Chattanooga Now Local eateries to help you satisfy your hunger closer to the trail

Chattanooga Now Local eateries to help you satisfy your hunger closer to the trail

September 1st, 2018 by Myron Madden in Get Out - Departments

Purple Daisy

Some days, after a satisfying meal, all you want to do is take a nice, long walk. Other days, after an invigorating hike, the only thing keeping you on your feet is the promise of food. In either case, one thing remains true: Proximity is everything.

Whether you long to be hiking toward a full belly or hiking away with one, here are a couple of great options for pairing your meal with your miles.

Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe

4001 St. Elmo Ave.

» 2-minute drive from Guild-Hardy Trailhead

Dine in or pick up a picnic lunch for the trail at this St. Elmo cafe, offering sandwiches, hot dogs, barbecue plates and other staples reminiscent of outdoor gatherings.

Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. | Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Cafe on the Corner

Cafe on the Corner

Cafe on the Corner

826 Scenic Hwy., Lookout Mountain

» 3-minute drive from Sunset Rock

Frequented by hungry sightseers on their way home from Rock City and Ruby Falls, this grocery-store-turned-restaurant serves up Southern cuisine with a classy twist.

Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Hummingbird Pastaria

720 Mississippi Ave., Signal Mountain

» 3-minute drive from Rainbow Lake Wilderness Trailhead

If you're heading up to Signal Mountain in search of adventure, make sure to pop by this family-run neighborhood trattoria praised for its fresh pasta and rustic Italian dishes.

Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Mr. T's Pizza & Ice Cream

3924 Tennessee Ave.

» 4-minute drive from Millers Way Trailhead

Broke a personal record? Stuck to that workout regimen? Forced yourself to get off the couch? Treat yourself with a slice from this 1980s-esque pizzeria, as well as a celebratory scoop from its large variety of ice cream flavors.

Monday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.


2536 Cummings Hwy., Lookout Valley

» 5-minute drive from Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center

If you're looking to knock back a cold one after working up a sweat at the nature preserve, fortune is on your side. This relaxed bar offers a filling cheeseburger and pool tables, to boot.

Tuesday-Thursday, 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Friday-Saturday, 1 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Sunday, 2-10 p.m.

Sofa King Juicy Burger

Sofa King Juicy Burger

Sofa King Juicy Burger

1743 Dayton Blvd.

» 7-minute drive from Stringer's Ridge

Don't be fooled by the low prices; this burger joint heaves out hefty helpings of everything from onion rings to milkshakes to keep you going if your workout left you running on "E."

Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Hillbilly Willy's Bar-B-Q

115 Browns Ferry Road, Lookout Valley

» 8-minute drive from Raccoon Mountain

You could easily grab a bite at one of the many nearby chains after your trip to Raccoon Mountain. Or, you could drive just a few extra minutes to this unassuming family-owned eatery, whose unique barbecue has seemingly become the stuff of legend.

Tuesday-Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.