Had your fill of arena food, SoCon fans? Chattanooga is home to hundreds of good restaurants, many within walking distance or a very short drive from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus. Here are a few of our favorites.

Within walking distance

Getting there: Put on your walking shoes. These are an easy trek from McKenzie Arena.

Back Inn Cafe - 412 E. Second St. (in the Bluff View Art District). Phone: 265-5033. Thai curry chicken, rack of lamb and grilled New York strip with colossal prawn tempura are examples of the award-winning menu.

Coffee Crafters - 426 Vine St. Phone: 756-9995. Coffee, sandwiches, wraps and salads. Also great chicken salad and pimento cheese. Try the turkey sandwich with artichoke-Parmesan spread.

Murphy's Ale House - 618 Georgia Ave. Phone: 648-4360. A taste of the Irish. Good Reuben. Good beer. Full bar.

University Pizza - 422 Vine St. Phone: 756-8700. A popular pick for students as it's close to UTC. Pizza, burgers and lasagna are examples of a versatile menu.

Rembrandt's - 204 High St. (in the Bluff View Art District). Phone: 265-5033. Sandwiches, soups and salads get a boost from rich coffees, pastries and handmade chocolates. A favorite place for casual dining.

Tony's Pasta - 212 High St. (in the Bluff View Art District). Phone: 265-5033. Pastas with sumptuous sauces made fresh daily.

On the North shore

Getting there: Stroll across the Walnut Street Bridge or take the short drive across the river.

Food Works - 205 Manufacturers Road. Phone: 752-7487. Lots of historic charm. Try the Choo-Choo Chicken and Shrimp with a taste of Thai or horseradish-crusted salmon.

Good Dog - 34 Frazier Ave. Phone: 475-6175. A fun place for some of the best dogs in town. Best bets: Chili-cheese slaw dog and Chicago dog. Great fries. No alcohol.

Jet Stream Grill - 417 Frazier Ave. Phone: 634-8888. Throw your diet to the wind and dive into any of the pastas, steaks, chicken and seafood dishes. Can't go wrong with the blue cheese kettle chips, for a start. Full bar.

Mudpie Coffee House - 12 Frazier Ave. Phone: 267-9043. More emphasis on food than coffee. A fun place to gather with an emphasis on Cuban fare. Try the Cuban sandwich, black or monkey hips - black beans, seasoned rice, lots of melted cheese, salsa and scallions. Full bar.

Northshore Grille - 16 Frazier Ave. Phone: 757-2000. Fun and good food come together at this eatery, which has an open-air element when the weather's right. Grouper and lobster picatta, crab cake dinner and tarragon chicken are favorites. Full bar.

North Chatt Cat - 346 Frazier Ave. Phone: 266-9466. Grab a beer and sit back to enjoy the food along with a great burger.

Pisa Pizza - 551 River St. Phone: 756-7492. Hand-tossed crusts meet incredible toppings. Try the Lookout Mountain or Coolidge Park pies. Beer and wine only.

River Street Deli - 151 River St. Phone: 756-3354. New York meets the South at this popular deli. It may sound like a strange name, but remember it: Elana Ruz. It's a can't-miss mix of grilled honey-cured turkey with cream cheese and strawberry preserves. No alcohol.

Taco Mamacita - 109 Market St. Phone: 648-6262. Mexican fare with a fresh edge. Made-to-order guacamole and lots of tacos. Try the Taco Royale or General Homeboy Taco. Full bar.

Terra Nostra - 105 Frazier Ave. Phone: 634-0238. Incredible tapas with more than 80 poured wines and 90 by the bottle. Menu changes daily.

Around the Aquarium

Getting there: If hunger hits after an afternoon at the Tennessee Aquarium, take a bite out of:

Big River Grille - 222 Broad St. Phone: 267-2739. Try the Brewer's Feast, seasoned fries, two Kobe beef sliders, Southwest egg rolls and fried chicken tenderloins. Full bar.

Blue Plate Diner - 191 Chestnut St. Phone: 648-6767. Southern cooking with a new twist. Breakfast served all day, but for lunch or dinner, the baked meatloaf, sliced rotisserie turkey and dressing or fish tacos are in demand. Full bar.

Blue Water Grille - 224 Broad St. Phone: 266-4400. An inspired menu. Try the grouper Oscar or pistachio-crusted mahi-mahi. Full bar.

Cheeburger-Cheeburger - 138 Market St. Phone: 265-4108. Every kind of burger you'd ever want, plus salads, wraps and other classic American fare. No alcohol.

Easy Bistro - A taste of the Big Easy with an upscale twist that includes good bistro fare. Favorites include the slow-braised brisket and shrimp with grits. Superb oysters from the raw bar. Full bar.

Eleven - 407 Chestnut St. Phone: 756-5150. Every Friday night is prime rib night at this popular restaurant in the new Doubletree Hotel. Full bar.

Genghis Grill Mongolian Stir-Fry - 138 Market St. Phone: 634-1188. Fill your bowl with your choice of meats, vegetables, rice and sauces. Full bar.

Hennen's - 193 Chestnut St. Phone: 634-5160. Innovative dining with an exciting menu of steaks and seafood. Full bar.

Lupi's Pizza - 406 Broad St. Phone: 266-5874. Customize your pizza with a choice of more than 100 toppings. Beer only.

Panera Bread - 417 Market St. Phone: 266-2253. From breakfast through dinner, fantastic pastries, breads, soups, sandwiches and salads. No alcohol.

Rio Picante - 203 W. Second St. Phone: 386-5171. South-of-the-border favorites include the Rio Burrito Grande, bacon-wrapped shrimp and Rio taco plate. Full bar.

Sticky Fingers - 420 Broad St. Phone: 265-7427. The place for ribs, barbecue sandwiches and salads. Full bar.

Taco Mac - 423 Market St. Phone: 267-8226. An all-American menu with Southwestern spirit. Great burgers, wings, burritos, fajitas and, yes, tacos. Full bar.

T.G.I. Fridays - 2 Broad St. Phone: 752-8443. The new value menu includes prime rib stroganoff and chicken/sausage penne. Full bar.

212 Market - 212 Market St. Phone: 266-1212. Fine dining with local flavor. Try the blackened shrimp with fried green tomatoes over stone-ground grits. Full bar.

Southside/Main Street

Getting there: Main Street, a growing dining destination, is part of the Southside district. If you're staying at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo or The Chattanoogan, it's right at your back door. Those staying downtown may want to drive the few blocks to experience these restaurants.

Bluegrass Grill - 55 E. Main St. Phone: 752-4020. Breakfast served through lunch. Made-from-scratch biscuits and the breakfast burrito are house specialties. Not open for dinner. No alcohol.

Blue Orleans Creole Restaurant - 1463 Market St. Phone: 757-0088. Authentic Cajun cuisine. The Nawlins Pasta and crawfish etouffee are a must. Save room for the bread pudding. Full bar.

Broad Street Grill - 1201 Broad St. (inside The Chattanoogan). Phone: 424-3700. A magnificent buffet at breakfast and lunch. For dinner, try the filet with lobster mac and cheese or apple-brined pork tenderloin. Full bar.

English Rose - 1401 Market St. Phone: 265-5900. Enjoy a spot of tea, along with scones served with Devon cream, jam and lemon curd. No alcohol.

Hiroshi's - 114 W. Main St. Phone: 267-9003. Main Street's place for sushi and other Japanese fare. Full bar.

La Altena - 314 W. Main St. Phone: 266-7595. Many consider this to be the most authentic place in town to find south-of-the-border fare. Full bar.

Mom's Italian Villa - 1257 Market St. Phone: 266-2204. Good pizza, great muffaletta. Bring your own wine; beer served.

Niedlov's Breadworks - 215 E. Main Street. Phone: 756-0303. Artisan breads made in-house and sold by the loaf. Or used to make sandwiches, such as Niedlov's Club. Not open for dinner. No alcohol.

Niko's Southside Grill - 1400 Cowart St. Phone: 266-9211. A fresh approach to food with a twist on Mediterranean cuisine. Try the eggplant Napolean or fusilli pomodoro. Full bar.

Porkers - 1251 Market St. Phone: 267-2726. A small eatery with big barbecue flavor. A Chattanooga landmark. Beer only.

St. John's Restaurant - 1278 Market St. Phone: 266-4400. Award-winning cuisine with chef Daniel Lindley, a James Beard Best Chef in the Southeast nominee, offering creative fare such as peeky toe crab salad, sautéed sea scallops, foie gras and beef tartare.

Terminal BrewHouse - No. 6 14th St. Phone: 752-8090. Lots of charm in this historic building, once the Terminal Hotel. Now you'll find beer brewed in-house to enjoy alongside Pepper-Smashed Steak, pizza or the FruFru Chicken Sandwich. Full bar.

The Station House - 1400 Market St. (at the Chattanooga Choo-Choo). Phone: 266-5000. A happening restaurant where you may find your server singing onstage. The salad bar is the biggest in town, but you may find the filet with Bernaise sauce to be the best ever. Dinner only. Full bar.

Along the river

Getting there: It's a short hop over to Amnicola Highway/Riverside Drive from any of the lots around McKenzie Arena. You'll need to take the car, but bring your walking shoes too, so you can stretch your legs along the Tennessee Riverwalk.

Boathouse Rotisserie and Raw Bar - 1101 Riverside Drive. Phone: 622-0122. One of the best views of the river. Good barbecue and oysters. Great Lotta Lotta Garlic Chicken. And the olive oil fries make a nice side for any entree.

Choo-Choo BBQ - 900 Appling St. (off Amnicola Highway). Phone: 622-1802. A taste of the South with freshly smoked 'cue and good lunch specials.

Out of the Blue Café - 4301 Amnicola Highway (in the Tennessee Riverpark). Phone: 698-4893. Terrific chicken salad, wraps, homemade soups and salads, made-from-scratch desserts. Make it a picnic in the park.

Two Squares a Day - 3399 Amnicola Highway. Phone: 697-7595. Novelty sandwiches. Try the Reuben. Great big salads, and you can't go wrong with the chef's. Fast service but a step above fast food.

Blue Orleans Creole Restaurant - 3208 Amnicola Highway. Phone: 629-6538. Authentic flavors of the Big Easy. Po' Boys, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee. You name it. Laissez les bon temps rouler.