It seems that everywhere you turn, a new and exciting restaurant concept is on the way or opening in the Rocket City. Our horizons are always expanding and becoming more diverse when it comes to cuisine.
We have everything from popular chains to exclusive local spots—there’s something for everyone. Huntsville is also home to many talented restaurant owners, chefs, and unique places that make our lineup of eateries something to be proud of.
Even with the current uncertain conditions, our local restaurants have risen to the challenge to make dining simple, safe, and enjoyable. We’d like to say thank you to ALL of our friends in the restaurant and hospitality industries. Thank you for supporting us by keeping us well fed and happy.
Before visiting any of these restaurants, we recommend checking their websites and social media accounts to stay up-to-date on current safety measures and updated operations.
NEW AND OPEN!
A new star has entered the Meridian Street stage serving up authentic French desserts and coffee inside a Parisian-style patisserie. L’Etoile Patisserie French Bakery & Café is the creation of Kevin and Kristen Zurmuehlen, who have combined their love of travel and excellent cuisine into a new concept for Huntsville. Using classic French formulas and ingredients in all of its offerings, they hope to transport guests to an imaginary afternoon of strolling the Champs-Élysées and enjoying a pastry under the Eiffel Tower.
Currently guests are limited to 6 items at a time. If you are looking to order more for an event or your team, please contact the bakery at least 72 hours in advance.
Etoile means “star” in French—a nod to the Rocket City’s history. When open, the patisserie is located between Holtz Leather Co. and Preservation Company on Meridian Street. In addition to quality flavors, the shop itself will be a treat. Visitors will be welcomed into a classic Parisian café with muted blue hues and gold accents throughout. There will also be plenty of stars hidden within the design. (Read more)
Church Street Wine Shoppe on Gates is now open in the historic Humphreys–Rodgers House at 102 Gates Ave SW. Find tapas, charcuterie, wine flights, lunch, dinner and soon, brunch at this new location. It's located inside the downtown Huntsville entertainment district so you can grab a glass to go in a purple cup and enjoy walking around downtown. They are also the only business in the United States to serve Australian wine, Greenock Estate.
Grille on Main is now open in the Village of Providence. Chef James Boyce of Cotton Row, Commerce Kitchen, and Pane e Vino has transformed the former Grille 29 space with many of the same employees, a new menu, new décor, and a plenty of space. Their doors are open for people to enjoy lunch, dinner, and brunch.
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A Kentucky-based tequila and bourbon hall has opened its first Alabama location in Huntsville. Agave & Rye is located at Bridge Street Town Centre. This is the restaurant chain’s eighth location, and its fourth to open in the past year. The restaurant, seating 170 guests indoors and 100 guests on an outdoor patio, sits at 365 The Bridge St.
Each restaurant mixes fine art and street art with an “urban grunge” feel, along with a menu of tacos, appetizers and desserts. It features more than 90 varieties of bourbon, specialty cocktails and a series of select wines and beer. “Agave & Rye is built with heart and passion,” founder and CEO Yavonne Sarber said. “We truly feel we’ve created an escape, and we’ve started calling Agave & Rye a ‘playground’. We’re creating something that causes guests to want to leave their homes to experience something amazing and one-of-a-kind.”
Mr. PoBoy is serving up flavorful food in Gurley, Alabama. Only a short drive from Huntsville, you can find Chef Brian showing off his culinary chops. This is his background, according to the Facebook page: "What started in 1989 as a moonlighting job in California as he was serving a term in the Navy, has become a life-long and continually evolving passion. Training under the Creole master Paul Prudhomme and working in the finest restaurants in the city such as Palace Café, Marisol and K-Paul, Chef Brian then spent over 13 years in New Orleans honing his craft and developing his decidedly unflinching style of highly flavorful sauces and seasonings.
After that, courtesy of Hurricane Katrina, Brian spent a year in New York working at the Michelin starred restaurant, Spotted Pig, under chef/owner April Bloomfield and training under Jacques Pepin at The French Culinary Institute. For the last 10 years, Chef has been in corporate management overseeing multimillion-dollar accounts. Recently relocating to the Huntsville area, Brian is excited to come home to his roots of creating memorable flavors to serve to his community through the creation and opening of his very own, Mr. PoBoy. His philosophy on food? “Flavor makes the soul sing” – ‘nough said."
Built on its love for helping the community, Just Love Coffee serves up much more than a cup of joe. Now the owners plan to bring the same menu, ambiance and focus on community to the Madison area. The couple has opened their second location at Hughes Plaza at 181 Hughes Road.
“We’ve had many patrons ask us when we plan on opening a location in Madison,” shared Travis. “Our Hughes Plaza shop is much closer to our home and we will be able to offer guests a slightly larger space than our Huntsville shop. It also has a semi-private room and outdoor patio seating on the front-facing side.” (Click here to read more)
The newest location of The Yard Milkshake Bar is now open in Town Madison, right across from the new Rocket City Trash Pandas' Toyota Field. Locals Rodney & Shanen Cottingham originally fell in love with The Yard while visiting the Gulf Coast and felt it was the perfect addition for the Madison / Huntsville area. Take a peek at their exclusive specialty The Graham Slam: a tribute to the Rocket City Trash Pandas and their son, Graham.
You may know Crumbl Cookies from their location in Madison, but South Huntsville now has a store as well. They are in the Valley Bend shopping center next to Marshall's.
Just a short drive outside of Huntsville, the Dogwood & Magnolia Bakery is now open in Historic Mooresville. In the newly renovated Richardson Country Store building from 1903, you will find a family-owned bakery offering cinnamon rolls, decadent cookies, muffins, cakes, and more from scratch. Dogwood & Magnolia Bakery will also offer coffee and old-fashioned candies, candy bars, and sodas. The bakery will be open Tuesday - Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm. Their address is 25062 North Street in Mooresville, Alabama.
Huntsville's Oscar Moon Milkshake Bar is now open at Stovehouse. Enjoy over-the-top milkshakes, classic floats, and nostalgic soda-shop-style sipping. With a cute counter, along with a "magic hour" from 2pm - 4pm each day, you step back in time. The name is based on finding the name "Oscar Moon" on a door jam in the old Martin Stove building before it was turned into Stovehouse. After a little bit of digging, the Stovehouse team learned that "Oscar" Howard Floyd Moon worked in shipping and receiving. If people needed anything, they asked Oscar. His children said that he had a servant's heart and that he was known for treating people right.
The Veggie has opened its first quick service cafe at the historic Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment. They said, "We are elated to join the Lowe Mill family and together with the OG vegan king of Huntsville Chef Will the Palate we look forward to making Lowe Mill a hub for delicious plant-based eating experiences." Make sure to follow along with them online or sign up for their email list on their website to stay in the know!
Located inside Surf’s Up Huntsville (6241 University Dr NW, Huntsville, AL 35806), Royalty Funnel Cake has opened its second location. You will find gourmet funnel cakes at affordable prices so the entire family can enjoy. They offer loyalty cards and fundraising for local nonprofits and churches as well.
Located at the DoubleTree Hotel, Huntsville Concepts is a new kitchen where you can try four different concepts prepared in the same kitchen. Their concepts include Beauregard's Chicken, Tomahawk Gourmet Burgers, Soup and Leaf, and Hook and Fin Seafood. As of right now, only Beauregard's Chicken, Tomahawk Burgers, and salads from Soup and Leaf are available. The other two concepts will be available soon. You can order from all concepts at the same time and pay for all on one bill!
Located at 8412 Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville, AL, this 50s themed diner is open to serve shakes, malts, burgers and more! They are a fantastic addition to South Huntsville, and we can't wait to try them.
After moving to a new location, Ruchi is currently open for takeout only, but hopes to open up for a safe dine-in experience soon!
Open every day, 11am-2:30pm and 5-9pm at 3310 Memorial Parkway Southwest.
Photo: Ricky Garcia
A new Japanese restaurant has opened off University Drive. You can find sushi, ramen, poke, hibachi, noodles, and tea. Find them at 6125 University Dr. Suite 14B, Huntsville AL, 35806.
Photo Credit: Ricky Garcia
Neon Lilly is now open at Bridge Street Town Centre. You can find eclectic Eastern European cuisine - Pierogi, Kielbasa, Shawarma, Shashlik, Chebureki and more!
Grab a tea that's both beautiful and tasty from the new Kung Fu Tea shop in MidCity District. From their website: "Founded in Queens, NY on April 30, 2010, we’re America’s largest bubble tea brand with over 250+ locations across the U.S. As one of the OGs of bubble tea, we maintain uncompromisingly high standards. Let’s be real. Making tea that looks good isn’t the hard part. The actual challenge is making tea that tastes good and presenting it in an innovative way. Made with the art of ‘3T’ Kung Fu, every cup of tea is freshly brewed at the perfect temperature using premium tea leaves. The beverages we bring to the table are strong inside-out — perfect for your taste buds and your Instagram stories."
This all-in-one venue is now open. According to their Facebook page, "BeeZr comprises a number of operations - starring Chandler’s Ford Brewing, a unique custom-design small-batch brewery producing the freshest high-quality beers you will find, served from creation to your glass thanks to our direct tank-to-tap delivery. No can, no keg, no kidding. To complement the fantastic brewery products, The Champagne Taco Kitchen offers tapas-size dishes to keep your metabolism balanced and your taste-receptors satisfied. As the name implies, the kitchen is centered on signature tacos paired with champagne, beer, wine, and other refreshments. The kitchen also offers uncommonly rendered pizza, steak sandwiches, disciplined entrees and more. Rounding out the BeeZr family dwelling is Northside Coffee, featuring specialty coffee favorites including espresso, lattes, cappuccinos and cold brew. And, BeeZr serves as commissary for vegan food truck pioneer - Hippea Camper - specializing in southern comfort foods that are familiar to our history and presented in a way that will delight and excite vegans and non-vegans alike. With room to expand, keep a close eye on what’s next at BeeZr!"
Now open at Stovehouse, Charlie Foster’s is a locally owned coffee shop serving high-quality coffee beverages and teas while providing employment opportunities to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Owner Austin Jenkins has been involved with Huntsville’s Merrimack Hall through his parents, Debra and Alan Jenkins, who founded the performing arts center years ago. Now, he and his wife Hollie have opened the space and patio which they describe as a “multi-roaster” coffee shop, serving quality beans from roasters around the U.S.
A brand new coffee shop/cafe is open at Lowe Mill in the old Alchemy space, Studio 2073. Dragon's Forge Cafe is a unique cafe that has a heavy fantasy theme and it’s set up as an immersive fantasy tavern experience. One unique thing about their coffee is they are working directly with a family farm in Colombia. This is an exclusive deal, and they are the only cafe in America to carry this unique blend!
The second Kamado Ramen restaurant features a multitude of options for freshly made ramen bowls like chicken breast, deep-fried pork, kimchi, boiled eggs, and pork belly. This concept comes from the same team behind Huntsville’s I Love Sushi restaurant, so you know it’s good! You can find their first restaurant at the Stovehouse Food & Leisure Garden.
The Poppy is Huntsville's first and only authentic British pub and takes its name from a long-forgotten American tradition that survives across the pond of wearing poppies in honor of fallen soldiers. It's located in the heart of downtown Huntsville. The interior of The Poppy and Parliament is based on one of their owner’s local pub in his hometown in England. It is designed to make the customer feel welcome, comfortable, and provide a relaxing environment to grab a pint after a long day. They serve many European beers, are working on a signature cocktail list, and will be offering a selection of European and South American wines.
As for the kitchen in the pub, they are going for upscale English and Irish cuisine touching lightly on Mediterranean fare. They do not call themselves a ‘restaurant’ because they will be serving pub food, in a pub. They will focus on some of the classics like fish and chips and bangers and mash; while also adding their own flare to the menu. Chef Barry and Chef Kristen will be designing nightly specials which will highlight their hand-cut steaks.
Stella’s Elixir Lounge is now open. It's downtown Huntsville’s newest rooftop bar. Upscale and unique, this lounge is perfect for your date night! Their rooftop patio features semi-private cabanas, cozy couches, and fire pits. What more do you need? Location: 127 Holmes Ave NW near Moe's BBQ!
The newest restaurant to open at MidCity District is owned by actors Mark and Donnie, along with brother and executive chef Paul Wahlberg. With everything The Camp and MidCity have happening, having another restaurant is fantastic news. Walhburgers is peanut free and has gluten free options.
Dark.Side Coffee Shop is a place to connect, refresh, unwind, and everything in between. Grab a latte with Dark.Side Dots in the morning, try a new grilled cheese sandwich at lunch, or enjoy a bowl – or ten – of your favorite cereal from the unlimited bar for your late night snack. Come lounge with a group of friends, or sit for a moment of peace. Either way, you will be welcomed and valued here. Northside, your own Coffee Shop is finally making its debut; this one’s for you.
Catacomb 435 is Huntsville’s swanky new speakeasy. It is, of course, a legal establishment, but it has retained the 1920s feel and the covert way of finding it and getting inside. Due to overwhelming popularity, you need to make a reservation online. Shortly after making the reservation, you will be given a password. It changes daily, so don’t even think of trying to sneak in. Catacomb 435 is located at 100 Jefferson Street. (You can’t tell that it’s a speakeasy, that’s kind of the point.)
The Standard Social Market
Stephanie and Erick Luther are opening up a social market and eatery this fall in downtown Huntsville. At 127 Holmes Avenue you will find Chef Erick Luther's The Standard. It will be a market with a charcuterie selections with a variety of cheeses and meats. Butchered meat and seafood will be available along with locally chef-sourced products like oils, vinegars, spices, sauces, and more. The Standard will also offer grab and go options along with a full kitchen menu for breakfast and lunch. Soups, salads, sandwiches will be available to purchase. Along with soft drinks, energy drinks, juices, and water, The Standard will also serve and sell wine and beer.
The goal for the location is to be a staple in the community and even carry some basic convenience items like milk, paper towels, or candy bars. The outdoor patio will be a place to enjoy a meal and chat with friends and family. They are even preparing for football season with two large screen televisions.
Salt Factory Pub
Alabama is getting its first Salt Factory Pub in Huntsville's MidCity District. The Georgia-based restaurant has had items like the Braised Lamb Shepherd’s Pie featured on Food Network. Their self described menu is a combination of an upscale gastropub that offers modern and approachable cuisine with an unbeatable beer list. The restaurant is modeled after the pubs in the English Countryside with exposed brick walls, dark hardwood floors, cozy booths, and dim lighting. They hope to open in early 2022.
Photo by Shane Parker for Crunkleton
The Florence-based Turbo Coffee is opening up a third location at Lincoln Mill in Huntsville. According to the Crunkleton blog, "Turbo will have a 1,774 square foot shop at the property’s historic Dye House and has plans to open in Q4 2021. “Making people faster” is the slogan of Turbo and gets to the heart of what they are all about: serving up excellent coffee to get people going for the day and impact their lives for the better. In addition to coffee, they serve build-your-own smoothie bowls, superfood smoothies, pastries, cookies, and sandwiches."
Town Madison Restaurants
The Madison Chamber of Commerce just announced five new restaurants coming to Town Madison development off Zierdt Road near the new Rocket City Trash Panda Stadium, Toyota Field.
Outback Steakhouse and Slim Chickens will be building in Madison along with Prohibition Rooftop Bar & Kitchen. Prohibition Rooftop Bar & Kitchen is a gastropub and bar with a 1920s flair and a variety of meal options. It will feature 2,500 square feet of indoor dining and 1,000 square feet of covered rooftop that overlooks the community.
Super Chix will be opening a second location. You can currently find the Texas-based chicken and custard restaurant in Huntsville.
5 Guys Burgers and Fries is also headed to Town Madison. There are currently three locations in the Huntsville area where fans can get their burger, hot dog, and fry fix until the new Madison location opens.
A new bar is coming to Huntsville. While we don't know much about it now, we are sure they will serve daiquiris in the Rocket City. Learn more from their Facebook page.
Biscuit Belly in Huntsville
A Louisville restaurant is coming to Huntsville in 2022. Biscuit Belly is a chef-driven breakfast spot that offers up gourmet biscuits in a fast-causal concept. Click here to learn more about them and see their menu.
Sea Salt, Urban Oyster Bar
The Church Street family is turning the Corner Pour into Sea Salt, Urban Oyster Bar. Sea Salt will serve a variety of oysters from across the country, more than two dozen beers on tap, an extensive wine offering and special seasonal foods. Click here to read more.
Amerigo to Open in South Huntsville
Coming to the new Hays Farm location in South Huntsville, Amerigo is an Italian concept from the hospitality group the brought in Char. The new restaurant will bring a blend of traditional and modern Italian cuisine along with its signature welcoming atmosphere in late 2021. Amerigo will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week and offer brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Guests will be able to enjoy patio seating, private dining spaces, a full bar, and a comfortable dining room.
Since opening its first restaurant in Ridgeland, Miss., more than 30 years ago, Amerigo has become a crowd favorite and added locations throughout the Southeast. Its consistently delicious menu along with quality customer service and approachable price points have made Amerigo a mainstay in the industry. Each of Amerigo’s five locations share many of the same timeless dishes, and each secures local ingredients and purveyors to give its plates a home-grown flavor. Its dedication to serving fresh Italian meals extends to various dietary needs including vegetarian and gluten-free lifestyles. A dedicated gluten-sensitive menu offers a wide range of salads, entrees, and desserts that make Amerigo an excellent dining experience for everyone.
Eggs Up Grill in Madison
Eggs Up Grill is opening up their first restaurant in the state of Alabama. This summer you will be able to find the breakfast, brunch, and lunch concept at 300 Hughes Road. It will have seating indoors for 86 and an outdoor patio to make guests feel at home. The restaurant will be open seven days a week from 6:00 am - 2:00 pm.
Eggs Up Grill will offer its full menu, open to close, for dine-in, takeout, or delivery. Menu categories include breakfast sandwiches, benedicts, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast, as well as classic breakfast entrees, home-fry bowls, and fan-favorite muffins. There are also lunch choices including burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and salads.
They will offer dine-in, online ordering, takeout, catering, and delivery options available. A dedicated to-go station will allow for easy pick-up for online orders and third-party delivery.
The new Eggs Up Grill will be focused on giving back to the community. The owners are Alex and Kristen McLellan. The team is passionate about working with first responders, churches, schools, and as Alex is a veteran, the military. They are dedicated to becoming a community fixture that serves as a local gathering place for residents and a support for organizations.
La Gran Riviera Cantina & Grill in Madison
La Gran Riviera Cantina and Grill will open in the Colonial Promenade complex in front of the Walmart on Highway 72 in the former Stevie B’s pizza restaurant location. Guests can look forward to award-winning margaritas (rated the best of Cullman for five years in a row), steaks, chicken, seafood, and a lengthy menu of traditional Mexican dishes.
The Rocket City is finally getting a Cheesecake Factory. The chain will open at Bridge Street Town Centre near P.F. Changs and Barnes & Noble.
The team behind the popular Kamado Ramen and Oh Crêpe restaurants has decided to introduce a new concept to Stovehouse that will feature traditional Chinese dishes like orange chicken, Mongolian beef, egg rolls, soups, and more. Wok’s Up, a fast-casual Chinese eatery, is slated to open in Q2 2021 in the space between Oh Crêpe and Taqueria El Cazador. Click here to learn more!
Tom Brown's Restaurant is a steak and seafood restaurant that's opening their second location at the Market in Hays Farms in South Huntsville. Their first location is in the Shoppes of Madison on Highway 72 near Target. It's a premium casual restaurant that is filling a niche for upscale food without any stuffiness. The new restaurant will have its own unique decorations. You can read more about the Madison concept and opening on All Things Madison.
In Huntsville, Alabama, craft beer is growing again with a new brewpub popping up at Stovehouse. A new alliance between four of Alabama's most influential breweries has created the Southern Brewers Cooperative.
Huntsville's Straight to Ale, Birmingham's Good People Brewing and Avondale Brewing, and Tuscaloosa's Druid City Brewing are pushing the limits with the new concept. A new 10,000 sq. fit. facility at Stovehouse located on Huntsville's west side. Along with craft beer, wine and spirits will be available to drink on location. The kitchen will feature American comfort food to pair with the brews.
Photo Credit: Jonathan's Grille
Jonathan's Grille, an upscale sports bar with locations in Tennessee, will open its first Alabama location in Madison's Clift Farm. The food is focused on scratch-made items and they even hope to expand to Town Madison near Toyota Field, home of the Rocket City Trash Pandas in the next few years. Learn more from this al.com article.
The Texas- based chain Whataburger will be making its way into Madison. The location will be at 7837 Highway 72 W, Madison, AL 35758 near the Kohl's and Home Depot and the corner of Hughes Road. Just announced in early August the company said, "Whataburger will introduce new restaurant models and remodels that have a reduced environmental impact by using renewable resources when possible, LED lighting and more efficient equipment for 24-hour use."
More restaurants will feature elements of this new look soon. The remodels will vary based on the needs of each location, ranging from kitchen and exterior upgrades in some restaurants to major updates in others. What’s not changing? The iconic elements they are known for. You’ll see plenty of orange and white stripes and that classic Whataburger flair their Family Members and guests know and love.