March 2, 2021

10 new restaurants in Huntsville you need to try

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As the Huntsville area continues to grow, new places to eat and drink are sprouting all over the city and neighboring Madison. Here are 10 new restaurants in Huntsville that have opened since this past fall.

BeeZr, British slang for “excellent,” combines a brewpub specializing in fresh ales served straight from the tanks, a street-taco kitchen, and a coffee roastery. English ex-pat Ron Jewell named the brewery portion Chandler’s Ford after the neighborhood in Hampshire, England, where he lived in his early 20s. The kitchen also is the commissary for the vegan food truck Hippea Camper. This gastronomic conglomerate opened in late 2020 at North Side Square.

Vegans and vegetarians rejoice! This Brooklyn-based chain of restaurants serving fast-casual pan-Mediterranean food has plenty of choices for people who don’t eat meat and/or dairy, including six flavors of hummus chickpea spread. Even shakes are made with chickpeas instead of milk. But it’s not all plant-based; other entree options include beef, lamb, and chicken. The Huntsville location, on Memorial Parkway SW, opened in December.

Specializing in burgers, sandwiches, and tots, this chain owned by the actor Mark Wahlberg and two of his brothers — not-so-New-Kid Donnie, and Paul, the executive chef — operates in 19 states, Canada, and Germany. The MidCity location, which opened in December, is Alabama’s first. Fun burger choices include the OFD (Originally from Dorchestah) with two patties, Swiss cheese, bacon, mushrooms, and tomato jam. Vegetarian, turkey, and gluten-free (no bun) options are available. Salads, milk shakes, and a kids’ menu round out the fare.

La Finka translates as “The farm.” Open since November, its Tex-Mex style menu is based on multi-generational family recipes, including an extensive selection of combo plates, fajitas, nachos, vegetarian options, and chicken and seafood entrees. Mexican drinks — hard and soft — lunch specials, and an hijos’ (children’s) menu also are available. Located on Balmoral Drive in southwest Huntsville, La Finka also hosts music and trivia contests.

Sure, you can order a sandwich or slice of pizza at so many places, but where else but Parm & Pepper can you end your meal by enjoying ice cream spiked with whiskey or rum? This bread-lover’s delight (the restaurant even offers two kinds of pretzels!) in the Stovehouse food garden is open for lunch and dinner. Round out your order with Hatch Mac, creamy bowtie pasta kicked up with Hatch green chiles.

Parliament provides a new dining option for The Poppy, an upscale British pub that opened in downtown Huntsville’s North Side Square mid-2019. The addition, which opened in November, offers lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch — including Irish and Brit faves like Fish and Chips and Bangers and Mash, and transcontinental dishes from Fried Green Tomatoes to Porchetta Afumicata sandwich. The Poppy & Parliament includes a gourmet shop and expanded pub space upstairs.

Co-owners Shawn “Chef Big Shake” Davis and his wife, Robin, are TV stars (the business-pitch program “Shark Tank” and the eating show “Man vs Food”). The Tennessee-based chain, which opened its Huntsville location on Martin Road SW in October, specializes in crispy Nashville-style hot chicken with five heat levels that include “Cry Baby,” “Stop Drop and Roll,” and the foreboding sounding “Executioner.” Unusual offerings include shrimp burgers and deep-fried Oreos.

Shish kabobs, pita wraps, and rotisserie-sliced shawarma are the order of the day at this Lebanese restaurant in Madison, which opened in September. Seafood choices include swordfish, salmon, and shrimp. Or try the Arayes, a beloved Lebanese street food of pita stuffed with lamb, nuts, onions, and herbs. Combo party tray and entrée options feed from one to 20 people. Open seven days in Madison Commons.

Two longtime friends — neither named Jack nor Brown — opened a craft beer-and-burger place in Harrisonburg, Virginia, in 2009. It’s expanded to five states including a Huntsville location, which opened in September on North Side Square (there’s one in Birmingham, too). All burgers are made with wagyu beef, including funky options like the Greg Brady with mac-and-cheese topping and the Dr. Gonzo with mushrooms and fried onions. Don’t overlook the daily special burgers and fried Oreos dessert.

Pour-your-own brews, served with Asian-inspired food (tuna pizza, anyone?) that includes poke bowls with raw tuna or yellowtail, and steamed gyoza dumplings filled with chicken or mushrooms. Look to its Instagram pages for suggested beer and food pairings. Open since late October on Clinton Road East, Corner Pour features 24 beers and four wines on tap.

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