Adventures in the Noog

Life's been busy. And you know what? I don't think it's slowing down anytime soon, if ever. But hey...

Jessie and I needed some time away from Athens and decided to visit one of our favorite places: Chattanooga, Tennessee. It's not too far of a drive from Athens, and it's well worth visiting. 

We particularly love all the public art throughout the city, and the food is phenom.

If you're planning on visiting Chattanooga, I hope you find this helpful; if this city isn't even on your radar, it might be after you read this!

So, here's a little rundown of all the things we did while in the Noog...

Day 1 (Evening)

Airbnb Apartment
Southside Gem, 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4

When you travel, it's all about location, location, location. If you're looking for a couples getaway to Chattanooga and want to be able to walk to places, I highly recommend staying here.


Tennessee Stillhouse
1439 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402  /

We went out for a stroll and came upon this cool spot. If your a fan of craft beer and/or brew tours, you'll love this place. 


Urban Stack
12 W 13th St, Chattanooga, TN 37402  /

After the tour and tasting at the Tennessee Stillhouse, we were hungry. The guys at the distillery recommended Urban Stack a couple blocks away. It was a 25 minute wait, but it was worth it. Burgers y'all.


Day 2

Niedlov's Breadworks
215 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408  /  

Pronounced "need love's," this place is super close to the apartment. Good eats. Good coffee. It's like Independent Baking Co. meets Jittery Joe's.


Tennessee Aquarium
1 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402  /

If you're making the trip to Chattanooga and haven't been to the Aquarium, well, you should just go. 


The Local Juicery + Kitchen
48 E Main Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408  / 

Very close to our rental place is this healthy juice spot. I walked over and sadly found it closed @ 5:09pm; however, an employee let me! He gave me some info on the bottled juices they had available. I bought 4 different bottles (small ones) to try out. Quite tasty. 


Main Street Meats
217 E Main Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408  /

We decided to eat dinner here because it was close to our place, right next door to Niedlov's Breadworks. Main Street Meats is half meat grocery, half restaurant. Their hanger steak was amazing. They also had a sour beer available :). Mmmmmmm.


Milk & Honey
135 N Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37405  /

A trip after dark to this trendy place. Nice tile work. Well done branding. Homemade gelato. Check out that sweet outdoor bar seating. What more could you ask of a place?


Day 3

Walkin' Aroun' Chatt-Town

Well, the weather was just stinkin' great on this day, so after some hang time at Niedlov's in the AM, we went for a stroll. We made it all the way to the Bluff Art District and the Tennessee River. Warehouse Row caught our attention, so we toured this swanky place for fun...

Warehouse Row
1110 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402  /


Bluff View Art District & the Hunter Museum of American Art  /

The art district is home to Rembrandt's Coffee House and other fancy looking storefronts. Not far from it is the Hunter Museum of American Art. We didn't actually go into the museum, but the structure itself is quite impressive. Plus, there's some great views of the river.

Chattanooga has proven to be the perfect city for walking. There really is public art everywhere, and it's awesome. Athens, learn some lessons from the Chatt-town! 

Community Pie
850 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402  /

In the midst of our walk, we passed this bombtastic pizza sign, which points the way to Community Pie. We stopped here for lunch on our walk back. They serve Neapolitan & New York style pizza, and I can attest to the fact that their NY style is delicious (didn't try the Neapolitan, but I'm sure I wouldn't have been disappointed). They also had a Milk & Honey inside!


Flying Squirrel Bar
55 Johnson Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408  /

Voted the Best Designed Bar in the Nation by Times Free Press this year, it's a must visit, even if only to check out the sweet architecture. It was a little crowded for our taste, but hey, it was pretty cool.

flying squirrel_night

Day 4

Bluegrass Grill
55 E Main Street, Chattanooga, TN 37408  /

Yet another spot very close to the apartment. May I recommend the Glorious Grits?


Incline Railway
3917 St. Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409  /

A short drive to the historical St. Elmo, and you'll find the trolley-style cars that climb Lookout Mountain at a 72.7° grade (at the steepest point). Sit back and enjoy the scenic view of the mountains. Point Park is a few blocks away from the station at the top (attention Civil War history buffs!). There is normally a park entrance fee, but we went on Veteran's Day, so the fee was waived! Wahoo! 

All of the photos below of views of the mountains, Tennessee River, and Chattanooga are from different spots in Point Park.

Mojo Burrito
3950 Tennessee Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409  /

Basically across the street from the Incline Railway was this Tex-Mex joint. If you are accustomed to Barberitos, this place comes up short. They did well with their decor though!

Clumpies Ice Cream Co.
3917 St. Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409  /

Funny name. Great ice cream. Conveniently located right there at the Incline Railway.

Big River Grille & Brewing Works
222 Broad Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402  /

When you can get a beer flight of 9 beers for $6, that's a pretty sweet deal. Unfortunately, I wasn't a fan of most of their brews. If you like Chili's, you'll probably like Big River Grille.

Day 5

The Camp House
149 E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37402  /

There are three words that describe this place: Done with excellence. The Belgian waffles we had here were incredible - crispy exterior, soft interior. Mmmm. It has a coffee house feel, and they do coffee really well, but they also serve great food, craft beer and wine. We liked it so much we went back the next day! Well done, Campers.

Velo Coffee Roasters
509 E Main Street #3, Chattanooga, TN 37408  /

This roaster is a winner! We visited Velo several years ago when we were here, and it is where I had my first aeropress. Check this place out!

Coolidge Park
1 River Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402  /

This was a great day for a picnic, so we went to this local park at the other end of the Walnut Street Bridge. It was a beautiful area with great views across the Tennessee River. 

The Terminal Brewhouse
6 E 14th St, Chattanooga, TN 37408  /

This place is a favorite of ours, so we waited until the last night to eat here. The Terminal is also extremely close to the apartment at only 0.1 miles away! They have great food and great beer brewed in-house. If you like IPAs, that West Coast IPA is great! Go there!

Day 6

The Yellow Deli
737 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37403  /  

Quirky yet cozy, The Yellow Deli is a must visit. They are open 24/5, from Sunday at noon until Friday at 3:00p. I highly recommend the Mango Mate and the Deli Pesto sandwich. Wow.

There’s still a lot we haven’t discovered in Chattanooga, and places we didn’t get to this go ‘round. Guess we’ll have to plan another trip!