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Chattanooga, TN restaurants...

Ammon | Jan 1, 200511:32 PM

I was just in Chattanooga for the holidays, and I managed to get away with not eating at an IHOP! I didn't manage to get to any of the places already mentioned on the board, but I did find a few others. Breakfast was at a place called Country Charm (or something like that), on Shallowford Rd (near the Red Roof Inn). It was okay -- typical breakfast food, nothing to complain about. Good service. We had dinner one night at India Mahal (5970 Brainerd Rd, near the Walmart. 423-510-9651). My sister-in-law found this place in the phone book. She's Indian, and gives it the nod for authenticity, and my brother and I (who have both been to India) agree. It had a fairly varied menu. We had ordered about 8 dishes, or so, since we had brought family there who had never had Indian food before. Most of it we ordered non-spicy for the newcomers, but it was still very good. Highly recommended, if you're in the area! The third place is downtown. It's a Japanese restaurant called Sekisui. It's been around for about 4 or 5 years, located over a candy store called Candy Land at 200 Market Street (423-267-4600) -- that's within walking distance of the Aquarium, if you're sightseeing. I was there for sushi, which was reasonably good. I had a sampling of a number of the fish, and the three I liked best were the smoked salmon, the scallops, and the eel. I tried some flying fish roe, but ended up with a snort of wasabi up the nose, and didn't taste much. :( The restaurant felt a bit "trendy", but the atmosphere was nice. Not very loud... jazz music playing in the background, but that changed to something a bit more "dancey" when the evening crowd started to fill the place. My cousin knows one of the chefs, whose wife owns a stationary store that she shops at, and he was very kind, stopping by our table to make sure we were enjoying everything, and to explain what fish we were eating (I didn't recognize everything).

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