The Terminal Brewhouse, Chattanooga TN (take two)

In April, Marie and I took a day trip to Chattanooga for her to look into a possible job and for me to look at a neighborhood where we might end up residing. You know what’s within walking distance of this neighborhood? The excellent Terminal Brewhouse, home of some of the best house-made root beer available anywhere, along with a fantastic oatmeal stout called Southsidenstein.

I hadn’t been back to the Terminal since my first visit five years ago, and it really was due for another visit. It’s such a terrific location, and the drinks and the food are very good.

We arrived about noon on a Wednesday, and the place was fairly slow, although it picked up while we were there. We sat outdoors. They have a patio that is probably lovely at the best of times, however, as you can see in the photos below, the city was doing some road construction when we visited and it was quite noisy. Just as well we didn’t bring our five year-old; he would have been far more interested in the excavation equipment than his meal.

We started with an order of the pot roast nachos, which have apparently returned to the menu recently after a roar of customer complaints about their removal. They are quite tasty, using really good beef.

Marie ordered the fru-fru sandwich, omitting the bacon, and enjoyed it. It’s chicken with apples and brie. This has changed in the last five years; it used to be made with pears. Marie enjoyed the sandwich, but she wasn’t crazy about it. The nachos and the root beer pleased her most.

I honestly could not decide what I wanted, even after looking at the menu the night before, and settled on a pizza. This is a pretty basic bar pizza, and not at all bad for what it is, but there are many more imaginative things on the menu, and I really, really should have had a salad instead of this. The Lucky’s Seven salad with blackened chicken would have been a much better choice. At least I got some good exercise after all this melted cheese and stuff. I walked all the way from the restaurant to the river on Market and back via Broad. Should probably do that every day.

The Terminal’s home is incredibly interesting. It was constructed in 1910 and is called the Stong Building. It was originally a businessman’s hotel, and for a little over a decade it was pretty successful. During the 1920s, it began falling on hard times, and the late-night cafeteria was said to have been turned into a speakeasy. Before the 1930s were finished, it had become a house of prostitution. In the early 1940s, a porter at the station next door named Chester Davis bought the building and kicked out all the illicit businesses. Davis was one of the region’s first black business owners, and the Stong Building stayed in his family for three generations. Joe Sliger purchased the building in 2006 and set about restoring it; the restaurant and brewery finally opened in 2009.

As it turned out, we couldn’t find a place in this neighborhood that is large enough for us at a price we could afford at this time, and had to look elsewhere. Nevertheless, it probably won’t take us five years to come here again.

Other blog posts about the Terminal Brewhouse:

Seasonally Southern (Oct. 9 2010)
Hoperatives.com (Sep. 6 2011)
Emily Rose (May 9 2013)
Grey is the New Black (July 30 2015)
Femme au foyer (Jan. 29 2016)


You can see all the restaurants that we have visited for our blog on this map, with links back to the original blog posts. It’s a terrific resource for anybody planning a road trip through the southeast!

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8 thoughts on “The Terminal Brewhouse, Chattanooga TN (take two)

  1. I also really liked this neighborhood, even the tourist ‘trap’ next door (which, by the way, my 6yo and 4yo have been begging for a return trip to.. and I wouldn’t mind!)… Thanks for the link to my post!

    1. If we didn’t have children – or furniture – we might could have found a place there. Those condos are definitely for young professionals without any belongings, which is a shame.

    1. It has been in the works for some time. As of today, we’re not there yet, but we soon will be. We’ll explain all the details once everything has settled down and we’ve unpacked the cookbooks, and also give the blog a minor refresh and new coat of paint to mark the changes. Look for that at the end of July!

      1. I appreciate you saying that, but there are still lots of good Atlanta restaurant bloggers to read, and I hope you’ll give them a try, too!

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