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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/13 07:24:02 (permalink)
Has anyone tried porvino's? We are planning a trip in April and a friend told us that it was the best italian he has ever had.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/13 09:07:02 (permalink)
I'll have to look up the address for Porvino's and look into it. I'm not familiar with it though.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/14 13:00:44 (permalink)
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Originally posted by CuRoi

I'm sorry nobody has come up with a suggestion yet, because my wife and I are going to spend two nights in Chattanooga later this spring. I already had the Big River Grille on my list, but I doubt that I could persuade her to go to the same brewpub for dinner two nights running.

Does anyone know anything about the Old Plantation Barbecue at 1515 Dodson Ave.? I found one or two good notices on the web, but there didn't seem to be any one barbecue place in Chattanooga that everybody was wild about.

CuRoi


I haven't found Old Plantation Barbecue's food of reliable quality. With respect to barbecue, Chattanooga's best bet is Sticky Fingers (either location). I'm based in Chattanooga and have tried all the BBQ joints. Sticky Fingers is of consistent quality, both food and service. I'll be glad to recommend additional restaurants. Just tell me what you like and the desired price range.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/14 13:43:38 (permalink)
Has anyone here tried Dirty Nellie's? I liked the atmosphere a lot. Seemed like it would be popular among locals.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/14 13:54:31 (permalink)
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Originally posted by carlton pierre

I decided to have lunch yesterday at Zarzour's, in Chattanooga. How many restaurants can you think where there is a metal image of Santa Claus and Geronimo on the same wall, less that 6 feet apart?
I've been working in Chattanooga for the past 8 years and had been driving less than a block from this place all this time and never knew about it. There were 7 tables in the front of the place, along with a set of about 4 bar stools, the kind that swivel. I ordered a burger and fries. The cook dipper her big paw into a large tupperware container filled with ground beef and proceeded to slap this ball of meat into a patty using her hands then dropped it onto the grill. It was just awesome.
Everyone who came in, it's only open from 11am-2pm and it was slammed, seemed to be a friend of the staff. I love seeing that interaction.
I had a peanut butter pie for dessert and it was wonderful!!
Let's see, some little things I noticed: An autographed, hand written picture of the article from Gourmet magazine, signed by Samuel L. Jackson, who is from Chattanooga. This wason the same wall with Santa and just below Geronimo. The wall where I sat had tons of old b & w photos of Abe Z from the 30's and 40's.
Also, the neatest little slogan I saw," Tipping is not a city in China".
Can't wait to go back. I see why the Stern';s think so highly of it.



Yes, their hamburger is a killer (no pun intended if you're a cardiologist). As the original Zarzour's tipster, I'm gratified to see your approval! May I also recommend the following MUSTS: roast pork & dressing on Tuesdays, meatloaf w/Creole sauce on Thursdays, and open-face roast beef on Fridays. All three are truly out-of-the-park homeruns.

Also, on Wednesdays, check out the historic Northside Lunch at 202 Frazier Ave. (on the north shore next to the Walnut Street Bridge). They feature a mid-week special consisting of one meat (meatloaf or country style steak) and five vegetables for $4.75! I kid you not.

While Zarzour's is Chattanooga's oldest family-run restaurant, Northside Lunch is certainly the city's oldest eaterie, established in the late 1800's. Al Capone was actually escorted out of town when spotted in the establishment.

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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/15 00:22:35 (permalink)
I was to Dirty Nellie's one time. I liked the attempt at being an Irish pub in atmosphere.
I'm always amazed at the number of Al Capone and John Dillinger stories in various cities where I travel (and live).
Hey, you guys have really brought forth some neat places for the rest of us to visit in Chattanooga and we appreciate that. It really is a neat southern city that doesn't get it's fair share of publicity.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/15 07:37:56 (permalink)
Anybody know Zarzour's hours of operation? Looking to visit the aquarium on Saturday.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/15 07:47:25 (permalink)
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Originally posted by oneiron339

Anybody know Zarzour's hours of operation? Looking to visit the aquarium on Saturday.


Oneiron: just for you:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_58002.asp

Paul E. Smith
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/15 09:39:38 (permalink)
I'm not 100% positive on this but I think the new addition to the aquarium (salt water fish) is going to open in early April.

Anyway, that area around the aquarium for blocks, mind you, is filled with roadfood places.

There's a neat place away from the aquarium, down on Market St, that is a great BBQ joint. I can't recall it's name but I've been there and the Q is excellent. Pizza, you got Lupi's just down a few blocks from the aquarium, same street as Q joint, Big River, and Taco Mac, plus many others.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/15 10:06:22 (permalink)
Thanks, guys. Too bad, Zarzour's is not open Sat. I wanted another good burger.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/15 10:43:44 (permalink)
Good timing for this topic - am going to Chattanooga in late April and looking for good meat n' threes, southern cooking or BBQ. Will be in downtown area, staying right by aquarium. Plan to try Big River Grille.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/15 10:46:34 (permalink)
This has been a great thread, dedicated to a tremendous little city. Who couldn't love the home of Double Cola, and KRYSTAL gut-bombers.

I guess for me, the place will still be defined by the King's Lodge. I've seen it when it was a pretty nice place, and I see it now, as it is: in pretty much disrepair. For the longest, it maintained it's own restaurant, which I recall for the longest sported this sign: "Lynyrd Skynyrd's Favorite Place To Eat In Chattanooga."

I was wondering, if anyone knew, how long that motel has been around

The view of the city at night, is beautiful.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/15 11:19:56 (permalink)
I stayed at Kings Lodge in 1978 and it was aging then. I do recall that it had a restaurant but I cannot recall the quality of the food or even if I ate there.

Paul E. Smith
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/15 15:09:45 (permalink)
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Originally posted by ULVER

This has been a great thread, dedicated to a tremendous little city. Who couldn't love the home of Double Cola, and KRYSTAL gut-bombers.

I guess for me, the place will still be defined by the King's Lodge. I've seen it when it was a pretty nice place, and I see it now, as it is: in pretty much disrepair. For the longest, it maintained it's own restaurant, which I recall for the longest sported this sign: "Lynyrd Skynyrd's Favorite Place To Eat In Chattanooga."

I was wondering, if anyone knew, how long that motel has been around

The view of the city at night, is beautiful.


You forgot to mention Moon Pies, and if you want to include the metro area, you've got Little Debbie 10 miles away.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/16 06:11:57 (permalink)
Can you tour the Moon Pie and Little Debbie factories?

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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/16 06:29:36 (permalink)
I don't know about Moon Pie, though there is no sign outside the plant advertising tours. Little Debbie is very picky about letting anyone see the inside of their plant, for competitive reasons.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/16 08:13:48 (permalink)
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Incidentally, I had posted some time ago about a hot dog place in Chattanooga called Griffin's Foot Longs on the outside of town close to where Rt 153 and I-75 meet. I noticed yesterday that about a block from Zarzour's is the original Griffin's, on Main St. I've seen it for years and have been tempted but even my sense of adventure could not conquer my fear of the condom shop right next door to it and the kind of gritty neighborhood.



To heck with the condom shop next door. You should note that Griffin's Hot Dogs is technically located on Cemetary Ave.!!!
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/16 09:36:34 (permalink)
Little Debbie probably keeps visitors out so they can't see the various nuclear and inorganic chemical compounds that make up their "cakes". I have degree in Chemical Engineering but couldn't make heads or tails out of the label of ingredients on a box of those puppies last time I looked....

The creme filling in the oatmeal raisin cakes probably can be used as an industrial solvent or as a plastic explosive....
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/16 09:49:29 (permalink)
When I'm in Chattanooga I try to have lunch at Nicky's (spelling may not be correct), located near the Red Bank tunnel. It's been around since the '40s or '50s, I think it started life as a drive-in restaurant. Great burgers and fries, good atmosphere - Cokes in bottles, juke boxe selections at each booth, etc. Another neat place is Bud's, I think it's located on Brainerd Road.

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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/16 10:59:19 (permalink)
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Little Debbie probably keeps visitors out so they can't see the various nuclear and inorganic chemical compounds that make up their "cakes". I have degree in Chemical Engineering but couldn't make heads or tails out of the label of ingredients on a box of those puppies last time I looked....

The creme filling in the oatmeal raisin cakes probably can be used as an industrial solvent or as a plastic explosive....


Carolina Bill: I think your analysis is a little unfair unless you have visited their very neat facility. Collegedale is a 7th Day Adventis community totally. I am not of that faith and I do not know all that it is founded on but I do know that the majority of them are vegetarians and their dietary habits are far better than most including mine. Little Debby is named after their grandaughter I think. I employed many from their local college which are 7th day Adventist and they all were very neat, clean and devout individuals.

If you have knowledge of them using nuclear, inorganic material or using things to make plastic explosives, please email me and I will contact them regarding your complaints.

From a personal point of view, I have enjoy Little Debbie products for better than 40 years. I certainly enjoy their oatmeal cakes and baked doughnuts.

Paul E. Smith
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/16 17:28:39 (permalink)
I hope I'm not dispensing classified information, but Sundancer is a member of the Homeland Security dept.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/16 21:19:52 (permalink)
Litter Debbie Frosted Fudge Cakes...mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!!!
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/03/19 19:53:07 (permalink)
If anyone can remember the name of the deli in Coolidge Park I'd appreciate it. Great deli, and every Friday night is International Night and they have a specialty from a different country. Within walking distance of the walking bridge.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/04/20 06:21:01 (permalink)
A recent $40 a day episode was on Chattanooga. Rachel ate at Aretha Frankenstiens, Back Inn Cafe and Dinner at the Diner. We are going to Chattanooga next week and would like to know if others recommend these as well.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/04/20 09:14:46 (permalink)
I tried to set up an interview with the Little Debbie folks in preparation for a possible article. They were totally uncooperative. Got ahold of someone in the marketing department. Made me wonder why they had such a department. Hence, I've bought my last Little Debbie product.

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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/04/26 16:55:43 (permalink)
Neat little place at Coolidge Park called The Yellow Submarine. It's got a kind of Beatles them to it and it's really cute and well done. Old pinball machines and Skee ball machines in the back. Serve hamburgers, hot dogs and a range of Philly style cheese steaks which were quite good.

Also have to mention a neat little taqueria stand located on Main & Rossville, within eyesight of Zarzour's. This place is so authentic all you can do is point to the food you want because the woman inside the stand does not speak English. After you point to what you want, you go in the tienda and pay for it. the tienda was incredible, biggest selection of spanish music and videos/dvd's I have ever seen. In another room they sold cowboy boots and clothes.
Pay for it, take the receipt outside to the cart and eat up. You can eat under the canopy if you like.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/04/26 16:58:14 (permalink)
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I tried to set up an interview with the Little Debbie folks in preparation for a possible article. They were totally uncooperative. Got ahold of someone in the marketing department. Made me wonder why they had such a department. Hence, I've bought my last Little Debbie product.

Fred Sauceman


Fred, the place to go and it's only a mile or so from Little Debbie is Couch's BBQ. Exit 11 off I-75, take a right at the Burger King and it's down 1 1/2 miles. Been there since 1947. The guy has several trees worth of cut up wood ready to put in his smoker and the Q is excellent as well as the sides.
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/04/26 17:39:23 (permalink)
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I tried to set up an interview with the Little Debbie folks in preparation for a possible article. They were totally uncooperative. Got ahold of someone in the marketing department. Made me wonder why they had such a department. Hence, I've bought my last Little Debbie product.

Fred Sauceman


I am totally shocked at the behavior of Little Debbies. I have always been a fan of their product and a supporter of their beliefs. If they do not support the request of Fred Sauceman, I will never support the use of their products.

I am with you Fred Sauceman, Adios Little Debbies, a product that I have supported for better than 40 years.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/04/26 17:40:50 (permalink)
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I tried to set up an interview with the Little Debbie folks in preparation for a possible article. They were totally uncooperative. Got ahold of someone in the marketing department. Made me wonder why they had such a department. Hence, I've bought my last Little Debbie product.

Fred Sauceman
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RE: Favorites in CHATTANOOGA, TN? 2005/04/26 19:47:24 (permalink)
I've worked with LD for a few years as a customer so their behavior does not surprise me. They are extremely secretive and to my knowledge do not allow anyone in their plant to visit.
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