Great Food and Great Value(s) in Chattanooga

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Mediterranean sampler at 212 Market in Chattanooga
  • Mediterranean sampler at 212 Market in Chattanooga
I was lucky enough to have dinner recently at Chattanooga's 212 Market, a spiritual sister of tayst, with a similarly creative, seasonal, regional and thoughtful menu and green certification.

A starter of firm, crisp-crusted fried green tomatoes was as beautiful as it was delicious. The Mediterranean sampler was one of those plates that makes everyone pause to marvel before diving into scoops of tender artichoke hearts, fluffy tabouli, and creamy hummus topped with grilled carrots, on a plate drizzled with balsamic reduction.

The day's special of almond-dusted Pickett's Farm trout with grits, Tabasco beurre blanc and greens featured two planks of fish so large I thought Captain Ahab must have landed the trout that yielded so much sweet, flaky meat.

The recommended wine pairing for the trout, a Clean Slate Riesling, was just $6 a glass, and sent me back to the menu to check prices. The generous serving of fish was just $18, and starters were $6.50 and $8. My total bill, including two glasses of wine, was only $37.

Delicious, local, crafted with care, and easy on the wallet.

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