When dining out is a casual affair (and when price is definitely an object), customers look to Chattanooga's cafes, delis and coffee shops.
803 Market St.
Deli specializes in hot dogs, burgers, salads, chili, barbecue and baked potato options. Try specialty sandwiches Glorious Day (ham, turkey, egg, bacon, avocado, tomato) or J's Choice (roast beef, ham, Swiss cheese, hot sauce) with the homemade broccoli slaw. Most folks order to go. $
Lunch Box Deli
5959 Shallowford Road
This popular soup and sandwich spot has daily lunch specials. Popular soups include cream potato, chicken noodle, tomato basil and broccoli and cheese. Sandwiches: Try the patty melt, BLT, Reuben, club or build-your-own. $
Mean Mug Coffeehouse
114 W. Main St. (in building formerly occupied by Hiroshi's)
In addition to coffee, lattes and teas, 11 sandwches are available in either panini-style or as a wrap. Among them are the Elvis Fifty Six and the Elvis Seventy Six, offerings that include the King's famous combination of peanut butter and bananas. There are also salads, soups and breakfast options. $
Nick's Deli and Marketplace
5149 Hixson Pike
A taste of New York with a choice of sandwich fixings using the best of Boar's Head meats and cheeses. Daily specials, salads and soups. The market boasts a nice selection of hard-to-find pastas and sauces. Freshness is stressed. $
215 Main St.
Bills itself as "Chattanooga's only traditional artisan bread bakery." Even meat lovers will like John's Green Thumb with its massive filling of portabello mushrooms, cheese and veggies. Also features soups and salads. $
O'Dell's Grocery and Deli
3031 Cummings Highway
Sandwich choices fill the menu. All are made to order, including a good Reuben. Take-out only, but a great place to get supplies for a picnic on nearby Lookout Mountain or at Reflection Riding. $
Out of the Blue Bakery Cafe
3230 Brainerd Road
Fresh-baked pastries, cookies and desserts. Loaves of bread are available, too. Sandwiches, soups, salads and quiche. Daily specials. $
Panera Bread Co.
417 Market St., 266-2253; 4900 Hixson Pike, 877-0223; 1810 Gunbarrel Road, 899-2253; and 375 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn., 472-5444
Breads, muffins, pastries, soups, sandwiches and salads. A downtown spot popular with students and office workers. $
Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe
4001 St. Elmo Ave.
Barbecue, great wings and more are served at this charming St. Elmo cafe. $
Rembrandt's Coffee House
204 High St.
265-5033, ext. 3
A charming place for coffee and meals from morning to night. Try the Reuben panini for a change of pace. A tempting selection of desserts can be found in the glass case as you walk in. A chocolate-lover's dream. Voted city's best coffee house. $
River Street Deli
151 River St.
New York-style deli at Coolidge Park. Specialty sandwiches, designer salads and daily specials. Friday night gourmet dinners by reservation at 6:30 and 8:30. $
Sweet Peppers Deli
407 Broad St., 755-4800, and 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd., 825-4999
Stop in for the Sweet Pepper Tomato Basil soup. Fresh paninis, sandwiches and muffaletta are featured. One of the city's best Waldorf salads. $
Two Squares a Day
3399 Amnicola Highway
A great assortment of sandwiches and pizza served in 4- and 8-inch squares. Servings are generous. $
Vine Street Bakery
1313 Hanover St.
This delightful cafe, transplanted from downtown to Riverview, boasts big flavors, with Boar's Head meats and cheeses, made-from-scratch soups and desserts. Daily casserole specials. $
7643 East Brainerd Road, 894-2445; 4815 Highway 58, 648-5866; 2541 Battlefield Parkway, 706-861-3898; 8884 Old Lee Highway, 648-6584; and 9347 Springfield Road, 648-6491
Try the Chicken Finger Platter with the customer favorite Zax Sauce. Other popular choices are wings and salads served with a side of Texas toast, fries or slaw. $