1892 East [4.5/5]
4 (80%) 1 vote

1892 East
I apologize for the dark photos. The low light in the restaurant wreaks havoc with my photography. If anyone has any tips, I am all ears.

1892 East opened up this fall in Five Points (where Sazio’s used to be, for those that might remember it) and we finally got a chance to try it out this week. The locally sourced, organic ethic is one that is not only good for the local area but also ensures amazingly fresh ingredients and a seasonal menu.

We began the evening with the Apple and Brie salad and the complementary bread.

1892--Salad and Bread
One bite of the salad and I was in a happy place. The spinach was leafy and flavorful, having some presence without being tough or chewy. The apples were crisp and tart, though the tang of the lemon used to prevent discoloration was an odd note. The rest of the salad balanced beautifully. Soft, creamy Brie. Lightly sweet toasted walnuts. Topped with a light coat of the smooth, almost creamy, honey caramelized vinaigrette.

The bread was soft and wheaty and served with an garlic infused oil/butter combination.

For my entrée, I opted for the grilled New York Strip and french fries. The french fries were potato-ey perfection. A salty, crunchy exterior yielded to a soft, flavorful interior. They were served with ketchup, but none was needed. The steak, however, was a bit of a let down after the brilliance of the other items. It was cooked as requested and the marinade was flavorful, but the cut itself was tougher than I would have liked.

My husband described the menu as approachable and I think, in this case, a strength became a weakness. Fillet mignon may seem “fussy” but melt in your mouth beef is just better. And really, at $20+ a plate, the price jump isn’t all that much more to upgrade the cut of meat.

My husband ordered the roasted chicken breast which came served with mashed potatoes and asparagus. He greatly enjoyed the chicken and was completely won over by the asparagus, which he raved about.

1892 East
For dessert, we attempted to order an apple galette, but upon placing our order were told it wasn’t available. Instead we settled for its replacement, an apple bread pudding. The price, at $8, seemed a bit high for a dessert, but the portion was clearly meant to be split and was so generous that 3 or 4 people could have split it.

1892 East
The bread was moist but firm, dense and spongy, accompanied by cinnamon apples and a flavorful vanilla bean ice cream. A few of the same toasted walnuts from the apple and brie salad made another appearance, adding a nice bit of crunch.

This is a restaurant that I am certainly eager to go back to. Their vegetables are incredibly delicious and their numerous vegetarian offerings take clear advantage of this fact. They seek to provide locally sourced food at a lower price point than was previously available in Huntsville. And, as much as I would have preferred a better cut of beef, for the most part it works marvelously. In addition to dinner, they serve lunch and a Sunday brunch.

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