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Not only does this restaurant have great food but the atmosphere is second to none. It’s located downtown right across from the Aquarium. It's a little pricey but well worth it if you are a burger fan. This place will make you wonder how Red Robin stays in business. The decor is right out of the 50's. Everything you want in an old fashioned malt shop. From malts to cherry or vanilla cokes, you'll find something you'll love. Even the kids’ meals are served in a "57 Chevy box". They have so many different toppings and ways to make a burger you have to love them or it's your own fault for not making it better. Fries are OK but don’t waste your time on them when you could be eating their onion "Frings". Hot, homemade and out of this world. Dozens of different flavors of ice cream for shakes and malts await you. Their burgers come in all sizes from a 1/4 pound all the way up to a one pound for the adventurous which will get your picture on the wall if you finish it. If your 12 or under you can make the wall of fame by finishing a 1/2 pounder. For the average person their 1/3 pound "Serious" burger is a full meal especially with some "Frings" and a malt. Service has always been very timely and the staff has been very pleasant. The management has been very cooperative when we have a group in from out of town for reservations, very accommodative and helpful. And they will always go out of their way for a birthday! This place is a burger lover’s delight. Whether it's something simple like mayo, pickles, and American cheese or more adventurous like jalapenos, black olives, spicy mustard and Blue cheese, you'll find something you'll love. The food is a little greasy but it's burgers, fries, and onion rings. Aren't they supposed to be greasy? If you’re looking for a wide variety menu you'll probably enjoy Tuesday's or Fridays better. If you want ribs downtown you go to "Sticky Fingers". If you want a burger, this is the place! I've eaten at several other burgers places in town including the old diner at the top of the hill overlooking down town and Cheeburger Cheeburger is the best. Oh yeah, all their burgers come with cheese but they will leave it off if you ask.
When I say my favorite restaurant, I mean it. On my last visit.... While we waited for our first course, we were treated to small bowls of chilled tomato soup with grilled shrimp and ramp Crème fraiche. After the first taste, my husband and I smiled at each other and settled into our seats knowing were in for a few hours of pure culinary bliss. For our first course I ordered the quail and arugula salad with radicchio, honeybells and maple glaze, sprinkled with edible flowers. Potato and ramp soup with butter poached main lobster and black truffle oil. Mouth watering yet? I always get the quail at St. Johns. It's delectable no matter how it's prepared. Wondering what a ramp is? It's an incredibly rare wild leek that only grows in the Appalachian Mountains for three weeks. It has a wonderful garlic taste and for the next while can be found throughout the St. Johns menu. I decided to be adventurous and try the leg of venison while my husband picked out a Buffalo steak. Mine was served with a gouda cornmeal souffle and marinated beets that perfectly complemented the gamey meat. The buffalo steak was absolutely divine paired with a scrumptious Béarnaise sauce. The highlight of the meal was (of course) the dessert. As soon as I knew we were going to St. Johns, all I could think was....Chocolate Pudding. Chocolate pudding at a five star restaurant? Oh, you have no idea how good this dish is. Served warm with carmel ice cream, it may be the most divine dessert I've ever tasted. I could eat at St. John's every night. Our server Catherine was wonderful, and the chef, Daniel Lindley, is pure genius. By the way, if you want to enjoy St. Johns quality food in a more casual atmosphere (and less expensive), check out The Meeting Place. I've never been, but I plan to try it out...very soon.
Have you ever fallen so in love that you are left speechless? That is how I feel sitting down to write this review. This is the second time I have been to Market 212, and it was like having another chance with a Craigslist "Missed Connections" crush: I knew we had something going before, I just needed one more chance in order to be sure. I am sure now. The first time I visited Market 212 was for their Thanksgiving meal, and such a meal it was. Cider glazed pork loin with jalapeno mashed sweet potatoes and apple cabbage slaw, with chocolate truffle cake for dessert, changed my view of what Thanksgiving could be. While I am not certain that this was the traditional meal of the Pilgrims, I think it could be held up as an example of just how far America has come in 400 years. Go progress! On this second visit, I chose to simplify, getting the roasted beet and orange salad with chicken, and sharing my mother's apple-mustard glazed pork with grilled sweet potatoes and bacon braised red cabbage. Both were fantastic. Both chicken and pork were tender, and came in generous portions, and the vegetables were fresh and crisp. I have never been a huge fan of red cabbage, but apparently even boring vegetables can gain life when braised with bacon, because my mother's cabbage was delicious. The only disappointment of the trip was when I went to order the supposedly gluten-free (shameful secret here: I can no longer eat gluten, one of the eternal sadnesses of my life) pesto chicken, and discovered that they had run out of stuffing and thus had decided to stuff it with bread. Go figure. It is very nice, however, that Market 212 goes to the effort of labeling all its gluten-free options on the menu.
I have an antique barometer dated to the mid 1700's. It is still in working condition mechanically, but the outside design was in shambles. I wasn't sure where to take this piece, as most other places had no idea how to go about with restoration. One of my acquaintances in Memphis told me about Alan Shuptrine - who owns Shuptrine's Gold Leaf Designs in Chattanooga, TN. He had an antique portrait frame of a Civil War solider restored by Alan a few years ago, and after the restoration, he was able to sell his piece to a museum. I decided off of the recommendation of Alan, to take my barometer to him and see what he said. Right out of the gate, he was able to identify the year and maker of the barometer. He was also able to see all of the fractures that were in the original structure, and explain how he was going to repair the missing ornamentation on the designs. He was also very concerned about maintaining the original integrity of the piece and wanted to save as much of the existing original gold leaf as possible. After 3 weeks of meticulous work, I was able to see my fully restored barometer. You couldn't tell which areas were repaired, all of the fractures were filled and stabilized, and the original antique gold finish blended so well with the newly gilded areas - I was completely blown away. Alan Shuptrine and staff are extremely professional, and highly trained in the art of restoration and antique integrity. The barometer is now the show piece of my home, and I will never take a restoration anywhere else but Shuptrine's.
I fell for one of the oldest tricks in the book: Calling something a bistro so that you can charge three times as much for the food as you normally would. Don't get me wrong: The venue was beautiful. The wine rack was beautiful. The food was beautiful. Individuals with an overdeveloped sense of sight and no real taste differentiation should absolutely consider this as a hot spot. However, as someone who was hoping for more of a culinary than a visual feast, I was rather disappointed. It is my understanding that $36 bacon-wrapped scallops should feature sizzling, perfectly-crispy bacon wrapped around fresh, lightly seasoned scallops. However, Terramae's understanding seemed to be that at least three quarters of that $36 should go towards purchasing salt for the dish, which seemed to be designed to cover up the fishy taste of the scallops (and not the good kind of fishy, where fish tastes like delicious cold-water fish, but rather the kind where it tastes as though the fish has been raised off the shores of New Jersey and too frequently visits the underwater radioactive tanning bed). My mother's steak was also buried under a mound of salt sufficient to de-ice the streets of Nashville during this current winter blizzard. The food was not horrible--it was fine. However, for the price it cost, I expected a whole lot more than a pretty environment and some salt.
I am from Atlanta and a frequent visitor to Chattanooga (at least six times a year). I had the very good fortune to eat lunch at the restaurant "Good Dog" on Frazier Avenue this past Sunday. All I can say is "Wow"--how lucky Chattanooga is to have what I think may be the best restaurant of its type east of the Mississippi! There's nothing I like better than a great hot dog and, simply put, I have never been to a better place than Good Dog. I introduced myself to Susan Paden, the owner and told her how impressed I was with the great food being served at her restaurant. I was further amazed to find out it was only their third day in business. The iced tea is fantastic, the fries served in a paper cone came to me hot and fresh, and, best of all, my hot dog (I ordered the Southern Slaw Dog with mustard, slaw and onions) was exactly what I hoped for - warm bun, great hot dog, and freshly cut slaw and onions. Only one mistake - I only ordered one hot dog! I'll correct that on my next visit. Best wishes to Susan and her entire team--keep up the great work!! They have a very clean, creatively decorated space serving great food at a reasonable price! Those are all the ingredients for success.
I recently had some art work and frames that needed to be restored due to water damage. I had heard about Shuptrine's from some friends and thought I would give them a try. It was a painless experience dealing with the owner Alan Shuptrine and the Gallery Manager Stephanie Valencia. They took their time and explained to me the process that would be used. I was made aware of the damage I could not see and they told me up cost what the charges would be. I was nervous having never seen any of their work before but I was called told my work was ready to pick up and it was beautiful. They paid attention to the details and everyone there was professional and friendly. I have no problem recommending this company to any one who is looking to have restoration or repairs done. Stephanie took the time to show me around the gallery and they have some excellent paintings and artists on exhibit. They will be my return shop for restoration. Thank you Shuptrine's for the beautiful work and anytime I need artwork or framing repaired or restored I do know where I am going. You guys did beautiful work - I can not say how pleased I am.
Dietcsh is an incredible artist, and an outstanding business man. I have had 2 tattoos done by him and both times we met and talked face to face t insure I would get the exact tattoo the way I wanted it. When i came in to get my tattoo he always finished extremely fast with BEAUTIFUL work. He is a man you can sit and enjoy conversation and cutting up with during your visit. His shop has such a welcoming family feel as well. Everyone in the shop will make you feel right at home and welcome. I've never felt uncomfortable or had fear of the work that was going to be done. Also he does the best cover ups I have ever seen in my life. So we'll I trust him fully to do mine soon. I would highly recommend Dietcsh vision to anyone who is passionate about their tattoos. I have never been let down and I truly believe that anyone who comes to this shop will leave 100% satisfied.
Top of the dock. Love the location because I live across the street. I love the atomsphere of the place.. it is a great. The food is really good.. but the service there is not that great. I have been there 5 or 6 times this year and the service is not very good. Very slow.. Too busy enjoying partying than really wanting to wait. Yes, I know that its a bar.. But when you having to go and look for your waitress for a drink, its not fun. Also, they do not have a eletronic system as for the tab, they write everything down, and not just myself but others have been getting tabs that are higher than they are suppose to be. And my last experience was, the waitress was putting other peoples drink on my tab that were not with my party. That happen twice. Its a good place to go, but do not recommend starting a tab, just pay as you go.
This is our favorite restaurant, have been eating their food for years and have never had a bad experience...except when they run out of our favorite dishes. My hubby's fav dish is Veal Parmesan served with pasta covered with a Marinara sauce /your choice of toppings. Mine is Chicken Souvlaki, served with pita, veggies and chicken cooked on a skewer. The best part is the sauce, a light sauce made with finely grated cucumber blended with yogurt, and subtle herbs. Delicious. We really miss going there, we moved abt five miles away and due to my being physically disabled and my husband is now terminally ill,we can't go there. My one wish is that they could make one exception to their rule and deliver us a meal. I would be forever grateful if that could happen.❤️��������