The Rise of Locally-Sourced Restaurants in Chattanooga
One thing that Chattanooga isn’t short of is amazing food, that’s for sure! But another perk of living in the valley is the privilege of being surrounded by home-grown resources from our farmers. We wanted to highlight some of the farm to table restaurants around Chattanooga that pride themselves on using locally-sourced ingredients in their delectable dishes. There are so many more than what’s on this short list, but these are some we’ve tried ourselves and know they are worth sharing!
Main Street Meats: A Staple in Chattanooga’s Farm-to-Table Scene
Located next door to the famous Niedlove’s Bakery, Main Street Meats has quickly become a staple in the Chattanooga food scene since its opening in 2014. Main Street Meats is most known for its fresh charcuterie boards, burgers, and butcher counter at the front of the restaurant. That’s right, you can actually pick up your own meats to cook at home if you’d like!
2. 1885 Grill
1885 Grill: Locally-Sourced Dining in St. Elmo and Ooltewah
A gem of St. Elmo, 1885 Grill is a prime date-night restaurant that is highly rated for their burgers, steaks, and seafood. Enjoy their patio on a summer night while a local musician plays! They also have a location in Ooltewah for all of our Bainbridge Park, Magnolia Farms, and Farms at Creekside folks! They make sure to keep their calendar packed full of live music as well as weekly specials for food & drinks!
The Feed Table & Tavern: Downtown Chattanooga’s Farm-to-Table Experience
If you haven’t heard of The Feed Table & Tavern yet, we’d be surprised! Located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga in the Southside district, The Feed offers an elevated farm-to-table experience that is greatly due to their partnerships with local farms and grocers. This is no surprise though, because The Feed was a joint-idea by the owners of 1885 Grill and Tremont Tavern which are another pair of amazing Chattanooga staples. Their restaurant space is also very versatile – whether you’re just wanting to enjoy a beer at the bar top or have a quieter space for date night or a dinner party. When you visit, make sure to try the catfish, burgers, or fried green tomatoes!
4. Farm to Fork
Farm to Fork: North Georgia’s Hidden Gem
A local favorite that not many north of the border know about, Farm to Fork opened their 2nd location on Battlefield Parkway in Ringgold, GA in 2017. Their mission is to serve the freshest ingredients they can, with only the “ice and shrimp” being the only frozen items. Farm to Fork grows some of their own vegetables but mostly sources their ingredients from farmers in Chickamauga. Offering a traditional American-style menu, Farm to Fork is a great place to go with family or even a date night. They also often have music, trivia, and other events going on which is a perfect pairing with their delicious meals! This restaurant is not far from our community The Fields at Huntley Meadows!
Aubrey’s: Community Stewardship and Local Ingredients in Cleveland
Priding themselves in ‘Community Stewardship’, Aubrey’s first started in Knoxville, TN and offers an elevated version of the southern comfort food you love while giving back to the community. Aubrey’s sources most of their ingredients locally – from vegetables, fruits, meats, to seafood. When you go, make sure to try their Grilled Salmon Tacos or Rattlesnake Pasta. Their portions are large – just how we like it in the south! They also often host events and fundraisers for local schools, teachers, and athletes. For our folks at The Trails at Freewill, make sure to check this restaurant out – you won’t be disappointed!
Why Choose Locally-Sourced Restaurants in Chattanooga?
If you’re looking for a home around Chattanooga, North Georgia, or Cleveland, make sure to reach out to us to learn more about our designer communities that are local to many of these amazing restaurants you read about above. Call us today at (423) 757-7687 or visit our Communities page here.
This post was written by Sydnee Cearlock