BLUE ORLEANS SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
Blue Orleans has been carving out a place for Creole cooking to call home in Chattanooga since 2007. Mike and Cherita Adams relocated to Chatt after Hurricane Katrina upended their lives in 2005. But with the immense tragedy of the hurricane came an opportunity, and Blue Orleans was born. Head chef Mike Adams has been keeping his Creole roots and traditions alive with recipes inspired by his hometown and first love, New Orleans. He channels his parents, grandparents, aunts and his city in all of the restaurant's Louisianian fare.
Alencia's is a family soul food spot through and through, founded to honor the life of a too-soon-gone loved one. Since 1997, they've operated with the same mission: to welcome guests warmly, serve delectable soul food, and keep the love flowing. "You arrive a stranger, but you leave part of The Alcenia’s Family and, we hope, sated and happy!"
Crumps Fish and Wings
At Crumps, they like to keep things simple. It's all in the name – Crumps Fish and Wings specializes in fish and wings. But you can also visit this local favorite for burgers, salads, and more.
East Memphis Pizza and Subs
East Memphis Pizza and Subs, appropriately nicknamed "Home of the Overstuffed Potato," specializes in good food, surprises, and community. Chef/owner Aaron Kearney and his team prioritize the active support of their local community with frequent food drives, youth cooking classes, and a warm atmosphere where everyone can feel like family.
Gay Hawk Restaurant and Bobo's Catering Service
The Gay Hawk was established in 1951 in Downtown Memphis. The restaurant catered to a Black audience (when it wasn't so popular to do so) until 1961. When he took over in 1963, Louis Bobo turned the Gay Hawk into a meeting place for old friends, a citywide catering hub, and a Memphis legend for community and comfort food. Louis served the Memphis community for over 50 years and in 2012, he passed the restaurant on to his daughter, Terica Bobo, who now operates the facility, working hard to keep this cherished Memphis landmark alive.
The Four Way
The Four Way started off as a haven for Black entertainers, who would perform in nearby Memphis to white crowds but were unable to sit and be served at those same white establishments. From its founding, it's always been a meeting place for community leaders, activists, and artists alike – serving the likes of MLK, Tina Turner, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Aretha Franklin, and dozens more.
Up Town BBQ & Fish
Kelvyn Thomas served his country for 24 years as a member of the Air Force, and since opening Up Town in 2015, he's been serving his community with Tennessee-style BBQ. Rumor has it that, after a bite of Kelvyn's famous pulled pork, even *Texans* have had to acquiesce to Up Town as the best BBQ of all time.