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SURF & TURF: 4 HAMILTON COUNTY EATERIES WHERE YOU CAN ENJOY THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

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Can’t decide between beef and seafood? We’ve all been there before – which is how Surf & Turf became one of the most popular American entrees. Rest assured, you’ll find plenty of options for this in Ooltewah’s surrounding areas - and often with a little Southern charm thrown in. Next time you have a craving for beef and seafood, check out these local favorites.

Volcano Crab & Bar

Less than 10 miles away in Chattanooga, you’ll find this delightful eatery that infuses Southern comfort into all their dishes. Try one of their famous fried food baskets: shrimp, tilapia, catfish, or oyster. They also offer combo meals and “dig in and get your hands dirty” entrees, including crawfish, clams, and crab legs. Their sauces take everything to the next level with flavors like Cajun, lemon pepper, and garlic butter.

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Firebirds offers a fun yet classy menu filled with mouthwatering delights. Indulge in the Lobster Spinach Queso or Seared Ahi Tuna. Their beef offerings include aged ribeye, filet mignon, and pepper-encrusted sirloin. And of course, you can get the best of both worlds with their classic Surf & Turf with a half-pound lobster tail and a bacon-wrapped filet. If you aren’t in the mood for either, you’ll also find burgers, pasta, chicken, and meatloaf. They’ve got you covered.

How about an international twist on your beef and seafood? This Japanese-style eatery features some of the best sushi in the state, from tuna sashimi to shrimp nigiri. They also have a full menu of tempura-style meats, from shrimp to steak. Locals love their wide variety of hibachi-grilled entrees, including steak, scallops, and salmon.

J. Alexander’s

This lovely restaurant features classic entrees that will have you wishing you wore an elastic waistband to dinner. There’s New York Strip Steak, grilled salmon, Carolina crab cakes, tuna filet, slow-roasted prime rib, and cilantro-seasoned shrimp, among other items. You can even find a steak burger topped with Tillamook cheddar and grilled onions. And if you’re looking for something special to drink with dinner, you’ll find it here on their impressively extensive wine list.

If all this delicious food has you hankering to try your hand at cooking your own Surf & Turf, try this recipe for steak and creamy garlic shrimp from Café Delites.

If you’re looking for more delectable eats close to home, check out the Legends at White Oak blog

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