Hidden gems in Brainerd + East Ridge

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Looking for some new local spots to try outside of Chattanooga’s downtown area? We’re here to highlight some of the unique restaurants + things to do in the Brainerd and East Ridge areas of town.

🥡 Good eats

Golden Big Bowl | 5517 Brainerd Rd. | This Asian fusion restaurant is known for loading up on the protein for a reasonable price.

Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine | 5855 Brainerd Rd. | Offers an array of authentic Thai dishes + sushi. Bonus: Editor Kristen here. This spot is one of my go-to take out choices. I recommend trying out the Pad See Ew, the fried noodles are delicious.

Your Local Seitanist | 3950 Brainerd Rd. | A completely vegan deli that offers brunch, lunch, and desserts. Pro tip: Editor Brianna recommends checking the business’s Instagram or Facebook page before heading in to check out the exciting specials + that day’s hours of operation. She also urges you to not sleep on the weekend brunch options.

Gordo’s Bakery | 5400 Brainerd Rd. | A family-owned bakery that offers Mexican pastries + desserts. You can also get custom-made cakes for any special occasion. Pro tip: We recommend trying out the donuts and churros.

Tata’s Grill Authentic Bosnian Cuisine | 5908 Ringgold Rd. | Try out Balkan meals that are known for being rich in variety with lots of veggies, meat, and various pies.

Thai Esan | 4330 Ringgold Rd. | Dine in or order take out from this spot that offers Thai dishes + Esan spicy foods. Pro tip: If you love spice, this spot is no joke.

India Mahal | 5970 E. Brainerd Rd. | Offers traditional Indian cuisine + has a notable lunch buffet.

🔭 Things to do

Linda’s Produce | 3306 Ringgold Rd. | This open-air retail + wholesale market has been offering fresh produce to the Chattanooga area since 1992. Pro tip: Make sure to check out the seasonal array of flowers and plants available for purchase.

Audubon Acres | 900 N. Sanctuary Rd. | A little further east you’ll find one of the nature sanctuaries with educational opportunities, outdoor activities, and guided tours. Pro tip: Make sure to read the sanctuary rules before visiting.

Little Manila | 1426 S. Moore Rd. | Bring the taste of Filipino food to your home and shop from other products that come from the Philippines.

Sir Goony’s Family Fun Center | 5918 Brainerd Rd. | Right off the main road is an outdoor recreation complex with bumper cars, mini golf, batting cages, an arcade, and more fun for the whole family.

Clarence T. Jones Observatory | 10 N. Tuxedo Ave. | The observatory is currently closed for the summer for renovations, but will open in the fall with its free public nights program.

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