Mountains, rivers…and food. Oh my! To sum up Chattanooga in just a few words is nearly impossible, but we might have done it. Outdoor junkies, families, and especially foodies are all welcome here. Check out 5 diverse restaurants below that will take you from the coast of Greece to the streets of Latin America all within a few miles of each other.
Conga Latin Food
This place is as fun as it sounds. It’s basically like a Latino dance party in your mouth. From the authentic mango juice (for the kiddos…or you) to the delicious sangria (for you only), Conga Latin Food has come to party. Serving up longtime and traditional family recipes, you’ll feel right at home. Have you ever heard of a paco? We hadn’t either until Conga Latin Food. It’s essentially all your cheesy dreams coming true. The paco is a cheese pupusa (or flatbread) stuffed with cheese and used as a taco shell to hold your choice of meat. We recommend the barbacoa. If you’re ready to try one for yourself, head down to Main Street on the Southside to get your fix.
Sitar Indian Cuisine
From the moment you walk in the door, the aroma of spices and herbs sends your tastebuds on a wild journey through some of the most ancient and diverse cultures of India. Start your meal off with coconut soup – trust us, it’s as refreshing as it sounds. And have you really experienced Indian cuisine if you don’t order one of the Naan (traditional white-bread baked bread) options? No. So get the Keema Naan that’s stuffed with ground lamb and spices. Everything at Sitar is prepared fresh and cooked to order so buckle up.
Chatt Smoke House
No trip to the South is complete without barbeque, right? Make sure to visit Chatt Smoke House and order one of the many lip-smacking, finger-licking good menu options. With the meats slow-cooked daily, you can’t go wrong with ordering the ribs or a classic pork sandwich. If you’re not a barbeque sauce-loving person (hang in there), get the fish sandwich. Each piece of their grilled meats includes original rubs and homemade sauces created by owner and Chef James Massengill. So, get your grub on at Chatt Smoke House. We’re sure it’ll make your mouth water (if it isn’t already).
Authentic Japanese cuisine? Yes. Even in the southeast. Sushi Nabe has served some of the best sushi in the whole city since 1994. Located in Northshore next to Coolidge Park, this restaurant will exceed your expectations. Sushi scared? The menu isn’t just sushi. You can sample a wide range of Japanese dishes include tempura boxes, noodles, and soups, all created from traditional recipes. Need we say more?
The phrase “Opa!” is a Greek expression meaning “good cheer.” That sentiment is exactly how you will feel at this hidden treasure located in North Chattanooga. The Mediterranean restaurant is like stepping out of Chattanooga and into Santorini. Each meal is prepared with the freshest and most authentic ingredients, such as fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and olives. Imagine having homemade iced tea, an amazing Greek salad, souvlaki pitas, dolmades, and dessert without having to fly to the Grecian isles. “Opa!” indeed.
Bonus! Proof Bar and Incubator
As a new restaurant incubator, Proof provides a low-barrier incubator for chefs to test out their concepts. It's home to multiple concepts, most recently Neutral Ground, a self-described modern New Orleans Style Po-Boy and Yakamein Restaurant where Chef Kenyatta Ashford is expanding the Chattanooga food scene. The brisket meatball yakamein is legendary. But don't stop there! Poppytons Patisserie's scratch-made pastries and desserts offer a seasonal menu of rotating goodies that you should definitely save room for. Bite into a flaky crusted pastry or dig into their delicious take on a banana pudding, finished with dulce de leche and shaved chocolate.