I must confess that the Our Valley Events team that come up with this list got a little misty eyed and nostalgic!
We headed down memory lane and it was bittersweet.
These gone but not forgotten restaurants aren’t a complete list, and probably not all that comprehensive either. But what it is filled with is a genuine longing for the return of these places where memories were made and laughter was shared.
Plus, maybe a rowdy night was had or hangover was nursed in one or two as well.
Those were the days….
Favorite Huntsville Restaurants That Are Gone But Not Forgotten
1. The Fogcutter – Didn’t you pronounce it as “Tha Fawgg-cuddah” too? No, then must have just been us.
2. Subzone – Yes, you can get subs at other places, and yes even good baked ones. But there was no place like Subzone in its heyday and it is greatly missed.
3. Any place in Madison Square – Come on!! You knew this was coming. There’s still dust in the air from the building being torn down and we are suddenly nostalgic. Lunch at Madison Square Mall used to mean you sent a search party into the table area to secure an empty before taking turns ordering because it was so crowded.
4. Mikato Japanese Steakhouse & Lounge – During it’s prime, the food was so good! This was the go-to place for many a special occasion. BONUS if you remember banging the gong!
5. The Mill – Good food, fun atmosphere, and live music, The Mill was a Huntsville hot spot on the edge of Downtown Huntsville before the action moved back to the Square. We may have gotten a bit nostalgic over this one!
6. Thomas Pit BBQ – A relatively recent loss to the Madison community, this BBQ joint was truly beloved by many. It is definitely not forgotten.
7. Darryl’s – Who didn’t have an evening out at Darryl’s when it was a glorious spot on University? Places like that don’t much exist anymore
8. Mr. Steak – Steak was in the name, but didn’t everyone go to eat the bread?
9. Mullins Restaurant – We lost an outstanding breakfast option with the closing of Mullins.
10. Mr. Gattis Pizza – It might have been a bit too dark in there, but it was the go-to pizza staple!
11. Zestos – One of those restaurants whose absence changed the neighborhood it left behind. Even though there is still an eclectic and weird vibe in that part of Five Points, Zesto’s was the greasy dip dog that pulled it together!
12. Green Hills Grille – So many memories at this place. From martini’s at the bar to good food to Sunday brunch with roving magicians, this place is not forgotten and definitely missed.
13. The Jazz Factory – Another one that makes us sad. Might have gotten a little misty-eyed typing this one up. The food and atmosphere are missed, but almost just as much are the owner’s and staff that made the whole experience one of the best in town.
14. The Chef’s Table – The place that introduced Huntsville to tapas. The food was good and it was a great place to go and enjoy wine with friends.
15. Duffy’s Deli – Everyone laments the white chicken chili from this dive, but at least one of us thought their hamburgers were the best in town! #sorrynotsorry
What are your gone but not forgotten Huntsville dining treasures?