Review: 'Walking Dead'-connected restaurant Nic & Norman's comes to life at Chattanooga Choo Choo

Nic & Norman's occupies a historic corner of the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Its high ceiling allows for a second loft dining room. The space has a rustic elegance, with repurposed wood and black leather booths illuminated by crystal chandeliers. / Photo by Anne Braly

I've never been a huge fan of celebrity restaurants, whether it's a place owned by a famous chef, musician or actor. But Nic & Norman's, which opened in December in the last remaining space at the Chattanooga Choo Choo, may have changed my mind.

The restaurant is co-owned by "Walking Dead" actor Norman Reedus and director and special-effects guru Greg Nicotero. Their first eatery opened to much fanfare in 2016 in Senoia, Georgia, outside Atlanta, where much of the series is filmed.

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Offerings on Nic & Norman's menu might best be described as upscale bar food. There are burgers are aplenty, along with Philly cheesesteak fries, mozzarella sticks and the like. I call it upscale because the rest of the menu - Whiskey Citrus Salmon, choice-cut rib-eye, Coca-Cola-braised pork shank and other dinner entrees - is far from typical bar fare.

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