Side Orders: Try these Chattanooga restaurants for brunch

The seafood Johnny cakes at Bonefish Grill are a popular item on the brunch menu.
photo Anne Braly

Years ago, when I lived in West Virginia, my business partner and I would host a brunch for clients and friends every Christmas. It gave us a chance to see people we hadn't seen in a while and make new friends along the way.

But the primary reason for the occasion was to celebrate the Christmas season, and brunch is one of the best ways to do that. A breakfast/lunch meal starts the day out right, but leaves plenty of time to get things done, such as working on that Christmas list or getting ready for dinner parties and other evening gatherings that always bring us together during the holidays.