Last weekend I enjoyed being a tourist in my own backyard and experiencing much of what Huntsville has to offer. Hubs and I stayed at the Westin Huntsville, enjoyed Bridge Street, and even stopped by the Space and Rocket Center for the first time in years. But with Huntsville Restaurant Week coming up on August 12th, this little trip was all about the food! Plus I got to meet some amazing local bloggers.
Keep reading for some great places to eat in Huntsville and to learn more about Huntsville Restaurant Week.
Our first stop was Grille 29 in The Village of Providence.
I’d eaten here twice before, once on my 25th birthday (so.. last year *cough cough*) but I had not yet experienced native Huntsvillian Chef Cara’s magic! She came in on her day off and prepared for us food bloggers a preview of what she’ll be serving for Huntsville Restaurant Week.
Are you ready to dine vicariously? Let’s go!
We started off with Roasted Cauliflower Soup garnished with crispy prosciutto and a micro green.
This soup plus the Pan Seared Sake Marinated Salmon will be available for lunch during restaurant week for only $15 per person!
Next we sampled the entire Restaurant Week dinner feature of Fried Green Tomato topped with crispy pork belly and blue pimento cheese, Flat Iron Steak enhanced with a roasted shallot reduction and garnished with homemade Pico de Gallo, sweet potato straws and white corn cheese grits, and the cheesecake of the day to finish.
Grille 29 was kind enough to let us sample a variety of the dessert on their regular menu as well and I fell in love with the Chocolate Peanut Butter Truffle and the Lemon Lava Cake.
Grille 29 also serves a Saturday brunch from 10AM – 2PM with 29 cent mimosas from 10-11. Reservations are recommended but not required.
Mason Dixon Bakery & Bistro
Hubs and I ventured out on our own for breakfast Saturday morning to Mason Dixon 100% gluten-free bakery. If you are gluten intolerant or suffer from Celiac’s, you will feel like a kid in a candy store!
We ordered off the regular menu, but to see what Mason Dixon is serving up for Restaurant Week, just click the link.
Hubs had the paleo biscuits and gravy and I enjoyed the frittata with crawfish, shrimp and red peppers.
And I’ve got to say, the latte was as good as any found at specialty coffee houses and costs only $3.
Hubs took a GF cupcake back to the Westin to enjoy and I failed to get a picture of it. I actually don’t remember seeing it at all. I think he wanted to eat it in peace without the food paparazzi. Thanks, Mason Dixon for providing a place for those with certain food allergies to enjoy dining without worry!
Toybox Bistro provides a place for everyone to eat, drink, and be nerdy! Honestly, when I first arrived I assumed people came for the ambiance more than the food. With such fun theming, you can see why. And you can also see why I was upset that I left my SD card at the Westin and had to use my phone for all the pictures here. Blogger problems!
Four different chefs collaborate to make Toybox Bistro a foodie’s delight too (if you’re a geeky foodie you basically just need to move next door.) For Huntsville Restaurant Week they’ll be serving a lunch special of The PB & YAY! Burger and Poutine appetizer.
And for dinner, the C3PO Sandwich with Wickles for an appetizer.
Toybox Bistro is the only place in town you can experience authentic Canadian poutine so if you’ve never had it before, you’ll want to try it. Don’t worry about the gravy making the fries soggy. Toybox Bistro uses a special brand that stay crispy long after they are topped with gravy and cheese curds.
While everything we were served was nothing short of delightful, the C3PO sandwich really knocked my socks off. I mean look at that!
“A hand breaded fried chicken with bacon bescemel sauce, ham and crisp lettuce and tomato on a corn dusted Kaiser roll.”
I’m not even a big chicken sandwich person, but I can’t wait to have another one. Thankfully the C3PO Sandwich will be a regular menu item after Restaurant Week so I’ll have the opportunity. You’ll get to finish the dinner option off with house made cherry cheesecake Rangoons for dessert.
Toybox Bistro is fun for all ages. They’ll even provide Legos to play with while you wait so bring the kids and enjoy a gourmet meal with the whole family.
And you just might find a Pikachu while you’re there!
Gus and Hubs tried out Sage Grille for a late breakfast buffet on Sunday morning. It’s located in the lobby of Westin Huntsville so if you’re staying there, don’t miss it! Gus was impressed by the bacon and I’m told he ate his weight in it.
While you’d never know it to look at him, Hubs can sometimes eat me out of house and home. He was impressed with the variety, quality, and value at the Sage Grille breakfast buffet.
Lunch and dinner are also served at the Sage Grille so be sure to check out their Restaurant Week special even if you aren’t staying overnight at the Westin. There’s very easy access from the Bridge Street shops.
Located in north Huntsville, Beignet Cafe is worth the drive. You’ll enjoy authentic New Orleans-style food for breakfast and lunch as well as Chicory Cafe au Lait if you like (I like. Especially with beignets.)
For Restaurant week, the local owners are serving up a breakfast special and a lunch special:
Choice of Egg Bake with 1 Beignet or Dirty Grits with 1 Beignet
Choice of Strawberry Feta Salad with Grilled Chicken with 2 Beignets and a Drink
Country Fried Steak Po’Boy with a side and 2 Beignets and Drink or
Jambalaya with Tres Leche Bread Pudding
Check out Katie’s post to find out if her salad tasted as good as it looks.
I think the Dirty Grits were my favorite. Thanks to Charles from The Salted Table for letting me sample some of his, and also for saving my life while photographing beignets. We have Sarah at The Jealous Crumpet to thank for capturing the essence of food photography.
Totally worth the risk.
A couple of other places to eat in Huntsville I want to mention that are both at Bridge Street and both chain restaurants. They are definitely worth checking out, especially if you are gluten-free:
Pieology – Hubs and I both enjoyed pizzas with gluten-free crusts
Cantina Laredo – Hubs had the gluten-free taco meal.
If this doesn’t whet your appetite for Huntsville Restaurant Week, I don’t know what will. For a complete look at participating restaurants and their specials as well as special Restaurant Week events, visit Huntsville.org/restaurant-week or click the image below. I can’t wait to see your #DineHsv foodie pics!
Accommodations and some meals were provided. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.