Standout Dishes From Nine Destination Restaurants

Neighborhood Notoriety

The greater Chattanooga area has a wealth of vibrant neighborhoods – and their restaurants are part of what makes them unique. Here, we’re featuring dishes from destination restaurants in nine local neighborhoods, as well as tips for a good night out after a delicious dinner at each locale.

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East Brainerd

Ruth’s Chris Steak House


Tomahawk Ribeye from Ruth's Chris

Photos by Rich Smith


Tomahawk Ribeye

USDA Prime, bone-in 40-oz. ribeye, sweet potato casserole, fresh steamed broccoli


Chef Roger Burrows at Ruth's Chris in Chattanooga

“After an early dinner at Ruth’s Chris, head to Ooltewah to enjoy an outdoor concert under the stars at Cambridge Square – it’s the perfect night out.”

–Roger Burrows, Executive Chef


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ember-roasted chicken from Calliope


Ember-Roasted Chicken

heirloom tomato compote, “toum” garlic sauce, preserved turnips, mint salad


Chef Khaled AlBanna at Calliope

“As Rossville continues to grow, we are one of the only date night spots in town. We recommend coming here and sharing a few small plates and even splitting an entrée, all while trying some mead and sipping on some cocktails. It’s a cozy spot with a romantic indoor ambience, as well as a relaxed outdoor seating. Our menu is made for sharing either on a date or surrounded by friends and family.”

Khaled AlBanna, Executive Chef


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True at BHB


Smoked Brisket from True at BHB in Cleveland TN


Smoked Brisket 

beet & horseradish foam, shaved local vegetables, pomegranate barbecue 


Meghann Tipton, Chef de Cuisine & Denise Spier, Sous Chef at True at BHB

“Cleveland, the ‘Gateway to the Ocoee,’ has a lot to offer. True is within walking distance of downtown Cleveland, so we recommend you start with pre-dinner cocktails here on a Friday night on the patio and listen to live jazz. Stay for dinner, then walk down the breezeway for a nightcap at The Diving Mouse.” 

Meghann Tipton, Chef de Cuisine & Denise Spier, Sous Chef


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Whitebird and the three sisters dish from Whitebird in Chattanooga


Whitebird & the Three Sisters

smoked half chicken, roasted acorn squash, fire-roasted corn, cranberry beans, Alabama white sauce 


Bill Simmons, Hotel General Manager of the Edwin headshot

“Whitebird is only footsteps away from the Walnut Street Bridge, which is the perfect date night stroll. ‘The Walking Bridge’ is a popular spot to simply relax and enjoy the natural and urban beauty of Chattanooga, or catch a glimpse of one of the many annual events held in the city and on the river.”

–Bill Simmons, Hotel General Manager


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Il Primo


Meatballs and Sunday Sauce from Il Primo restaurant in Chattanooga


Meatballs & Sunday Sauce

dry-aged Simpson Farms grass-fed beef meatballs, braising sauce, spaghetti 


Chef Oscar Ixcot at Il Primo restaurant in Chattanooga

“After sharing a meal here, enjoy a walk through Riverview Park before visiting one of our neighboring pubs, Tremont Tavern or Rosecomb.”

Oscar Ixcot, Head Chef


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Zaya 1943


dol-sot dry-aged bibimbap from Zaya 1943 korean restaurant


Dol-Sot Dry-Aged Bibimbap

(45-55 days) thin-sliced dry-aged ribeye, chilled local vegetables, fried egg, bibimbap sauce served in a hot stone pot


Chef Shawn Lee at Zaya 1943 restaurant

“After eating at Zaya 1943, I like to walk off the food with a sunset stroll through Coolidge Park to the Walnut Street Bridge. Stopping in at Totto Sushi & Grill for a nightcap is always a perfect ending to an evening in Northshore.”

–Shawn Lee,Head Chef


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West Village

Easy Bistro


Gramigina Pasta from Easy Bistro Restaurant in chattanooga


Gramigna Pasta

Main Street Meats andouille, broccoli rabe, garlic, chili, pecorino


Chef Joe Milkenkovich at Easy Bistro

“The best thing to do after a meal at Easy is to walk down the street to No Hard Feelings and have a cocktail. Cool place, great people, and fantastic libations just one block away from the restaurant.”

Joe Milkenkovich, Chef


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St. John’s Restaurant


Gulf Red Snapper from St. John's Restaurant in Chattanooga


Gulf Red Snapper

house chorizo, green tomato broth, chili oil, red beans & rice


Chef Patrick Sawyer at St. John's Restaurant

“With the Southside continuing to grow, there are so many things to do after dinner at St. John’s. One of my recommendations would be to head down to Station Street and catch a show at The Comedy Catch.”

–Patrick Sawyer, Executive Chef


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St. Elmo



Lasagnette Emiliana and Prosciutto e Melone fromBoccaccia italian restaurant in Chattanooga

Photos by Rich Smith


Lasagnette Emiliana & Prosciutto e Melone

house-made classic bechamel and meat lasagna, thinly sliced prosciutto, cantaloupe


Alana Zoanni, co-owner of Boccaccia

“Before having a candle-lit dinner at Boccaccia, it’s always nice to walk around downtown St. Elmo to enjoy the charming shops and sights to see. One can also spend the afternoon taking a pre-dinner ride up the Lookout Mountain Incline Railway to enjoy stunning views of the city.”

–Alana Zoanni, Co-owner


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