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.
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.
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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