Brunch. What a fantastic invention. Delicious eats and Bloody Marys (or mimosas or whatever your fancy).
And, I’m all on board with whomever’s idea it was to take brunch from a one day a week thing and expanding it to Saturdays and Sundays. Chattanooga’s brunch scene has followed along with this trend and we are all so lucky that they did.
Let me take you on a tour of my favorite answers to the question…where to eat brunch in Chattanooga?
The Feed Co Table and Tavern
Brunch served Saturday 11:00-2:00 and Sunday 10:30-2:00
You’ll find Feed (as the locals call it) on Main Street and you’ll find free parking right across the street. Think of it as your neighborhood pub with excellent food. You can choose to sit in the restaurant proper, the tavern, or on the covered deck. My absolute favorite brunch option is the short ribs + grits. So, so good. Other options include huevos rancheros, strawberry short stack pancakes, and the build your own Bloody Mary bar.
Easy Bistro and Bar
Brunch served Saturday and Sunday 11:00-4:00
Easy Bistro and Bar is located in the heart of downtown, two blocks from the river and right next to the aquarium. The historical building started as a Coca-Cola bottling facility in 1899. The space has not lost its historical charm and details. Easy Bistro is one of those places that no matter what you order, you just can’t go wrong. The staff, both the chefs and the front of the house, are professionals and excellent (the photo at the top of the page shows some of Easy’s amazing creations). While you’re there take advantage of the brunch $1 oyster special. Oh, and the good news is that they now offer the same $1 oysters Monday-Friday from 5-6pm.
Brunch served Saturday 11:00-2:00 and Sunday 10:00-2:00
1885 Grill is St Elmo’s spot to chill outside and enjoy the morning and the make your own Bloody Mary bar. They have delicious breakfast items like chicken and waffles and a breakfast croissant sandwich as well as seafood options.
Brunch served Saturday and Sunday 10:30-2:30
Located on the south side of Chattanooga, Stir resides in the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Stir specializes in fresh local food, an oyster bar, craft cocktails and artisanal ice (hence the name). My last visit had me noshing on raw oysters and, you guessed it, a Bloody Mary. You can also enjoy crab and shrimp Benedict, waffle encrusted chicken, traditional breakfast fair, and the large mason jar of mimosas (pictured above) for $10. A free, cold bar accompanies all brunch entrée orders. The cold bar features different salads and desserts.
The Flying Squirrel
Sundays Only 10:30-3:00
Located on Chattanooga’s south side just off of Main Street, the Flying Squirrel is an amazingly cool, architecturally clean space where live music plays and brunch is the only time where the under 21 are invited to partake. The menu changes frequently, but the options are excellent. Spicy shrimp and grits and poutine to biscuits and gravy and the Korean BBQ Beef Burrito are great choices along with the full bar and rotating beer list.