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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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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good34%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pork” (24 reviews)
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11:00 - 20:00All hours
American, Cafe, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
4001 Saint Elmo Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37409-1301
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The waitress was very attentive to dogs as well as us Patio had no real view but sandwiches were very good

Thank robhendry
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have never had a bad experience. Always have a great staff, food and atmosphere. We always hit the lunch crowd but worth the wait....

Thank Dosdt720
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located right at the base of where you turn to go up Lookout Mnt. Fun little restaurant with a menu that is mainly BBQ, but has some fun options on it like BBQ tacos or Quesadillas. My husband got the jumbo port sandwich with regular...More

Thank Lara L
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Great place for a sandwich. I got the Rainbow Sandwich. Three layers....chicken salad, pimento cheese, cucumber hummus. Delicious! My husband got the grilled cheese. This restaurant is in the St. Elmo district.

Thank pianogardenlover
Reviewed 8 August 2017

In between our walk to Ruby Falls and our adventure on the incline railway, we made a pit stop at The Purple Daisy Cafe. Thinking it was a little sandwich shop where you end up with dry chicken salad and a bag of chips, we...More

Thank TeamWhitmire
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Interesting spins on some familiar classics like BBQ, hot dogs, etc. The decor is a quirky vintage artsy style which was casual and fun. It was very much like having a picnic inside.

Thank Amy O
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Great BBQ. Great find next to mountain incline railway. The BBQ was outstanding. I tried the BBQ tacos for the first time. Great combo.

Thank Rob J
Reviewed 29 July 2017

I read the reviews on TripAdvisor, and we were not disappointed. The place is a total blast from the past, the service was excellent, and the food was super tasty. I got the loaded baked potato (lots of food) while my adult kids all got...More

Thank BrooksnMonica
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Great BBQ food and very friendly service! It gets busy at lunch time. We were here about 1:00 PM on a weekday and waited about 30 minutes for a group of 11 people to be seated so plan accordingly. Parking is somewhat limited but there...More

Thank John514
Reviewed 13 July 2017

I have lived in Chattanooga for a long time and had just missed this place on my regular places to go. Now it is one of my favorite places to go. It is a good place to relax and have an excellent meal at a...More

Thank Flipper1217
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Nearby Attractions
Point Park - Lookout Mountain Battlefields
552 reviews
1.45 km away
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1.40 km away
Ruby Falls
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1.56 km away
The Lookout Mountain Incline Railway
1,896 reviews
1.37 km away
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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.
17 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
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
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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