Life with three young kids usually means early mornings for us on the weekends. We are up bright and early to enjoy our day, and we have plenty of chances to try out all of Chattanooga’s great brunch spots.
In no particular order, here is a list of our favorites (with the help of some of our local friends for some new spots to try!):
First Watch has a location on Gunbarrel Road, and we are so excited that they opened a new location on Cherokee Boulevard. With plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, this has quickly become a family favorite. We love the kids’ meals, and my personal favorite is the avocado toast. They have the typical breakfast staples along with many healthy choices, so there is always something to please everyone. Don’t miss the Million Dollar Bacon either! They serve breakfast and lunch daily. See the menu and more info here.
We love brunch at Embargo 62. It is a little bit different than the usual, and it is one of our favorites. The atmosphere makes you feel like you are sitting at a local bar in the islands, and they often have live entertainment. The brunch burrito is delicious, and they have (almost) bottomless mimosas for $7! Check out the menu here.
This is a great spot for brunch and we love to eat on the patio. They have an area on the patio with corn hole and open space, which is a perfect spot for the kids to play. We love being able to relax on the patio. The brunch menu is unique and everything I’ve had has been great, my latest favorite being the Seared Ahi Poke Bowl. The service is not always as warm and friendly as other places in Chattanooga, but they make up for it with great food and a killer patio. Here is the weekend brunch menu.
While the Big Chill has more of a bar feeling than some of the other choices, they have large tables and high chairs and we have always felt like our kids are welcome. The food is a bit less healthy, but so good. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm. I tend to go for super unhealthy (but super delicious) and get the Monte Cristo. Check out their brunch menu here.
Stir is another somewhat new arrival, and is a crowd pleaser. This is probably where I would bring friends from out of town to really showcase Chattanooga’s awesome mix of old and new. Stir has a great atmosphere and many large tables, but there can often be a wait. I would say that is the biggest reason we aren’t here more often. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-2:30pm, and all entrees include Stir’s breakfast brunch bar, which is an awesome spread. The shrimp and crab Benedict is amazing, and they have dollar mimosas! Kids seem to be welcome and they have booths and highchairs to accommodate our younger kids. Follow the link to the brunch menu here.
1885 describes itself as southern coastal, and the menu reflects that. They have indoor and outdoor seating, and the brunch menu is delicious. The Belgian Waffle Bananas Foster is a yummy choice, and they have a trout hash that is a unique brunch choice worth a try. More information here.
2 Sons Kitchen
2 Sons is a newer option on MLK — it has a unique atmosphere, outdoor seating, and is kid-friendly. They offer some breakfast staples along with some unique items like homemade pop tarts! Also, if you have someone who doesn’t love breakfast food, their lunch items are also delicious! They also open at 7am Monday through Saturday so if you have early risers, it is a great place to start the day. They are closed Sundays. The menu can be found here.
Clyde’s a great laid back, fun choice for brunch or lunch on the weekends. With ping-pong and shuffleboard tables spread throughout the restaurant and long tables on the back patio, it is a great spot for families or groups. Clyde’s kind of makes you feel cool just being there, and is another great spot to bring out of town guests or to check out if you are not from Chattanooga. Check out the brunch menu here.
Feed Table and Tavern
The Feed Co. has a great brunch menu, plenty of seating, and is very welcoming to kids. My favorite on the brunch menu are the Short Ribs and Grits. They also have a couple kids’ menu options for $5! They have a $3.50 bloody Mary bar if you want to enjoy a drink with your meal. The servers are friendly and good with kids and groups, and the food is occasionally a little on the slow side, but everything I’ve had I’ve liked! Here is the menu.
I have to mention FoodWorks because it was one of the original Chattanooga brunch spots. They have dollar mimosas which always bring in the crowds. It isn’t one of our favorites because the service is hit or miss and I never come away loving what I ordered, but some people love it and return weekend after weekend for brunch. Their brunch is served Saturday 11am-4pm and Sunday 10am-9pm. You can check out the menu here.
Blue Plate is another kid-friendly favorite. Their brunch menu is more of a “diner” approach and includes lots of staples and a solid kids’ menu. We love to walk along the river or just play in the big field outside the restaurant before or after brunch. There are plenty of large tables. The food is always good, but never knocks my socks off. The service has been fantastic every time we go. They seem to be totally comfortable with kids and happy to split checks for large groups, so this is one of our favorites when we go to brunch with a group. The menu can be found here.
Maple Street Biscuit
We love Maple Street Biscuit. The walk up and order like a fast food restaurant makes dining with the kids really easy. It is definitely not the healthiest choice, but the biscuit choices are amazing. My favorite is the Squawking Goat, which has goat cheese and house made pepper jelly — so delicious. The only thing that keeps us from eating here more is we always seem to think of it on Sundays, and they are not open on Sundays. Check out the menu here.
I haven’t actually been here, but it was on the list for a couple of friends so we are going to have to try it. The menu looks great and it’s on the lake so it’s a good change of pace. The menu can be found here.
Another spot on the lake to which you can take a car or boat (so it’s perfect for lake weekends in the summer) is the Dockside restaurant at Harrison Bay State Park. Our kids love eating here. It is very casual and kid-friendly, and the menu has all the breakfast favorites so the kids are big fans! Check out the menu here.