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!
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. Located in the heart of downtown Huntsville, The Poppy is the first truly authentic British drinking experience in the area. The interior of The Poppy and Parliament is based on Shane Brown’s (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 some unfamiliar items to add their own flare. Chef Barry and Chef Kristen will be designing rotating nightly specials which will highlight their hand-cut steaks as well as many other options. They have now opened their doors to show Huntsville what they have been working on!
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 right just down the road from 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 has happening, having another restaurant is fantastic news. Walburgers 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.
Parm & Pepper is open at Stovehouse. They sell salads, sandwiches, pizza by the slice, and house-made ice cream. They even sell adult boozy ice cream to those 21 or older!
Imagine a burst of flavor that tastes like you’re in Mexico. La Finka ("the farm") has genuine homemade recipes that are made fresh to order. From La Finka: "We use spices and flavors passed on for generations through our family. Every meal is tender, tasty, and sizzling with flavor." Address: 4250 Balmoral Dr. SW Huntsville, AL 35801
Hummus & Pita Co
The country’s leading fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant, The Hummus & Pita Co. have opened their newest location in Huntsville, Alabama at 2137 S Memorial Pkwy. Since 2011, the Brooklyn-born Hummus & Pita Co. has been delivering guilt-free, homemade cuisine to the masses. The concept has taken the best dishes from all over the Mediterranean region, including recipes that have been passed down generation to generation, and built a seamless menu that works for all taste and dietary preferences. All menu items are made from scratch on the premises at each location, using only the freshest ingredients available to ensure high-quality, flavor-focused eats for every guest. The fast casual leader stands out from other Mediterranean concepts for its freshly-baked pita and laffa breads, wide variety of innovative vegetarian and vegan dishes, meats cooked in a traditional taboon oven, and signature hummus-based dessert offerings like the Chickpea Chiller, which has been recognized by national media outlets including ABC’s The Chew, People Magazine, Business Insider, PopSugar, and more.
The Huntsville location will be open daily from 11 am - 8pm and will offer dine-in, curbside, takeout, and delivery via 3rd party partners.
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.)
Located at Clinton Row, the Corner Pour is home to local brewery beers as well as a wine selection. Owned by the Church Street Family, they offer bar food like sandwiches along with Giustino's Gelato. Each of the beers will be priced by the ounce. You can learn more by reading this article.
Full Moon Bar-B-Que has their drive thru open for business at 1009 North Memorial Pkwy. This southern chain has a long, delicious history of great Southern-style 'que made in the time-honored, traditional way, with quality meats cooked low and slow over a hickory wood-fired pit and spiced with a mouthwatering, award-winning bar-b-que sauce. Almost everything at Full Moon is homemade, from the famous Full Moon chow-chow to the baked-fresh-each-day Half Moon cookies. And it's all served with a smile and a healthy helping of true Southern hospitality.
Big Shake's Hot Chicken & Fish is on Martin Road & they just opened one on University Drive! Started by Shawn "Chef Big Shake" Davis and his wife in 2014, this Tennessee-based restaurant is excited to bring their family recipes to 4925 University Dr NW, Suite 178. Big Shake's makes chicken and fish from classic to non-spicy, or super hot.
125 North Side Square is the home of Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint, a place popular for its Wagyu-beef burgers and expansive beer selection. Some of the burgers are quite inventive, like the Elvis burger that’s slathered in peanut butter, bacon, mayo, and cheddar cheese. They have sides like French fries, sweet potato fries, and fried Oreos for dessert. Draft beers will be rotating and changed weekly. There are 80-100 different ones to try!
They are a small coffee shop in the Monrovia area. The Rocket City Coffee shop is located at 6594 Wall Triana Highway, Suite D, Huntsville, AL 35806.
From their website: "Our coffee shop team prides ourselves on providing organic coffee from some of the finest coffee farms in the world. Our primary supplier is a Hawaiian farm where coffee beans grow on the slopes of Mauna Kea in the shade of Koa trees. We also work with local dairy suppliers and bakeries to source the freshest, highest quality dairy products and pastries."
Al Shish Palace has expanded to 1591 Hughes Road Suite A, Madison, Alabama. From their website: "Our food is sourced from top quality seasonal ingredients. Our menu offers a mix of our famous Lebanese signature dishes. We consider Shish Palace to be a truly "Mediterranean" restaurant honoring our cooking traditions and interpreting them with our unique creative cooking vision."
Times Plaza off the Parkway has brought a few great restaurants to the Rocket City already, but another is here! Stone Age Korean Steakhouse is an all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ joint that delivers a wide array of meats, sauces, sides, and flavors for patrons to choose from. Guests can get several types of specially prepared meat like beef, pork, chicken, beef brisket, pork belly, ribeye, and filet mignon. Of course, there are plenty of steamed rice, kimchi, and other sides too.
Photo Credit: Twickenham Treats
The locally owned and operated dessert shop offers made-in-house gelato, fresh popcorn, candy, and other traditional treats inside the Twickenham Square retail center. The new treat parlor is adjacent to Huntsville Hospital and within a bustling development that houses Publix, Another Broken Egg, Taco Mama, Mei Wei, and Cajun Steamer. Inside the dessert-filled oasis, handmade Rice Krispie Treats, cookies, and candied apples abound—a feast for the eyes for everyone with a sweet tooth. (Click here to Read More)
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!
By the beginning of 2021 a brand new coffee shop/cafe will open at Lowe Mill in the old Alchmey 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!
Kamado means “stove” in Japanese, which gives you a clue about where you can find this ramen restaurant. The second Kamado Ramen restaurants 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.
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 causal restaurant that is filling a niche or upscale food without any stuffiness. The new restaurant will have it's own decorations and vibe. The Madison location can be described as lux with velvet and chandeliers as part of the decor. You can read more about their concept and opening on All Things Madison.
You will soon be able to 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 place is hoping to be opening by January 2021. 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!"
Photo Credit: Jonathan's Grille
Jonathan's Grille, an upscale sports bar with locations in Tennessee, will open it's 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 Veggie will open its first Quick Service Cafe in February 2021 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!
Church Street Wine Shoppe
Church Street Wine Shoppe is planning on moving into the historic Humphreys–Rodgers House at 102 Gates Ave SW. There will be room for their bottle shop, beer and wine tastings, along with the wine club.
Located at 8412 Whitesburg Drive in Huntsville, AL, this 50s themed diner will serve shakes, malts, burgers and more! They are going to be a fantastic addition to South Huntsville and we can't wait to see when they open.
Coming later this year to Stovehouse, Charlie Foster’s is a locally owned coffee shop that will serve high-quality coffee beverages and teas while providing 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 will open the space which they describe as a “multi-roaster” coffee shop, serving quality beans from roasters around the U.S.
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 Khol's, 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.
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 plans to open their second location at the Hughes Plaza development that’s currently being redeveloped at 181 Hughes Road. The opening is tentatively slated for Q1 2021.
“We’ve had many patrons ask us when we plan on opening a location in Madison,” shared Travis. “Our Hughes Plaza shop will be much closer to our home and we will be able to offer guests a slightly larger space than our Huntsville shop. It will also have a semi-private room and outdoor patio seating on the front-facing side.” (Click here to read more)
At the beginning of 2021, another star will enter 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.
Etoile means “star” in French—a nod to the Rocket City’s history. When open, the patisserie will be 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)