Once each year, the Rocket City celebrates its culinary diversity, award-winning dishes, and local flavor with a 10-day event known as Huntsville Restaurant Week. 2020 is no different. In fact, this year will be the largest promotion to date with more restaurants participating than ever before. This means there are endless opportunities to explore our food scene while enjoying discounts, deals, and giveaways!
This year’s celebration will be “socially distanced and still delicious” according to the Huntsville/Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau. Participating restaurants will offer exclusive Restaurant Week items and deals for lunch and/or dinner that are available through dine-in, takeout, and delivery.
It’s no secret that 2020 has required everyone to adapt, including our local restaurants. That’s why they are all making it easy for everyone to participate with a variety of ordering options.
Specials will be different than in past years when restaurants were asked to offer two or three-course fixed-price menu items. Instead, every eatery has created its own feature. This means each restaurant has had even more freedom to design something special for its patrons.
Before we dive in to some of the deals you can sample, we want to encourage everyone to participate in this year’s official dining challenge. The Huntsville CVB has hopes that everyone will order dine-in, takeout, or delivery at least five times during the 10-day event. Be sure to share photos of your dishes on social media with the hashtag #DineHSV. You could win a prize!
Tucked in the corner of The Avenue apartments on Jefferson Street, Melt has become a downtown staple offering delicious comfort food with a modern twist. For 2020, they have decided to showcase some of their best-selling selections by offering $8 Mac N’ Egg Rolls and $8 Food Truck Nachos.
The Mac N’ Egg Rolls are crunchy, cheesy, and baked to perfection—hardly your average egg roll. Loads of creamy mac and cheese are packed inside and served with a sweet and spicy chili glaze. The combination of cheesy, sweet, and spicy is a stroke of genius.
As for the Food Truck Nachos, they are something to behold. You’ll enjoy a plate that is piled high with salted kettle chips, pulled pork, nacho cheese, and fried jalapeños drizzled with tangy BBQ sauce and jalapeño ranch.
Save room for your meal and dessert. Melt has choices for everyone, including vegans, vegetarians, and gluten-free guests. Try one of its many fresh salads or signature sandwiches. You really can’t go wrong!
Super Chix Chicken & Custard
Super Chix’s hand-breaded chicken filets have an incredible reputation when it comes to bold, delicious flavor. For Huntsville Restaurant Week, they will be offering a special Chicken Cordon Bleu sandwich for $7.50. It’s an excellent grab-and-go option, packed with hand-breaded chicken, ham, Swiss cheese, and honey mustard served on a fresh potato roll.
Guests will also have a chance to indulge in a special custard flavor—Mint Oreo! It’s a mint-infused creamy custard topped with Oreo cookie crumbles for $4.50.
Classics like chicken sandwiches, fries, and custard make for a delicious night out—or in, if you’re getting it for takeout.
You can visit Super Chix at Times Plaza off Memorial Parkway.
Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar
While you’re at Times Plaza, you can also sample other Restaurant Week specials from Super Chix’s neighbor, Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. They are serving up towering $10 all-American burgers with ketchup, mustard, shredded lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles with a side of fries and a soda. Talk about a deal!
Bad Daddy’s is an award-winning burger joint that goes beyond a mere beef burger. Guests can also try premium selections of bison, tuna, turkey, chicken, and vegetarian black bean patties.
The establishment makes an effort to appeal to everyone, even offering a Create-Your-Own Burger or Salad option. With all of the available choices for meat and toppings, the team at Bad Daddy’s has calculated more than a million combinations for sandwiches.
Owners of Pourhouse have described the bar as the “comfortably swanky little sister” of Purveyorin downtown. This laid back bohemian bar offers upscale cocktails, local craft beer, and spirits in a cozy, yet trendy, environment at Stovehouse.
The Stovehouse development is open and encouraging patrons to “dine at a distance” at the many restaurants on campus. After grabbing your meal, walk a few steps to Pourhouse to pair it with the perfect drink.
Specials during the August celebration include two must-try cocktails!
$8 Pourhouse Punch: Tito’s handmade vodka, Rum Haven coconut rum, blue curacao, pineapple
$8 Lemonade Stand: Tito’s handmade vodka, St. Germain, basil, sour mix, club soda, mixed berry puree
These refreshing drinks are the perfect complement to warm summer days and carefree afternoons spent at Stovehouse.
Speaking of Stovehouse, there are several other establishments on campus at the development who are participating in Huntsville Restaurant Week. Check out other eateries like Mazzara’s Italian Kitchen, Fresko Grille, Bark & Barrel BBQ, Taqueria El Cazador, Oh Crepe, and Kamado Ramen.
Fresko Grille is featuring a $15 Shawarma Delight!
Mazzara’s Italian Kitchen
During Restaurant Week, Mazzara’s Italian Kitchen at Stovehouse will be spicing things up by offering daily specials. You’ll have to visit more than once to enjoy them all. But, why would you mind? It’s the one time of year the whole city encourages us to indulge!
Mazzara’s makes you feel like you’ve taken a mini-trip to Italy, because all of the selections are made using traditional family recipes that have been passed down for generations. Stephanie Kennedy-Mell, one of its owners, said two items that will be showcased during Huntsville Restaurant Week include the Fried Calamari Strips and a Gnocchi Al Forno.
$12 – The Fried Calamari Strips are flash-fried T&T, zucchini, and yellow squash with a Calabrian chili marinara
$12 – Gnocchi Al Forno includes a Calabrian chili marinara, fior di latta, and ricotta salata
The ingredients are superb and the taste is always authentic. You can read more about Mazzara’s and its story here.
Stay tuned to the Italian eatery’s social media during Restaurant Week to see what they are cooking up each day!
Few words accurately describe the experience at Phat Sammy’s, but “eclectic”; “colorful”; and “exceptional” are a reasonable start. While fairly new to the Huntsville restaurant scene, this basement-based tiki bar and eatery has quickly become a crowd favorite among the locals.
As you’re strolling down Jefferson Street, look around for the neon pineapple sign on the corner near Clinton Avenue. After you’ve descended the stairs, you will feel like you’ve entered an entirely different world filled with nautical posters, island-themed accents, and greenery.
Inside its mural-adorned walls visitors will find American contemporary dishes that are heavily influenced by Asian cuisine. For Huntsville Restaurant Week, Phat Sammy’s will offer a $13 Battleship Curry, which features tender pork shoulder with Japanese naval curry sauce, roasted vegetables, and jasmine rice.
The smell of this dish is enough to tempt you into eating it all in one sitting. The curry aroma and heartiness of the meal provide an exotic take on Japanese-style comfort food.
But what’s a tiki bar without cocktails? Phat Sammy’s will extend happy hour until 7 p.m. each day they are open during Restaurant Week.
Of course, there are tons of other places we want to visit during Huntsville Restaurant Week 2020! What dishes are you most excited to try?
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