American Contemporary

American Contemporary

April 28th, 2013 by Staff Reports in Dish2013

Cafe on the Corner on Lookout Mountain changes its menu based on seasonal, locally sourced food. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily and brunch on Sundays.

Photo by Photo by Mark Gilliland

American contemporary is a wide-open category that includes everything from shrimp and waffles to Champagne Sunday brunch and organic offerings. In Chattanooga, such eateries range from inexpensive fare to high-brow fine dining.

Aretha Frankenstein's

518 Tremont St.


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


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. SW, Cleveland, Tenn.


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 St., Ooltewah


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 and Brewing Works

222 Broad St., 267-2739, and 2020 Hamilton Place Blvd., 553-7723

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

Big Table

118 Cross St.


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


809 Market St.


Relocated to Market Street after a year in St. Elmo. The menu offers $5 Small Plates or Big Plates starting at $12.95. Kobe burger is among the favorites. $$

Bluegrass Grill

55 East Main St.


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 Diner

191 Chestnut St.


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 and Raw Bar

1459 Riverside Drive


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 Grill

1201 Broad St. (at The Chattanoogan)


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

Cafe on the Corner

826 Scenic Highway


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. $$

Cafe 7

1400 Patten Road, Lookout Mountain, Ga.


Located inside Rock City (must pay regular admission price to enter), the new cafe offers a combination of nouveau Southern dishes such as shrimp and grits and frog legs along with traditional items such as fried chicken and fried green tomatoes. $$

Canyon Grill

Georgia Highways 189 and 136, Lookout Mountain


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. $$

Fork and Pie Bar's menu is crafted around pot-pie-inspired entrees and desserts.

Fork and Pie Bar's menu is crafted around...

Photo by Photo by Mark Gilliland

Chato Brasserie

200 Manufacturers Road


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. $$

Chop House

2011 Gunbarrel Road


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

Daved's Deli

7639 Middle Valley Road


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. $


313 Manufacturers Road


Focused on meat, vegetables and other products from local farmers. Try the pumpkin bisque and boiled peanut hummus appetizers or go straight to sandwiches such as roasted vegetables with pimiento cheese and sorghum-glazed bacon. $$


4301 Ringgold Road, East Ridge


Fresh vegetables with prime rib, lasagna, grilled pork chops, steak or lobster. In business for more than 35 years. $$

Food Works

205-C Manufacturers Road


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. $$

Fork and Pie Bar

811 Market St.


Riffing on the traditional pot pie, Fork and Pie dresses them up with Tuscan chicken, barbecue, Mexican flavors and spinach. Of course, it also serves the familiar chicken and veggie pot pies. You also can get dessert pies such as apple, blueberry, pecan and others. $$

Fresh to Order

1919 Gunbarrel Road


Call it F2O for short. The menu includes grilled pizzas, appetizers such as Blackened Lime Shrimp and panini-bread sandwiches stuffed with chicken, BLT, pork, bourbon filet or vegetables. Larger plates with the same items and salads also are available. $$

Gin Gin's

1879 Taft Highway


Part of the restaurant family that includes Silver Jalapeno, Gin Gin's takes a basic menu of small plates, sandwiches and salads, couples that with Southern staples and does them all very well. Bring your own alcoholic beverage, though. $$

Green Thumb Vegetarian Restaurant

428 Market St.


Vegetarian and vegan dishes available, including soups, salads and hot meals. $


193 Chestnut St.


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

J Alexander's

2215 Hamilton Place Blvd.


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

Jefferson's Wings, Burgers and Oysters

618 Georgia Ave.


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, 504-A Northgate Mall, 875-4443; and 3592 Cummings Highway, 821-2948.

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


111 LaFayette Square, LaFayette, Ga.


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. $$

TerraMae Appalachian Bistro's menu is inspired by flavors from Maine to Tennessee and Georgia.

TerraMae Appalachian Bistro's menu is inspired by flavors...

Photo by Photo by Mark Gilliland

Ovation Club

311 Broad St.


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.


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.


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 and Seafood Market

801 Signal Mountain Road


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

Silver Jalapeno

1110 Market St.


Warehouse Row 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. $

Sluggo's North Vegetarian Cafe

501 Cherokee Blvd.


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. $

TerraMáe Appalachian Bistro

120-A E. 10th St.


Using the Appalachian Mountains as its culinary territory, from Maine to Tennessee and Georgia, TerraMáe's "unfamiliar" fare includes lunch items such as White Bean and Rosemary Ham Soup with Cracklin' Cornbread and a Pickled Shrimp Salad, while dinner choices feature Country Ham Wrapped Scallops, Pot Roast and Season Ravioli. $$$

212 Market

212 Market St.


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

Whole Foods Grocery Deli

301 Manufacturers Road


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. $$