Food & Drink in East Brainerd

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Peruvian-born chef Pilar Albernas and her family opened Ají Peruvian Restaurant in 2011, naming the eatery after the Peruvian word for "pepper." True to their name, Ají imports many varieties of peppers to flavor its authentic cuisine. Maize tamales steamed in banana leaves, Peruvian rotisserie chicken, and Andean corn salad with fresh cheese and an herb dressing are among the kitchen's specialties. Many dishes can be made vegetarian or vegan, and at the end of meals, diners can sweeten palates with desserts such as picarones—Peruvian donuts made with Andean squash and sweet potato.

9413 Apison Pike
Ooltewah,
TN
US

The chefs at Beef O'Brady's dish out classic Irish-American pub fare in a casual, sporty restaurant lined with 20 flat-panel, high-def TVs to display the games du jour. Chomp on one of Beef O'Brady's signature sandwiches such as the Watterson—named after one of the eatery's first customers—which dons premium roast beef, swiss cheese on grilled rye, and a congratulatory phone call from Watterson after each bite ($7.79). A bevy of burgers speckles the menu, each served on toasted brioche buns in varieties such as mushroom swiss ($8.49) or barbecue bacon ($8.99).

5958 Snow Hill Rd
Ooltewah,
TN
US

Hibachi chefs toss slabs of filet mignon onto the grills at Mr. Totto Japanese Steak and Sushi. When cooked to perfection, steaks are paired with flavorful accoutrements, including house soy sauce or garlic butter and pepper. Blasts of flavor are seen throughout their cooking, with fresh peaches and white sauce added to grilled shrimp, and teriyaki sauce splashed across chicken. Sushi rolls—filled with fried red snapper and spicy tuna—are topped with jalapeños, sweet chili sauce, and sesame oil.

5910 Regan Ln, Ste 105
Ooltewah,
TN
US

Since its founding in 1983 in the foothills of Lookout Mountain, Georgia Winery has produced more than 20 fruit-forward small-batch wines. All of them begin life on the winery's 15 acres of vineyards as five varieties of muscadine vines bedded in organic fertilizer. At harvest time, these organic grapes are transferred to a facility where a blend of old-fashioned and new techniques slowly conjures each wine into being. Here, the juices are fermented for up to nine months at low temperatures—a process that preserves the fruit flavors—and then bottled by hand. Guests can get an up-close look at this unique process during winery tours or sample the end product at guided tastings by the sleek, modern bar. Meanwhile, a gift shop stocks each style of wine alongside gourmet foods and chocolates.

6469 Battlefield Parkway
Ringgold,
GA
US