Conscientious, cool—and delectable
Want some green with your yummy? green|spaces just certified 212 Market for the Greenlight Program, which is Chattanooga’s equivalent of LEED.
This is a business model that measures every aspect of the business from food to recycling to building space on an environmentally-conscious scale. But the restaurant has been a model of sustainability since 1992—long before it was considered popular.
212 Market has always bought local and/or sustainable ingredients and built their seasonal fare around it. Chef/owner Susan Moses sees to it that everything on the menu is made from scratch and sourced locally to the point of being picky, says her sister and co-owner, Sally Moses. But that quality control is exactly what makes the experience worthwhile and unique.
“We have a seasonal menu with a few special options for every lunch and dinner. Yesterday Burton Brown from Eagle’s Rest Bison brought us longhorn steer meat and we had amazing steer burgers on the menu. Who knew that Chattanooga had longhorn steer feeding on the kudzu on the edge of Lookout Mountain? Can I be quirky and say we are pretty darn casual?”
Co-owner Moses also wants custumers to know that 212 Market no longer has the image of being stuffy and is proud to say she now even has servers with pink hair.
When I say they’ve come full circle to where being conscientious is considered cool, Moses laughs. She would encourage you to come find out for yourself.
Tuesday night is half-off the wine list. Every day there is a special wine, cocktail, or local beer.
They’ll be open on Christmas Eve. (Gift certificates are in good taste). “Call aheads” are always welcome.