Just got back from Chattanooga and an over-nighter! First off, my near 20 year run, of staying at "The King's Lodge" must end. It began as a pretty decent motel, that wasn't exactly cheap ($75 a night in the late 80's), and sported a pretty good restaurant, and a great view of the city below at night. It has been sold a time or two, and as the area has gotten worse, so has it. The restaurant is gone. The place is falling apart. You don't even have working ice machines! You do have "working" GIRLS out front, and we even watched a drug deal from the balcony. As I was attempting to call the police, there was a knock at the door. The dealer had noticed me on the balcony. He came to see if I "needed anything!!!"
This why my Glock 9mm is like an American Express card: I never leave home without it!
Now...food: We ate at the Big River Grille as usual. The place was quite busy for a Tuesday night. Our server was excellent. On top of everything, and very nice. I ordered my usual there...grilled meat loaf, with garlic smashed potatoes, and snow peas. Three BIG slabs of meatloaf, big mound of 'tators, though not as "garlically" as I would have wanted. Still all-around, this place is a winner. Note: We visited Ruby Falls for about the 10th time. It would still be a great time with no changes, but...they have recently given the place a HUGE facelift, and it rocks! Very nice job! And...on the back of my ticket stub, was a coupon for the Big River Grille. It was for a free appetizer from Big River Grille! A $7.50 value! That was put to use as well.
Next day, I had lunch at Lupi's Pizza. My first time, I had to order my "standard." A couple slices of peppperoni, mushrooms & onions. Pretty good! The slices were small in my opinion. But good. Reminded me muchly of Mellow Mushroom, to be honest. It could pass for their pie. The sauce was quite nice, and the crust just about right. Mellow Mushroom done right, is hard to beat. Lupi's is at least barking on their tail, with a very like pizza.
Quite curious about "Cheeseburger Cheeseburger"???
It's been downtown forever now, and I always wonder if it's anything special...
Lastly, the new addition to the aquarium is open, and it's pretty sweet. You can pet baby sharks and sting-rays, visit a room full of nothing but butterflies, and a bunch of other neat things. They haven't soaked anyone for more more $$$, as far as I can tell.
Downtown Chattanooga, with the aquarium/Coolridge Park area, plus several superb movie theatres, and places to eat...remains a story of tremendous big/little city re-birth.
One could and SHOULD spend a day at every point of interest upon Lookout Mountain...