Usually when we do a revisit post, it’s because we have some new experiences, a fresh eye, or at least something different on the menu about which we can write. Not this time!
Urban Stack is one of Chattanooga’s best-known burger places. It’s a really nice old building just a short walk from the Choo-Choo. In fact, it was originally constructed as the baggage claim building for people taking passenger trains into the city back during the heyday of rail travel. We visited four years ago (here’s the story), when there was a lot of online buzz about the place. I think that might have cooled somewhat, but Urban Stack remains incredibly popular and there’s almost always a crowd.
Our friends Darius, Matt, and Kelley have a Black Friday tradition of coming to Chattanooga, eating well somewhere, and visiting two favorite establishments: the Hot Chocolatier and McKay Books. I mentioned to Matt that Urban Stack was on my revisit list and asked whether he’d like to meet up there. I had the day off, and a blissful morning all to myself to watch television and read before moseying downtown. Incidentally, if you can’t find street parking on 13th or Cowart – and I think that you should, most times – or if you’re a dimwit like me and leave the house without any coins for the meters, there’s a pay lot right behind the restaurant that takes plastic.
The one thing I did order this time that was new: a delightful appetizer, one jar of pickles and one of pickled carrots, cauliflower, and other veggies. This was, I thought, completely fantastic and had a really great kick. I’m afraid that everybody else was a little shocked by the intense vinegar tang, but I really loved it.
And then, our burgers came out. I ordered the New Mexico green chile burger and didn’t remember until it was delivered that was what I had last time. Oh, well! It’s a really good burger and I was glad to have it again, even with the same side of lightly pickled beets. These are much less pungent than the appetizer that I’d ordered. Everybody else was happy with their picks. Kelley had a chicken sandwich, Matt had one with guacamole, and Darius ordered the Asian Q, which is made with Wagyu beef, wasabi slaw, ginger barbecue sauce, and cucumber kimchee.
Don’t get me wrong, these are very good burgers and the service is excellent, but I think that I prefer the burgers at Sofa King a little more, and those are a little bit less expensive. Nevertheless, if you’re going to be downtown – especially if you’re planning to walk over to the Hot Chocolatier for some treats afterward – then this remains a fine pick. It’s a very good lunch and I probably won’t wait four years to come back. I’ll also try to order something different next time!
12 W 13th St
Chattanooga, TN 37402
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