Huntsville restaurants are amazing! In this guide, we reveal the best places to eat in Huntsville, Alabama. Includes breakfast and brunch!
**A big thank you to the Huntsville/Madison County CVB for hosting our trip and providing us with some of our meals.**
Yes, Huntsville is known as Rocket City. However, we think that Huntsville food should be given some recognition as well. There are a lot of great restaurants in Huntsville, with a variety of cuisines and styles. Below are some of the Huntsville restaurants that we ate at during our visit…
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We road tripped from Atlanta, so when we arrived in Huntsville we were pretty hungry. Our first stop was Pints & Pixels, an arcade with over 50 vintage arcade games and pinball machines. It’s a really fun place, but we ate before we played any games lol!
They have a full food menu and full bar. We got a Chili-Cheese Dog and fries. The beef hot dog was great and the chili was delicious. We thought the fries were really good too because of the seasoning they used. Although we didn’t get a drink, we peeked at their bar menu and had to chuckle at the names of some of their cocktails: “DK’s Banana Barrel” and “Princess Peach Cosmo” and other video game inspired drinks.
Located inside popular Campus 805, Ale’s Kitchen has some truly amazing food and we think it’s one of the best places to eat in Huntsville. The food is made from scratch, they use locally sourced ingredients, and it’s got such a fun and vibrant atmosphere. They’re also attached to Straight to Ale, an award winning brewery.
To start, we ordered a rum and coke. Yum! And for our meal we ordered Kimchi Pork Tacos. The flavors were amazing and had just the right amount of kick! We could’ve eaten about five more of those tacos!
On our first morning, we had what is probably the best breakfast in Huntsville. At Blue Plate Cafe, they specialize in classic southern dishes and besides these classic dishes, they also offer a large helping of smiles and Southern hospitality.
We ordered a Blue Plate Breakfast that came with two scrambled eggs, hashbrowns, and toast. We always ask for cheese with our scrambled eggs and it’s how we tend to judge a place. Sometimes cheese is thrown on top after the eggs are done, so it doesn’t even melt. At Blue Plate Cafe, however, the cheese is mixed in. And a lot of cheese too! So we were very happy with our cheesy order lol! The hashbrowns were also nice and crispy.
Self described as a modern-tavern, 1892 East is another of the best restaurants in Huntsville. They are proud of their community and work with local farms and breweries so you know everything you order is made with fresh ingredients.
We were told we HAD to get the “1892 Burger” when we visited, and who are we to argue with a local’s recommendation? Turns out they were totally right because this burger was amazing. It was thick and juicy and came with balsamic aioli and cheddar cheese from a nearby farm. It’s one of the best burgers we’ve ever had! The fries were also crispy and seasoned very well.
If you’re looking for one of the more unique places to eat in Huntsville, we recommend AM Booth’s Lumberyard. They have a restaurant, multiple bars, a courtyard, and even a restored 1920s train car called the Blue Bayou that you can dine in.
During our visit, the Blue Bayou was having a murder mystery themed dinner. Between clues and trying to figure out who done it, we were served lots of food and drinks. The Blue Bayou’s themed dinner’s are a lot of fun and sell out quickly so we recommend making reservations ahead of time.
Another great Huntsville breakfast spot is Honest Coffee Roasters. They are located downtown, and have freshly roasted coffee and simple but tasty breakfast options. We were wanting a light breakfast that morning, so we ordered a latte and muffin, both of which were very yummy.
There are a few downtown Huntsville restaurants, but if you’re looking for the best brunch in Huntsville (or best meal for that matter), head on over to Cotton Row. They have an amazing chef and the restaurant has won many awards. It’s American fine dining, with deep Southern roots.
During our visit to Cotton Row, we ordered a Gem Lettuce Salad and the Pan Seared Wild Pacific King Salmon dish. The salad came with shaved pecorino, fennel, sourdough croutons, and goddess dressing. We’ll be honest, it takes a lot for a salad to thrill us. But everything was so fresh and the dressing really made it pop. It was delicious and we also thought the plating was really nice.
The salmon came with crispy baby potatoes and vegetables along with an herb citrus butter. Out of all the meals we had in Huntsville, we probably ate this one the slowest because we really wanted to savor every bite. The salmon melted in your mouth and the potatoes and vegetables were cooked perfectly. If Cotton Row wasn’t such a classy place, we would’ve licked the plate!
Our weekend in Huntsville was the perfect getaway between two house sits. As we mentioned before, we think Huntsville food should be acknowledged more. There is a lot of tradition in the cuisine, but also a lot of modern adaptations. We loved that so many of the Huntsville restaurants were sourcing their ingredients locally and we also loved that so many venues were fun and creative. We can’t wait to visit again and discover more delicious places to eat in Huntsville, Alabama!
Ready to book your stay in Huntsville? We stayed at the Embassy Suites in downtown. It was in a perfect location that allowed us to get to every attraction quickly. They offer free breakfast and complimentary drinks and snacks for two hours every night. Check Embassy Suites Huntsville Hotel & Spa rates.