Green restaurants

November 15th, 2007


During a recent trip to Chattanooga, TN, I happened upon 212 Market, Tennessee’s first certified green restaurant. Of course, I had to go in and have lunch!

Did I notice a difference? Yes! Everything tasted very fresh and extremely delicious. I’ll never be able to have another chicken club sandwich quite that good. (They also have plenty of all-veggie options.)

It seems that eating green is not only good for the environment, it also tastes great. The service at 212 Market was excellent too. They have a wonderous dessert selection. (Admission: I’m a dessert freak.)

In addition to buying local and organic foods, the restaurant uses ecotainers and high-heat potato-starch spoons, forks and knives. A note on the doors says they are “future solar.” You can read all about their green steps at Also, search for a certified green restaurant in your area. is the website of the Green Restaurant Association, a national nonprofit founded in 1990.

2 Responses to “Green restaurants”

  1. Virginia Lee on November 15, 2007 8:57 am

    That is so cool! As soon as I post this comment, I’m going to see if there are any green restaurants in the Triangle.

    And hon, don’t be talking about club sandwiches! Back in the day my dad would occasionally take me to his favorite lunch spot, The Ivy Room. My favorite things on the menu were a club sandwich and real ginger beer. (Non-alcoholic, of course.) It was at The Ivy Room that I had my first cheesecake too…

  2. chocmoon on November 15, 2007 5:41 pm

    Thanks Virginia Lee. It’s great to see you back.

    I didn’t know about green restaurants either. There is actually one more in Tenn. now. It’s in Knoxville.

    I have never tried ginger beer. I’ve been curious about it though. Is all ginger beer non-alcoholic?

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