Just found this site and thought I’d post my favorite hometown restaurants.
Hamburgers and bar food: Bud’s on Brainard Road…great service and menu
Sushi and Chinese: Na Go Ya on Brainard Road…The restaurant doesn’t look like much, but the sushi is the best in town and the price is right. Stay away from Sushi Nabe. It’s overpriced and the sushi is terrible.
Thai: Sweet Basil, also on Brainard Road…my personal favorite restaurant in town
Mexican: Amigo’s, several locations throuhout the city…good and cheap, great cheese dip, salsa and stuffed peppers. For the best margaritas try Las Margaritas on Hixson Pike in Riverview. They also have a great outside deck.
Shrimp and greasy fried foods: Nikki’s on Cherokee Blvd. by the tunnels…Best shrimp ever!
Meat and 3: Wally’s on McCallie…can be inconsistant, but usually good. Creme House in Ooltewah is also good.
Fine dining: Canyon Grill on Lookout Mtn…a long way from town, but worth the trip. Fine dining in a casual atmosphere. Great service and food. It’s in a dry county, so you must bring your own wine or other alchohol. St. John’s downtown is also good.
Pizza: Lupi’s downtown and Hixson Pike
Deli: River Street Deli at Coolidge Park
Coffee House: Stone Cup at Coolidge Park
Places to stay away from: most chains, but if you must, try Taco Mac downtown. Especially stay away from T.G.I. Friday’s by the aquarium! It’s the worst! Also stay away from Cheeburger Cheeburger, Big River Grill, Easy Seafood, Blue Plate, & Northshore Grill. All are a big waste of money and time.