I couldn’t keep my fork out of my date’s main course, a bowl of mussels from Brussels. In fact, I barely escaped being stabbed in an attempt to hijack my fourth mussel from my partner’s bowl. This is a classic recipe, using white wine, cream, anisette (anise flavored liqueur) served with big chunks of buttery garlic bread.
For dessert, I was initially laser beam-focused on the bananas foster cheesecake, but the Dark Starr Stout Float was just too intriguing to pass up. The chocolatey and malty notes of the Dark Starr Stout pair with the vanilla ice cream to create an adult ice cream float that was familiar, yet unique. Oddly enough, it went extremely well with the milele sweet potato fries dusted with jerk seasoning. Don’t question it, just order them—it works!
With daily drink specials, a killer Sunday brunch, an appreciation for local ingredients and tons of culinary creativity, Blacksmith’s Gastropub is poised to help fill the gastropub gap in Chattanooga’s restaurant scene.
Blacksmith’s Gastropub • 809 Market St. • (423) 702-5461 • blacksmithsgastropub.com
- Mon.-Fri: “Business Meeting Happy Hour,” 3-6 p.m. Half0price small plates, 2-for-1 well liquor, $3 house wine, $3 Chatt Brewing Co. draft, $4 shots of Chattanooga Whiskey
- Sunday brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
- Mondays: Restaurant Appreciation Night with $7 burger and beer
- Tuesdays: Whiskey Appreciation Night with $1.25 sliders and whiskey specials
- Wednesday Nights:
- $3 craft draft beers and $1 monster drumsticks
Mike McJunkin loves low-country, locally sourced food and craft beers. Catch him eating everything but the kitchen sink in and around Chattanooga.