Cotton Row / Huntsville, AL

Cotton Row Farmers Market Risotto: Butter Bean Risotto w/Chard and Fried Okra

A fantastic little gem located in a three story cotton exchange building circa 1821. Chef James Boyce of New York’s Le Cirque, Caesars Palace, and the Phoenician has opened 3 incredible restaurants in the Huntsville area. The Cotton Exchange, the first to open its doors, describes itself as “American cuisine with a Southern influence”. Menu changes frequently and is focused on seasonal and locally available produce. The night I was there, the ploughman’s specials (small plates/tapas) looked so good I just ordered 3 and made that my dinner. The risotto was killer, nice touch topped with fried okra and the beef short ribs fell apart just looking at them, excellent. Not many places like this in Huntsville.

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Local Fried Green Tomatoes w/Cotton Row Hot Sauce

Local Fried Green Tomatoes w/Cotton Row Hot Sauce

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Cotton Row Farmers Market Risotto: Butter Bean Risotto w/Chard and Fried Okra

Fried Appalachicola Oysters w/Cream Mustard

Fried Appalachicola Oysters w/Cream Mustard

Braised Brandt Beef Short Ribs w/Local Anson Mill Grits

Braised Brandt Beef Short Ribs w/Local Anson Mill Grits