Huntsville Restaurant Week 2018—Ten Tasty Days Of Deals!

Over the past year, the Huntsville/Madison area has introduced several new and unique concepts to its culinary scene. We’ve seen many trends from large cities join the market and the list is only growing.

Without stepping foot outside the city limits, you can taste cuisine from all over the globe! Whether you’re looking for poke, chicken curry, tacos, or bratwurst, Huntsville has you covered.

Welcome, Huntsville Restaurant Week 2018!

Every year, as part of the statewide Alabama Restaurant Week, the Rocket City shines a spotlight on its many outstanding local eateries by encouraging patrons to enjoy tastings, discounts, and exclusive events throughout the week at participating restaurants.

Self-proclaimed foodies can experience all kinds of dishes—from messy fare served on paper plates to exotic ingredients delivered with fine cutlery and wine. The options are endless, which is why the city dedicates this time to exploring local grub.

This year, the event is taking place from August 10th-19th!

More than 50 restaurants are participating this year, which means you have a lot of eating ahead of you if you want to experience it all. In addition to the stellar food, several breweries are crafting special brews in celebration as well.

You can also win prizes throughout the event by showing off your meals on social media and using the hashtag #DineHsv! So get to sharing! 

What deals are available?

Participating restaurants have been asked to offer at least one of these specially priced menu options:

  • Lunch Specials– $10 or $15 featuring two courses
  • Dinner Specials– $10, $20, $30, and $40 with three courses
  • Bonus Bites– This category features establishments that will give discounts on desserts, appetizers, or smaller bites

 Click here to see the full list of participating restaurants and available deals.

In the spirit of Restaurant Week, we visited a few places to see what they are cooking up for guests this year!

Purveyor

If there’s one restaurant that’s making huge waves in the culinary industry it’s Purveyor in Downtown Huntsville. Featured by Alabama News Center, this fine-dining spot is ideal for date nights, special occasions, and a great place to unwind at the end of the day.

The atmosphere invites you in with comfortable booths and perfectly placed dinnerware. Looking at the menu alone will get your mouth watering. And during this year’s Restaurant Week, the chef is serving some very special made-from-scratch dishes.

There are two $40 three-course dinner options to choose from. (Specials are subject to change due to availability, so keep checking back on the official Huntsville Restaurant Week website to get the latest options.)

At Sonoma Shoppe, a wine and cheese shop connected to Purveyor, patrons can have fun with a $12 grab-and-go option that includes a sandwich or salad, plus two sides, and a bag of chips and a cookie. It’s a perfect chance to take your goodies to the park and have a nice, leisurely picnic.

On our recent trip to Purveyor, we were able to try some other incredible dishes that we highly recommend.

You can begin your experience by starting with the Summer Salad. It’s a fusion of heirloom tomatoes, fresh watermelon, strawberries, sunflower seeds, feta, smoked chili, blood oranges, and maracuya vinaigrette. This salad is essentially summer on a plate, and the flavors of the fruit and cheese complement one another perfectly. With each bite, you will taste something different—a new combination of ingredients. But you’ll have to save room for another course.

Without a doubt, the Lobster Fried Avocado is a must-try dish this season. The chef has concocted an entrée that includes Maine lobster, a four-cheese filling, cilantro crema, and heirloom pico de gallo. It’s literally bursting with creamy avocado and melted cheeses. The fried shell makes this earthy dish complete with its slightly crunchy texture.

One of the favorites at Purveyor is called the “Silly Rabbit,” and everyone is raving about it. It includes rabbit stuffed to the brim with house-made chorizo sausage, sautéed heart of palm, sundried tomatoes, fennel, and spinach sauce. It lives up to the hype and will introduce you to new tastes you may not have experienced before.

Believe it or not, Purveyor also excels when it comes to burgers. The Olde Fashioned Burger combines American Kobe beef, aged cheddar cheese, pecan-smoked bacon, shishito pepper aioli, and traditional fixings on a brioche bun. You’ll also get a side of house-made Peruvian potato chips.

And no meal is complete at Purveyor without the perfect drink. We recommend “The Bird and the Bees”, “Upper Case”, or “The Silk Road”. Ask your server which one will pair best with your desired entrée.

Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro

Mason Dixon is well known for its ability to create amazing dishes that also happen to be gluten-free. This is great news for people who have special dietary needs and still want to enjoy the fun that is Restaurant Week.

This year, the team will be serving up two delicious options for $15:

Patrons can choose the Meatloaf Melt sandwich made with bacon jam, crispy tobacco onions, and cheddar cheese on a gluten-free bun.

Or, you can go with the light and tasty Shrimp Avocado Salad that offers remoulade-tossed shrimp, charred red onions, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and a honey-sherry vinaigrette on a bed of local mixed greens.  Both of these options come with your choice of a cupcake for dessert. You really can’t go wrong!

We sampled the Shrimp Avocado Salad and savored every bite. The remoulade sauce packs a punch and makes the salad extra creamy and appetizing. And after getting in all of your garden-fresh greens, a cupcake is the perfect way to end your meal.

Earth & Stone Wood Fired Pizza – Campus 805

If you are one of the few people who have yet to visit Earth & Stone Wood Fired Pizza, what are you waiting for? The restaurant prides itself on using fresh ingredients, making pizza dough in-house, and using cooking/preparation methods that bring out the best in pizza, calzones, salads, and even ice cream!

For Restaurant Week, you can choose a $15 lunch option or a $30 dinner option. Here’s what you get:

$15 Lunch – Small Porkalicious, Favorite, Greenstreet, or PMS pizza, along with a salad and a drink.

$30 Dinner – Large Porkalicious, Favorite, Greenstreet, or PMS pizza, two salads, and two scoops of regular ice cream.

This spot is perfect if you have a large group who wants to make the most of the week’s tasty deals. It’s located in Yellowhammer Brewing so you’ll have quick access to some awesome local brews that pair with your pizza. Try the “Summer Bock,” a brew made specifically for restaurant week that is a German-style golden lager!

So if you’re searching for pizza made by experts, you’ll want to head over the Earth & Stone. Every slice is packed with tasty toppings!

Honest Coffee Roasters

Located at The Garage at Clinton Row, Honest Coffee Roasters serves up a full menu of specialty coffee drinks, baked goods, breakfast, and lunch options. Aside from its cappuccinos and iced Cubans, Honest’s açaí bowls have been a major hit among locals and visitors alike. That’s why they have created a brand new bowl and coffee drink for guests to indulge in for Restaurant Week.

Honest is part of the “bonus bites” category so you can purchase these items as a pair for $10.

Guests can grab a Peanut Butter Mocha that includes peanut butter, honey, condensed milk, and mocha sauce—delicious!

The new bowl is called the Curious George bowl, and those who have had a sneak preview said it’s their favorite so far. Try it yourself and taste the bananas, grapes, apples, Craisins, cacao nibs, peanut butter, and local honey all atop the açaí sorbet and granola.

Honest is also doing a special event for Restaurant Week!

Undercover Coffee—Scavenger Hunt will be taking place August 10th-12th. The coffee roaster will be hiding ten bags of its retail beans throughout Downtown Huntsville at different public locations for people to find and keep.

Some of the bags even have gift cards attached, and there are instructions on the back for how to redeem one free drink!

Of course, this is just a small sampling of the eateries that are participating this year. Which restaurants are YOU most excited to try during Huntsville Restaurant Week? Let us know in the comments!

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The Cuban Café Is Coming To Promenade Point Shopping Center!

A brand-new local eatery will soon bring the sights, sounds, and flavors of Cuba to the Madison/Huntsville area! Join us in welcoming The Cuban Café to the Promenade Point shopping center at 5510 Promenade Point Parkway.

Utilizing the culinary savvy of Jesenia (Jessi) Ysalgue and the entrepreneurial spirit of her husband Andy Ysalgue, The Cuban Café will be a vibrant spot where guests can experience authentic Cuban culture and cuisine.

Photo Credit: Katie Shelton; Jesenia (Jessi) Ysalgue: Co-owner & Operating Manager; Andy Ysalgue: Co-owner

“We are happy to announce that lovers of traditional Cuban dishes in the Madison/Huntsville area will soon have a great option to enjoy close by,” said Andy, co-owner of The Cuban Café. “There’s going to be something to satisfy every one of your senses, and we can’t wait to open our doors and deliver a memorable experience.”

The Cuban Café will serve guests six days a week and is tentatively scheduled to open in early August of this year. The hours will be:

Monday – Closed

Tuesday – Thursday: 11am-10pm

Friday – Saturday: 11am-11pm

Sunday – 11am-9pm

Bold, Fresh Flavors in Every Bite

What makes The Cuban Café unique? According to Jessi, operating manager and co-owner, it’s the years of training in the restaurant industry, authenticity, and soul that goes into every dish.

“This is the way I was taught to cook as a child, so I have been making these dishes all my life,” explained Jessi. “There’s something so special about Cuban food and the way it makes you feel. Cilantro, garlic, peppers—you can taste every ingredient and appreciate what it brings to the meal.”

For years, Jessi and Andy had the dream of opening a café that served the fresh and bold flavors they grew up with. And now, Jessi is inviting others to discover the delight of Cuban cuisine.

“We will, of course, have a traditional Cuban sandwich made with roasted pork, sweet ham, pickles, and swiss,” assured Jessi. “It’s one of our favorites and we are thrilled to serve it alongside other types of sandwiches and many other menu items including ropa vieja, picadillo, and much more.”

Ropa vieja is Jessi’s favorite dish to eat when visiting family in Miami. She explained that the name of the dish translates to “old clothes” in Spanish, a term that describes the look of the meat once it’s prepared.

“It’s a beef stew that includes meat shredded like old clothes,” she laughed. “It has meat, veggies, red sauce, and spices. When it’s homemade, the flavor will almost smack you in the face. It’s delicious.”

There will also be plenty of desserts to choose from on The Cuban Café menu, like Jessi’s famous flan.

“It’s the best flan I’ve ever had in my life,” complimented Andy. “We beg her to make it for every family event—they are never complete without it. I know guests are going to love it.”

The future home of The Cuban Cafe!

 Enjoy the Sights, Sounds, and Flavors of Cuba

Homemade fare isn’t the only reason to visit The Cuban Café—there’s much more to experience. For instance, there will be a decorated patio where patrons can smoke cigars and sip a craft cocktail while listening to the smooth sounds of drums, guitars, bongos, and trumpets playing in the background. Latin music will play an important role in the overall atmosphere.

“We want The Cuban Café to be more than a place you drop by for a good meal, although it will be that,” clarified Andy. “Our patio will be one of the most comfortable spots in the café. We want people to be able to close their eyes and feel like they are in Cuba or Miami. We keep using the word ‘authentic’, but that’s really what we are going for. Sharing these parts of the Cuban culture is something that’s special to us.”

Andy also shared that live music may be at the café during special occasions and events.

“Grab a mojito or a Cuban sandwich and hang with us for awhile,” invited Jessi. “We are a place that everyone in the family can enjoy. And we are just around the corner for all of our Madison customers.”

In the End, It’s About the People

For Jessi, nothing excites her more than opening the doors and getting to know her guests.

“We’ve wanted to bring this café to life for years,” shared Jessi. “So we have put a lot of planning and hard work into making sure it’s exactly what we envisioned. You can find Cuban sandwiches in many places—and they are all delicious. But we wanted to share them with traditional ingredients, prepared in a way that stood the test of time in our own family. We love Madison and Huntsville, and we are eager to open so they can try our recipes.”

Jessi and Andy have been part of the Madison/Huntsville community for 10 years. After one visit, the couple immediately fell in love with the area and decided it was the perfect place to raise a family.

“The first time we visited ten years ago, we had 70-degree weather, a tornado, and snow flurries all within four days,” joked Andy. “We love the colors and the seasons here, but more than anything we love the people and the family atmosphere.”

The duo also mentioned the growth of the area and said they hope the new café will be a player in the continuing progress of the city.

“We wanted to create a place that brings the community together to enjoy great food and fun,” said Jessi. “Madison and Huntsville have some amazing restaurants—we eat at them frequently. We are honored to soon be a part of such a diverse, quality group of restaurateurs.”

“Our roots are in Miami, but we have made Madison our home,” said Jessi. “This is a way for us to invite our friends to experience something they may not have had the chance to experience before. Whether you’re coming to grab a bite, hang out at the bar, or relax on our patio, we want you to leave feeling refreshed, happy, and—of course—full of comforting Cuban cooking.”

To learn more about The Cuban Café and to get updates on its opening, be sure to like them on Facebook!

Photo Credit: Katie Shelton; “There’s something so comforting about traditional Cuban cooking…” – Jessi Ysalgue

Have you tried Cuban food before? What’s your favorite dish? Let us know in the comments!

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Huntsville Speaks: STOVEHOUSE

It’s time again for another “Huntsville Speaks” where we ask for feedback from the community on what YOU want to see come to the Rocket City!

Your input matters, and that’s why we continue to ask you what it is you’d like to see and enjoy in Huntsville. You speak, we listen—and we go out and try to make it happen!

This time, we are asking everyone to weigh in on our latest big announcement: STOVEHOUSE. Not only will this development be home to the city’s first urban food garden, but it will also include a rooftop wine bar and plenty of space for events—big and small!

We’d love to hear YOUR ideas on what restaurants and eateries you’d like to see in this one-of-a-kind historic space. We are looking for unique, regional concepts. Is there something in Birmingham, Chattanooga, Atlanta, or Nashville that you’d like to see here? Comment below and let us know!

Need a little help brainstorming? Here are some examples of what could be fitting for this space.

“What restaurants and eateries would you love to see at STOVEHOUSE?”

 Food from around the world:

Are there concepts out there that feature cuisine from a specific region that you’re passionate about? Restaurants that serve up favorites from around the world are always a popular choice. Döner kebab, dumplings, falafels, pierogies, gyros, ramen—there’s a lot out there to choose from!

 Food for the dessert lover:

Are you ruled by your sweet tooth? When we see shops that serve cookie dough, specialty ice cream, macaroons, and pies, we can’t help but want them nearby. What kind of dessert shops would you like to see at STOVEHOUSE?

Food for specific diets:

Restaurants like Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro have seen a lot of success in Huntsville because they offer incredible fare for customers with gluten allergies or other dietary restrictions. There are a growing number of options in the culinary world for vegans, vegetarians, and people who prefer to eat organic or local. Would you like to see more restaurants like this in Huntsville? If so, which ones?

Those are just a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing. What restaurant concepts do you want to see at STOVEHOUSE?

Comment below and let us know! Or send us a direct message on Facebook or Instagram. We are listening.

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Huntsville Restaurant Week Has Arrived—Time To Eat!

Welcome to Huntsville, Alabama—a city bursting at the seams with unique, diverse, and delicious restaurants. On any given day, it’s possible to experience cuisine from all over the world without ever leaving the Rocket City. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to head out and explore the local food scene, you’re in luck. The 6th annual Huntsville Restaurant Week is happening August 11th through the 20th!

A part of the statewide Alabama Restaurant Week, this culinary event puts a spotlight on Huntsville/Madison eateries by encouraging patrons to enjoy discounts, tastings, and special events all throughout the week at participating restaurants. An impressive 60 restaurants will offer deals this year, making it the largest (and most diverse) Restaurant Week in the city’s history.

And as an added bonus this year, local breweries will be offering specialty brews designed specifically for the event. It’s clear that in Huntsville, food is a big deal.

So get ready for a marathon week of enjoying some of the best cuisine the city has to offer!

What kind of deals can you get?

Great question. Participating restaurants have been asked to offer at least one of the specially priced menu options:

  • Lunch Specials – $10 or $15 featuring two courses
  • Dinner Specials – $10, $20, $30, and $40 with three courses
  • Bonus Bites – This category features establishments that do not offer lunch or dinner but will participate by giving discounts on desserts, appetizers, or smaller bites.

Click here to view the entire list of participants in the 2017 Huntsville Restaurant Week.

We had to try out a few for ourselves!

With all of this much-deserved hype, a few of us at Crunkleton set out to try some specials. (And we will be trying more as the week goes on.) What we discovered were some of the most mouth-watering dishes we’ve ever tasted.

Church Street Wine Shoppe

The deal – $15 Food and Wine pairing. Options include Guacamole & Belle Chevre Dip, Basil Pesto Flatbread, Barbecue Chicken Flatbread or Summer Salad. One of those items will be paired with a wine choice of Leap of Faith Corbieres or Mode de Vie.

We couldn’t help it—we ordered it all! It’s impossible to decide between Barbecue Chicken and Basil Pesto, after all. And the guacamole almost stole the show! With a generous helping of Belle Chevre atop, every bite was extra creamy and flavorful.

But the Summer Salad was nothing to be ignored. The fresh slices of watermelon and heirloom tomatoes were perfectly paired with the Mode de Vie. Speaking of wine, the selections were outstanding, as well.

The Mode de Vie White Blend is from the Languedoc region of France and is making its world debut at Church Street Wine Shop. At the moment, it’s an exclusive offering of the restaurant made by local Huntsvillian Bjoern Lanwer.

And let’s not forget the red wine, Leap of Faith. Another creation of Bjoern, this wine comes from the Corbieres region of France and is also making its world debut. Be sure to check out the artwork on the bottle. It was designed by Kevin LePrince who broke fundraising records at the Huntsville Museum of Art as their featured artist, selling over 20 paintings in one night.

Church Street Wine Shoppe is the perfect place to get something fresh and filling this week. And be sure to ask for the guacamole.

Mason Dixon Bakery and Bistro

The deal – $15 “Steve Martin” jerked chicken sandwich with grilled pineapple, lime aioli, and smoked jicama slaw. (For a vegan option, substitute jerked portabella in place of chicken) with a choice of side salad (house, Caesar or cucumber) and a choice of fresh baked cupcake.

Have you ever seen the Steve Martin movie “The Jerk”? Mason Dixon loved the 1979 classic so much that they named a sandwich after it. It IS jerked chicken, after all. Along with its clever name comes a bold, sweet, and savory taste.

It wasn’t difficult to devour the entire thing, and the pineapple and jicama slaw balanced out the flavors perfectly.

If you’re in need of a gluten free option this week, look no further. The team at Mason Dixon will make your wishes come true.

Honest Coffee Roasters

The deal – $10 ANY Acai Bowl paired with ANY Specialty drink

Honest Coffee Roasters has become a popular spot for hanging out, having business meetings, and catching up with friends. And it’s located in the heart of Downtown Huntsville. Yes, you can get some wonderful specialty coffee there, but locals are falling in love with their acai bowls too.

This week only, Honest Coffee will offer two items that are not normally found on the menu. Introducing the Sunset Spritzer and Midnight Maqui Bowl!

This sweet, salty, and very filling bowl is just what we needed on a busy Monday morning. The Midnight Maqui Bowl features dried cherries, pretzels, bananas, cherries, honey, salt, and maqui powder. Maqui is a super fruit that is growing in popularity and packed full of antioxidants.

And the Sunset Spritzer is the coffee shop’s version of a cherry soda—delightful!

There are also other specialty drinks to choose from including the Twickenham Tea Latte, Ninth Green, and Peach Please. Why not try them all?

Of course, this is only a VERY small sampling of what is available this week. (If we had time we’d definitely try them all!) We hope everyone has a chance this week to investigate the unbelievable culinary scene in Huntsville.

Oh, remember to take plenty of food pictures and tag them with #DineHSV. You just might win a prize!

 Is there a special you are excited to try or a restaurant we should go check out this week? We love suggestions. Let us know in the comments below!

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