We were excited to welcome Bonnie East, Georgia’s Smoke Signals publication in December. She, along with her husband, stopped in to see us during their visit to Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga. After lunch, the duo did a little shopping and sightseeing before visiting our sister restaurant, 1885 Grill in St. Elmo for dinner.

See what they had to say about their getaway in the most rent issue of Smoke Signals…

Two worlds only 10 minutes apart
While being on top of Lookout Mountain feels worlds away, it’s just short ten-minute drive down the mountain to Chattanooga, full of spicy, decadent, comfort foods and places to shop. The Turners noted, “The location is exceptional. We have this beautiful natural setting of mountains and outdoor spaces and just 10 minutes away we have Chattanooga full of great restaurants.” Yes, they do.

Exceptional places to dine in Chattanooga
The next day we tried two “sister” restaurants in Chattanooga owned by Miguel Morales. The FEED Co. and 1885 Grill. The FEED Co., managed by Michael Erhardt, is housed in the old Feed Grain Company building which dates back to the early 1900’s. The tracks out back are empty now, but in its heyday, the Chattanooga Choo Choo would haul grain from the back door. The food is simple American fare that is perfectly seasoned, traditional, and delicious!

They have an in-house butcher so whether diners choose grandma’s Sloppy Joe recipe or order a steak, they are getting great cuts of meat. By the way, guests can order their Sloppy Joe “extra sloppy”. The Brussels sprouts are loaded with bacon, the greens have a touch of apple cider vinegar, and the golden beet salad is topped with moonshine raisins. I have confirmed with the chef, the raisins have been soaked in moonshine. It was all fantastic.

The 1885 Grill is managed by Michael “Chops” Fulghum (general manager) and James Demerest (house manager). They pride themselves on great food and great customer service. I can second that. The ambiance is incredibly comfortable yet classy. We sat for three hours eating and talking not realizing the time.

“We serve items that you would make when you have friends come over,” said Fulghum. “We also want you to feel good whether you’re coming here to celebrate getting the lawn mowed or your 30-year anniversary. Your burger is going to be fine quality and so is your steak.”

Fulghum added, “We’re a community here. We are blessed with repeat business because we have taken special precautions due to the coronavirus, and our customers appreciate that. We also know that folks are coming out less frequently, so when they do, they need that experience to be exceptional. That’s what we work towards every single meal.”

By the way, a new 1885 Grill has just opened in Acworth, GA. A special treat for us Georgians.

To read Bonnie’s entire article on her trip to Chattanooga and Lookout Mountain, please visit Page N-013 | News | smokesignalsnews.com.