2014 Restaurant Week

The Bottle, a French influenced eatery, specializes in steaks, chops and a variety of the freshest fish available. The changing seasonal menu will include raw oysters, jumbo lump Maryland style crab cakes, veal chops, lamb racks and Hereford Choice Beef.  “With chefs Andy Howery (formerly of Watercress) and Chris McDonald (Grille 29, New York’s Le Bernardin) at the helm, The Bottle – a name referencing the near-mythic, long-shuttered Green Bottle Grill where Howery got his start – this corner of Washington and Clinton Avenue is back abuzz. And downtown Huntsville just got a lot tastier.” —Matt Wake, Al.com View Full...

al.com – The top 8 Huntsville-area restaurants reviewed during the first half of this year

By Matt Wake | Full al.com Article The Bottle (lunch menu) 101 Washington St. N.E. 256-704-5555 facebook.com/TheBottleHuntsville Lunch: Monday- Friday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 4 – 11 p.m. Recommendations: Apple and Blackberry Mixed Green Salad, Pan Fried Trout, Seared Ahi Tuna Nicoise Bowl. The skin-up plating of trout always looks a little crazy to me, but you cannot argue with the flavor The Bottle’s Pan Fried Trout ($16) possessed – snow-soft texture, flaky, hints of buttery sweetness. It started off tasting good and got better with each bite. And there were lots of bites. Generous portion. The accompanying lemon meuniere sauce – dotted with a constellation of capers – evoked earthy notes, and whenever I bit into a caper, it added an intense bright burst. The side of White Corn Cheese Grits was smooth and lux and Haricot Verts (white-table-cloth speak for green beans) achieved soft-but-crisp equilibrium. The few neon-green drops of basil oil added some sweet and leafy kicks, and I found myself searching the plate for a few more...

AL.com – The Bottle’s lunch menu is artful, filling and worth every penny at downtown Huntsville fine-dining restaurant

By Matt Wake | al.com HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Ever seen two dudes vie for salad scraps at noon like it was the last slice of pizza at midnight? Welcome to the Apple and Blackberry Mixed Green Salad ($8), from The Bottle’s smashing, two-week-old lunch menu. As the name suggest, the salad boasts thinly sliced Pink Lady apples and fresh blackberries, with seasoned-sweet almonds and pecans, sumptuous dollops of goat cheese, very fresh mixed greens and a subtle peach vinaigrette supporting the headliners. Not sure I’ve ever described a salad as “killer” so this may be the first time. And while striking, this summery ingredient combination felt totally natural and not forced. And oh so balanced. We also gave the Crunchy Shrimp Sushi Roll ($10) appetizer a spin. Like all of our Bottle lunch items, it was attractively plated and the actual six-piece app itself tasted awesome too – pickled ginger, wasabi, crunchy shrimp and sticky soy gastrique rolled up in perfectly cooked rice for a sweet-spicy but not hot mélange. The service at the Bottle, a downtown fine-dining restaurant where the dining room boasts a masculine décor of wood paneling, oil paintings, antiqued light fixtures and the occasional Oriental rug, is polished without being pretentious. Utensils were swapped out and dishes cleared on-point. Drinks remained filled. And our meal was well paced: Appetizer and salad out in six minutes with entrees hitting the table 15 after that. For my entrée, I ordered the Pan Fried Trout ($16). The skin-up plating of trout always looks a little crazy to me, but you cannot argue with the flavor this fish possessed...
Andy Howery wins Best Chef in Best of the Valley poll

Andy Howery wins Best Chef in Best of the Valley poll

Best of the Valley Winner: The Bottle, part 2 (Chef Andy Howery Interview) On a sunny day in February (seriously, they exist), I met with Chef Andy Howery from The Bottle, winner of Best Chef in our Best of the Valley poll. I asked him questions, took notes, then spent the rest of the day deciphering my handwriting (which is essentially Veronica Sawyer with some cuneiform thrown in). Read the full article at the Valley...

The Bottle: Thanks to new fine-dining spot, downtown Huntsville just got a lot tastier

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — The white tablecloth looked a little bit like a crime scene after we finished our dinner at The Bottle. A few drops of basil oil there. Some molasses whiskey sauce here. Demi-glace there. Whoops. But you don’t spend a whole meal sharing bites back and forth across the table if the food isn’t amazing, which it was on a recent evening, about two weeks after the new downtown fine-dining spot opened. I’ve had a few steaks in my time. And The Bottle’s Angus Beef Filet Mignon ($29) is in the upper echelon. A huge, in-house cut resting in a shallow pool of rich, classic French demi-glace. The filet was topped with two pats of red wine rosemary butter, which looked a little odd, like two misplaced buttons, but teamed with the demi-glace for complex secondary flavors that enhanced the steak without getting in its way. Ordered medium, that’s exactly how the streak arrived on our table. Tender yet with a deft, super-slight crispiness on the edges. Powerful. Immaculate. Damn. The filet was served with super-smooth mashed potatoes that balanced countryside and couture. Some nifty, buttery, perfectly crisp haricot verts – aka fresh green beans – also co-starred. After our fantastic server Laurel told us all seafood on The Bottle menu had just been flown in today, ordering the Georges Bank Jumbo Sea Scallops ($24) seemed academic. They did not disappoint. Three scallops each about the size of bling dangling from a rapper’s gold-chain. You could definitely still taste the gulf on these things, smooth-muscle texture and, like the filet, cooked with delicate-crispy surface edges. And some...

Downtown Huntsville’s newest dining option, The Bottle, to have ‘soft opening’ Friday night

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – The downtown Huntsville dining scene will add a new player this weekend. Chef Chris McDonald said The Bottle restaurant is tentatively scheduled to open at 4 p.m. Friday at 101 Washington St. The new French-influenced eatery takes over the space most recently occupied by James Steakhouse. “We’re going to do a soft opening,” McDonald said this morning. “I’ve seen a lot of places that open up to too many people, too fast.” McDonald, formerly executive chef at Grille 29 in the Village of Providence, and former Watercress Executive Chef Andy Howery are teaming up to run The Bottle as well as a new-look Humphrey’s Bar & Grill next door. Humphrey’s is on track to open late next week following extensive renovations. McDonald said The Bottle will specialize in steaks, chops and fresh fish including salmon, grouper and red snapper. The changing seasonal menu will include raw oysters (from Canada this time of year), beef carpaccio and jumbo lump Maryland-style crab cakes with Silver Queen sweet corn salsa. The chefs are also resurrecting two beloved dishes from the old Green Bottle Grill on Airport Road: heirloom tomatoes and fried okra, and a “wilted slaw” made with Napa cabbage and blue cheese. Howery was the longtime sous chef at the Green Bottle, and former Green Bottle owner Anne Pollard is an investor in the new downtown restaurants. The tentative plan for Friday is to open The Bottle’s bar at 4 p.m. and serve dinner from 5-11 p.m., said McDonald. Regular operating hours will be 4-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The Bottle will...