An Insider’s Guide to “Doing Stovehouse the Right Way”
STOVEHOUSE NOTE: We challenged Alan Lee, a man who spends more time on campus at night than any of us, to come up with some “pro tips” for maximizing your visit to Stovehouse. You may already know this place is filled with Huntsville’s best restaurants, event rental spaces, bars, a soon-to-be brewery … but do you know how to do your night “right”?
So you want to know how to do Stovehouse the right way from an inside man? Well look no further, I’m going to tell you how to experience Stovehouse the right way.
My favorite thing about Stovehouse is the diversity and unique atmosphere that comes when everybody is out on a Friday or Saturday (or most other nights of the week) listening to good music with a drink in their hand.
Music usually starts at 7 p.m. on the weekends (check the live music calendar first here >) and getting there before the crowd arrives so you can pick your seat is key. If you time it correctly, make sure you claim a table on the rooftop above Pourhouse. That way, it is a short walk to the bar for refills and you can watch the sunset over our Stovehouse archway.
For food, I prefer a three-course meal.
What I’ll do is start at Kamado Ramen for some pork buns. Even though Jim specializes in ramen, his appetizers like the dumplings and the edamame never disappoint.
With such a wide variety of excellent restaurants to choose from, deciding on the main course can be a bit of a struggle.
I absolutely love Fresko Grill because it offers a healthier option than some of the other places. Fresko Grill is a Mediterranean/Greek restaurant that offers a buffet-style service where you see all of the fresh meats and veggies in front of you and choose between a bowl or a pita wrap. I go for the bowl because it’s more food and I can fill it to the brim!
After I finish my bowl, Oh Crepe begins calling my name. Every crepe is made from scratch and all the ingredients are super fresh.
I prefer the strawberry banana with chocolate drizzle. The crepe falls apart in your mouth once you bite into it and the flavors are immaculate. As a bonus, the crepes are made of gluten-free rice flour!
As far as drinks go, the wonderful staff at Pourhouse can walk you through their magnificent drink selections. They have excellent options when it comes to high-end liquor, wine, and seasonal cocktails to suit your mood. If you’re a craft beer guy, Pourhouse has great a great selection of Huntsville-based and out-of-market draft beer. They also keep a wide variety of canned beer from heavy stouts to light lagers ready to serve up quick.
Hopefully, this will give you some ideas about how to plan your next trip to Stovehouse. I promise it will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before! – A.L.