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Top Choice Southern in Chattanooga


'We treat you like family here,' says the waitress at this tiny wood-paneled slip of a diner, Chattanooga's oldest restaurant. 'We just don't like our family very much!' She's kidding (we think), but that kind of sa…
Top Choice New Southern in Chattanooga

Public House

A rather chic pub and restaurant in the refurbished warehouse district; the in-house bar, Social, is a dark welcoming brick house, the dining room is draped, bright and homey, and both rooms serve a tasty upscale me…
Aquarium in Chattanooga

Tennessee Aquarium

That glass pyramid looming over the riverside bluffs is the world's largest freshwater aquarium. Climb aboard the aquarium's high-speed catamaran for two-hour excursions through the Tennessee River Gorge (adult/chil…
Gallery in Chattanooga

Hunter Museum of American Art

Set high on the river bluffs, this striking melted-steel and glass edifice, easily the most singular architectural achievement in Tennessee. Oh, and their 19th- and 20th-century art collection is fantastic. Permanen…
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Chattanooga African-American Museum

Chattanooga African-American Museum has a special exhibit on 'Empress of the Blues' singer Bessie Smith, a Chattanooga native.
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Aretha Frankenstein's

This turquoise cottage, tucked away on a residential street in the hip North Shore area, is tops for all-day pancakes and omelets, burritos and BLTs, or enjoying a beer on the sprawling patio.
Pub Food in Chattanooga

Big River Grille & Brewing Works

A lively crowd drinks beer and chows down on crowd-pleasing upmarket pub grub – burgers, calamari, barbecue chicken pizza – in a warehouse-y downtown space with a big front patio.
American in Chattanooga

St John's Meeting Place

The culinary anchor of Chattanooga's Southside is widely considered the city's best night out. It's Johnny Cash black (black granite floor, black-glass chandeliers, black banquets) lending an unorthodox but mod eleg…
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IMAX Theater