Chattanooga’s Top 5 Healthy, Organic Restaurants

Located in the foothills of the breathtakingly beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga draws an estimated 3 million tourists each year. And while you'll want to investigate the many local attractions -- Lookout Mountain, the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, and a plethora of art galleries and museums -- you'll also want to enjoy the dining options this city offers.

Just because you're sightseeing or on vacation, you shouldn't put your health on the back burner. Avoid jeopardizing your health by sticking to a healthy diet when dining out.

Where to go? We’ve done the work for you by vetting the healthiest restaurants all across America, according to our 5-star rating system. We’re happy to share our Top 5 restaurant picks for healthy, organic restaurants in Chattanooga, Tennessee:

Southern Squeeze

1301 Dorchester Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405

Discover daily favorites like the Morning Shred Bowl (quinoa, pesto, herb cashew cheese, avocado, chickpeas, seasonal greens, pumpkin seeds, slaw, plus a side of garlic toast), Nurture Bowl (coconut yogurt, chia pudding, fruit compote of the day, fresh berries, banana, superfood sprinkles, chocolate granola), and more.

Lunch bowls include Chattanooga Chili (spiced black beans and corn, avocado, herb cashew cheese, tomato, red onion, crumbled pulp and seed crackers, beluga lentils, marinated kale, sweet potato mash, sun-dried tomato tapenade, seasonal veggies, probiotic-rich kraut, slaw, served with pulp and seed crackers), Woodstock (beluga lentils, marinated kale, sweet potato mash, sun-dried tomato tapenade, seasonal veggies, probiotic-rich kraut, slaw, served with pulp and seed crackers), and

Smoothies like the Fit As A Fiddle (almond milk, banana, hemp protein, maca, cinnamon). Blueberry Superfood (coconut water, banana, blueberry, hemp hearts), and Alkalize Up (coconut water, ice, avocado, spinach, cucumber, ginger), are also local favorites.

First Watch

1825 Gunbarrel Road
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421

Offering classic favorites, omelets and frittatas, power bowls, salads, sandwiches, and juices, you’ll have to try hard not to find something you like.

Their “Healthier Side” menu includes Avocado Toast, A.M. Superfoods Bowl (coconut milk chia seed pudding with fresh bananas, berries), and a Healthy Turkey Omelet (Egg white omelet with turkey, house-roasted onions, tomatoes, spinach and Feta, served with whole grain artisan toast and all-natural preserves).

Lunch favorites include the Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowl (protein-packed quinoa mixed with kale, shredded carrots and house-roasted tomatoes topped with grilled all-natural lemon chicken breast, basil pesto sauce, feta crumbles and fresh herbs), Superfood Kale Salad (vitamin-rich kale and organic mixed greens with housemade maple-roasted carrots, warm all-natural chicken breast, dried cranberries, slivered almonds and shredded Parmesan cheese tossed in maple-lemon vinaigrette), and Baja Turkey Burger (white-meat turkey patty with avocado, organic mixed greens, housemade pico de gallo, mayo, and Horseradish Havarti on a brioche bun).

Bluegrass Grill

55 East Main Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37408

This family-owned restaurant dishes up made-from-scratch breakfast and lunch five days a week. With fresh bread baked daily, the Bluegrass Grill has something or everyone with their southern fare, gluten-free and vegan options.

Local favorites include Mediterranean Frittata (two eggs with kalamata olives, green onions, spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella & feta), Tofu Hash (home-fries sauteed with tofu, mushrooms, onions, peppers, spinach and tomatoes), and Alderwood Smoked Salmon Frittata (two eggs with wild-caught smoked salmon, green onions, homemade herb cream cheese).

Public House

1110 Market Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402

You’ll love the way their menu is set up – with offers of traditional lunch and dinner options AND gluten-free lunch and dinner options. For example, their traditional dinner option menu includes Grilled Faroe Island Salmon (Quinoa Pilaf, Tomato Jam), Sautéed Carolina Trout (Roasted New Potatoes, Sauce Gribiche), Shrimp & Grits (Gulf Shrimp, Andouille Sausage). Their gluten-free dinner menu distinguishes dishes that quality as gluten-free.

Sandwiches include Public House Burger, Aged Cheddar, Market Fish Sandwich and Fennel Slaw, and Marinated Mushroom (roasted red pepper, goat cheese, arugula).

The Local Juicery & Kitchen

48 East Main Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37408

Family owned and operated, The Local Juicery & Kitchen offers some of your favorite grab-and-go items. You can start your day with not only fresh juice, coffees, shots and tonics, but you can fill up on things like Avocado Toast (Avocado + Sprouts + Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes + Avocado Oil + Himalayan salt + Tajin Seasoning), Pitaya Chias (Base: Chias + Strawberries + Blueberries + Pitaya + Honey + Almond Milk; Toppings: Blueberries + Coconut Flakes), and Local Bites such as Pb Oats (Pb + Oats + Walnuts + Dates + Vanilla Extract + Pb Powder + Alkaline Water + Pink Salt + Cinnamon), Coco (Coco Shreds + Dates + Almonds + Walnuts + Coconut Milk Powder + Alkaline Water + Coconut Oil + Vanilla Extract), Cacao (Cacao Powder + Walnuts + Almonds + Vanilla Extract + Cacao Nibs + Alkaline Water + Dates).

About The Templeton List

Created by James Templeton, a 30+ year Stage 4 Melanoma cancer survivor, the Templeton List is part of his lifelong dream to give back and lend a helping hand to cancer survivors and to anyone desiring to increase or maintain their good health. James experienced first-hand the challenge of finding quality restaurants and food sources when traveling.

The successful CEO of Uni-Key Health Systems and founder of the Templeton Wellness Foundation, The Templeton List was developed to help anyone easily find trust-worthy, vetted healthy restaurants all across America. Read more about our 5 Star Rating System here!

You can read about James’ personal journey as a cancer survivor in his best-selling book, I Used To Have Cancer. For more information about The Templeton Wellness Foundation, visit You’ll find inspiring stories of other cancer survivors along with video interviews with top experts from around the world in the integrative and functional medicine arena as they bring the latest leading-edge health and healing information to the holistic treatment and prevention of cancer.