Sitting on the Tennessee River, the city of Chattanooga offers beautiful scenery, a rich history, unique sandstone formations, and an excellent selection of breakfast restaurants. It's a great place to eat out for breakfast regardless of what your tastes might be; the city takes breakfast and brunch seriously, and restaurants offer everything from Southern comfort food with an Asian-influenced twist to exclusive breakfast-themed cocktails to classic diner food available 24/7.
© 1885 Grill
Specializing in tasty coastal cuisine and refreshing cocktails, 1885 Grill is a family-friendly restaurant known for its cheerful service. The restaurant's back dining room gives guests the chance to watch the chefs preparing their food through a viewing window, while the outdoor patio is the perfect place to enjoy some afternoon sunshine and a few drinks. The food is all prepared with fresh, local ingredients as much as possible, and highlights of the breakfast menu include classic fried chicken and waffles, a breakfast croissant sandwich with Gouda cheese and applewood smoked bacon, and a decadent Belgian waffle bananas Foster.
3914 St Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409, Phone: 423-485-3050
2.Easy Bistro & Bar
© Easy Bistro & Bar
A stylish French-themed bistro, Easy Bistro & Bar has the distinction of being located inside a renovated bottling plant formerly used to bottle Coca-Cola. The menu is constantly changing according to the whims of the chefs and whatever ingredients happen to be in season, but it often includes brunch dishes like steak and eggs, smoked salmon bagels, or crawfish toast with wild onions. However, the drinks selection is undeniably impressive as well; the wine list boasts more than 250 bottles sourced from around the world, and the cocktails feature unique ingredients like rhubarb bitters, hay-infused bourbon, and aloe vera liquor.
203 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 423-266-1121
Although it's primarily a cocktail bar, STIR also serves up some of the best food in Chattanooga. All food is prepared from scratch using fresh, local ingredients, and the menu is constantly changing to feature whatever ingredients are in season. The weekend brunch menu includes omelets, sandwiches, and biscuits and gravy, and $1 mimosas are offered as an accompaniment to your meal. Of course, the restaurant is well worth checking out during other times as well; the raw oyster bar is particularly spectacular, and the imaginative craft cocktails are all made with artisanal ice.
1444 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 423-531-7847
© Tupelo Honey
Found on Chattanooga's historic Warehouse Row, Tupelo Honey specializes in classic Southern comfort food with an innovative twist. Everything served in the restaurant is prepared from scratch using responsibly sourced ingredients, meaning that the menus change according to the season. Brunch is served on weekends between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., and the brunch menu offers everything from salads to sandwiches to classic breakfast dishes like huevos rancheros. There are also plenty of brunch-themed cocktails to choose from, including classic mimosas and a Bloody Mary made with spicy moonshine, apple cider bacon, and cheese-stuffed olives.
1110 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 423-779-0400
5.2 Sons Kitchen and Market
© 2 Sons Kitchen and Market
Owned and operated by experienced chef Nathan Flynt, 2 Sons Kitchen and Market is a fine dining restaurant with a laidback atmosphere. The breakfast menu offers hearty dishes like huevos rancheros and jumbo breakfast burritos as well as homemade yogurt, biscuits, and pastries, while the lunch and dinner menus boast an excellent selection of sandwiches, salads, and sides. The restaurant is open for lunch and breakfast every day of the week except for Sunday, and it's open for dinner Thursday through Saturday. They're also proud to offer catering for special events, and anyone throwing a larger event can even rent their food truck. Things to Do in Chattanooga
422 E M L King Blvd, Chattanooga, TN 37403, Phone: 423-661-8709
© Adelle's Creperie
Inspired by the crepes found in Europe, Adelle's Creperie is a simple yet charming joint that offers breakfast, lunch, and a line of delicious natural ice creams. Both sweet and savory crepes are on the menu; savory crepes can be filled with a variety of veggies, meats, and sauces, and the sweet crepes range from simple lemon and sugar to decadent creations topped with ice cream, fresh fruit, and Nutella. If you're not in the mood for a crepe, the menu also includes paninis, omelets, salads, and sweet breakfast dishes like Belgian waffles and oatmeal bowls.
400 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, Phone: 423-531-2222
© Aretha Frankensteins
With its eclectic decor and friendly staff, Aretha Frankensteins is a welcoming diner with a lovely outdoor patio. Everything on the menu is delicious, but the restaurant is especially known for its pancakes, and their special pancake mix can be purchased by anyone who wants to make a tasty breakfast at home. In addition to breakfast items, the menu also offers sandwiches, salads, quesadillas, specialty coffees, and beer on tap. The restaurant is open between 7 a.m. and midnight every day of the week, and long waits are quite common during weekend brunches and other busy times.
518 Tremont St, Chattanooga, TN 37405, Phone: 423-265-7685
© Bluegrass Grill
Offering reasonable prices and a family-friendly atmosphere, Bluegrass Grill is a cozy, no-frills diner that bakes all its bread from scratch. The restaurant specializes in breakfast and serves it during all opening hours; breakfast options range from hearty frittatas and breakfast burritos to homemade granola and French toast topped with whipped cream. If you're more in the mood for lunch, you can choose from an extensive menu that includes soups, sandwiches, salads, and plenty of delicious sides. Excellent vegan and gluten-free options are available, and the restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday.
55 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, Phone: 423-752-4020
© Bluewater Grille
One of the city's best steak and seafood restaurants, Bluewater Grille is conveniently situated right across from the Tennessee Aquarium in downtown Chattanooga. A special brunch is held every Sunday; highlights include apple pie French toast and blue crab eggs Benedict. The lunch and dinner menus offer a wide variety of starters, soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrees like seafood-stuffed trout and lobster macaroni and cheese, while the drinks menu features locally brewed beer and craft cocktails. Happy hour takes place every weekday between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., and specials are offered on both food and drinks during this time.
224 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 423-266-4200
10.Broad Street Grille
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Popular with locals and visitors alike, Broad Street Grille is a sleek restaurant located inside the Chattanoogan Hotel. The chefs pride themselves on using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, providing a true farm-to-table experience that you can't get from many other places in Chattanooga. The dinner menu has something to suit every taste, including spicy chicken wings, fresh salads, filet mignon served with truffle butter, and gnocchi with seasonal vegetables. A delicious lunch buffet is available every weekday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and a special brunch is held most Sundays between the same hours.
1201 S, Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 423-424-3700
11.City Cafe Diner
© City Cafe Diner
With two different locations in Chattanooga, City Cafe Diner is notable for two big things: Being open 24/7 and offering more than 450 menu items. In classic diner style, the menu offers filling breakfast staples like omelets, pancakes, and egg sandwiches alongside hearty lunches like triple decker sandwiches, chicken pot pie, and half-pound burgers. However, it also includes a wide variety of international fare for lunch and dinner, including Greek, Italian, and Mexican dishes. A special children's menu is available for kids under the age of 10, and there is also a "lite" menu for anyone watching their waistline.
901 Carter St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 423-634-9191
12.Clyde's On Main
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Established in 2014, Clyde's On Main is a Southside restaurant and bar with a retro atmosphere. The restaurant specializes in barbecue and is especially well known for its smoked wings, but it also offers items such as fried chicken, Philly cheesesteak egg rolls, and Korean ribs. Ping-pong tables and shuffleboard tables are available for diners to use, and the venue is proud to host regular local music. Food and drinks are served until at least 11 p.m. every day of the week, and the bar is open until 1:30 a.m. on Thursdays and weekends.
122 W Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408, Phone: 423-362-8335
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In honor of its name, FIVE Chattanooga offers a menu made up of five appetizers, five main courses, five cocktails, five beers, and five red and white wines. The selection is small but the food is incredible, and it often features seafood from the restaurant's market in Florida. Brunch is offered every Sunday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., and brunch guests can enjoy live music, regular or cold brew coffee, and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar. All drinks are half price during happy hour, which takes place between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. every day, and bottles of wine are half price every Wednesday.
200 Manufacturers Rd #101, Chattanooga, TN 37405, Phone: 423-777-4120
© Food Works
Tucked away inside an old mill converted into a restaurant, Food Works offers traditional Southern fare with an international twist. The building's lofty ceilings and exposed walls create an inviting atmosphere, but the real reason to come here is the food. Popular brunch menu items include the cherry mascarpone pancakes, the smoked beef brisket hash, and the chicken and waffles, but there are also plenty of starters, salads, sides, and desserts for guests to enjoy. Brunch takes place every Saturday between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. and every Sunday between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m.
205 Manufacturers Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405, Phone: 423-752-7487
© Frothy Monkey
Part of a popular chain of coffee shops found throughout Texas, Frothy Monkey is a hip cafe that specializes in Southern-style comfort food. The coffee served here is proudly roasted right in Nashville, and all of the bread and biscuits served are baked in Frothy Monkey's own bakery. Popular breakfast items include loaded biscuits and gravy, bagel sandwiches with your choice of toppings, and the chilled quinoa bowl with herbed tofu and sundried tomato pesto. Brunch is offered every day until 5 p.m., and happy hour takes place between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. every weekday.
1400 Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 423-680-6343
© Lakeshore Grille
Family owned and operated, Lakeshore Grille is a casual restaurant that sits above the Lakeshore Marina and offers wonderful views of Chickamauga Lake. Brunch only takes place on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., but the restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday as well. The menu changes according to what happens to be in season, but it always includes both sweet and savory options such as crab and shrimp cake eggs Benedict, brunch burgers topped with a fried egg and hollandaise sauce, and French toast topped with ice cream and fresh fruit.
5600 Lake Resort Terrace #300, Chattanooga, TN 37415, Phone: 423-710-2057
17.Maple Street Biscuit Company
© Maple Street Biscuit Company
The Maple Street Biscuit Company has locations throughout several different parts of the United States, including two separate locations in Chattanooga, but unlike many franchises, the company is very focused on becoming an important part of the community. Both Chattanooga locations provide a comfortable gathering place for visitors and locals alike, and breakfast is served Monday through Saturday between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. The restaurant is known for its delicious signature biscuits, which come with Southern-style toppings like fried chicken and collard greens, but the menu also offers a selection of entrees, salads, and sides.
407 Broad St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 423-362-5380
18.Milk & Honey
© Milk & Honey
Although it's best known for its incredible homemade gelato and its fresh fruit popsicles, Milk & Honey also offers an excellent selection of breakfast, lunch, and dinner items. Breakfast is served all day, and the menu offers everything from muesli power bowls to tasty breakfast burritos to build-your-own breakfast sandwiches. Salads, soups, burgers, and sandwiches are available for lunch, and the beverage selection includes fresh-squeezed juices, specialty coffee drinks, smoothies, and even beer. The restaurant is open every day between 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m., and specials are offered every day of the week.
135 N Market St, Chattanooga, TN 37405, Phone: 423-521-3123
© Puckett's Chattanooga
With a rich local history that stretches all the way back to the 1950s, Puckett's Chattanooga is dedicated to providing great food and Southern-style hospitality. This is the place to go if you're looking for a hearty, filling breakfast; typical dishes include Texas-size French toast stuffed with banana and peanut butter, sweet potato pancakes topped with pulled pork and fried eggs, and breakfast platters with eggs, fries, meat, biscuits, and gravy. Breakfast is served every day between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m., and a special breakfast buffet is held every Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. onward.
2 W Aquarium Way, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 423-708-8505
20.The Bitter Alibi
© The Bitter Alibi
Open 7 days a week, the Bitter Alibi is a cozy pub that serves up craft beer, cocktails, and tasty pub fare. Many of the brunch items on offer are quite unique; highlights of the menu include spicy hot chocolate French toast, a Korean rice bowl, and a pimento chorizo breakfast bagel. The brunch menu is offered every weekend between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and plenty of sides are available for anyone who wants a bigger meal. If you happen to be in the area for lunch or dinner, the pub also serves a variety of Asian-inspired noodle dishes, curries, and tacos.
825 Houston St, Chattanooga, TN 37403, Phone: 423-362-5070
21.The Blue Plate
© The Blue Plate
An upscale diner with a metropolitan feel, the Blue Plate offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner all day long. The food is always made to order, and ingredients sourced from local farms are used to prepare the food whenever possible. The breakfast menu features classic dishes like pancakes, breakfast burritos, and biscuits and gravy, but breakfast customers can also choose from a selection of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and dinner entrees. Guests who sit on the patio will be able to enjoy excellent views of the Riverwalk and the Tennessee River, but there is also plenty of seating inside the restaurant.
191 Chestnut St, Chattanooga, TN 37402, Phone: 423-648-6767
22.The Daily Ration
© The Daily Ration
Situated in North Chattanooga, the Daily Ration is a contemporary restaurant hidden away inside an old gas station building. Breakfast and lunch are served every day of the week between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., and the menu offers an excellent selection of bowls, sandwiches, and plates. Much of the food served is sourced locally, including the bread, coffee, cheese, milk, and bacon. Both regular and cold brew coffee are available, and there is also an excellent selection of brunch cocktails, including staples like mimosas and spiked coffee as well as more unique creations like a whiskey and bacon drink.
220 Dartmouth St, Chattanooga, TN 37405, Phone: 423-355-5372
23.Track's End Restaurant
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Offering a wide range of classic comfort foods, Track's End Restaurant is one of the few breakfast places in Chattanooga that's open 24/7. The all-day breakfast menu offers everything you would expect from a traditional diner, including three-egg omelets, French toast, and breakfast plates with meat, eggs, and hash browns. There are plenty of lunch and dinner options as well, including salads, burgers, sandwiches, and steaks served with your choice of the many sides on the menu. Specials are offered every day of the week, and there is a special kids' menu for children under 12.
3435 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37406, Phone: 423-321-8010
© Wally's Restaurant
In classic diner style, Wally's Restaurant is furnished with booths, counter stools, and a black and white checkered floor. An inexpensive breakfast buffet is available Monday to Friday, but there is also an extensive breakfast menu that includes traditional breakfasts like omelets, biscuits and gravy, and pancakes or waffles. Breakfast is offered between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. every day of the week except Sunday, and lunch is served between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The restaurant is also open for dinner on weekdays, and the dinner menu has everything from soups and salads to hearty meat entrees.
1600 McCallie Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37404, Phone: 423-698-4643
25 Breakfast & Weekend Brunch Spots in Chattanooga
- 1885 Grill, Photo: 1885 Grill
- Easy Bistro & Bar, Photo: Easy Bistro & Bar
- STIR, Photo: STIR
- Tupelo Honey, Photo: Tupelo Honey
- 2 Sons Kitchen and Market, Photo: 2 Sons Kitchen and Market
- Adelle's Creperie, Photo: Adelle's Creperie
- Aretha Frankensteins, Photo: Aretha Frankensteins
- Bluegrass Grill, Photo: Bluegrass Grill
- Bluewater Grille, Photo: Bluewater Grille
- Broad Street Grille, Photo: Courtesy of Maryna - Fotolia.com
- City Cafe Diner, Photo: City Cafe Diner
- Clyde's On Main, Photo: Courtesy of Natallia - Fotolia.com
- FIVE Chattanooga, Photo: Courtesy of ft2010 - Fotolia.com
- Food Works, Photo: Food Works
- Frothy Monkey, Photo: Frothy Monkey
- Lakeshore Grille, Photo: Lakeshore Grille
- Maple Street Biscuit Company, Photo: Maple Street Biscuit Company
- Milk & Honey, Photo: Milk & Honey
- Puckett's Chattanooga, Photo: Puckett's Chattanooga
- The Bitter Alibi, Photo: The Bitter Alibi
- The Blue Plate, Photo: The Blue Plate
- The Daily Ration, Photo: The Daily Ration
- Track's End Restaurant, Photo: Courtesy of LumineImages - Fotolia.com
- Wally's Restaurant, Photo: Wally's Restaurant
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