#Cultivate2012 Local Love

Local Love: Supporting local business cultivates your community. Tell us about a local business you discovered this year. What makes them stand out from the crowd?

I can’t pick between two great places — The Terminal Brewhouse in downtown Chattanooga and Dari Dip in downtown La Fayette, GA. Both were delicious finds this year. The Terminal is across the street from the Chattanooga Choo Choo, they brew their own beers and root beer, and they serve locally grown and raised food, including bison burgers. They’ve got a few good gluten free items on their menu, and they serve something called “Chuck Norris slaw.” No, it doesn’t roundhouse kick you in the mouth, but it’s got just the right hint of delightful spiciness to it. Their root beer is some of the tastiest root beer I’ve ever drank. My husband can attest that their beers are delicious — I never acquired the taste for beer, nor do I plan to.

The Dari Dip (pronounced “Dairy”) serves good Southern cooking, although we haven’t tried their meals yet. We’ve been too busy sampling their ice cream the past two times we’ve visited (the only two times we’ve visited, actually). The offer soft-serve, scoops, cups, cones, waffle cones, shakes, malts, smoothies, floats, and even banana splits. They’re a great little throwback hidden in Northwest Georgia.

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