We wanted to get away for the day so we took a road trip about two hours away to beautiful Chattanooga, Tennessee. The weather was nice and pleasant which made for a great day! We arrived around noon and felt a little hungry so we started off at this great restaurant called The Terminal Brewhouse in the historic Strong Building in Southside.
This building is so unique and sits next door to the Chattanooga Choo Choo. It’s a great spot that had an outdoor space on an upper deck of their restaurant. From that viewpoint, we were able to look around and see the city and plan our next stop, but first, it was time to eat! We had what I will call the best nachos I have ever eaten. They are called the BrewHouse Pot Roast Nachos and they are out of this world good! Fresh crispy tortilla chips loaded with hefty portions of the most deliciously moist pot roast then topped with white queso, fresh chopped tomatoes, red onions, and cilantro.
Trust me, you will want to make sure to try them!! We shared one of their stuffed sandwiches as well called the Carnivore and it was very tasty. Fresh made dough, baked to perfection and stuffed with ham, Italian sausage, pepperoni, cheddar and provolone cheese, served with a side of homemade marinara. The Terminal Brewhouse has a good selection of craft beer to wash everything down.
As we finished off our beer, we noticed in the distance a line of shops that looked interesting so that is where we headed to next. Right in front of us was a whiskey bar named Tennessee Stillhouse, home of the amazing Chattanooga Whiskey where you can tour the distillery, taste the variations of whiskey in its different stages, and even buy a bottle or two! This had our name all over it!
You walk in and you can’t help but take notice of the wood that lines the counter and part of the wall because it is made with none other than wood from real whiskey barrels. We had other places that we wanted to visit so we skipped the tour and just did the tasting this time, but we will be back. We were escorted to the back where their beautiful bar is located and once again the wood used in that area came from whiskey barrels.
We asked the bartender about the bar area and she said almost everything in there is made from recycled materials found in Chattanooga. Such a pretty place to see! We were given 6 variations of whiskey on a paddle flight and each one was unique and delicious. We both had a favorite so after the tasting, we made our way back to the front to pay for our purchases and then headed off to our next adventure.
Right next door to the whiskey bar was a place called The Hot Chocolatier so of course what kind of foodies would we be if we didn’t check it out?!! Oh, my word at all the heavenly treats this place has!! Some of the prettiest desserts you have ever seen and they tasted just as good as they looked.
Needless to say, our sweet tooths thanked us. As a special incentive, if you show them your armband from the whiskey tour/tasting, they will give you 10% off which I thought was a pretty SWEET deal!!
Have you guys heard about the new food craze called ramen bowls? And no, I am not talking about the .49 packs that you get at the grocery store. What I am talking about is this authentic, wonderfully flavorful broth that has many components that can be added. Yes, it still has the yummy noodles and broth that we all know and love but think about bean sprouts, kale, mushrooms, a soft boiled egg and maybe even a meat such as pork, beef, chicken or shrimp added to it? Is your mouth watering now just thinking about it? Well, it should be because it is deliciously fantastic!!
Two Ten Jack is the restaurant that serves this wonderful dish. This place was uber cool! Located in historic Warehouse Row, you walk down a flight of steps which leads you to this Japanese style pub or Izakaya. The dim lighting cast by old fashion Edison bulbs and the wonderful smells of Japanese-inspired cooking using southern ingredients surround you, enticing your senses.
There are people sitting at the bar while others sit in booths or at tables and most everyone you see has their face down in a large bowl. As you watch, you see their chopsticks pull up the most delicious looking noodles. Even if I didn’t already love the grocery store ramen, seeing the way the patrons were enjoying this fantastic dish was enough to make me want to try it. When we were first seated I noticed they had an old black and white Japanese film playing on one of the side walls with subtitles which I thought was quite interesting. They brought us these little towels that were soaked with essential oils to cleanse our hands. They smelled so fragrant and left our hands feeling clean and soft.
The sweet waitress, Cassidy, explained the menu and even suggested a few appetizers to start us off. We explained that we would be eating at other places later and just wanted to get a small taste of the place. We ended up ordering this dish called Okonomi-Age which was tots with pork/shrimp and okonomi toppings. I liked everything about it but the fish flakes that were sprinkled on top. If I were to order this again, I would ask that those be left off.
We also shared the Sake Tataki which was seared salmon with roasted brussel sprouts, ume paste and a sip of plum sake. It was pretty tasty but I have to say that for me, the brussels were the star of that dish. We were not leaving Chattanooga without trying some ramen so we had the Tori Paitan Shoyu and it was so flavorful and interesting! The base was a delicate, spicy broth. It had kale, mushrooms, chicken meatballs and a half of a soft-boiled egg. It was such a beautiful dish with the fresh vegetables, vibrant color of the egg yolk and the noodles glistening in the slightly orange broth.
It was very enjoyable and we were asked if we would like to have more noodles added to our remaining broth for just $3 more. We declined because we had one more stop that we knew we wanted to go to but I cannot wait to go back there to try some of the other ramen bowls.
We made our way more north down Broad Street and hit the Moon Pie General store. Did y’all know they have more than just chocolate, vanilla, and banana flavored moon pies? I sure didn’t, so to my surprise, I found that they have salted caramel, strawberry and even coconut flavored moon pies. (I believe I read that the coconut flavor was seasonal, though) This place has all sorts of novelty gifts. It was a lot of fun to walk around and look at some of the vintage items that they carried and of course, they have RC Colas because what good is a moon pie without one of those?!!
Our evening was wrapping up but we had just one more place that we had to hit, The Maple Street Biscuit Company. Trust this southern girl when I tell you that you simply must go and try this place. What’s not to love about biscuits, fried chicken, fried eggs, potatoes, sausage gravy and apple butter?!! Not one thing!!! We shared The Five and Dime, a biscuit filled with fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese, a fried egg and sausage gravy and The Farmer, a biscuit filled with fried chicken, bacon, cheddar cheese and homemade apple butter. Lord, help me!! These two fluffy little pillows filled with love were out of this world!! This is a definite must do if ever you go to Chattanooga!
Chattanooga is such a fun city to visit as there is the historical Chattanooga Choo Choo to tour, the Tenessee Aquarium, Rock City and so much more. They have a wonderful entertainment district as well as many wonderful eating establishments. We have only just begun to scratch the surface of what this great city has to offer. Until next time, Chattanooga!! Comment and let us know about some of your favorite Chattanooga restaurants, shops and other places we should try!!