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The Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe

4001 Saint Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409-1301
+1 423-822-6477
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“banana pudding” (36 reviews)
“sandwich” (59 reviews)
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11:00 - 20:00 Hours
American, Cafe, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
4001 Saint Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409-1301
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited at an odd hour: 3:30 and found the place mostly full. Thoroughly enjoyed their barbecue sandwiches. Highly recommend for a casual meal.

Thank suzip95
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Unique little restaurant located very near the base of the lower Incline Rail Station. Friendly server and great service. Because of other reviews, I tried the Rainbow Sandwich. Pretty presentation, but I found it just okay. My husband had the BBQ Quesadilla which he thought...More

Thank BGBark
Reviewed 6 October 2018 via mobile

Came through for lunch around 11. Decided we wanted sandwiches for lunch with the heat. Kids ordered hot dogs and grilled cheese. My husband got the BBQ hotdog, I ordered a turkey sandwich. Grandparents got a sandwich and BBQ tacos. Everything was absolutely delicious. The...More

Thank CatDaCosta
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Great place to eat and great prices. Parking is tight, but can park for $2 across the street at the Incline Railway.

Thank c o
Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

I had heard about this place from several locals. I tried it out and it was delicious. I had the ribs and spicy slaw. The slaw was delicious and just spicy enough. The ribs! OMG! Literally fall off the bone. Though can choose your own...More

Thank SherryA889
Reviewed 14 August 2018

This is a great local restaurant. It is decorated so cute. The employees were extremely friendly. The food was good and my grandkids really enjoyed it!

Thank kathygirrl2018
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Stopped for lunch after visiting the Civil War Museum. Had barbecue pork over loaded baked potato and husband had barbecue chicken over loaded baked potato. Huge portions for about $9. We could have shared one. Had to have the banana pudding and it didn't disappointed....More

Thank Michelle W
Reviewed 5 August 2018

Their food is good and prices are reasonable. The stuffed potatoes are my fav and they are large. Parking lot is small and full at lunchtime.

Thank Mdysupermom
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile

Restaurant is on the small side but we stopped for lunch as they opened (11am). We tried the pork barbecue plate, ribs and barbecue tacos. They were all excellent. Service was excellent and the wait time between order and food arriving was very short. We...More

Thank Eggbert10
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Our server was welcoming, pleasant and extremely nice and the food was very flavorful. Stop by for a good value!! Right next to the parking for the incline railway!!

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Sandy H
14 June 2016|
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Response from Amber W | Reviewed this property |
They have a small lot right in front of the restaurant. Very convenient.
16 March 2016|
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Response from ChattaElder | Reviewed this property |
The menu is classic BBQ entrees, hot dogs and a few salads. There is not a specific "gluten free" anywhere on the menu.
2 November 2015|
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Response from whitewater4 | Reviewed this property |
Nope, definitely not your spot.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$10
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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
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A cozy little BBQ restaurant next to the incline railway at the foot of Lookout Mountain.
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