Huntsville AL suggestions?

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2014/06/17 22:03:53 (permalink)

Huntsville AL suggestions?

I have several weeks to explore Huntsville and could use some suggestions for interesting dining suggestions. The roadfood map has a few options and I've already tried one of those on a past trip. Although I discovered some really great food options, I did not think to write a review (shame on me). Any worthwhile suggestions I'll gladly investigate!
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    Root-Beer Man
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/18 11:13:33 (permalink)
    Do a search here for Huntsville and you'll get a lot of hits from member Davyd (sp). He's in that area a lot and has done a lot of eating there. My favourite Huntsville place is actually across the interstate in Decatur. Big Bob Gibson's BBQ. My hands down favourite BBQ in the state and they have some really nice pies, too. 
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/18 14:46:08 (permalink)
    Davwud's blog is:
     
    http://davwudsfoodcourt.blogspot.com/
     
    Another great resource is The North Alabama BBQ Quest:
     
    http://bbqinbama.blogspot.com/
     
    The place in Huntsville that I would not miss, now that I know about it, is Stanlieo's Sub Villa.  Next time I'm in Huntsville, I'm going.
     
    http://stanlieossubs.com/
     
    My favorite of the few Huntsville restaurants that I've visited is Chuck Wagon BBQ in Madison.  The owner is from Del Rio, TX, and runs his place meat-market style like they do back at home (his home, anyway, his wife was born in Madison, which is what brought them back).  They smoke over mesquite that he hauls back from Del Rio on periodic visits to see his mother.
     
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/18 16:05:01 (permalink)
    Don't miss Beauregard's on Jordan Lane (www.beauwings.com).  Its been awhile since I've eaten there, but they have great food.  Their habanero sauce is especially good -- they make it in-house.  
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/18 17:17:32 (permalink)
    If you get a chance to visit farther afield make sure you don't miss Bell Buckle Cafe (in my blog) and Stan's (also in my blog) up in Tennessee.
    Chuckwagon Diner in Fayetteville is really cool. They BBQ on the weekend and it's really great. Presentation isn't great but it goes with the place. 
    Visited Okra last time we were there and it was fantastic. It's right on the square.
    One last thing about Fayetteville....they have a town speciality. The Slawburger. There are few places around town that make them but Honey's (also on the square) is where they started.
    I've blogged about all three of those.
     
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/19 08:42:17 (permalink)
    And if you get down to Birmingham, send me a message and I'll meet you at a road food joint or two!  Alabama loves boll weevils!
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/20 09:28:22 (permalink)
    will_work_4_bbq

    And if you get down to Birmingham, send me a message and I'll meet you at a road food joint or two!  Alabama loves boll weevils!

    Did Green Acres Cafe a couple years back. Loved, loved, loved it.
     
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/21 12:29:28 (permalink)
    I totally suggest Dreamland BBQ in Huntsville.  Great ribs and sauce.  The grill their ribs over wood.  They do not smoke like the original Dreamland in Tuscaloosa.  I like the one in Huntsville much better.  I have been there several times.  I like the ribs the instant they take them off the grill.
     
    http://www.dreamlandbbq.com/HuntsvilleMenu.aspx
     
    http://www.dreamlandbbq.com/Huntsville.aspx
     
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/21 14:15:45 (permalink)
    Sundancer7

    I totally suggest Dreamland BBQ in Huntsville.  Great ribs and sauce.  The grill their ribs over wood.  They do not smoke like the original Dreamland in Tuscaloosa.  I like the one in Huntsville much better.  I have been there several times.  I like the ribs the instant they take them off the grill.

    http://www.dreamlandbbq.com/HuntsvilleMenu.aspx

    http://www.dreamlandbbq.com/Huntsville.aspx

    Paul E. Smith
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    Here's a video I made a few years back.
     
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/21 19:12:55 (permalink)
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    Sundancer7

    I totally suggest Dreamland BBQ in Huntsville.  Great ribs and sauce.  The grill their ribs over wood.  They do not smoke like the original Dreamland in Tuscaloosa.  I like the one in Huntsville much better.  I have been there several times.  I like the ribs the instant they take them off the grill.

    http://www.dreamlandbbq.com/HuntsvilleMenu.aspx

    http://www.dreamlandbbq.com/Huntsville.aspx

    Paul E. Smith
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    Here's a video I made a few years back.

    DT

     
    Great video and I sure do like ribs grilled vs. smoked.  Dreamland is by far the best grilled I have ever had and I sure do like their sauce.  I dip my bread in it instead of the ribs.
     
    Paul E. Smith
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/23 16:15:44 (permalink)
    That's odd. I replied to this thread days ago but it's disappeared. 
     
    Thanks, Everyone! I have lots of options, now. I will try Big Bob Gibson's BBQ when I can, but I managed to get to Dave Gibson's (as per roadfood recommendation). The place is exactly as pictured and the food was quite good. After chatting with the staff, they insisted I take a slice of pie to go. I asked how much and they brushed me off ... free slice of pie! I agonized over the lemon meringue before settling on coconut meringue. When I got home, I had two free slices! Yeah, I'm going back there.
     
    Just had lunch at Chuck Wagon BBQ. Whoa! That is some good brisket. It's a bit expensive, but the quality is excellent. Too bad it has such weird hours (weekday lunch and closing at 8PM on T&F). 
     
    Dreamland BBQ and Beauregard's are on my short list and I'm still looking through the other food blogs.
     
    I'm unlikely to get much opportunity outside of Huntsville to explore food options, but I did make it to Bell Buckle Cafe on my last trip a few years back. Definitely a good place to eat (smoked pork chops for the win!).
     
    Does roadfood host negative reviews? I hope so. I went to nearby Guntersville on Friday. The plan was to check out Wintzell's but, at the insistence of too many locals, I went to Top o' the River. Big mistake. Although the place is large and packed with diners (there were about twenty waiting to get in when I arrived), the food is remarkably mediocre! Most everything is batter fried and probably with the same batter and same oil. The most interesting dish on my table was the cornbread, but it was a tad dry. I asked the server for butter but received some sort of whipped margarine. I was assured that they did not have butter. Later, I witnessed a server carrying crayfish alongside a dipping bowl of yellow liquid. Dipping crawfish in margarine? <shudder>
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/24 18:37:27 (permalink)
    I'm so glad that you enjoyed Chuck Wagon.  Did you get to meet Mike?
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/28 19:48:20 (permalink)
    CF Penn's Hamburgers in Decatur, AL
     
    https://www.facebook.com/...urgers/189401257741637
     
    It is not your normal "burger" joint it is a slugburger joint, and the best "burgers" in town.
     
    Slugburgers are meat with filler added then pattied and usually deep fried to perfection.  Cheap, Good and Tasty
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    Re:Huntsville AL suggestions? 2014/06/28 22:23:53 (permalink)
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    Does roadfood host negative reviews? I hope so.

     
    My own two cents on that question, not speaking in any official capacity:
     
    I think of Roadfood as a place that lists special restaurants, restaurants worth seeking out in one's travels.
    By definition, most restaurants are not particularly special.
     
    So, when some people think a restaurant is special and others find it disappointing, that's worth chronicling, because that refines the information of whether this place is worth seeking out. But when the only review of a place is "this is not worth seeking out", that is not worth chronicling - there are so many restaurants that are not special that it is not worth enumerating them.
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