Thursday, April 21, 2011
Posted by The Chef En amateur
As far as I can gather, Happy Tummy was started up in a permanently parked food truck outside of the mill in 2008 but recently has found a home inside of the mill. It seems like the perfect spot for a quick lunch because of it's central location to downtown (only about a mile away) and traffic doesn't seem like it gets too bad because it is off the road a little bit. After reading a couple of reviews and hearing so much about this "Fred Bread" stuff, I figured I would give it a shot.
As usual, when I pulled up, the place had maybe 15 cars in the parking lot. Now mind you, Happy Tummy is not the only place in the mill. I've grown accustom to the lack of patrons at my dining time though (because of my schedule it's usually around 1 PM or a little after) and have grown to appreciate the lack of people because it gives me more time to be slow and poke a little and soak everything in without being pushed around and forced out the door once my last bite of food is being chewed.
The place is literally set up in a corner with a couple of grills and presses and storage closet with a border made of movable metal tables and shelving units. The lady who took my order actually pulled the metal table back to walk inside of the "unit" and take my order. How cool. Also, I always scan for credit card machines when I walk in smaller places like this because you never know, they might be cash only places. When I asked if they took cards, the lady said "sure" and pulled out an iPhone with a gadget attached to the end. She swiped my card and I signed with my finger. Again, how cool is that?
This place is a true testament to what a little creativity and elbow grease can do for the cooking world. These ladies have taken something as simple as making a sandwich and turned it into an art form. Plus, with places like Jason's Deli (which is the closest thing that I can compare it to) you are fighting over tables and can barely hear your company talking to you a couple of feet away, that is, if you can find a parking spot and stand in line for 10 minutes before waiting 10 minutes to get your food. If you've got 30 minutes for lunch, I would go here in a heartbeat. The prices are moderate (around $6 per sandwich, tax and bag of chips included) and from one look at their menu, you could eat a different sandwich everyday for weeks and never have close to the same thing twice. It's a place that I will definitely go back to and definitely feel comfortable taking my family to. Turns out the horror movie only takes place on the outside and not the inside.
Wanna check these guys out?? Give them a visit:
Happy Tummy (located inside Lowe Mill)
2211 Seminole Dr.
Huntsville, AL 35805
http://www.mmmhappytummy.com (for weekly menus)