When visiting in-laws recently, we went to brunch in Chattanooga, TN. Since brunch is typically pretty easy to manage gluten-free (I've always been able to order an omelet and grits, hashbrowns or fruit), I wasn't concerned about the place we were going. And, for the record, it came up on the list of gf friendly places on Trip Advisor anyway.
We arrived to a bustling restaurant and had to wait about an hour to be seated. Since we had time to kill, I asked the hostess about gf options. She was nice enough, but clearly knew nothing about what I could and could not order. She said she'd get back to me and after asking her again later, I was finally told they can't do an omelet (yes - they serve eggs). OK - I'll have to order scrambled eggs and I'll just ask for cheese and bacon in it. At least I won't starve to death.
The server takes my order and he's pretty knowledgeable. He knows I can't have b'fast potatoes and isn't sure about the grits. I tell him I'll have scrambled, well done eggs with bacon and cheese mixed in. And, if I can't have grits - I'll have fruit. Nope - they don't have fruit. The poor server looked so concerned as he continued to try to help me find something suitable to eat. By now, everyone in our party of six was on the verge of being "hangry"...lol!
I'm told before the food comes out I can have the grits. Well, that's good news, at least. Then the food is delivered and my plate looks fine (no unwanted toast on it). For reasons not explained, the bacon is on the side - not in the eggs. And the scrambled eggs are very runny...and have to go back for more cooking. I ate the grits (very good) and bacon and eventually my eggs.
My food was fine, if nothing special. Being spoiled in the ATL is great as long as you're in the ATL! I wasn't expecting to order gluten-free pancakes or a cinnamon bun, like we can easily do here, after all. The rest of the party really enjoyed their food, though my husband thought his sandwich was small for the price. If you're wondering where we went - it was the Flying Squirrel. In their defense, they have pretty decent gf reviws for dinner - not brunch. My bad.
The good news is that if you want an omelet for brunch or lunch when in Chat, you can have an amazing option at Frothy Monkey (the same chain as in Nashville). The gf bread and muffins there are nothing to get excited about, but they're decent enough. They do bake those in house so please keep that in mind before ordering. Either way, the omelets are amazing there!
GF food for thought: don't assume you can order an omelet at brunch...apparently, not everyone can make one ;)
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