about Wally's

Wally’s  has been in the vocabulary of Chattanoogans for over 80 years. On May 10, 1937, Wally Alexander opened Wally's Drive Inn at McCallie Avenue. Wally's is where three generations of Chattanoogans courted their future spouse, or just hung out with friends and family for good food and fun.

Wally’s began as a drive-in where patrons could pull in, order at the window and be enjoying Chattanooga’s best burger, fries and shakes in minutes - all for just 85 cents! The drive in closed in 1972, and since then Wally's has served a new kind of customer. Wally’s is now the weekday breakfast and  lunch destination for Chattanoogans who work downtown, as well as the Saturday breakfast destination for families and friends.

In May 1989, Wally's added a second location in East Ridge. In April 2017, Wally's on McCallie celebrated 80 years serving Chattanooga, while the East Ridge location is now in their 30th year.



You just can’t beat Wally’s famous daily breakfast and lunch specials! And Wally’s on McCallie Avenue is still the place for Saturday Breakfast. 



For 30 years, Wally's East Ridge has been one of the area's most popular buffets. Our old business model was forced to change in 2020 but we assure you the items you came to eat from our buffet will be available to order from our new menu. Not in the mood for a meat and few veggies? We have several handheld items as well.



Wally’s on McCallie has two meeting rooms to accommodate small groups.* 

Wally’s East Ridge can accommodate groups as large as 110 persons.* 

Both Wally’s locations offer catering.

*pending social distancing guidelines


tony kennedy

August 6, 1935 - June 6, 2018

Loved by Many. Rest in Peace