Sunday, April 27, 2014

Chattanooga's Aretha Frankensteins

Have you ever awaken and your first thought is about a restaurant you have visited in the past?  Well thats what happened yesterday, only the food we wanted was a 3 hour round trip drive.  Did we go? Well yes we did.  Was it worth the trip?  Definitely.  Let me tell you about our day. By the time Stone, Lucy, of course she went, and I left the house, it was late morning which was perfect because this place we where going is crazy busy during prime-time .  We wanted to make sure that we hit the off time, so we arrived at the restaurant about 1:30 in the afternoon.  We parked the car down by the Tennessee River then walked the 1 1/4 miles the rest of the way.  Yes, you can drive there, but it was such a beautiful day and we wanted to walk.  We meandered across the Walnut Street Bridge which is for pedestrians only.  From here you have a really nice view.  The route to Aretha Frankensteins has numerous quant eating establishments and boutiques. We then meandered through a neighborhood, arriving at our destination, to discover the wait was 20 minutes. If you have ever been here you would know that is not long at all.  During prime-time you can anticipate it to be an hour or more and worth every minute of your stay.  We took a seat on the porch to wait for an open table outside, since we had Lucy and it was such a beautiful day.  The hideaway is a small house that was converted into a restaurant.  There are four tables inside and four outside.  Finally being seated we place our orders knowing before we arrived what we where going to get and began our wait which took about an hour to get our food. During this time Lucy was visiting with any and everyone who passed our table, hearing the same questions from each, what kind of dog is she?  If I only had a nickel for every time I was asked that.  She loved the attention and stayed quit busy visiting and looking for morsels of food that had been dropped.  Our food finally arrived and it was everything we had remembered and more.  We ate slowly wanting to enjoy the flavors for as long as possible. Towards the end we where feeling full but I was not about to leave anything on my plate.  I was a member of the clean plate club and proud of it.   Describe Aretha Frankensteins, you ask, the decor interesting, atmosphere fun, excellent service, staff great, large portions,  they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, and the food is amazing.  Whats not to like?
Needing to walk off some of the calories we had just consumed, we sauntered toward Walnut Street Bridge and through an Art Festival. We lingered, checking out all that was for sell, then made our way over to drift along theTennessee River.  It's getting late, time to make our way back to the car and head home.  It was a perfect day.  I hope yours was to.
Stone's slim stack buttermilk pancakes with blueberries and bacon.

My egg white omelette with bell peppers,  spinach, onions, mushrooms and shrimp, cheese grits, and a biscuit that I dream about.  I always save my biscuit for last and it's kind of like dessert.

Stone's slim stack, 2 buttermilk pancakes.

Aretha Frankenstein:http://www.arethas.com

Dog on a roof, this was crazy……..

Coolidge Park

Walnut Street Bridge


Lucy and I
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Where is your favorite breakfast place to eat in Chattanooga, Tennessee?