A few weeks ago my husband surprised me with an overnight trip to Chattanooga. It had been over 10 years since I last visited the city and we are trying to visit small towns around the US so I figured why not! I will say I was pleasantly surprised, I thought the only thing Chattanooga had to offer was a choo choo and an aquarium. I was so wrong! Chattanooga is very quaint and the food and art scene is excellent! Our first day there we went to a restaurant called Champy’s Chicken located at 526 ML King Blvd.
The decor of Champy’s is very interesting it reminds me of several of the oyster bars along the Florida coast with the dollar bills and the beer signs on the walls. As soon as you walk in you see people drinking 40 oz beers. Now don’t get me wrong, I do love my beer but you don’t usually see people drinking a 40 oz beer out of the bottle at a restaurant. I soon found out that Champy’s slogan is “Forty’s and Fowl”, hence the forties on the tables.
After taking in the atmosphere, it was time to get down to business. We of course ordered sweet teas and fried green tomatoes to start off with. The sweet tea wasn’t too sweet and being from Georgia I tend to expect all sweet teas to be like reunion tea. So I was a little disappointed but I got over it once I tried the fried green tomato. It was excellent, not soggy, crunchy on the outside and slightly tart on the inside. Plus, they give you a ton of tomatoes!
Next I opted to try their signature fried chicken, my husband opted for the fried catfish. Let’s start with the catfish first (this will be quick). It was unimpressive. Don’t get me wrong it was good, it just wasn’t write home about it good. The catfish came with french fries, cole slaw, and hush puppies. The french fries were good. Actually let me restate…the french fries were excellent! Crispy and flavorful! I’m not a cole slaw fan so I let my husband be the judge and he said it was good. He actually ate all of his and some of mine.
Let’s move on to the fried chicken. I got the wings and they came with cole slaw and baked beans. The baked beans were a little odd. It was a mixture of different types of beans (red kidney beans and white navy beans) and was very loose. The overall flavor was good but the consistency was lacking. So of course you don’t come to a fried chicken place just for the beans so I let that one slide. The chicken was amazing!!! Yes it needs three exclamation points. The flavor was so good…slightly spicy with an excellent crunch. The wings were so good I ended up sharing them with my husband reluctantly.
Champy’s gets a gold star in my book. The staff was very nice and the food was excellent. You can’t ask for more. I will definitely be back to Champy’s anytime I’m in or passing through Chattanooga!