Huntsville, AL Restaurants Offer a Passport to the World

Hints of Germany are everywhere here, from the forested, rolling mountains to the city’s German restaurants.

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The Cotton Row in Huntsville, AL
Antony Boshier

All the World’s Tastes in Just One Place

To an outsider, Huntsville may seem as far away from Germany as the Earth is from the Moon. But hints of Germany are everywhere here, from the forested, rolling mountains to the city’s German restaurants. Ol’ Heidelberg Restaurant, which opened in the early 1970s, continues to be a mainstay with residents and a must do on many visitors’ lists. Its extensive menu and Bavarian décor make it a top destination for celebrating special occasions, as well. The restaurant is so popular with tourists, in fact, some drive from as far away as Atlanta for jaeger schnitzel, pork roasts and German beers. Café Berlin, on Airport Road, offers a more limited menu and a full bar.

The menu includes schnitzel dinners, numerous fish dishes, wursts, homemade soups and a wide selection of cakes. For a taste of food with a dash of Mediterranean flair, try Papou’s Greek Cuisine located on the South Side Square. Papou’s serves customers with the guarantee that only the freshest ingredients are used in creating authentic Greek dishes. Tony’s Little Italy is a popular Italian eatery with locations in Madison and Providence. In addition to serving delicious, made-from-scratch Italian food, Tony’s Little Italy prides itself in its inviting, family-friendly atmosphere. Chicken Alfredo, lasagna, pasta primavera, calzones, stromboli and hand-stretched pizzas are just a few of the menu items that keep customers coming back for more. Legend has it the pizza recipe Tony’s Little Italy uses has been in Attanasio’s family for more than 200 years.

As for other downtown restaurants, Washington Square provides space for three eateries – Cotton Row, Humphrey’s Bar & Grill and Pauli’s Chophouse. Cotton Row is cloth-napkin, fine-dining experience of the finest American cuisine. Choose from a menu of culinary masterpieces such as the Seared Maine Diver Sea Scallops, the Cider Braised Brandt Beef Short Ribs and the Herb-Crusted Venison Loin. Or you can have a wine to compliment your dinner in the Cedar Pipe Cellar. With over 5,000 bottles of 300 different selections in the cellar, guests may either choose their own wine to pair with their dinner or trust the chief’s selections. Either way, Cotton Row is an experience to be had by both residents and visitors, alike. Pauli’s Chophouse has a similar upscale atmosphere as Cotton Row. The Chophouse offers only the finest Certified Angus Beef steaks and the freshest seafood selection; each dish professionally cooked to perfection. The restaurant also has an impressive wine selection to satisfy any hungry palate.

But, if you want to dine in a more laid-back atmosphere, then there is Humphrey’s Bar & Grill. Sit at the bar and have a drink with some colleagues, eat a mouth-watering burger, or sit out on the New Orleans Style Patio to watch a live musical performance six nights a week (sans the cover charge). As Humphrey’s website says: “Loosen up and let the good times roll.”

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