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!

SplitLine
Make sure you’re staying on top of the latest trends, newest developments and hottest new stores in Huntsville by subscribing to our weekly blog updates!

haley_squareHALEY CLEMONS
MARKETING COORDINATOR
CRUNKLETON COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE GROUP
HALEY@CRUNKLETONASSOCIATES.COM

Advertisements

Crunkleton’s Top 10 From 2015!

Over the course of this year we’ve had the opportunity to interview some fascinating people, break some exciting news to the community, delve into local history, and highlight a variety of new businesses on our blog.

So to celebrate the end of another amazing year in Huntsville, here is a list of our top 10 most popular blog posts for 2015! A huge thanks to everyone that helped make this year so special!

10. Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro Opens It’s Doors!

MasonDixon_07

9. Huntsville Speaks: “What could get you to spend more time Downtown?”

HSV_Speaks_Downtown_02

8. The Pants Store is Coming to Twickenham Square!

Pantsstore_02

7. Steaming Up Downtown Huntsville – Cajun Steamer Opens it’s Doors

JMP_4693

6. U.G. White Mercantile Comes to Downtown Huntsville

Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 4.42.56 PM

5. Cornerstone Place Breaks Ground

UncleMaddiosMadison

4. The 2015 Downtown Huntsville Christmas Shopping Guide

JMP_9298

3. Sneak Peak: Upcoming Retail Developments

development_map_roads_athome

2. Historic Huntsville: Five Points and The Story Behind Her Streets

Processed with VSCOcam with kk2 preset

and the number one most popular blog post from 2015 was:

1. New Development Coming Soon to Winchester Road and Homer Nance!

020

If you want to make sure you’re getting these stories straight to your inbox every week, make sure and subscribe to our blog by entering your email into the box at the top right corner of this page!

SplitLine
Make sure you’re staying on top of the latest trends, newest developments and hottest new stores in Huntsville by subscribing to our weekly blog updates!

404220_10150473102152791_1516819070_nKadie_Sig
KADIE PANGBURN
MARKETING COORDINATOR
CRUNKLETON & ASSOCIATES
KADIE@CRUNKLETONASSOCIATES.COM

C&A Client Spotlight: Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro

Image ©Simply Bloom Photography LLC

Image ©Simply Bloom Photography LLC

Take one unemployed chemist with Celiac disease, add a dash of entrepreneur and sprinkle with ingenuity and you get Alabama’s, first ever, full-service, dedicated gluten free restaurant: Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro.

Brainchild of Dr. Ashley Ramirez and her husband Taylor Ramirez, Mason Dixon got its humble start as a small farmers market bakery business in April of 2013. And the people ate it up, literally.

“We were extremely surprised with just the amount of people that really showed up,” said Taylor Ramirez. “We were selling out. Then, eventually we had the huge request that we open a storefront.”

Which they did in the last weekend of August 2013. But the public still wanted more.

“Within months we had a lot of requests for actually opening up a restaurant.”

Fueled with the outpouring of public support, the couple began their search for the perfect space to call home.

After a thorough search of the area with Crunkleton & Associates, they eventually fell in love with an old former residential home built in the 1930s at 2358 Whitesburg Dr. South, in the medical district.

“All this time we’ve really been looking for that perfect spot. And we’ve always had our eye on this location,” said Taylor. “It was exactly what we were looking for.”

The building has experienced a wide range of past lives, from residential home to most recently functioning as an office building. Not that you could tell anymore.

MasonDixon_03Taylor and Ashley, determined to create the perfect space for their new venue, have completely renovated the building, all while making sure to embrace its historic character and personality.

A reclaimed original door from the building hangs on the wall as artwork, and old windows they discovered inside the interior walls during renovations hang decoratively on display throughout the building. The large wood dining table in their family room, made by SCS Worx, was even created out of reclaimed flowerbeds from the property.

But creating the perfect space for their new bistro wasn’t the only thing this couple is passionate about. As much as they care about the atmosphere of their establishment, their real passion lies within every ingredient of the food they are serving.

“We are firm believers in holistic food, using natural ingredients,” said Taylor. “We try to control everything we possibly can, we make our own flours, all of our recipes are made in house, we cure our own meat, […] we try to stay self contained and do everything we possibly can here.” The couple even plans to grow their own produce and spices on site in the summer in their outdoor event space.

“I think the market is definitely ready for something new, something holistic like we do,” said Taylor.

But things weren’t always so clear back when Taylor and Ashley first opened their doors for business in the spring of 2013.

“It was absolutely terrifying. We had a lot of people telling us that what we were doing was stupid, that it makes no sense. But we believed in what we were doing, and we believed in the community as a whole and we believed that if we provided a quality product, it doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter if it’s gluten free, it doesn’t matter if people see it as healthy per se, people are going to go where you are welcome.”

Since then, they have come a long way in proving the value of what they provide for the community. But the transition from bakery to full-service bistro hasn’t been without its challenges.

MasonDixon_02“It’s frustrating because as a bakery, we were able to identify all our ingredients. We made all our own flour mixes, we didn’t have to worry about that because we got that directly from millers. Now that we’re having to work with distributors or third-party vendors it becomes so much more difficult,” commented Taylor. “We’ve had to really refocus and make sure that our staff is focusing on the ingredients, down to every single item. That’s one of the things that differentiates us from a lot of different restaurants.”

For Taylor and Ashley, they have modeled their restaurant after what they are calling “The Mom Approach.” “A mother only wants to give her children as quality stuff as she possibly can, and that’s how we feel with this restaurant,” stated Taylor.

But this bistro isn’t the end of the line for Mason Dixon. They have some big plans for the future as well.

“Our idea is that this is always going to be our home base, Huntsville and this location.”

“Eventually we plan on continuing to grow our bakery side. We want to expand by the end of 2015 to have a new bakery in Madison and we want to grow to other markets every year. We want to hit Birmingham, Nashville and continue to grow our regional presence.”

“We also have plans to expand our wholesale market, we’re currently wholesaling to five or six different juice bars and want to continue to expand that, and want to get into more grocery stores with our bread line and wholesale our cupcakes.”

“We want to continue this location here to be more than just a dining facility, we want it to be somewhere you can go and relax and dine without having to worry about what’s in your food.”

Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro’s Operating Hours Are:
Monday&Tuesday: 7am – 6pm
(Breakfast 7am-10am, Lunch 11am-2pm)

Wednesday – Friday: 7am-10pm
(Breakfast 7am-10am, Lunch 11am-2pm, Dinner 5pm-10pm)

Saturday: 8am-10pm
(Breakfast 8am-10am, Lunch 11am-2pm, Dinner 5pm-10pm)

2358 WHITESBURG DR S HUNTSVILLE, AL, 35801
www.MasonDixonBakery.com

SplitLine

404220_10150473102152791_1516819070_nKadie_Sig
KADIE PANGBURN
MARKETING COORDINATOR
CRUNKLETON & ASSOCIATES
KADIE@CRUNKLETONASSOCIATES.COM