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Chattanooga food finds........(longish)

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Chattanooga food finds........(longish)

Dennis | Jan 6, 2003 02:30 PM

On the way to Atlanta, we stopped in Chattanooga to see a friend’s new shop and discovered a great neighborhood with great food and good shopping. Just off Broad Street is an area known as “Southside”. It has great shopping and we discovered two dining gems. The first is Southside Grill, when you walk in you can tell they are serious about dining by the comfortably separated table spacing. We started with a baby lettuce salad with stilton, smoked bacon, & toasted pecans with a balsamic mustard vinaigrette and a “Southside” Caesar salad. Both had fresh crisp greens and a pleasant dressing. We then had a roasted portabella French dip with smoked provolone, horseradish aioli, and white truffle macaroni salad; a smoked ham and shrimp hash over crispy grits with poached eggs and Creole hollandaise; an old fashioned meatloaf with caramelized onion blue cheese mashed potatoes and smoked bacon creamed corn; and a grilled chicken with mediterranean olive fondue, prosciutto and buttered egg noodles. Desert was a really creamy and tasty pumpkin panna cotta with homemade molasses cookies and maple glazed pecans. We drank a 1997 Hugel Tokay Pinot Gris “Homage a Jean Hugel” that was a perfect complement to the dishes. The salads were like $3.00 and the entrees in the $8-9 range. Our waiter was Travis and he was super. We also found a great spot that has a great looking menu but it is only open for dinner. It is called St. John’s and is family owned and the chef worked in NY at Gramercy Tavern. We will have to try it on the next trip. With all the changes to downtown, the aquarium, the shopping and now the food it looks like Chattanooga may be a Chowish destination rather than a stop on the way to Atlanta.

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