I had the good fortune of spending some time in Chattanooga, Tennessee recently.
One of the greenest cities in America (surprised?), Chattanooga is home to quite a bit of history what with the trail of tears, the famed Chattanooga Choo Choo and its placement on the Tennessee River. It’s a beautiful scenic city with places like Lookout Mountain and its proximity to the Appalachians, there is a lot to do and see in and around the Dynamo of Dixie. But most importantly, there is some awesome vegan, gluten free and overall healthy grub!
One of my favorite Mexican restaurants experiences ever was at Taco Mamacita. A super hip joint just across the river from downtown, in North Shore, they offer local organic Mexican “street’ food along withe a full blown vegan menu! There were so many delicious options I couldn’t choose just one. So I started with an incredible tortilla soup (an absolute must!) and shared the freakin’ vegan taco (yeah, that’s the name). The margaritas are made from freshly squeezed lime juice and everything is insanely good and a ton is gluten free. So if you pop in to Chattanooga, Nashville or Sullivan’s island, you now know where to get kickin’ fresh mex!
I was very excited to stumble across Sluggo’s North. Having frequented their original location in Pensacola, Florida, it was fun to check out a familiar place. A fun bar and vegetarian hot spot, Sluggo’s is known best for their indie entertainment. A great basement level stage and concert area, they are a fun place to hang, drink and eat too! Awesome pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and yummy apps, come for the foo and stay for the tunes!
If a hearty breakfast or brunch is what you’re in search of, The Bluegrass Grill might be your choice. With dishes like tofu hash, vegan granola bowl and black bean chili, you’re sure to start your day on the right foot!
Now if you’re looking for a juicy burger to fill you up, make a beeline to Urban Stack. A trendy burger palace, they take care of non-meat eaters quite nicely. The vegan on shrooms is terrific with its homemade mushroom patty, tomato, roasted red pepper, balsamic onions, lettuce and vegan garlic mayo. Add a simply southern side of sweet potato fries, pickled beets or tomato blueberry salad and you are in for a treat!
Another all-American treat is the hot dog and Good Dog is the place for veggies to indulge. Being able to make virtually any version of their hot dogs veg and gluten free friendly, it’s tough to make a decision. I fell in love with the BBQ dog that comes complete with fakin’ bacon! Oh yeah!
I was only in town for a short while but was so happy to soak in some local flavor! I’d love to visit again soon and take in more of their green attractions and tasty veggie food!
Editor: Kate Bartolotta.
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