St. Johns Restaurant - Chattanooga, TN
We had dinner at St. John's Restaurant the other week. It is one of my favorite places to eat in Chattanooga, so I love to show it off when guests, especially guests from bigger cities, come to town. On this particular night I had guests from New York and Dallas, plus Joe.
The first thing anyone notices about St. John's is the architecture. The building is a beautiful example of modern restoration. The second thing you notice while waiting for your drink is the amazing bowl of home made potato chips, set right at arm's length. I asked the bartender if I tasted curry on them. He said it was a mixture of 18 Indian-inspired spices.
After sipping on a Tuscan martini (just go try it... it's too hard to describe), we ordered a bottle of Adelsheim Pinot Noir from Oregon. It went beautifully with the variety of meals ordered. As a table, we sampled foie gras, mushroom stuffed home-made ravioli, venison with beets and a gluten-free cornmeal souffle, a vegan vegetable platter with quinoa, tiramisu, hazelnut ice cream, and a chocolate molten cake with s'mores ice cream. Whew!
Highlights were the venison, ravioli (which was huge, luscious, and I was so jealous of it), and the tiramisu.
St. John's is wonderful for business dinners and for important dates (like proposing or saying "I love you" for the first time). They get almost everything right. I say almost, because the server was a bit too overbearing, trying to hard to make sure we were ok to the point of being an interruption. I suppose being taken care of in this manner is better than being ignored, but it felt rushed and was annoying. Other than that, it was a perfect evening at one of Chattanooga's finest.