If you're looking for good food but are careful about what you pay, don't worry. Inexpensive places abound.
61 RBC Drive, Ringgold, Ga.
Along with live music, you can pick up wings, hamburgers, grilled cheese, chef salad and other pub-style foods. $
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. $
1010 Market St.
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. $
406 Broad St.
Pull up a chair on the sidewalk outside this downtown coffee house, savor a Belgian waffle and sip one of its eight varieties of coffee from Latin America, Central America, Indonesia or Africa. $
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. $
114 W. Main St.
In addition to coffee, lattes and teas, 11 sandwiches 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. $
135 N. Market St.
Starts serving breakfast at 6:30 a.m. with specialty sandwiches, oatmeal, other cereals and coffee. Then after 11 a.m., it's gelato, sorbets, smoothies and other desserts in multiple flavors for the rest of the day. $
6849 Prestige Lane
Southern cooking for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Menu covers it all, from pancakes and biscuits to burgers, shrimp po-boys, chicken-fried steak, pork chops, gumbo and plenty of vegetable choices. $$
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 portabella mushrooms, cheese and veggies. Also features soups and salads. $
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. $
3230 Brainerd Road
Fresh-baked pastries, cookies and desserts. Loaves of bread are available, too. Sandwiches, soups, salads and quiche. Daily specials. $
417 Market St., 266-2253; 620 Northgate Mall Road, 877-0223; 1810 Gunbarrel Road, 899-2253; 375 Paul Huff Parkway, Cleveland, Tenn., 472-5444; 2620 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, 706-866-2293; and 1303 W. Walnut Ave., Dalton, Ga., 706-260-2624.
Breads, muffins, pastries, soups, sandwiches and salads. A downtown spot popular with students and office workers. $
Warehouse Row, 1110 Market St.
Fish tacos are excellent, but it's hard to beat the smoked pork butt. $
4001 St. Elmo Ave.
Barbecue, great wings and more are served at this charming St. Elmo cafe. $
204 High St.
265-5033, ext. 3
A charming place for coffee and meals from morning into 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. $
151 River St.
New York-style deli at Coolidge Park. Specialty sandwiches, designer salads and daily specials. $
20 Legion St., Ringgold, Ga.
Life is sweet at Sugar Chic, where pumpkin cakes, soft sugar cookies, chocolate pistachio cakes, coconut cream pies, doughnut muffins and other treats are made on-site. $
407 Broad St., 755-4800, and 2040 Hamilton Place Blvd. 825-4999
Stop in for the Sweet Pepper Tomato Basil soup. Fresh panini, sandwiches and muffaletta are featured. One of the city's best Waldorf salads. $
6016 Shallowford Road (in Friar's Branch)
A deli with a slant toward healthful options. Great salad bar, with salads prepared for you. $
3399 Amnicola Highway
A great assortment of sandwiches and pizza served in 4- and 8-inch squares. Servings are generous. $
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; 8884 Old Lee Highway, 648-6584; 9347 Springfield Road, 648-6491; 623 Signal Mountain Road, 490-9913; 7328 Shallowford Road, 499-2940; 2541 Battlefield Parkway, Fort Oglethorpe, 706-861-3898; 1430 25th St., Cleveland, Tenn., 479-4562; 2481 Treasury Drive, Cleveland, Tenn., 559-2858.
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. $