I really enjoyed reading through this thread and reading about some great places here that have since closed since the thread started, like the Kreme House, Eidson's, Waycrazy's BBQ, the Dairy Gold, and an apparently large number of catfish houses, none of which have survived. Some of these places make me wish that we had moved to Tennessee a little sooner than we did.
We've written about more than seventy restaurants in the Chattanooga metro area and have a lot more on the agenda. I'm amazed by the number of 50+ year-old places in this city that have received so little media attention. Zarzour's is probably the oldest in town, and justifiably legendary, but some other interesting very old places include The Spot in Cleveland (1930s), Bea's (1950), Old Plantation (1969), Memo's Chopped Weiners (1966), Wally's (1937), Long Horn (1954?), Lamar's (mid-60s), Griffin's Foot Long Hotdogs (1939), Koch's Bakery (1948), and two barbecue places that date back to the 1940s: Couch's and Sportsman's. If anybody wants to have a roadfood vacation eating at really old restaurants, Chattanooga's the place to do it.
Unfortunately, the King's Lodge hotel, mentioned frequently in this thread, is still a crime-infested and scary place. https://marieletseat.com/...tennessee/chattanooga/