For the last five years, there’s been a little place on Market Street that’s been known for delicious chicken wings and a mixed bag of self-styled musical artists. But Sing It or Wing It is so much more.
When owner Gina Bennett left NewsChannel 9 after 20 years, it was a leap of faith. In 2010 she landed on both feet and hit the ground running. Almost from the very first, the pub-food-with-karaoke business model was a success in the talent-rich city of Chattanooga.
Bennett decided that the menu should reflect the musical connection, so she created culinary treats like “Skynyrd Pretzels” where “that smell” is distinct with Parmesan cheese and served with marinara sauce. Or maybe your taste leans more toward “Aretha Fried Okra” which demands “Respect” for this Southern favorite.
If you want to spice it up, order the Jerry Lee. These “Great Balls of Fire” are made with shredded chicken, two kinds of cheese, onions and a splash of hot sauce, deep fried and served with a side of blue cheese. The pub food and appetizers are complemented by entrees like Black Angus Burgers, Steaks, Tuna, Salmon Ribs and Pork Chops.
But food is only part of the equation. Sing It or Wing It has a full bar with about 60 different beers as well as a wide variety of specialty mixed drinks. There are daily drink specials, such as 14 different kinds of 18-ounce fish bowls including Long Island Tea, Margaritas, Hurricanes and the Grateful Dead. Wednesdays are particularly fun with $5 Double Wells and “Gong Show Karaoke.”
Bennett describes Sing It or Wing It as a “karaoke restaurant where you can sing whenever the mood hits you.” The downtown eatery is also very popular for birthday, anniversary and office parties, or just a great, entertaining family-night-out.
Sing It or Wing It is open Tuesday-Sunday, but open on Mondays for private parties. Online at singitorwingit-chattanooga.com.