2215 Hamilton Place Blvd.

855-5559

Prime rib, Carolina crab cakes, rib-eye, pasta, seafood. $$

Jefferson's Wings, Burgers and Oysters

618 Georgia Ave.

710-1560

Standard pub fare such as sandwiches, burgers, chicken fingers, wings and nachos, but the large menu also affords fresh oysters (raw or baked) and peel-and-eat shrimp. Don't forget to try the fried pickles. $

Logan's Roadhouse

2119 Gunbarrel Road, 499-4339, and 5250 Highway 153, 875-4443. (Other locations: 3592 Cummings Highway, 821-2948, and 3940 Keith St., Cleveland, Tenn., 423-478-0094)

Hand-cut steaks, Southwestern chicken, ribs. $$

Market Street Tavern

850 Market St.

634-0260

An upscale tavern with a creative menu and entertainment by local musicians. Chicken Under a Brick and Tavern Burger are house specialties. Great wings. Good selection of sandwiches and salads. $$

Melting Pot

2553 Lifestyle Way

893-5237

Unique dining experience allows you to enjoy cheeses, entrees and desserts in various fondues. $$$

Niko's Southside Grill

1400 Cowart St.

266-6511

A fusion of flavors on its menu. The wood-grilled salmon is a must for fish lovers, while the White Marble Farms pork chop is a top pick for those wanting meat. Eggplant Napolean is a must for vegetarians. $$

One-Eleven

111 LaFayette Square, LaFayette, Ga.

706-996-8783

Southern-influenced fine dining entrees such as Sweet Tea Glazed Salmon and Shrimp and Cheese Grits served in preserved former hardware store and auto dealership. Fetching appetizers and desserts round out the menu. $$

Ovation Club

311 Broad St.

826-2370

This VIP dining area inside the Carmike Majestic 12 Theater downtown takes "dinner and a show" to a new level. Try the Caribbean jerk shrimp, Caprese salad, crab cakes, chicken or shrimp wraps. Moviegoers also can order dessert and popcorn. $$

Public House

1110 Market St.

266-3366

Comfort food climbs to a gourmet level in a modern-casual setting. Fresh fish, high-quality steaks, fresh side dishes, burgers and sandwiches are among the offerings. $$

St. John's Restaurant

1278 Market St.

266-4400

Gourmet fare inside a renovated former hotel features some entrees uncommon to the Chattanooga market, such as grilled buffalo strip loin and seared Arctic char. Menu changes weekly. Local produce featured. Bar open earlier and later than dining room. $$$

Siren's Steak & Seafood Market

801 Signal Mountain Road

710-2263

Limited seating available in the seafood market, where daily-delivered seafood such as Alaskan king crab legs and peel-and-eat shrimp may be purchased. Or select from Angus steaks, or unusual choices such as alligator tail meat, ground bison, Kobe beef and whole rabbit and sausages. $

Petunia's Silver Jalapeno

309 Signal Mountain Road, 785-7578, and 1110 Market St., 785-7578

Eatery offers 11 main dishes, nine side orders and daily specials. Quesadilla Salad and a vegetarian burger are options for nonmeat eaters. Fish tacos are one of the most popular items. $

212 Market

212 Market St.

265-1212

Tennessee's only certified "green" restaurant with an award-winning wine list and gourmet menu of pastas, seafood and steak. Daily specials. $$$

Toast Cafe atCoffee Crafters

326 Vine St.

756-9995

Start the day with freshly roasted coffee and a bagel sandwich. At lunch, try one of the salads or creative sandwiches, such as turkey with artichoke-Parmesan spread on a sweet basil bun. $