Readers’ Choice Dining Awards 2021 Winners

2021 Best Restaurants


Readers voted, and the results are in! Here’s a list of all the restaurant that won the 25th Annual CityScope Magazine Readers’ Choice Dining Awards. Did your favorite restaurant win?


Best Overall Restaurant: Canyon Grill


Best Geographically

Brainerd: Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine 

Cleveland: Aubrey’s

Downtown: Hennen’s 

East Ridge: Sugar’s Ribs

Hamilton Place Area: J. Alexander’s 

Hixson: SideTrack

Northshore: Taco Mamacita 

Ooltewah: Il Primo 

Red Bank: Pizzeria Cortile

Southside: Alleia

St. Elmo: 1885 Grill


Best Specialty Cuisine

Chinese: PF Chang’s 

Contemporary American: TIE: J. Alexander’s & SideTrack 

French: Easy Bistro

Indian: Sitar Indian Cuisine

Italian: Il Primo 

Japanese: Totto Sushi & Grill

Mediterranean: Acropolis Mediterranean Grill

Mexican/Tex Mex (Local): Taco Mamacita

Mexican/Tex Mex (Natl. Chain): Chuy’s 

Thai: Rain Thai Bistro

Other (Spanish/German/Middle Eastern): Brewhaus


Best Specific Foods & Drinks

Appetizers: Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar

Barbecue: Sugar’s Ribs

Beer List: Tremont Tavern 

Burrito: Mojo Burrito

Cocktails: STIR 

Coffee: Mean Mug

Dessert: TIE: Canyon Grill & Rembrandt’s Coffee House & SideTrack 

Fried Chicken: Champy’s 

Hamburger: Tremont Tavern


Ice Cream: Clumpies Ice Cream Co.

Meat and Three: TIE: Countryside Cafe & Southern Star

Pasta: Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria

Pizza (Local): Lupi’s Pizza Pies

Pizza (Natl. Chain): Pizza Hut

Sandwich: River Street Deli

Seafood: Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar

Steak: Ruth’s Chris

Sushi: Totto Sushi & Grill

Vegetarian/Vegan: Sluggo’s Vegan Café

Wine List: St. John’s Restaurant


Best Time of Day

Breakfast (Local): The Longhorn Restaurant

Breakfast (Natl. Chain): First Watch

Late-Night Bite: City Café Diner

Power Lunch: TIE: Food Works Restaurant & Public House

Sunday Brunch: SideTrack


Best Miscellaneous

New: TIE: Local Goat & Zaya Korean Steakhouse

Most Romantic: Alleia 

Most Knowledgeable Service: TIE: Easy Bistro & St. John’s Restaurant

Place to Take the Whole Family: TIE: Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar & Sugar’s Ribs

Best Deal for Your Buck: The Longhorn Restaurant

Old Time Favorite: The Longhorn Restaurant

Favorite Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests: Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar

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