Let’s Face It—Everyone Loves Brunch
It’s the breakfast of kings and college students and the lunch of early-risers and eager families. It’s the late morning/early afternoon combination of two meals in one, and for what it implies, it’s arguably the greatest portmanteau in the English language. Brunch is all about leisure and indulgence, a slow meal spent in good company. It’s a weekend reward where you can feel guilt-free about skimming right past the granola and yogurt option and going straight for the pancakes and bacon.
Your Sunday morning is not complete until you’ve brunched at the Flying Squirrel. Sunday is the only day the Squirrel opens her doors so early, so don’t be surprised if you are met with a wait (unless you went ahead and made a reservation online). Still, there’s a reason the Squirrel has such a loyal Sunday customer base: the food is fantastic, and the mimosas keep flowing! The brunch menu at the Squirrel brings some refinement to delicious southern-style cooking without taking away all the good stuff. Expect to find fried chicken, grits, and pancakes but with a few surprises. Oh, and the breakfast burrito is the best in town!
Hello Monty is a newcomer to the dining scene and has already become quite a popular location for brunch in the Southside. The restaurant and brewery was founded by two guys from the neighborhood–for the neighborhood– and bring a lot of experience in the innovative food scene. Just like a great backyard cookout, each homemade dish is touched by fire and crafted with only the finest local ingredients. Sit outside on the porch and enjoy their tasty brunch items including cast iron vegetable frittata, marinated soft boiled egg toast, smoked salmon flatbread, vegan coconut parfait, and more. Did we mention they have paloma on draft and that it is amazing paired with brunch?
The Daily Ration
On weekends, it doesn’t get much better than brunch at The Daily Ration, a locally owned gem that’s been a neighborhood favorite since 2016. You’ll find high-end coffee as well as well-conceived takes on breakfast/lunch staples and original dishes that you won’t find anywhere else. The breakfast biscuit, huevos rancheros, and southern benedict are all excellent, while you may want to push yourself with something new like the kimchi rice bowl. You also can’t go wrong with the chicken and grits.
FEED Table & Tavern
With names like Frozen Head & Struggle Bus Bloody Mary, or Cereal Killer, you may want to start with a special brunch beverage before diving into the menu at FEED Table & Tavern. You can always get the traditional weekend beverages though and enjoy a bubbly mimosa or spicy bloody mary. The historic building used to be Chattanooga’s Seed-Feed Supply Co. a long time ago and now offers cozy dining room space and an open, but covered, patio often featuring live music by one of Chattanooga’s favorite local musicians. Treat yourself to the strawberry shortcake, classic breakfast sandwich, or whatever the chef’s brunch special is for the day – something they created just for you. Brunch usually means bacon, but FEED offers vegetarian sausages so you can still get in that breakfast protein.
Located at the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo, STIR is one of Chattanooga’s favorite brunch spots featuring a large patio overlooking Station Street. Inside, the historical structure includes tall arched windows, exposed brick, high ceilings, and one of the most stunning bars in Chattanooga. Their menu features only the freshest local ingredients with mouthwatering dishes including strawberry Nutella waffles, southern grits tamales, chicken & waffles, avocado toast, shrimp & crab benedict, and filet benedict. If you’re a vegetarian, you will definitely want to try the baja omelette. You will need a classic brunch beverage to pair with your food so be sure to try a $5 mimosa or bloody mary with their in-house mix (you can even buy a bottle of their bloody mary mix to take home!), or one of their elevated cocktails with artisan ice.
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