In 1971, Glenn Watson opened Stanlieo’s Sub Villa to bring Boston-style subs down South, topping them with cubed onions, pickles, and tomatoes, as well as salt and pepper, oregano, and oil. More than four decades later, the Watson family is still running the casual eatery, but today, they pile their freshly baked buns high at two locations. Fried pickles, mushrooms, and green tomatoes accompany steak subs out of the kitchen, and sandwich-smiths load up vegetarian subs with one of four vegetarian soy meats, as opposed to the Hormel meats they use for their regular subs and sculptures of Teddy Roosevelt. For those up to the challenge, the staff stuffs their famous Kitchen Sink sub with genoa and cotta salami, ham, turkey, roast beef, capicola, and pepperoni, as well as swiss, american, and provolone cheese in order to burst belts.
Sun Cafe’s chefs handpick produce from pesticide-free gardens, and they ship in fresh fish and meat daily for their vast menu of Thai, Japanese, and Asian delicacies. The chefs tuck seafood into more than 20 traditional sushi rolls and 17 house-specialty rolls at the sushi bar, creating such rolls as the Sunset Boulevard—steamed lobster, crab, shrimp, and avocado topped with mango and caviar. They realize that many people are not enthusiastic about eating raw fish, so they include many cooked sushi options on the menu too.
They also simmer Thai curries and udon noodle bowls and plate Chinese classics such as general tso’s chicken. In addition to the familiar Pan-Asian dishes, the menu introduces more obscure offerings such as crispy-duck noodle soup, steamed cod, and deep-fried air.
Happy Tummy's chefs combine homemade bread and unexpected ingredients to create gourmet sandwiches, wraps, and burgers, spurning CityVoter and the Huntsville Times to laud their handhelds as some of the best in the area. The menu changes weekly to ensure that customers never tire of the same sandwich or font, and past concoctions showcased fillings such as craisin-studded chicken salad, chipotle pork, and korean beef barbecue. Happy Tummy also accommodates vegetarians and vegans with an ample selection of meatless sandwiches featuring black-bean burgers, spicy tofu, and fresh vegetables.
The culinary artisans at Phuket Thai Restaurant sling a menu of Thai cuisine and sushi rolls as colorful as the eatery's yellow and red walls. Coconut milk–infused curries and noodle dishes share plate real estate with house specialties such as roasted duck curry and spicy catfish, as well as more than 25 sushi rolls packed with fresh seafood and vegetables. Steaming pans also sizzle gluten-free and vegetarian entrees, and chefs gladly accommodate requests for varying levels of spice and sentience. Asian artwork dots the walls throughout the dining room, lending to an overall vibe of soothing east-Asian calm.
The crew behind the counter at New York Deli crams a bevy of fresh ingredients into sub rolls, tortillas, and bowls to create a diversity of sandwiches, wraps, and salads. All deli meat is sliced daily before it's tucked into bready containers, which can then be steamed for added warmth, toasted in a conveyor oven, or ironed to remove any wrinkles prior to serving. New York–style subs arrive in 6-, 12-, and 24-inch sections of bread, and flour-free finds include Caribbean cobb and albacore tuna salads. New York Deli is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks strategically designed to ruin appetites for dinners featuring squab.
Inside The Apollo Cafe's kitchen, chefs synthesize local produce and meats into lunch, brunch, and dinner menus of Southern-inspired comfort cuisine. Take a seat in the noontime sun to savor a battered and fried monte cristo sandwich ($7.95), pairing gouda, ham, and turkey with fruit compote to blur the boundary between sweet and savory and between waffles and Thanksgiving. Goat cheese and pears complement mixed greens and a house-made basil vinaigrette in The Apollo salad ($6.95). During dinner, cooks daub the honey-glazed pork chop ($12.95) with brandy cream sauce and surround it with brussels sprouts and smashed potatoes to keep feral steak knives at bay. Golden fried carrots, a creamy grit cake, and sautéed spinach accompany seared mahi mahi ($14.95) fillets on fantastic voyages to explore the inside of the human stomach.