Highs: Variety of Menu Options, Fresh and Home-made Foods
Lows: The music was slightly obtrusive.
Verdict: No need to pay North Chattanooga prices anymore!
Each time I’ve told someone that I was going to try the new Fresh Pot Café on Hwy 153, I’ve met with either one of two responses. The first, and less common, mistakes the quaint café for a local coffee establishment. The other, and the one I received 95% of the time, mistakes it for a place you might only find in Colorado. This response is usually followed by a joke about getting the munchies and the like.
The truth is, this café is neither of those. It is a wonderful addition to the “proper restaurants” in Hixson and turns out to be aptly named. It serves fare that is consistent with more upscale restaurants (such as Shrimp and Grits, various pastas, Sautéed Kale Salad Mix, New York Strip steaks and Pork Chops with Maple Pecan Glaze) and is all made from scratch in-house.
On the other hand, the ambience is decidedly “café” in feel and there are many sandwich and wrap options (to include Chicken Salad, Spicy Shrimp, Turkey, Louisiana Crispy Fish and “build your own sandwich, wrap or pasta options”). The pricing also fits nicely into the café style eatery with prices topping out at $10.
My friend and I had the place nearly to ourselves when we arrived for lunch. It was very clean and well decorated, especially in comparison to the dive that used to be located there. I opted for the Hoki Fish which came seated on a pile of mashed potatoes and nestled next to the Sautéed Kale Mix. The fish was sautéed and lightly seasoned and had a light, flaky texture. The potatoes were prepared with the usual stuff such as cream, butter, etc. Though both of these were delightful, I most enjoyed the Kale Salad Mix.
The Kale Salad combines kale, green and purple cabbage, broccoli stems, Brussels sprouts, orange juice and Sriracha into a delicious sautéed salad. It had a sort of pan-Asian flavor and just a hint of spicy goodness. The only drawback to this salad was that there was not enough of it. In fact, if I were to return for supper tonight, I would opt for this salad (in full portion $4) and then add the fish for $3.50.
My partner in crime ordered the Turkey Sandwich (tomato, lettuce, provolone cheese and garlic aioli, $7.00) and had a cup of the beer lentil soup that was on special. It looked excellent and, if the scant crumbs that remained on the plate are any indication, it was. We both left very satisfied with our choices.
My general impression is that when most people hear the name or walk by and see it in the plaza, they don’t recognize it for what it truly is: a small restaurant that offers a new twist on traditional American foods at café prices. If you are in the Hixson area, this is one place you should give a try!
Address and Phone:
5425 HWY 153, Suite B4
Hixson, TN 37343