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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 Distillery in Gatlinburg

Ole Smoky Moonshine Holler

At first glance, this stone-and-wood moonshine distillery, Tennessee's first licensed moonshine maker, appears to have a Disney flair, but it's the real deal. Gathering around the hysterical bartenders, drinking the…
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…
Top Choice Breakfast in Knoxville

Oli Bea

It's worth sleeping in Knoxville just to wake up to the Mexicanized Southern breakfast fare at this morning stop in the Old City. You'll find gussied up standards (country ham, sage sausage, organic chicken or duck …
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…
in Chattanooga

Chattanooga African-American Museum

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

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.
Museum in Knoxville

Women's Basketball Hall of Fame

You can't miss the massive orange basketball that marks the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, a nifty look at the sport from the time when women were forced to play in full-length dresses.