Have I convinced you to try Albany Bistro in Decatur yet? Located at 1051 Grant Street, SE, in Decatur, it is perfectly situated for the neighborhood it graces. Chef Jakob Reed and his staff do a phenomenal job of serving fresh, delicious dishes in a vintage ambience. It is open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner — 11:00 – 2:00 and 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., on Saturday, it is open for dinner from 5:00 to 9:00 and on Sunday a brunch menu is offered from 11:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Three friends and I recently visited for lunch, and, as always, our meal was outstanding. Check out these entrees:
Buttermilk chicken with potatoes, collards and pan gravy. The chicken was moist and tender, and the portion was JUST RIGHT — not too much, not too little.
Mom’s meatloaf with potatoes and green beans.
Beef stroganoff with mushroom-filled ravioli, and tender chunks of filet, mushrooms and onions.
Salmon with asparagus. Both delicious and very healthy.
Since it was the Christmas season, the four of us chose to share one piece of the Bistro’s signature cheesecake creation — Coffee and Toffee. We saw whole cheesecakes going out the door, no doubt headed to be the hit of a holiday party.
Check out the website here to read about other lunch and dinner specialties.
But, now, in addition to this location, Chef Jakob is expanding his horizon and introducing even more people to his skills and concepts by opening another restaurant in conjunction with the multi-million dollar expansion of the Welcome Center at Huntsville Botanical Gardens. Table in the Garden is set to open this spring and will provide seating for 90 people, 50 indoors and 40 on the outdoor patio. The menu will feature seasonal produce that is locally sourced. Catering will be offered for the event venues at the Botanical Gardens, and there will even be an on-line ordering opportunity for those who want to pick up a quick lunch or carry something home for dinner as they are leaving work in Huntsville.
Chef Jakob believes strongly in the farm-to-table movement and is a proponent of sustainability. He enjoys serving organic ingredients and developed his love for cooking by watching his grandmother.
Make your plans soon to visit Albany Bistro in Decatur and watch for an announcement about the Grand Opening of Table in the Garden in just a few short months.