and restaurants you often see in larger cities like New York and Chicago. “I want it to feel familiar, nostalgic, warm and cozy,” Austin says. “That the guests have a sense of belonging.” Whether seated at one of the homey booths or the community table, diners should expect to feel at ease after they find their seat, which is in part because of the restaurant’s interior. “The décor is classic, fun and funky. The barstools are classic — ones that you see in a New York City restaurant — and the tables are mahogany because many of my family members had mahogany tables. I want guests to feel like they are eating at the table they grew up eating on,” Austin says. Austin carried that sense of nostalgia into the menu. By embracing comfort food favorites and adding sophisticated touches that made sense with the dishes’ flavors, Alamo Club’s final menu is full of classics served with a twist. “I didn’t want anyone to have to learn new items. I want you to look at the menu and know what the items are,” Austin says. “It is familiar and comfortable. Food that everyone knows and grew up with and elevate it from there. The menu will be ever changing with new items but still familiar.” Start out by ordering from the cocktail menu at the bar that runs down one side of the dining room. Their drinks are approachable yet elevated because of their thoughtful ingredients, like The Marg — Camerana tequila, lime, orange bitters and cointreau. Plus, it’s $5 before 7 p.m. and after midnight, so it’s a great, cheap drink to enjoy for those dining in early or late. For a more refined drink, ask about the Reid’s Tasty Jam, the restaurant’s rotating Champagne cocktail. After taking a sip, or two, order a few starters for the table. The Pimento Deviled Eggs, created with pimento cheese, pickle and served with country ham, are a great way to get a taste of Alamo Club’s flavors. Or, for something distinct to their menu, try the Nancy’s Pink Dip, which is named after Austin’s mother. Available entrees include a few opulent protein plates, like the salmon served with Poblano risotto and coriander vinaigrette and the Blackened Striped Bass with habanero creamed corn and chive oil. But Alamo Club’s sandwiches encapsulate their foodie mission: upscale takes on traditional dishes. The Crispy Chicken Sandwich, served with a spicy slaw that adds acidity to the dish, provides a balanced bite. And the Bacon Cheese Burger, stacked with dressed arugula, tomato, onion and aioli, holds up to comfort food expectations. So join the club and the fun by heading over to Lowest Greenville. Alamo Club promises to provide guests with friendly service and familiar food that will satisfy your comfort food cravings.
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