Eat & Drink
Diners keep coming back to Rick and Nancy Adams’s Southside eatery, Southern Star, for the great food and friendly staff. Don’t leave without sampling the crisp, lacy cornbread! If you’re craving barbecue, run don’t walk to Sugar’s Ribs on Broad Street, just a few blocks from the Aquarium. This is the second location—the first is on the Ridge—and crowds at both underscore the popular demand. Big and Mini Q sandwiches, grilled okra and onions, Texas pintos—wow! Owners Lawton and Karen Haygood strive to bring excellence to Sugar’s, just as they do to their other area restaurants, Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar and Canyon Grill.
Just a hop, skip, and a jump from the Aquarium, restaurant 212 Market was “green” before green was cool. Maggie Moses and her daughters, Susan and Sally, opened the eatery in 1992 on the leading edge of the resurgence of the downtown area. They have made eating healthy both fun and delicious. Diners are treated to fresh, local veggies and the finest meats from the acclaimed Sequatchie Cove Farm. The daily-changing vegetable plate is a true delight, winning patrons over to less common dishes such as kale, fennel slaw, and roasted beets.