Signal Mountain is a quiet community unmarred by excessive commercial development; however, it has a distinctive culinary scene that adds to its charm. From Southern comfort food to Mexican delights and cozy coffee shops, this charming area offers a surprisingly diverse range of dining experiences. Join us on a food lovers adventure through Signal Mountain’s must-visit restaurants and eateries, each offering a unique blend of flavors and southern hospitality.

Images: Southern Star

southern star

15 minutes from Mountain’s Ledge Resort


Rick and Nancy Adams started serving Blue Plates in a small restaurant on Chattanooga’s southside over twenty years ago. While much has changed since then, Chattanooga’s love for its quality southern cooking has not. From fried catfish to banana puddin’, Southern Star has perfected the art of southern cuisine. And with a rotating selection of specials and in-season vegetables, we know you will find something that “tickles your fancy.”

Stop by during lunch for a classic southern blue plate or enjoy their cooking from your Mountain’s Ledge tiny vacation home by choosing from their wide selection of grab-and-go entrees, sides, salads, and quiche.

Images: Rallo’s Bar and Grill

rallo’s bar & grill

14 minutes from Mountain’s Ledge Resort
3456 US-127, Signal Mountain, TN 37377

A true local gem, Rallo’s Bar & Grill is family-owned and operated, and it’s where you can experience some surprisingly amazing grub. Ron Potter founded Rallo’s in 2005 when the best delicacy offered was its hot dog and nacho machines. But don’t be fooled by the unassuming exterior; the “bar food” here is fantastic. They keep it simple but high-quality, and on Saturday mornings, starting at 9 a.m., they roll out an impressive brunch spread that involves biscuits & gravy, tenderloin, and french toast.

When you dine in, you can enjoy a nice, cold Lagunitas IPA served on tap. If you are an adventurous soul or simply enjoy the pleasures of trying new things, stop by from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. to try the daily special. Don’t feel like leaving the house? They will deliver your meal for a ridiculously small delivery fee of $3.

Images: Civil Provisions

civil provisions and bar

18 minutes from Mountain’s Ledge Resort
720 Mississippi Ave. Signal Mountain, TN 37377

From the moment you walk in, it is evident that Civil Provisions has been thoughtfully and carefully designed. It offers a warm and homey atmosphere while retaining an air of elegance. It is kid-friendly (kids menu available) yet sophisticated enough to enjoy a good cocktail or glass of bubbles with friends.

The menu may be small, but it offers a diverse range of delicious items, from lamb kebabs to salads and specialty pizzas. This restaurant is unique, only being open Tuesdays-Saturdays, during the evenings. Bar seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so we recommend you call beforehand or make reservations.

They also offer private rentals, catering, and mobile bar services, making this the ideal dinner spot for you and your family or friends for every event!

Images: El Metate

el metate

15 minutes from Mountain’s Ledge Resort
1238 Taft Hwy, Signal Mountain, TN 37377

Bringing together the rich and diverse flavors of Mexican cuisine, El Metate offers a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Their menu showcases the best of Mexico’s regional dishes, prepared with fresh ingredients and traditional cooking techniques. Their ten-page menu will satisfy every palate, from sizzling fajitas and mouth-watering enchiladas to savory tamales and flavorful guacamole.

They’ve got you covered if you don’t feel like cooking or simply don’t have the time. Order your favorite dishes online and get them delivered, or swing by to pick them up and enjoy an easy, delicious meal. Aside from the extensive menu, they offer a full bar menu, including handcrafted cocktails and a variety of margaritas, to pair with your delicious dish or sit down and enjoy the time with your friends.

Image 1: Timberroot Image 2: Timberroot Image 3: Mayfly Coffee

mayfly coffee

18 minutes from Mountain’s Ledge Resort
708 Mississippi Ave. Signal Mountain, TN 37377

Tucked away on a quiet street Mayfly Coffee is Signal Mountain’s go-to coffee shop for rich dark coffee (roasted on-site) and a cozy spot to work or chat with friends.

Owned and managed by pastorista, (pastor and barista), Shannon Greer, it is the ultimate destination for those seeking a unique and peaceful coffee shop experience. Their mission revolves around prioritizing Christ’s representation in the marketplace by serving people’s needs in the coffee business.

At Mayfly Coffee, you will find a diverse menu offering an array of coffee and non-coffee beverages, as well as a small lunch menu featuring their homemade chicken salad, a customer favorite. What truly sets them apart is their unwavering commitment to delivering the highest quality coffee, roasted to the highest standards by the team at Mayfly. They excel in providing a timely and excellent coffee experience, ensuring your cup is nothing short of perfect.

Mayfly is more than just a place to grab a cup of coffee; it’s a place where you can make friends, feel at home, and become part of a larger community. Whether you prefer the charming outdoor seating areas with picnic tables in the rear or the cozy indoor setting, complete with a range of seating options from tables to plush leather chairs, Mayfly Coffee provides a welcoming haven for coffee-loving outdoor enthusiasts.

Images: Bread Basket

the bread basket

13 minutes from Mountain’s Ledge Resort
2116 Taft Hwy Signal Mountain, TN 37377

If you are looking to indulge your sweet tooth, you have to make a stop at The Bread Basket! This family-owned bakery is very popular with locals and visitors alike. As the name suggests, they are known for their delicious freshly-baked bread. Still, their muffins, cupcakes, cookies, and seasonal pound cakes are equally renowned for their mouthwatering flavors and impeccable quality. Whether you’re craving a warm, crusty loaf of bread to accompany a hearty soup or a sweet treat to satisfy your sweet tooth, the Bread Basket never disappoints.

These mouthwatering goodies are available in party trays and for catering, allowing you to indulge at any event. The demand for these uniquely delicious baked goods prompted international delivery, so you can share them with everyone you love. You can even purchase a gift basket and ship it to yourself or a friend. Whether you live locally or far away, it is guaranteed that you will be able to enjoy the fresh tastiness of each pastry.

Image 1: Dunlap Restaurant Image 2: Times Free Press

dunlap restaurant

20 minutes from Mountain’s Ledge Resort
17238 Rankin Ave, Dunlap, TN 37327

If you are looking for good home cooking worth writing about, Dunlap Restaurant is where you want to be! Located at the base of Signal Mountain, this family-style restaurant offers a small selection of delicious southern-style food. It has been open since the 1960s, making it a staple for the locals and long-standing customers.

They are known to welcome strangers like family and are open long hours every day of the week. The specials change daily, but you can be assured that each one is rooted in southern-style cooking. Save room for dessert, which varies between a selection of pies, cheesecake, and strawberry shortcakes. If you have a hankerin’ for authentic Southern food, this is the place for you.

Image 1: Andy’s Pizza and Steakhouse Image 2: Uber Eats

andy’s pizza & steak house

16 minutes from Mountain’s Ledge Resort
7291 TN-28 Dunlap, TN 37327

While technically not on Signal Mountain, Andy’s Pizza & Steak House is pretty darn close and worth mentioning. The exterior isn’t much to look at, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts, right? Inside, there’s a huge selection of dishes ranging from pasta and salads to steaks and seafood, ensuring even the pickiest of eaters will have options.

This great family-friendly restaurant also offers a kids menu for the younger guests who simply can’t finish the large, filling portions. What’s even better is that Andy’s Pizza & Steak House is known for its affordability, making it a fantastic choice for a satisfying meal that won’t break the bank.

They also offer a variety of seasonal pizzas, so be sure to check the website for the current selection.

The restaurants on Signal Mountain are more than just places to eat; they are an integral part of the community, where food and fellowship come together to create lasting memories. So, the next time you find yourself in this charming Tennessee town, be sure to take a culinary journey through Signal Mountain – you won’t be disappointed. Bon appétit!

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A collection of 6 beautifully furnished and hand-crafted modern tiny homes, Mountain’s Ledge is nestled on the side of Signal Mountain with a breathtaking view of the Sequatchie Valley below. Just a 30 minute drive from downtown Chattanooga, the tiny homes feel like a secluded woodland retreat but are just a short drive away from all the amenities and attractions that Chattanooga has to offer.