From Flight to Feast

Out-Of-This-World Dining in the Rocket City

September will be here before we know it, so now is the perfect time to register to attend Wing Ding 37 in Huntsville, Alabama. One of the most asked questions we get at the Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center is, “Where should we eat?” It sounds simple enough, until you realize the sheer number of options, especially when it comes to those restaurants unique to Huntsville.

While there’s no way to include a full listing of Rocket City restaurant options in this article, we can give you a small taste of local exclusives to look forward to.

The Blue Plate Café is a meat-and-three that specializes in down-home, “stick to your ribs” comfort food during breakfast, lunch and dinner. Located on Governor’s Drive, it’s convenient to downtown and easy to find.

When nationally acclaimed chef James Boyce moved to Huntsville, he opened Cotton Row right on the square in the heart of downtown. Along with Commerce Kitchen and Pane e Vino, Chef Boyce offers his patrons unique culinary delights. All three restaurants are downtown, very close to the Von Braun Center, the center of the Wing Ding universe.

Dallas Mill Deli, The Eaves Restaurant, D’Licious Dining and Furniture Factory Bar and Grill are all in downtown Huntsville as well. From grabbing a quick and tasty deli sandwich to having an upscale, white tablecloth dining experience, it’s all right here in downtown.

In the historic Five Points area, 1892 East Restaurant & Tavern and Po Boy Factory are eager to offer their take on “farm to fork” fresh and New Orleans-inspired dishes.

If barbecue is on your must-have list, Granville’s Gourmet Ribs & Barbeque, Gibson’s Barbecue, Little Paul’s Barbecue and Meridianville Pit Bar-B-Que are just a few of the dozens of local favorites.

If you’ve ever wanted to eat in a jail without having to post a bond afterward, here’s your chance. Main Street Café in downtown Madison is located in the old jail that serves the best “jail food” you’ve ever had.

These are just a few of the 500-plus restaurants ready and waiting for you. Request our dining guide or visit for a full listing of dining options in Huntsville/Madison County.

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to make your hotel room reservations. With more than two dozen hotels from which to choose, all offering special rates for Wing Ding, along with several campgrounds in close proximity, you’re sure to find just the right place to relax after enjoying some of the most delectable food in the South. Check out for the latest info on events and activities in the area during Wing Ding 37.

Make the Huntsville/Madison County Visitor Center at 500 Church Street NW your first stop when you arrive. We’ve got complimentary discounted attraction admission coupons, and discounts for sporting and arts and entertainment events as well. Let us know what type of food you love and we’ll point you in the tastiest direction. We’re open seven days a week and look forward to seeing you!

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