If humankind never learned to play with its food, it would never have learned to play with its ingredients, and the world would be one bereft bowl of gruel. Taste the fruits of culinary creativity with today's Groupon: for $30, you get $60 worth of upscale American cuisine at 801 Franklin.
801 Franklin celebrates local artisanal foods and elevated techniques—two factors which garnished the restaurant the award of 2010's Best Fine Dining restaurant in Valley Planet magazine. Small plates grace tables with miniature silverware meant for devouring braised beef short rib with creamy polenta, haricot verts, and port onion jam ($17) as well as the apple-braised pork tenderloin with squash bread pudding and sweet onion marmalade ($12). Entrees throw taste buds into the deep end of the flavor well with the Ashley Farms free-range chicken, which chefs pan sear and accessorize with parmesan risotto, haricot verts, and a mushroom- and bacon-laden cream sauce ($25). No matter which plate gets the nod, all servers courteously inquire about diners’ dietary concerns to ensure that the chefs keep meats, wheats, and cheeses on the simmering sidelines whenever necessary.
Between bites, gracious guests can take a flight through 801 Franklin's wine cellar, which boasts an international selection of vinous offerings, from the Michel Pichard 2007 sancerre ($12 a glass) to the Cloudline 2007 pinot noir ($9 a glass). Likewise, between sips, cranial canals can imbibe a variety of live jazz and blues, which flows on select nights from stages pitched inside the lounge or out on the breezy, naturally nurturing patio.
801 Franklin St.
Huntsville, Alabama 35801Get Directions