Pauli's serves up a gourmet dinner menu of wood-fire grilled steaks, chops, seafood, and game in a romantic setting. Fresh seafood offerings are sourced from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, and include such satisfying options as blue-fin tuna, pan seared and sprinkled with a mustard-seed vinaigrette ($31.25). Soothe stressed-out stress meters with the comforting powers of Pauli's shrimp and grits in an andouille cream sauce ($18), or absent-mindedly twirl durac pork-rib chops in a horseradish-mustard sauce, nestled next to grilled asparagus and mac 'n' cheese ($34.50). The 8-ounce wood-fired prime Angus-beef sirloin appeases growling infernos ($21), and the Alaskan halibut is potato-crusted and sauteed in lemon butter sauce ($33.50), sure to bring the tongue buds alive.
Gallery owner Kirk Carlisle doesn’t just sell art—he protects it. In addition to showcasing his self-curated collection of century-spanning paintings that deck the walls of Carlisle Gallery, he also helps newer art battle the forces of time with artistic framing services. The gallery’s custom-framing specialist draws on more than 30 years of experience as he pairs diplomas, paintings, and finger-painted replicas of Bayeux Tapestry with complementary matting and outlines before securing them in their new glass-covered homes. Frames make aesthetic statements of their own, with edging chosen from more than 10,000 frame styles ranging from hand-carved Italian moldings to sleek metallic boundaries.
Models strut in sweaters and cold-weather gear across poured concrete floors, where small crowds gather to admire, coo, and refasten leashes on the four-legged centerfolds shopping at Goin’ to The Dogs. The pet mecca brims with holistic eats and treats from brands such as Natural Balance and Blue Buffalo, and a variety of collars from Up Country and Pawsitively Purrfect deck fuzz-covered necks in style. Toys by Planet Dog and other brands skitter across the floor to a self-wash station for cats and dogs, where raised stainless steel tubs grant owners easy access to underbellies with deluxe shampoos, soft towels, and a professional-grade dryer to pamper fur and cut down on wind resistance during tail-chasing marathons. Goin’ to The Dogs also delivers parcels within Huntsville city limits on Wednesdays.
Absolute Nutrition boasts four northern Alabama locations, including its recently opened Huntsville store inside Riviera Fitness Center. The shop stocks health-boosting vitamins and supplements that build the physique. Opti-Women tablets deliver vitamins and nutrients tailored for the female body, and Opti-Men supplements contain enzymes and vegetable extracts. Protein-packed brownie bars and whey shakes fuel muscle growth without the confused glances one gets while slurping spinach straight from the can.
Voted Best Bowling Alley in the Valley by readers of the Valley Planet in 2010, Plamor Lanes houses gleaming floors for rented shoes to squeak over and polished lanes to send multicolored orbs sliding down. Feast on a cheese-laden pizza and quench powerful thirsts with two large drinks, which motivate arms to continue performing twisting trick shots and fuel mouths' attempts to convince rivals that the lowest score wins. Comfortable pairs of rented shoes are included with this package, which can be redeemed during open hours, Sunday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to midnight or Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 a.m., except during league play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.