Last month, I shared a list of my 10 favorite restaurants in Chattanooga, and boy did people have opinions about it. If you want to piss people in this city off, just write about your favorite restaurants. While reading people’s feedback, I decided that I wrote my column too hastily. I took all the kind, thoughtful, helpful comments I received and did a lot of soul-searching. You guys spoke, and I listened. Here are my top 10 favorite Chattanooga restaurants (again).
The Subway on Dayton Boulevard
I live in Red Bank and like to stay close to home. Going new places is strange and frightening to me, so I tend not to stray from the restaurants that I know and trust. All Subways are swell, but the Subway on Dayton Boulevard is my favorite because it’s close to home, and also because it has a drive-thru and I don’t have to get out of my car.
- Favorite dish: 6-inch tuna sub with lots of black olives and pickles and baked Lay’s chips-mmmm!
The Wendy’s on Dayton Boulevard
One criticism I received on the last column was that I didn’t include any of the “finer” places the city had to offer. That one left me feeling guilt-ridden for weeks. I like fancy places as much as the next person, and that’s why the Wendy’s on Dayton Boulevard made this list. The building just got a total remodel, and it looks really nice on the outside. Wendy’s serves lots of fancy things, such as natural-cut fries, baked potatoes and salads. They also serve burgers on something called a brioche bun. I think “brioche” is actually French for “fancy.”
- Favorite dish: Spicy chicken sandwich and a Frosty
The Sonic on Dayton Boulevard
I like Sonic for their happy hour. Cheap drinks, big variety and again-close to home. Oh, and this is another place where I don’t have to get out of my car! How’s that for convenient?
- Favorite dish: I like the tots. And also cherry limeades.
The Waffle House on Dayton Boulevard
I realized in last month’s column that I didn’t include any breakfast places. How silly of me! Our city has so many wonderful Waffle House establishments, but this is my favorite of all because it’s on my favorite Chattanooga road-Dayton Boulevard. The service is good and the waffles are better. It’s good old-fashioned family fun at the Waffle House!
- Favorite dish: Bacon and coffee-in that order. Bacon first, coffee second.
The Taco Bell on Dayton Boulevard
I clearly missed the mark in last month’s column when it came to Mexican food. I stated that Amigo was one of my favorite places, and you guys did not like that. You did not like that one bit! I realized that I foolishly left out the obvious choice for Mexican food in Red Bank-Taco Bell. The Taco Bell on Dayton Boulevard is the place to go if you’re looking for some Mexican cuisine. How could I forget the delicious taste of their soft-shell tacos or the melt-in-your-mouth texture of the chicken quesadillas? Mmmm.
- Favorite dish: Soft-shell beef taco and those cinnamon twisty thingies with two gigantic-sized Mountain Dews
The McDonald’s on Dayton Boulevard
My favorite time of year to patronize McDonald’s has come: “shamrock shake” season. I grew up with shamrock shakes, but when I moved here, local McDonald’s restaurants did not offer them. I would cry inconsolably on and off throughout the entire month of March because of this, but a few years ago, the local McDonald’s restaurants started carrying them. So now my heart is whole again.
- Favorite dish: French fries and shamrock shakes. And french fries dipped in shamrock shakes.
The Pizza Hut on Mountain Creek Road
When I started writing this column, I realized that my favorite places were all along the same road. No wonder everyone thought my list was lacking! So I packed my family into the car, and we headed to Mountain Creek Road to dine at the Pizza Hut. I was not disappointed. The pizza was as I remembered it from childhood, and they had a salad bar, which made me feel like I was doing something healthy for my family.
- Favorite dish: Pizza
The Hardee’s on Morrison Springs Road
The Hardee’s on Morrison Springs Road has become one of our new favorite places, because they have breakfast and lunch/dinner. What?! You can get a chicken biscuit OR a cheeseburger. Or if you’re feeling hungry and ambitious, you can get both! Treat yo’ self!
- Favorite dish: Whatever the person at the drive-thru window offers me as a special, because I’ve become really adventurous
The Zaxby’s on Signal Mountain Road
When we are feeling like we want to celebrate or splurge a little bit, we head to Zaxby’s for what our daughter calls “the fancy chicken.” When I pick her up from school, she’ll look up at me with her adorable, big brown eyes and plead, “Please, Mama, can we get some of that fancy chicken tonight?” When I tell her yes, she pumps her fist in the air victoriously.
- Favorite dish: The blue “zalad,” which is actually a salad, but Zaxby’s is so clever they call it a “zalad” to match the “z” in their name
The Krystal on Cherokee Boulevard
I hear a lot from my Facebook and Twitter friends about the North Shore. I’ve been afraid to go there because of all the hipsters, but I decided that it was time to break free from my shell and live a little bit. I had lunch at the Krystal on Cherokee Boulevard, which is technically on the North Shore but not on Frazier Avenue yet, so I thought my chances of a hipster encounter would be slim. I was right, and enjoyed my lunch very much.
- Favorite dish: An entire sackful of Krystals with cheese (and I don’t like to share with anyone so back off)
Natalie Green is a Chicago girl living in Chattanooga with her husband and their 5-year-old daughter. When she’s not working full time outside of the home, she enjoys reading, writing, singing, zombies and running. From zombies. And also beer. You can stalk her blog, Mommy Boots, or follow her on Twitter @mommyboots; or you can email her directly at [email protected]. She also has an (Im)perfect Parenting Facebook page. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.