Do you want locally grown organic food? If so, I know of the perfect restaurant for you. “Urban Cookhouse” in downtown Homewood offers this fare at a reasonable price point. Last Tuesday, I went there for lunch and had a wonderful experience. “Urban Cookhouse” is a brand new restaurant that has been open for about three weeks, and they specialize in preparing locally grown organic food. I would describe the food as southern cuisine with a rustic twist.
A few of the local farmers that supply “Urban Cookhouse” are “Mon Ami Farms”, “Harvest Farm”, “Owl’s Hollow”, “Hollow Spring Farm”, “Yellow Moon Cheese Company”, and the “Peach Man”. Ya’ll, this is a restaurant that makes it known that they support local farmers, and I think that the whole idea is awesome!
“Urban Cookhouse” is not that big, but big enough; it has somewhat of a modern and rustic atmosphere. Once you enter the restaurant, you stand in line to place your order, then you find a seat, and within minutes the food is brought to you by one of the waiters. You can choose to sit inside or outside on the patio. I like the patio because it is a great place to people-watch and see all of downtown Homewood. During my visit, the staff was very friendly and seemed to epitomize southern hospitality.
Upon our arrival, we waited in a rapidly moving line to place our order. Once I made it to the front, I had no idea what to get, so the cashier began to name a few of the popular dishes. One dish that sounded good was the “Lime-Marinated Steak & Rice”. So I took her suggestion and got that and to drink I had the “Owl’s Hollow Strawberry Lemonade”. My friend and I ordered the same exact thing. Once we ordered and got our drinks, we went out on the patio to get a table. I’m glad to say that we only waited about seven minutes for our food!
The “Lime-Marinated Steak & Rice” consists of a large scoop of rice and a decent portion of the Lime-Marinated steak, spread on top. On top of the steak were grilled onions and grilled red and green bell peppers. Also on the plate was a colorful salad and a small orange roll. The salad had no salad dressing on it, and if it was on there, we couldn’t taste it. However, this was no big deal because we both ate the salad with the steak and the rice, everything tasted well together. Oh, and the orange rolls were amazing; I want one now, lol! The presentation of the food was excellent and also captured the attention of a gentleman walking by us, he asked me what I was eating because it looked so good. I told him that it was the “Lime-Marinated Steak & Rice”, and he said that he will definitely be ordering that when he visits the restaurant.
Overall, our visit to “Urban Cookhouse” was awesome, no complaints; not even about sitting in the hot sun! We enjoyed every moment, and it felt good knowing that all of the food was grown locally and we were helping to support local farmers.
You should also know that every Saturday from 7am-12pm, “Urban Cookhouse” has a Farmers Market on the corner of 29th Avenue & 18th Street South.
Furthermore, I want all of you to go try “Urban Cookhouse”. It is out of this world amazing!