|The bar at Market Street Tavern.|
Photo copyright Karen Culp
|A fun painting at Public House of The Dude from cult classic film The Big Lebowski|
Sluggo's North Vegetarian Cafe might seem like an odd inclusion. After all, the backbone of Southern fare is meat and three, not tofu and three! Sluggo's will change your mind, however, after you try their vegan takes on everything from thick, creamy sausage gravy to a loaded Phillie Cheesesteak. Through the magic of their kitchen, Sluggos creates Southern plates that fulfill every aspect of comfort food cravings whether or not you are a full-time vegetarian. Chattanooga food writer Locavore wrote in her Sluggo's review "I mean, vegan mac and cheese???????? I am pretty passionate about what macaroni and cheese should (and shouldn’t) be….but this really was delicious. The color was slightly off-putting, but that feeling was laid to rest once I tasted the creamy, salty, and, yes, cheesy goodness. Vegan mac & cheese can be tasty!"
|An antique postcard featuring Mt. Vernon Restaurant|
Mount Vernon has been an institution for decades, and owned by its current proprietors for over 20. It is nestled at the foot of Lookout Mountain and serves up what it describes as "southern dishes prepared from scratch like , or our delicious ." Offering all the favorites simply done in pleasant atmosphere at a fair price, it's no wonder people come back month after month, year after year. Less prone to fusion and flare than Public House or Market Street Tavern, and as conservative in its approach as Sluggo's is liberal, its the perfect place to go for the familiar, or to treat picky eaters to well-prepared food without surprises.