Inspired by Southern-cooking traditions and flavors found right on its owners' Harpersville farm, The Pantry by Stone Hollow Farmstead designs "eat clean" cafe menus that transform local produce into fresh, sustainable, seasonal farm foods. Each day, its charming cottage-style Crestline Village home fills with the aromas of hearty soups as well as "one-pot" meals, which are simmered in traditional cast-iron cookware. These meals celebrate the work of Stone Hollow's farmers while highlighting the diversity of Southern agriculture. This eatery also doubles as a specialty food boutique, serving artisan products such as goat cheeses, preserves, and honeys that are made in small batches at the Farmstead. Onsite events such as recreational cooking classes and twice-monthly food and drink tastings give visitors even more ways to interact with local food that are easier than trying to speak fluent "cow" so they can finally ask where all that milk really comes from. The Pantry also moonlights as a one-of-a-kind venue for parties and events.
If you're hungry for a meal, you have plenty of choices at Mango Tango. You can grab a toasted sandwich, a panini, a rice bowl, or a burger. But if you only need a little energy boost, the place has that covered too. Simply order a smoothie, made with your choice of base, fruit, and supplements.
Applewood-smoked bacon, dried cranberries, and roasted red-onion aioli are just a handful of the ingredients that have staked out claims on Cafe J's bistro menu. Shredded sirloin and mozzarella meet grilled hoagie in the cheesesteak sandwich. Corned beef and swiss come together in the southern Reuben. And boiled shrimp make a name for the shrimp salad, which comes with a fruit kebab and a croissant to stab with the kebab. Along with sandwich and salad offerings, the café prepares soups, quiche, and desserts, all made in-house every day and remembered fondly every night.
FIG, an acronym for "Food Is Good," legitimizes its name by crafting a menu that's built out on a foundation of fresh, organic ingredients from fair-trade growers. Like an elastic tongue-band, FIG's varied collection of comestibles fits every taste—entice snowballing appetites with swiss-cheese-and-bacon dip, served hot and accompanied by toast rounds ($4.99). Handheld dining commences with the chicken-pesto panini sandwich, with Boar's Head chicken, pesto, mozzarella, and caramelized onions in the warm embrace of rosemary-olive bread ($7.99). The filet mignon mollycoddles tasters like a princess's poodle, featuring a grilled-to-order tenderloin with roasted baby potatoes and a roasted red pepper stuffed with goat cheese in a balsamic reduction ($15.99). Diners stand and applaud as the chocolate cobbler gracefully concludes the third act of their meals, topped with all natural vanilla ice cream and served in iambic pentameter ($5.66).
What’s in a name? For Big Daddy’s Mediterranean Grill, the answer might be “a surprise.” While the moniker might suggest a no-frills barbecue joint, the name actually belongs to a laid-back hookah joint where smoke curls skyward and platters of Mediterranean feasts populate the tables. After digging into kebabs, falafel, or squares of flaky baklava, guests can take a few puffs of a hookah loaded with 1 of nearly 30 available shisha flavors. Open late on weekdays and until 2:30 a.m. on weekends, the grill’s exposed-brick walls and twinkling fairy lights maintain an atmosphere appropriate for sophisticated excursions and late-night bull sessions alike.