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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Announcement: Honest Coffee Roasters Is Expanding Its Space!

If you’ve visited Honest Coffee Roasters in Downtown Huntsville, you have surely enjoyed the decadent lattes and espresso drinks on its crowd-pleasing menu. And let’s not forget those acai bowls that have gained much attention since the shop’s official opening in May.

But with crowds of Huntsvillians frequenting Honest daily, it quickly became evident that more seating was needed to accommodate the coffee lovers. Christy Graves, managing partner at Honest in Huntsville, said the downtown shop will be adding an additional 700 square feet of space—making room for extra seating and creating more opportunities for communicating with its guests.

“Two of the biggest challenges we have faced since opening are having enough seating and needing another point-of-sale register,” said Christy. “By adding additional space we are able to accomplish both.”

More comfortable seating

A mirror image of the existing shop, the expansion space will include new elements like a “comfy space” with a couch and chairs where guests can relax with friends. The additional square footage will also allow more room for their patrons’ business meetings.

“We have noticed that many downtown workers use our shop as a place to have casual business meetings,” explained Christy. “We will have ample seating and tables in our expanded space that will help create an environment well suited for that.”

More efficient ordering

Honest had another goal in mind—add an additional register.

“The second register will allow the Honest team more time to talk with first-time guests who may not know what to order,” said Christy. “It will also help us expedite the line of customers who are regulars and already know what they want. It’s a win-win.”

More fun this fall

The expansion is tentatively scheduled for completion in October, and Honest is ready to welcome its customers to the larger space with new fall-inspired menu items.

“Our baristas have been really creative and developed three new drinks for guests to try,” said Christy. “The Hashtag Fall, Bootlegger, and 3rd Degree. The Hashtag Fall is a tasty latte with sweet potato juice, dark brown sugar, and simple syrup. The 3rd Degree is our spicy mocha, and the Bootlegger is a housemade caramel bourbon latte. We also have a brand-new Harvest bowl that continues our partnership with Scott’s Orchard by featuring his fresh apples.”

Honest says thank you

“More than anything, we are overwhelmed with the support that we get daily from the city,” said Christy. “There are Tuesdays at 2 p.m. when we have a full house, and we always seem to have steady crowds. Our customers are the best, and we hope that this shop expansion will give them more reason and room to come hang out with us and enjoy their day with a good cup of coffee.”

Have you visited Honest Coffee yet? What’s your favorite item on the menu? Let us know in the comments below.

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You’re Invited To Honest Coffee Roasters’ Grand Opening Celebration!

Coffee fanatics, it’s time to rejoice! On June 1 from 3-5 p.m., Honest Coffee Roasters in Downtown Huntsville will be celebrating its successful first month of serving the Rocket City with free goodies, discounts, and several delicious giveaways. You can expect a lot from this caffeinated extravaganza.

Honest Coffee Roasters – Huntsville

114 Clinton Ave. E, STE 106

Huntsville, AL 35801

 June 1, 3-5 p.m.

“We are overwhelmed with the support Huntsville has shown us in the past four weeks,” said Christy Graves, managing partner at Honest Coffee Roasters – Huntsville. “We are having this event to give something back to our amazing customers and show how much we appreciate our patrons.”

Drop by the coffee shop, located at The Garage at Clinton Row, this Thursday for free drip coffee, $1 off espresso drinks, free samples from Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro, live music by Christopher Currie, and several giveaways—including a Grand Prize of one coffee a day for a month! Yes, one lucky winner will receive a $150 gift card to the craft coffee shop. But that’s not all they will be giving away. Here are a few of the prizes you can win:

  • Honest Coffee thermos
  • Honest Coffee mugs
  • Bags of whole bean coffee
  • Gift basket from Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro
  • Piper & Leaf Teaser Gift Set

There are plenty of chances to win, and it’s easy to enter. Each participant will receive one entry for placing his or her name and email address in the bowl at the event. You can also receive five additional entries by sharing a photo of your Honest Coffee from the event on Instagram, tagging @honesthsv, and showing your entry to the staff member at the raffle table.

But remember, entries will only be accepted between the hours of 3-5 p.m. during the event. And your name must be in the bowl to participate. All winners will be announced on Honest Coffee Roasters – Huntsville’s Instagram account and contacted directly by email after the party.

 Follow Honest Coffee Roasters – Huntsville’s Instagram account here: https://www.instagram.com/honesthsv/ 

And prizes are not the only reason to attend. Honest also announced that they will be unveiling their new Downtown Huntsville exclusive drink.

Introducing the Twickenham Tea Latte!

The new creation will be one of the $1-off espresso drink options available for purchase during the event. Creator of the signature drink, Anna Gervias, is a barista at Honest Coffee’s Huntsville location. She wanted to create a beverage that captured the essence of Downtown Huntsville.

“Long summer days in Downtown Huntsville have always called for a refreshing glass of southern sweet tea, “ said Anna. “The Twickenham Tea Latte is an updated version of the classic. In it, you will find Honest Coffee’s expertly crafted espresso and Piper & Leaf’s award-winning Front Porch Special tea. It’s an incredible combination that features blueberry syrup and a hint of lemon juice—it ties the drink together perfectly.”

Christy said that the team is very excited to debut the drink.

“Prepared hot or iced, this drink takes the traditional and the modern and mixes them together,” said Christy. “The team has been doing taste tests for weeks, and I believe we’ve come up with something special. Downtown Huntsville has a unique way of being incredibly modern while still preserving its past—this drink captures that feeling.”

The Twickenham Tea Latte will only be available at the coffee shop’s Downtown Huntsville location and will be a regular menu item following the Grand Opening celebration.

Bring your friends!

Honest Coffee encourages everyone to bring their friends and cameras, take pictures, and have a great time. The event is come-and-go as you please. Anyone interested in going can also RSVP on the official Facebook event page, hosted by Downtown Huntsville, Inc.

For more information on the Grand Opening, contact Christy Graves at christy@honest.coffee.

Read more about Honest Coffee Roasters by clicking here. You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

We will see you Thursday!

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