Restaurant Review: Aubrey's beefs up Hixson dining scene

Fried catfish at Aubrey's is lightly battered and served with lemon-caper sauce. It comes with one side.

If you go

› Where: Aubrey’s, 502 Northgate Mall Drive› Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. daily› Price range: $7-$14 (appetizers); $4-$14 (soups, salads, sandwiches and burgers); $12-$28 (steaks, chicken, seafood and pasta)› Phone: 423-541-2895› Online:

As have many who live in Hixson and points north, I've watched eagerly as Aubrey's came to life from the ground up. For years, the Hixson restaurant scene has been overshadowed by all of the eateries going up around other parts of town - Hamilton Place and downtown, specifically. So, on Aubrey's opening day, against my better judgment as I knew the place would be crowded, I set forth at 4 p.m. - well before the madding, hungry dinner crowd would most likely arrive. That was the perfect time to find out if I agreed with all the wonderful reviews I'd read about this East Tennessee chain.