Reader’s Choice Best Restaurant Winners 2020

2020 Best Restaurants


Reader’s voted, and the results are in! Here’s a list of all the restaurant that won the 24th Annual CityScope Magazine Reader’s Choice Restaurant Awards. Did your favorite restaurant win?


Best Overall Restaurant:



Best Geographically

Downtown: TIE: Hennen’s and Whitebird

Southside: Alleia

Northshore: Food Works

Brainerd: Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine

Cleveland: True

East Ridge: Champy’s

Hamilton Place Area: J. Alexander’s

Hixson: SideTrack

Ooltewah: 1885 Grill

Red Bank: Mojo Burrito


Best Specialty Cuisine

Chinese: Formosa

Contemporary American: Easy Bistro

French: St. John’s Restaurant

Indian: Sitar Indian Cuisine

Italian: Il Primo

Japanese: Totto Sushi & Grill

Mediterranean: Acropolis Grill

Mexican/Tex Mex (Local): Taco Mamacita

Mexican/Tex Mex (Natl. Chain): Chuy’s

Thai: Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine

Other (Spanish/German/Middle Eastern): Opa!


Best Specific Foods & Drinks

Appetizers: 1885 Grill

Barbecue: TIE: Edley’s Bar-B-Que and Charlie’s BBQ & Bakery

Beer List: Tremont Tavern

Burrito: Mojo Burrito

Coffee House: Mean Mug

Cocktails: Whiskey Thief

Dessert: Hillbilly Willy’s Bar-B-Q

Fried Chicken: Champy’s

Hamburger: Tremont Tavern


Pizza (Local): Community Pie

Pizza (Natl. Chain): Mellow Mushroom

Seafood: Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar

Steak: Hennen’s

Sushi: Totto Sushi & Grill

Vegetarian/Vegan: Sluggo’s Vegan Café

Wine List: St. John’s Restaurant


Best Time of Day

Breakfast (Local): The Long Horn Restaurant

Breakfast (Natl. Chain): First Watch

Late-Night Bite: The Big Chill and Grill

Power Lunch: Public House

Sunday Brunch: Whitebird


Best Miscellaneous

New: TIE: Han-Mi and Nooga Bop

Most Romantic: TIE: Alleia and St. John’s Restaurant

Most Knowledgeable Service: TIE: St. John’s Restaurant and Whitebird

Place to Take the Whole Family: Hillbilly Willy’s Bar-B-Q

Best Deal for Your Buck: The Long Horn Restaurant

Old Time Favorite: The Long Horn Restaurant

Favorite Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests: Hillbilly Willy’s Bar-B-Q

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