American Traditional

American Traditional

April 22nd, 2012 in Dish2012

Create a family feast with chicken tenders and your choice of more than 25 side items at Country Place. The extensive menu also offers more than a dozen sandwiches.

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AVERAGE MEAL PRICES

$: $10 and under

$$: $10 to $15

$$$: $15 and up

Traditions run deep in Chattanooga, with American fare in the forefront. Read on for a road map to the best steaks, burgers, sandwiches and country-style vegetables in the region.

Bart's Lakeshore

5840 Lake Resort Terrace

870-0777

Selection of appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches and Angus burgers, wings and handmade Italian pizzas, plus entrée selections from broiler or grill menu featuring everything from spaghetti and meatballs to steaks, chicken and seafood dishes. $$

Bea's Restaurant

4500 Dodds Ave.

867-3618

One of Chattanooga's favorite all-you-can-eat places. Spin the huge Lazy Susans to fill your plate with Southern cooking, and grab some cobbler for dessert. $

Bethlehem Bistro

200 W. 38th St. (in Bethlehem Center)

266-1384

Buffet offers a different meat each day, plus a variety of country-style, comfort-food sides. Dessert is included. $

Buffalo Wild Wings

120 Market St., 634-0468, 5744 Highway 153, 877-3338 and 625 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn., 423-472-3288

Burgers, salads, sandwiches, spring, ribs and the house specialty -- wings -- in several levels of spiciness. $

Cheeburger Cheeburger

138 Market St.

265-4108

Supreme burgers, sandwiches and salads. Finish a one-pounder and get your picture on the wall, but the 7-ounce Semi-Serious is the favorite. $

Cherry Street Diner

701 Cherry St.

266-4484

Hearty Southern breakfasts (anyone for Bacon Cakes or Greek Omelets?) and waist-expanding lunches (perhaps a hard-to-find Monte Cristo?) are on the menu. $

City Cafe

901 Carter St. (Days Inn Rivergate), 634-9191, and 7641 Lee Highway (Best Western Heritage Inn), 485-8222

Tremendous variety of appetizers, soups and chili, salads, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, chicken sandwiches, melts, Philly cheese steaks, stir-fries, American, Mexican, Greek and Italian specialties, and desserts (especially the work-of-art cakes) -- all served 24 hours. $

Cookie Jar Cafe

1887 Kelly Cross Road, Dunlap, Tenn.

423-949-5852

Nine entrees offered, or guests can create their own country plate from four daily meat choices, plus some 20 hot or cold sides. There's also a special daily entree, soup of the day, main-dish salads, burgers and sandwiches. $

Country Place

7320 Shallowford Road

855-1392

"Down-home Dixie" menu items made from family recipes. Rainbow trout and grouper are new favorites. Family-friendly atmosphere for breakfast and lunch. Large Sunday buffet. $

Countryside Cafe

8223 Mahan Gap Road, Ooltewah

344-8646

Neighborly restaurant serves up home-cooked meals from family recipes, including broasted chicken, skillet-fried okra and skilled-fried sweet potatoes. But don't forget the wide assortment of desserts. $

Dari Dip

302 W. Villanow St., LaFayette, Ga.

706-638-3274

Casual dining in family-type restaurant offers daily meat-and-veggie specials as well as drive-in fare, plus an ice cream treats menu. $

Diamond Billiard Club

3600 Hixson Pike, Suite 118

877-5882

The 10-ounce Angus burger is smothered in grilled onions and gravy. Specials, salads, sandwiches, steaks, chicken and pizza round out the menu. Bring a pool cue to play a round while you wait. $

Dinner Bell

3258 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga.

706-820-9072

Meat-and-veggie specials, such as made-to-order chicken livers, plus a line of sandwiches and salads make this a favorite homespun eatery. $

Family Table

3904 Ringgold Road, East Ridge

698-8857

Casual family dining offers variety of items from Greek salad to Chicken Picatta to one-pound Hungry Man Burger. Or try the soup, salad and pizza buffet. $

Fehn's 1891 House

449 Delaware Ave., Dayton, Tenn.

423-775-1892

Third-generation restaurateurs serve up fried chicken and macaroon pie in historic home. Beef or fish entrees and a special of the day available, too. $$

Figgy's Sandwich Shop

805 Chestnut St.

266-8675

Often referred to as the best sandwich shop in town. A secret sauce accents the ham-and-turkey. The fruit tea and brownies also draw raves. $

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

401 Broad St., 531-8267; 5110 Hixson Pike, 870-7772; and 2020 Gunbarrel Road, 664-3500

Big and slightly smaller burgers and massive amounts of fries make this more than a run-of-the-mill burger joint. Also veggie burgers and hot dogs. $

Fox and Hen Cafe & Deli

4767 Highway 58

485-7887

Order at the counter from daily specials, pasta, pizzas, sandwiches and salads. Full deli counter offers meats, cheeses, potato and pasta salads and desserts. $

Golly Whoppers Sandwich Shop

6337 East Brainerd Road

855-2001

Generous portions served up in specialty or create-your-own sandwiches. Salads, including the best taco salad in town, soups and delicious bar desserts (full square or bite size) also available. $

Herman's Soul Food & Catering

3821 Brainerd Road

624-5715

Southern cooking includes items such as Million Dollar Meatloaf, Famous Whiting Fish (grilled or fried) and Smothered Pork Chops With Rice. Or go for Clifford's Chicken & Waffles. $

Hillbilly's 3514 Hixson Pike

877-4457

Fresh vegetables and Southern-style meats, including fried chicken, chicken livers, barbecue pork, and chicken and dressing. Daily specials also available, plus burgers, sandwiches and salads -- and crepes. $

Ivy Cottage

409 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga.

706-638-2787

Chicken salad a specialty, but sandwiches, grilled items, meat-and-veggie dishes and desserts also available in this favorite lunch-only spot. $

Kay's Kastle

8804 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy

332-3310

Old-fashioned ice cream parlor serves up 20 flavors of ice cream, treats such as banana splits, plus items such as foot-long hot dogs and sandwiches. $

Marsha's Backstreet Cafe

5032 Brainerd Road

485-7911

A no-frills, home-style cafe with burgers, sandwiches and daily meat-and-veggie specials. Repeat customers swear by it. $

Melon Patch

2697 Johnson Road, Chickamauga, Ga.

706-375-7300

Home cooking at its best. Homemade rolls, hash-brown casserole and sweet potato pie draw raves, but also try the zucchini casserole or any of the fresh vegetables. $

Meo Mio's Cajun & Seafood Restaurant

4119 Cummings Highway

521-7160

Take it home by the Bayou Bucket or select from Cajun-inspired fish, chicken, beef and pasta dishes, plus specialties such as boudin, jambalaya and red beans and rice. $$

Mount Vernon

3535 Broad St.

266-6591

Upscale Southern fare includes homemade dishes made with fresh seafood, certified black Angus meats and homemade pasta. Or choose from the Daily Healthy Choice Option and array of fresh salads. Don't forget a slice of amaretto pie. $$

Nitty Gritty Cafe

11210 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy

531-4582

Mayberry-esque eatery has down-home Southern flavor with daily specials, selection of burgers, entree-size salads, sandwiches, hot dogs, chili and 21 sides each day. Leave room for dessert such as made-from-scratch Ooey Gooey Butter Cake and Hummingbird Cake. $

Nikki's Drive Inn

899 Cherokee Blvd.

265-9015

Known for its burgers, chicken livers and fried shrimp, the restaurant is a Chattanooga institution. Fried or grilled grouper are other good choices as well as the onion rings. $

Piccadilly Cafeteria

Northgate Mall, 875-6115, and Hamilton Place, 892-4909

All-you-can-eat buffet, or try a meat-and-two veggie meal or a meat-and-three Real Meal Comfort Deal. Fish lovers can sample a different specialty every day of the week. $

Pigeon Mountain Country Store

18381 Highway 193, Chickamauga, Ga.

706-539-2999

Barbecue with a view is the specialty, but guests also can sample the locally raised, grass-fed longhorn beef burgers, ribs, Abita root beer on tap and excellent soups. $

Porter's Steakhouse

827 Broad St.

643-1240

From ocean fresh seafood to finely prepared steaks, the restaurant in the Sheraton Read House has an option for every palate, including vegetarian fare, at breakfast, lunch and dinner. $$$

Riverside Catfish House

18039 Highway 41

821-9214

Catfish in several varieties, but diners also can select from frog legs, prime rib, shrimp and chicken. Top off dinner with homemade coconut cake or Earthquake Cake. $

Sluggo's North Vegetarian Cafe

501 Cherokee Blvd.

752-5224

A vegetarian restaurant frequented by meat lovers, who delight in items such as the Thai chili bowl or black bean burrito. There also are daily specials and homemade desserts. $

Southern Belle

Ross's Landing

266-4488

Buffet dining for lunch and dinner, as well as specialty events, all while cruising the Tennessee River on a riverboat. $$$

Southern Comfort Steakhouse and Nightclub

511 Broad St.

386-5921

Southern comfort food meat-and-three lunches are standard, but there are also homemade soups, salads, wraps, a bison burger and skewered grilled tiger shrimp over linguini in wine-herb sauce. $

Southern Star

1300 Broad St., 267-8899. (Other take-out only location, 1210 Taft Highway, 886-7004).

The menu has mainstays such as the warm Milano pasta salad, but the daily Blue Plate specials -- meats, sides, soups and specials -- continue to draw patrons. $

Southside Saloon & Bistro

1301 Chestnut St.

757-4730

Low-priced daily lunches include burgers, sandwiches, salads and specials, and items such as wings, nachos and other bite-size morsels own the weekend. $

Splitz Bar and Grill

6241 Perimeter Drive

710-3530

Wraps, sandwiches, burgers and salads along with a variety of finger foods to nosh on, plus drinks, desserts and a kids menu, on tap inside Pin Strikes Bowling and Laser Tag Entertainment Center. $

Station House

1400 Market St. (Chattanooga Choo-Choo)

308-2481

All steak, ribs and seafood choices include salad bar and all-you-can-eat fresh shrimp -- plus entertainment from a live band and your personal singing server. $$

Steve's Landing

1145 Poling Circle, Soddy-Daisy

332-4098

Try the Kickin' Chicken, catfish or ribs in comfortable, casual location on the river at Pine Harbor Marina. Come by car or boat. $$

Terrace Grille

2 Carter Plaza (Chattanooga Marriott)

756-0002

Wide variety of items for breakfast and lunch, but at dinner select from mouth-watering dishes such as the ribeye, Pasta Provencal or Lemon Chicken Breast. $$

Tremont Tavern

1203 Hixson Pike

266-1996

The Tavern Burger is the favorite in this nonsmoking, Riverview lunch-dinner venue, but there are other burgers, sandwiches, paninis, wraps and even a quesadilla from which to choose. Plus you can select from more than 100 different brews and listen to music with friends several nights a week. $

Urban Spoon

207 Frazier Ave.

710-3252

Recently revamped rest-aurant featuring Southern contemporary, or "twisted grandma," recipes such as meat loaf salad, Georgia Pecan Crusted Chicken and Hot Fudge Coca-Cola Cake. $

Wally's

1600 McCallie Ave., 698-4643, and 6521 Ringgold Road, 899-6151

Open since 1937, the memory-making restaurant serves Southern cooking at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Meat-and-veggies a specialty. East Ridge location offers full menu or buffet. $

Zarzour's Eats & Jackie's Treats

809 Market St.

305-0366

Something for everyone, from sandwiches and burgers to soups and salads. Specials include bourbon-glazed chicken, lasagna and home-cooked veggies. Breakfast also served. $