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Sunday, April 28, 2013    |    By: Staff Reports
Try the club sandwich at Splitz Bar and Grill inside Pin Strikes Bowling and Laser Tag Entertainment Center.
Try the club sandwich at Splitz Bar and Grill inside Pin Strikes Bowling and Laser Tag Entertainment Center.
Photo by Mark Gilliland

Whether it's burgers or steaks, meat-and-three or chicken salad, catfish or pot pies, traditional American food is easy to find in Chattanooga.

Backstage Lounge

5518 Brainerd Road

899-2695

Inside Holiday Bowl, the lounge offers a pub-style menu with sandwiches, salads, appetizers. Music -- DJs and live bands -- perform most Friday and Saturday nights. $

Bart's Lakeshore

5840 Lake Resort Terrace

870-0777

Selection of appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches (including boneless pork chop) and Angus burgers, wings and handmade Italian pizzas, plus entrée selections from broiler or grill menu featuring everything from spaghetti and meatballs to steaks, chicken and seafood dishes. $$

Bea's Restaurant

4500 Dodds Ave.

867-3618

One of Chattanooga's favorite all-you-can-eat places. Spin the huge lazy Susans to fill your plate with Southern cooking, and grab some cobbler for dessert. $

Bethlehem Bistro

200 W. 38th St. (in Bethlehem Center)

760-1495

One-price buffet offers a different meat each day, plus a variety of country-style, comfort-food sides. Dessert is included. $

Buffalo Wild Wings

120 Market St., 634-0468, and 5744 Highway 153, 877-3338

Burgers, salads, sandwiches, ribs and the house specialty -- wings -- in several levels of spiciness. $

Cheeburger Cheeburger

138 Market St.

265-4108

Supreme burgers, sandwiches and salads. Finish a one-pounder and get your picture on the wall, but the 7-ounce Semi-Serious is the favorite. $

Cherry Street Diner

701 Cherry St.

266-4484

Hearty Southern breakfasts (anyone for Bacon Cakes or Greek Omelets?) and waist-expanding lunches (perhaps a hard-to-find Monte Cristo?) are on the menu. $

City Cafe

901 Carter St. (Days Inn Rivergate), 634-9191, and 7641 Lee Highway (Best Western Heritage Inn), 485-8222

Tremendous variety of appetizers, soups and chili, salads, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, chicken sandwiches, melts, Philly cheese steaks, stir-fries, American, Mexican, Greek and Italian specialties, and desserts (especially the work-of-art cakes) -- all served 24 hours. $

Cookie Jar Cafe

1887 Kelly Cross Road, Dunlap, Tenn.

423-949-5852

Nine entrees offered, or guests can create their own country plate from four daily meat choices, plus some 20 hot or cold sides. There's also a special daily entree, soup of the day, main-dish salads, burgers and sandwiches. $

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    The Cookie Jar Cafe in Dunlap, Tenn., has a selection of entrees along with traditional meat-and-threes.
    Photo by Photo by Mark Gilliland

Countryside Cafe

8223 Mahan Gap Road, Ooltewah

344-8646

Neighborly restaurant serves up home-cooked meals from family recipes, including roasted chicken, skillet-fried okra and skillet-fried sweet potatoes. But don't forget the wide assortment of desserts. $

Dari Dip

302 W. Villanow St., LaFayette, Ga.

706-638-3274

Casual dining in family-type restaurant offers daily meat-and-veggie specials as well as drive-in fare, plus an ice cream treats menu. $

Diamond Billiard Club

3600 Hixson Pike, Suite 118

877-5882

The 10-ounce Angus burger is smothered in grilled onions and gravy. Specials, salads, sandwiches, steaks, chicken and pizza round out the menu. Bring a pool cue to play a round while you wait. $

Dinner Bell

3258 Chattanooga Valley Road, Flintstone, Ga.

706-820-9072

Meat-and-veggie specials, such as made-to-order chicken livers, plus a line of sandwiches and salads make this a favorite homespun eatery. $

Family Table

3904 Ringgold Road, East Ridge

698-8857

Casual family dining offers variety of items from Greek salad to Chicken Picatta to 1-pound Hungry Man Burger. Or try the soup, salad and pizza buffet. $

Fehn's 1891 House

449 Delaware Ave., Dayton, Tenn.

775-1892

Open Thursday-Saturday and the second and fourth Sundays, these third-generation restaurateurs serve up fried chicken and macaroon pie in a historic home. Beef or fish entrees and a special of the day are available, too. $$

Figgy's Sandwich Shop

805 Chestnut St.

266-8675

Often referred to as the best sandwich shop in town. A secret sauce accents the ham-and-turkey. The fruit tea and brownies also draw raves. $

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

401 Broad St., 531-8267; 5110 Hixson Pike, 870-7772; and 2020 Gunbarrel Road, 664-3500

Big and slightly smaller burgers and massive amounts of fries make this more than a run-of-the-mill burger joint. Also veggie burgers and hot dogs. $

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    Family Table in East Ridge has a variety of choices from American to Greek to Italian.
    Photo by Photo by Mark Gilliland

Golly Whoppers Sandwich Shop

6337 East Brainerd Road

855-2001

Generous portions served up in specialty or create-your-own sandwiches. Salads, including the best taco salad in town, soups and delicious bar desserts (full square or bite size) also available. $

Herman's Soul Food & Catering

3821 Brainerd Road

624-5715

Southern cooking includes items such as Million Dollar Meatloaf, Famous Whiting Fish (grilled or fried) and Smothered Pork Chops With Rice. Or go for Clifford's Chicken & Waffles. $

Ivy Cottage

409 N. Main St., LaFayette, Ga.

706-638-2787

Chicken salad a specialty, but sandwiches, grilled items, meat-and-veggie dishes and desserts also available in this favorite lunch-only spot. $

Kay's Kastle

8804 Dayton Pike, Soddy-Daisy

332-3310

Old-fashioned ice cream parlor serves up 20 flavors of ice cream, treats such as banana splits, plus items such as footlong hot dogs and sandwiches. $

Marsha's Backstreet Cafe

5032 Brainerd Road

485-7911

A no-frills, homestyle cafe with burgers, sandwiches and daily meat-and-veggie specials. Repeat customers swear by it. $

Melon Patch

2697 Johnson Road, Chickamauga, Ga.

706-375-7300

Home cooking at its best. Homemade rolls, hash-brown casserole and sweet potato pie draw raves, but also try the zucchini casserole or any of the fresh vegetables. $

Mount Vernon

3535 Broad St.

266-6591

Upscale Southern fare includes handmade dishes made with fresh seafood, certified black Angus meats and homemade pasta. Or choose from the Daily Healthy Choice Option and array of fresh salads. Don't forget a slice of amaretto pie. $$

Nikki's Drive Inn

899 Cherokee Blvd.

265-9015

Known for its burgers, chicken livers and fried shrimp, the restaurant is a Chattanooga institution. Fried or grilled grouper other good choices as well as the onion rings. $

Park Place Restaurant

2891 Lafayette Road, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

706-861-5368

Meat-and-three with homecooked meals of fried chicken, pork, Salisbury steak, baked ham and more than 20 side items. Specials are changed daily. $

Pigeon Mountain Country Store

Georgia Highways 193 and 341

706-539-2999

Barbecue with a view is the specialty, but guests also can sample the locally raised, grass-fed longhorn beef burgers, ribs, Abita root beer on tap and excellent soups. $

Porter's Steakhouse

827 Broad St.

643-1240

From ocean fresh seafood to finely prepared steaks, the restaurant in the Sheraton Read House has an option for every palate, including vegetarian fare, at breakfast, lunch and dinner. $$$

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    Countryside Cafe in Ooltewah has an extensive menu of country cooking, along with daily specials.
    Photo by Photo by Mark Gilliland

Riverside Catfish House

18039 Highway 41

821-9214

Open Friday-Sunday. Catfish in several varieties, but diners also can select from frog legs, prime rib, shrimp and chicken. Top off dinner with homemade coconut cake or Earthquake Cake. $

Southern Belle

Ross's Landing

266-4488

Select from three breakfast, six lunch and eight fine-dining dinner options, all while cruising the Tennessee River on a riverboat. $$$

Southern Burger Co.

1110 Market St.

825-4919

Advertising "gourmet" burgers, Southern Burger offers Bleu, Jalapeno, Habanero Jam and Veggie burgers and more, or you can just build your own with goat cheese, balsamic caramelized onions and other ingredients. $

Southern Comfort Steakhouse and Nightclub

511 Broad St.

386-5921

Southern comfort food meat-and-three lunches are standard, but there also are homemade soups, salads, wraps, a bison burger and skewered grilled tiger shrimp over linguini in wine-herb sauce. $

Southern Star

1300 Broad St., 267-8899. (Other take-out-only location, 1210 Taft Highway, 886-7004).

The menu has mainstays such as the warm Milano pasta salad, but the daily Blue Plate specials -- meats, sides, soups and specials -- continue to draw patrons. $

Southside Saloon & Bistro

1301 Chestnut St.

757-4730

Low-priced daily lunches include burgers, sandwiches, salads and specials, and items such as wings, nachos and other bite-size morsels on the weekend. $

Splitz Bar and Grill

6241 Perimeter Drive

710-3530

Wraps, sandwiches, burgers and salads along with a variety of finger foods to nosh on, plus drinks, desserts and a kids' menu, on tap inside Pin Strikes Bowling and Laser Tag Entertainment Center. $

Station House

1400 Market St. (Chattanooga Choo-Choo)

308-2481

All steak, ribs and seafood choices include salad bar and all-you-can-eat fresh shrimp -- plus entertainment from a live band and your personal singing server. $$

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    Southside Saloon & Bistro has lunch specials starting at $6.50 in addition to a regular menu featuring Southern comfort food, burgers, sandwiches and salads.
    Photo by Photo by Mark Gilliland

Steve's Landing

1145 Poling Circle, Soddy-Daisy

332-4098

Try the Kickin' Chicken, catfish or ribs in comfortable, casual location on the river at Pine Harbor Marina. Come by car or boat. $$

Terrace Grille

2 Carter Plaza

756-0002

Wide variety of items for breakfast and lunch, but at dinner select from mouth-watering dishes such as the ribeye, Pasta Provencal or Lemon Chicken Breast. $$

Track's End

3435 Amnicola Highway

The diner-style restaurant, decorated in black and white and Coca-Cola memorabilia, specializes in Philly cheese steaks and burgers but also offers breakfast around the clock. On-site pastry chef makes desserts almost daily. $

Tremont Tavern

1203 Hixson Pike

266-1996

The Tavern Burger is the favorite in this nonsmoking Riverview lunch-dinner venue, but there are other burgers, sandwiches, paninis, wraps and even a quesadilla from which to choose. Plus you can select from more than 100 brews and listen to music with friends several nights a week. $

Wally's

1600 McCallie Ave., 698-4643, and 6521 Ringgold Road, 899-6151

Open since 1937, the memory-making restaurant serves Southern cooking at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Meat-and-veggies a specialty. East Ridge location offers full menu or buffet. $

Zarzour's Eats & Jackie's Treats

809 Market St.

305-0366

Something for everyone, from sandwiches and burgers to soups and salads. Specials include bourbon-glazed chicken, lasagna and home-cooked veggies. Breakfast also served. $