Chattanooga has a fabulous food scene (as told by my Chattanooga Foodie Bucket List). There are so many amazing restaurants and food spots in town worth checking out. How do you fit in so many great spots into your explorations?
The answer: take a food tour!
Jane Biscarini started Eat Sip Walk Food Tours last year to introduce both locals and visitors to Chattanooga’s bustling food scene. After growing up in San Diego, Ca., and living in Italy for 14 years, Jane developed a passion for good food and a desire to share that passion with others. Now she operates Eat Sip Walk tours to share the Southern comfort food offerings in town with locals and tourists.
Last weekend my friend and I had the awesome opportunity to take one of Jane’s tours around the Southside of Chattanooga. Of the five stops we made, I’d been to two of them before and got to experience three new places.
Here are the awesome places we stopped at on our food tour and the delicious food we enjoyed at each stop!
We started at Feed Co. Table & Tavern for a salad. This wasn’t just any salad, though: it was a spinach salad with flash-fried maple-bacon Brussels sprouts, Georgia pecans, goat cheese and a pepper-jelly vinaigrette. As a protein, we had a salmon patty, much like the one Feed Co. serves on its salmon burger. That salmon patty might have converted me into a fish eater.
Next was Terminal Brewhouse, a former hotel turned restaurant (and other things in between). It’s situated right across from the famed Chattanooga Choo Choo. Here’s some irony for y’all: the Choo Choo was once a train terminal and is now a hotel, and Terminal Brewhouse was once a hotel and now it’s a restaurant called “Terminal.” Get it?
Anyway, we got to sample their Pot Roast Nachos, and oh my goodness they were delicious. Our group blew through those pretty fast.
Note to self: go back to Terminal just for these nachos.
Our third stop was DeBarge Urban Winery, which I was super happy to go back. We tasted three wines: Chardanooga, Cloudland White and Labyrinth red blend. I’d tasted the first two at my last visit (and of course didn’t complain about getting to try them again), but that was my first time tasting the Labyrinth. Normally I prefer white over red, but the Labyrinth was smooth and delicious. This time I brought home a bottle of the Cloudland white blend. So good.
Our fourth stop on the food tour was at Flying Squirrel, one of my favorite spots in town. I’ve been there several times for food and drinks, but had only had the same couple of dishes over and over. This time I got to sample their house-made felafel, which was also the first time I’d ever tried felafel.
Our drink sample was a strawberry thyme shrub sparkling wine. It sounds like an odd flavor combination, but I loved it! Definitely a sinus-opener if you sip it too fast. Not that I speak from experience or anything.
Our food tour concluded at La Conga, a Latin American restaurant, for our sweet treat of the day. I’m not super familiar with Latin American food, and would’ve had no idea that you can make an empanada into dessert. La Conga’s guava and cheese empanada proved me wrong, and oh my goodness it was delicious!
Jane’s food tours aren’t limited to these five awesome spots. Her other tours visit Slick’s Burgers, Niedlov’s Bread Works, Slick’s Burgers, Blue Orleans and more. Even more Chattanooga restaurants I haven’t been to yet!
And yes, I was quite full after the tour. Happy stomach, happy Kate.
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