With its shingled exterior, molded woodwork, and many fireplaces?including a three-way fireplace that opens to the foyer, library, and dining room?it's really no wonder why the McNinch House is on the National Historic Register. The property for this Fourth Ward dwelling was purchased in 1891 for $3,000, which, at the time, was about the same price as an Internet-ready typewriter. The elegant Queen Anne home constructed there remained a family residence for decades, and when it threatened to fall into disrepair, enterprising citizens sprang into action to restore it to its original splendor.
Since 1989, the renovated house has served as an acclaimed restaurant. Here, executive chef William Parham crafts ever-changing new American dishes using indigenous Southern ingredients and classic European techniques. Diners can choose from several different menus, including a seven-course "Grand" experience and the more-adventurous chef's tasting. In addition to its food, the McNinch House also boasts an award-winning wine program for unparalleled pairing.