As a byproduct of writing a restaurant review blog, I keep a running mental list of “the best place for …” and idly fill in the blanks. The best breakfast? The best place to take my foodie brother? The best hushpuppies? In honor of The Year of Alabama Food, let’s take a look at a few of Huntsville’s best spots to suit your dining needs.
Best business lunch
Centrally located in downtown Huntsville, The Eaves not only offers fabulous food and a classy atmosphere but also the most important aspect of business dining – great service. They quickly take orders, discretely refill drinks and have your check ready without prompting. Whether you are entertaining a client from out of town or just across the hall, The Eaves makes it easy to do so graciously.
Best place to woo foodies
San Francisco is essentially a foodie heaven, as my Left Coast-living brother likes to remind me every time I start swooning over Alabama’s green trees. Poor boy, he just doesn’t understand that while we don’t have the sheer volume of choices available to him, Huntsville is hardly doomed to unsophisticated meals. That’s why when I plan out my brother’s imaginary travel agenda, it always includes a trip to Brix. With sample-sized tapas (perfect for sharing) and a healthy wine list (perfect for lingering meals), it’s the perfect spot for sibling bonding over great food.
Sure, there are fancier brunch places around, but if you’re looking for reasonably priced comfort food with no reservations required, there is no better place than Edith Ann’s. The food is solid (I have an ongoing love affair with their sausage gravy) and generously portioned, while their diner atmosphere makes it both kid and T-shirt friendly. Come as you are and enjoy.
Best down-home barbecue
Perhaps because my family is all located out West, the No. 1 request we get from visitors is to experience good barbecue. Greenbrier takes my top spot because of their brilliant hushpuppies and because of the small-town feel. The old newspaper clippings up on the wall and the worn maroon booths are reminiscent of small-town diners you see in movies.
Best place for special occasions
If you are looking for somewhere to celebrate life’s milestones — anniversaries, engagements, promotions, or just a night unspoiled by day-to-day responsibilities — Nick’s is an excellent choice. Elegant and welcoming, the excellent food is accompanied by an extensive wine list and a cigar friendly lounge. (Do note that this is an over-19 establishment, so those wanting to celebrate with kids will need to turn elsewhere.)
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About the Author
Amanda Conger is a twenty-something engineer who began exploring Huntsville restaurants after relocating there with her husband for work. She reviews their dining experiences on her popular Huntsville blog, The Dining Dragon.
The views expressed here are those of the author.