Wizard Needs Food Badly: Grab N’ Go At Dish T’ Pass

Monday, July 11, 2016 - by Paquita Maria Sanchez

Lionel and I were packing our bags for a short summer trip out of town yesterday afternoon. We were so busy rushing around, doing last minute laundry, searching for phone chargers, and making sure everything was in order for the cat sitter, that by the time we finally sat down to relax, we realized we’d forgotten the most important thing of all—dinner!

Lucky for us, we weren’t far away from a new place in town to grab a quick bite. The restaurant is called Dish T’ Pass, and it’s located on the 1st floor of The 300 apartment building across the street from the downtown YMCA.

Dish T’ Pass offers catering and a cooking school, as well as a cafe. There is a small patio outside the building that’s shaded by trees and has a great friendly feel. The restaurant has some shelving, a few coolers, and a freezer, all stocked with ready-to-go items that can either be eaten immediately or require heating in a microwave or oven.

The most interesting thing about the place, in my opinion, is that it has more of the feel of a classy convenience store than a restaurant. Though people can sometimes be found sitting outside enjoying a pastry and a coffee, they also carry a small selection of basic home goods, like toilet paper and dish soap.

It seems extremely useful for the people who live in the building or perhaps are coming home from the YMCA. We had stopped by once or twice before and tried their sandwiches and salads, which were very good, but this time we thought we might get a little more adventurous.

Lionel and I decided to get a few items to split, so we chose vegetable lasagna ($12), buffalo wings ($9), caprese salad ($4.50), and a Rice Krispie treat covered in chocolate ($2). We also each got a can of beer. His was a Lovebird ($3) and mine a Rolling Rock ($2).

As with everything we’ve tried from Dish T’ Pass, the food was good. It’s clear that the ingredients are fresh and that high quality. There’s a home-cooked kind of taste that you don’t typically find when eating out. I particularly liked the caprese salad, but Lionel was raving over the lasagna.

My biggest complaint is simply the price. Each time I go, I think things seem reasonable, but by the time I get to the cash register I’m a bit surprised. After tax, it cost over $35 for two entrees, one small side, a Rice Krispie, and two cans of beer. The portions, though not meager, aren’t generous—we were both still a bit hungry when we’d finished eating.

At a restaurant where I sit down, am waited on, and have my food come out hot and ready, the price doesn’t seem too far off—though I think I’d still be a bit disappointed in the portions. And a $12 entree with no side? Maybe I’d be more than a bit disappointed.

Even more so, though, at Dish T’ Pass the whole premise is that after I choose my food and pay for it I carry it to my car, drive it home, cook it, eat it in my own dining room, and then have dishes to do. (There’s a lot to be said for not having dishes to do. And the containers from Dish T’ Pass, in my experience, have all either been flimsy plastic or metal, making microwaving them a problem.)

Overall, Lionel and I have really enjoyed the food. And we are certainly the kind of people generally prefer to eat at home while watching Netflix or playing a game. However, for the prices as they stand, we unfortunately couldn’t stop by Dish T’ Pass very frequently.

But on a Tuesday evening when you don’t want to cook—and also accidentally left detergent off the grocery list the other day—it’s a real life saver.

Location: 300 W 6th Street, Chattanooga, Tn 37402

Hours: M-F 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.



Restaurateur Andy Marshall Honored For Ongoing Community Contributions

Andy Marshall, proprietor of Puckett’s Gro. and Restaurant in downtown Chattanooga and 11 other restaurant and hospitality concepts across the state, has been recognized by Middle Tennessee State University’s Jones College of Business and the Tennessee Hospitality and Tourism Association for his commitment to service in the community and the hospitality industry.  Mr. Marshall ... (click for more)

Puckett's Gro. Celebrates First Responders This Holiday Season

Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant, 2 W Aquarium Way in downtown Chattanooga, will host a “First Responders Family Meal” from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, allowing those who will be on duty for Christmas Day an opportunity to celebrate the holiday with their loved ones. All first responders and their families are invited to attend the special meal at the Southern eatery, ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Under Winter Weather Advisory With Snow Possible; Most Schools Close

Chattanooga is under a Winter Weather Advisory for Tuesday with snow possible. The front was still west of the city at daybreak. It was uncertain whether Chattanooga might just be out of the band of snow that was coating Nashville and some other Tennessee cities. Hamilton County Schools will be closed Tuesday "due to the significant threat of snow in the area during the school ... (click for more)

Man Who Led Police On Wild Chase On Jan. 12 Is Apprehended At Ooltewah

A man who led police on a wild chase on Jan. 12 has been apprehended in Ooltewah. Kenny Lynn McCulloch, 30, of 8347 Wild Fig Lane, Ooltewah, faces a slew of charges. In the Jan. 12 incident, a deputy saw a blue older-model Dodge pickup truck avoid the intersection of Bonny Oaks Drive and Lee Highway by going through the Mapco parking lot. The deputy got behind the vehicle, ... (click for more)

Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you, Dr. King for stepping-out.  Thank you for your lasting voice to what it's all about. Thank you, Dr. King for  stepping up and also showing-up, ...when decisions were being made and  your refusal  to shut-up.  We find your fingerprints on both directions and toward progress.  your modeling, mentoring,  and reactions helps ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vulgar Trump & More

Nothing rankles me more than seeing obscenities and vulgarity that appears in today’s liberal media, not to dare mention our public forum. Understand, I will use “damn” when no other word will fit as well. I’ll use “hell” as an exclamation point sometimes and I also may quote an aggressor in a story where he threatens to whip another’s “ass.” But our President reached an all-time ... (click for more)