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A Culinary Focus on Community

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At 1892 East Restaurant and Tavern in Huntsville, Alabama the food, historic setting, ambiance and focus on community is what sets it apart.

Located in the city’s Five Points Historic Neighborhood—a quaint, century old-plus enclave representing the city’s first true suburb and chocked full of English Cottage, vernacular Victorian and bungalow homes still set in the original 19th century grid with broad, parallel streets, deep, narrow lots and rear service alleys—the focus here is on locally grown and owned farm fresh, primarily organic ingredients from the surrounding Tennessee Valley.

In fact, all of the restaurant’s purveyors—meat, produce, dairy, grains and so forth—grow or raise their products within a two-hour distance of the city. This local, community-focused, farm-to-table concept is evident in the quality, flavors and creativity of the recipes and presentation of their bi-monthly menu.

The bevy of wonderful vegetarian dishes here ranges from roasted butternut tarts to tempeh sandwiches and mixed mushroom and vegetable pot pies (they also have a chicken version of the latter which is out of this world).

“Lighter Side” entrees encompass Flatbreads—grilled vegetable, mixed mushroom, BLT and red wine glazed chicken—and curry and apple, Maytag blue cheese and shrimp and tarragon salads. And their artfully designed bread baskets arrive brimming with hearty spent grain breads with a choice of savory butter or a fluffy white bean hummus with orange zest butter.

Main comfort food dishes for lunch and dinner include a cranberry chicken sandwich, Alabama fried catfish, the best, most succulent roasted chicken breast (humanely raised and hormone free) you have ever experienced in your life, roasted chicken tamales, grilled regional beef tenderloin and New Orleans style Gulf Coast shrimp and mussels, just to name a few. And the one absolute must on the menu is their crispy shrimp and grits—very unique (and very labor intensive) with fried Gulf Coast shrimp stuffed with cheddar grits and served with a smoked tomato dipping sauce. No explanation could do them justice.

An interesting aspect to the restaurant is that although they opted to be a “beer-centric” joint (they also offer beer flights), they possess an extensive 50-plus wines by the glass menu—most of which are under $10.

Their motto: “We put the restaurant in the neighborhood and the neighborhood in the restaurant,” is evident in the service, décor and ambiance. Moreover their pricing, which is very modest given the extraordinary high quality and sumptuous portions which allow people, including families with children, who would not normally be able/willing to spend, all told, anywhere from $35-plus per person for an exceptional lunch or dinner out, to experience their upscale fare more frequently.

Written by Lysa Allman-Baldwin

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