A four star experience in the Piney Woods

In the midst of towering magnolias there is a special place. If you dont know what you are looking for you will drive by and not even notice it. And that is a shame, for the Homestead is truly a diamond in the rough, that one should desire to know at least once while serving your time here in Huntsville. Founded by Chef John Eschenfelder, with the expressed goal of bring extremely high quality cuisine to this region of East Texas, he has succeeded with a menu of upscale food that appeals to all. But dont jump to the conclusion that just because the food is fancy that it is some overly exotic nouvelle cuisine. No, no this good food that has it origins in traditional comfort delicacies, but Chef Eschenfelder has elevated these originally humble provisions, to dishes that can compete with some of the finest Houston has to offer.This past Tuesday Jessica and myself ventured down to the Homesteads antique cabin to try some of the renowned cuisine. Service was impeccable as our waitress, Jennifer, catered us to our every need. The Homestead has a regular menu of popular favorites that is always available, but there is a second menu that changes weekly so as to utilize seasonal ingredients. I started of my evening with an appetizer of a flaky pastry filled to the brim with delectable shrimp, flavorful mushrooms and crisp bacon. This was absolutely delicious, but what it mainly did was to wet my appetite for the main entre. Tenderly and lovingly grilled Black Angus tenderloin stuffed with crawfish and Gouda cheese was the dish I chose to highlight my dining experience. Cooked to perfection and served with a side of home-style mashed potatoes and butter steamed vegetables, I felt as if I had died and gone to culinary heaven. And finally, the piece de`resistance was the desert, a simple and delicate chocolate cake filled with tender but crisp pieces of pears and apples. Then to top it off the entire thing is drizzled wit a hot fudge sauce. For me to say any more about this place would simply not do this restaurant justice. Though is a bit on the pricey side, it is comparable in price to a dinner at a very nice restaurant in Houston. My final word on this is to simply go out and try the Homestead; you owe it to yourself.

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