WHAT HE GOT
The place: Sugar's Ribs, 2450 15th St.
The meal: Corn on the cob, roasted okra, macaroni and cheese and turnip greens.
The cost: $10.11.
This week I wanted something different for lunch. Since I didn't want meat, Sugar's Ribs on Missionary Ridge seemed like a great place.
That seems odd to say about a barbecue place, but the meat at Sugar's is just OK in my opinion. I prefer my barbecue to taste like it's been smoked in a drum with wood that has been smoldering since Gen. Braxton Bragg was roaming the ridge.
The sides at Sugar's are another matter. Add on a few of their specialty sauces, and you have a great meal. I especially like the grilled okra and corn on the cob, which is served with the husk still attached. It makes for a nice handle.
I opted for the macaroni and cheese instead of the pinto beans. While it was tasty and creamy, in retrospect, I liked the beans better. I've also ordered the roasted jalapenos and the onions before and like them very much.
My order of greens was a little watery, but tasty.
Sugar's has a downtown location as well, but it's hard to beat the view from Sugar's on the ridge.
Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...