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The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe

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4001 Saint Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409-1301
+1 423-822-6477
11:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
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Columbiana, Alabama
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Chattanooga with the family and stopped by The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe before boarding the Incline. The atmosphere was fun and eclectic. Nice casual spot for lunch. We ordered for two kids and two adults. Menu is limited, but the adult meals were really good. My husband ordered a large bowl of chili, which he really enjoyed with... More 

Thank journeywell4
Opelika, Alabama
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want good BBQ, this is a good place to go and the Banana pudding is awesome. I would go there again.

Thank kimmieb49
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Most excellent lunch place. Food is fantastic we had the rainbow sandwich and barbecue sandwich. Highly recommend this place.

Thank Carrie V
Cottontown, Tennessee, United States
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We were tired and hungry waiting in line after visiting the incline. We heard through friends that there are some really good BBQ places around. This one is within walking distance and is delicious. We literally both ate every bite of everything . We had BBQ pork plates with baked beans and slaw with Texas toast. It was all great.... More 

Thank Patricia F
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

I have to say that the BBQ was hands down, finger licking good. I tried all three sauces (hot, original, and sweet) and they were all spectacular additions to the BBQ. Of course I couldn't pass up an opportunity to try the homemade banana pudding, and it was just as good as what my grandmother used to make. I would... More 

Thank Jon C
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55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped on our trip here from Florida to see a little fall in the mountains. Did not disappoint. Everything was delicious. Great smoked chicken, amazing baked beans and pork nachos. Very clean and a great atmosphere. Will definitely be back on our next trip next fall. Only thing we might suggest is maybe a filtration system for the water. Although... More 

Thank 1124sunshine
Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great barbecue at very reasonable process. Friendly staff. Menu is simple, and basic barbecue dishes, but that is what makes a good BBQ spot - stick to what you do well.

Thank Traveler2558
Fredonia, Kentucky
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93 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Nice cafe with home cooked food. The barbeque was smoky and moist. Plenty of homemade sides to compliment your meal. Outdoor dining available that is nice on pretty days. Good service but not fast food, nice to place to meet a friend and enjoy good leisurely lunch.

Thank Nancy C
Telford, Tennessee
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The barbecue was moist and tender. Got the thre little piglet sandwich with pork and chicken. Excellent!😃

Thank jcshanks1
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176 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

After a long drive through Georgia, we arrived at our rental property in Chattanooga - and realized we were starving. Down from the mountain we came, and the Purple Daisy was the first place we saw. We walked in at 7:55 pm, only to find out that they close at 8. But! The server was super friendly and suggested a... More 

Thank GeorgiaGirl40

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$10
American, Cafe, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4001 Saint Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409-1301
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Chattanooga
  • Phone Number: +1 423-822-6477
A cozy little BBQ restaurant next to the incline railway at the foot of Lookout Mountain.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?