Day 86: Blue Orchid Bistro-Dunlap, TN

by Jeff

“It all comes back to the basic. Serve customers the best-tasting food at a good value in a clean, comfortable restaurant, and they’ll keep coming back.” ~ Dave Thomasblue orchid bistro logo flower

Randy Slomian, Christina Anderson, Linda Slomian of Blue Orchid Bistro

Randy, Chef Christina and Linda welcome you to Blue Orchid Bistro

Owners Linda and Randy Slomian and their daughter Executive Chef Christina Anderson trained at Johnson & Wales have brought a wonderful dining experience to the Sequatchie Valley.  Truth is, the Blue Orchid Bistro is an easy drive from just about anywhere, 25 minutes from Soddy-Daisy or Signal Mountain and 40 minutes from downtown Chattanooga.

Patrice and I first met Randy and staff of Blue Orchid Bistro this spring at Bella Sera where we tasted mouthwatering chicken salad on specially made rolls by Neidlov’s Breadworks and a special house made chocolate dessert.

Blue Orchid Bistro in downtown Dunlap, TN

We were in Dunlap today to list a home for sale, so we decided to stop for a late lunch. Located in the “heart” of the town the restaurant is a gem located in an historic building. What for years was a single story pharmacy in downtown Dunlap is now the Blue Orchid Bistro. With seating for 24 downstairs and 46 in the upstairs dining room, the Blue Orchid is able to accommodate most groups for dinner or catered events.

Wonderful upstairs at Blue Orchid Bistro

Upstairs loft at Blue Orchid Bistro

Fat Rueben

Tempted by the Grouper sandwich, I ordered a classic Rueben while Patrice opted for the soup and sandwich, Cheddar Broccoli with a Turkey and Swiss.

Zucchini Straws at Blue Orchid Bistro

What a wonderful dish!

The service by Lindsey was prompt and professional, we asked, so she recommended as an appetizer, the Zucchini Straws which came to the table hot and wonderfully tasty.

I stepped upstairs to the loft to take some pictures and came back to discover an order had been placed for the house made Chocolate Bread Pudding, challah soaked in a chocolate custard, baked and served warm with a bourbon caramel sauce. All the deserts are made in house.

Our server Lindsey was prompt and professional

Lindsey and the staff clearly understand the mission of the Blue Orchid Bistro

For your pleasure, beer and wine are available for sale while the restaurant will uncork your own bottle and provide glassware for BYOB. We have already made plans to return soon for dinner and wish the Blue Orchid Bistro much success as they celebrate the second anniversary in Dunlap.

note: lunch is served Wednesday – Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. central time, dinner is served Thursday – Saturday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and reservations are recommended

185 Cherry Street, Dunlap, TN 37327 phone: 423-949-9567

– Jeff & Patrice Wishmyer – Full Time Realtors® with Keller Williams Realty here in Chattanooga are the real estate experts for anyone considering relocation to our “Scenic City”. We are passionate about this wonderful town! is quickly becoming the Relocation Guide for the Southeastern Tennessee area featuring housing, events, attractions, recreation, schools, dining, local news and much more.

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