Casual dining in a fun-loving atmosphere is the stock in trade of Chattanooga's bars and grills. If you're craving a burger and a beer, here's your roadmap to bliss.
4012 Hixson Pike
Smokes all its meats in -- yes -- its own backyard. Homestyle food includes sandwiches, salads, steaks, chicken, beef brisket, plenty of sides and appetizers. $$
2100 Hamilton Place Blvd., Suite 238
Urban bar offers small plates such as meatballs and shrimp on a skewer along with burgers and flatbread sandwiches. Or just get one of its signature martinis or pick from a long list of imported beers. $$
5751 Brainerd Road
The atmosphere is casual, but the food offerings range from typical bar fair such as potato skins and fried pickles to near-gourmet offerings, including ribeye and pan-seared tilapia. Also, don't miss the "nearly famous wings." $
233 Inman St. E., Cleveland, Tenn.
Owner and Executive Chef Michael Poore prides himself on getting the freshest seafood, including his own trips to the Gulf Coast to pick it up. Sunfish, Chilean seabass and salmon are on the menu, as are shrimp and grits, lobster ravioli and a host of landed meals like filet mignon, pork and chicken. $$$
110 Jordan Road, 499-3883, and 725 Cherry St., 267-7740
Rack up a plate of good food at Chattanooga's favorite billiards hall, which is open until 3 a.m. Chicken fingers and burgers join a fully stocked bar with a wide variety of beers on tap and in bottles to keep players satiated during marathon pool or dart sessions. A fully stocked AVA cigar bar occupies the club's downstairs level. $$
5637 Brainerd Road, 855-0376; 509 Northgate Mall, 877-4344; 408 Market St., 265-1511; 1921 Gunbarrel Road, 892-6319; 285 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn., 473-7008; 881 College Drive, Dalton, Ga., 706-226-1011.
Massive menu features appetizers, soups and chilis, salads, pizzas, sandwiches, burger, quesadillas and desserts. There also are lunch combos and a $20 dinner for two deal. $$
3018 Cummings Highway
A cozy place known for its filets, this grill is a nice addition to the Lookout Valley community with a full bar and a weekly karaoke session. $$
2040 Hamilton Place Blvd.
You'll find fish and chips alongside dishes with a more domestic slant at this local branch of a national chain of Old English-style pubs. The menu also includes choices such as Jamaican chicken, pastas and pizza. $$
334 Market St.
Looks like an English pub and tastes like one, too. Babe the Blue Ox burger is the signature burger and for good reason -- the flavor is remarkable. Head upstairs for a game of pool or darts and have your beer delivered via a wooden dumbwaiter. $
1018 E. M.L. King Blvd.
Chicken wings, chicken fingers or half fried chicken are the specialty of this staple late-night watering hole, but salads, jumbo shrimp and club sandwiches are also available to satisfy a midnight snacking urge. Prepare to be wowed by the plush velvet lining the walls. $
116 Chickamauga Ave.
Corner diner with a 1950s atmosphere offers "signature" dishes including a bologna burger, chicken fingers and fries, Philly cheese steak, super burger and a veggie sub as well as nine other sandwiches, plus daily specials, salads, chili and homemade milkshakes. $$
6306 Highway 58, Harrison, Tenn.
Variety of sandwiches, wings, pizza and entrees at this newly opened tavern. Try a Big Bruce Burger. $
6 14th St.
Try several craft beers, including seasonal offerings, brewed in-house in this hip, restored landmark at the intersection of downtown and the bustling Southside neighborhood. The menu includes offerings such as steaks, burgers, stuffed sandwiches and generous sampler platters. $$
5600 Lake Resort Terrace
This venue's motto is "Where it's always 5 o'clock," a claim lived up to by daily drink specials, great food and an excellent view of Chickamauga Lake. The restaurant also offers a pair of dance floors for those struck by the mood to move. $$