A sizzle rings throughout Lou’s Burger House’s kitchen as the cooks toss behemoth 10-ounce burgers onto grills. Nearby, friendly staffers sing and dance while washing dishes or joke with the customers, who lick flaky chicken-pot-pie crust off their forks and tear into barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches. Forks also dig into heaping sides of mac ’n’ cheese, creamed potatoes, and collard greens, as well as sweet-cherry and peach cobbler. Lou’s recently added the barbecue options to its menu—making its slogan, “Our butts will drive you nuts!” finally have more than one meaning.
Organic and fair-trade ingredients transform into beverages, breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at Pasha Coffee & Tea. Between walls bedecked with original artwork, patrons nestle into plush armchairs to warm up with marbled-froth cappuccinos. Guests also spoon up Oreo frappes heaped with pillowy dollops of whipped cream, as well as coffee that, according to the roasting philosophy printed on the menu, is painstakingly roasted to the optimal degree. Cholula mayo paints crispy bacon slices in the spicy BLT, and pesto and mozzarella accent the italian breakfast melt's stack of ham and tomatoes. And occasionally, the coffee tables, magical beanstalks growing from dropped beans, and mismatched furniture part ways to make room for live music and poetry.:
Cakes By Mac, recently featured in Chattanooga CityScope magazine, serves up handheld confectionary creations, artfully crafted and accessorized with flavorful frosting. The doubly decadent chocolate cupcake topped with fudgy frosting rouses sleeping sweet teeth from cocoa-less slumbers, and strawberry cake tickles tonsils with a strawberry buttercream beret. Cupcake recipients can luxuriate in pillowy white cake blanketed by silky soft buttercream or boost vitamin C with lemon-infused cupcakes and a head of broccoli.
Marble Slab Creamery's dessert experts blend frozen treats with 67 sweet and savory mix-ins for a menu of dairy delights. Premium ice creams in nearly 70 flavors join forces with mix-ins in cups ($3.99+) or shakes ($4.59+), freezing brains and arresting thoughts of eating fiber-rich cereal boxes. Sugared favorites like vanilla, white chocolate, and Nutter Butter vie for the ice-cream scoop's attention alongside sugar-free options, low-fat yogurt, and fruit sorbet. The cakes—available in small ($19.99+), medium ($25.99+), and large ($29.99+)—combine blended ice cream and rich traditional cake. Swiss chocolate ice cream swirled with crunch bars and peanut-butter cups rests on a bed of chocolate cake to comprise the swiss cocoa Buttercup cake, which yodels at a very high octave when sliced.