What to do? Big Bang Theory just went off and you’re ready to get out of the house for a little while. Clubs, ehhh….not tonight. You’ve already seen Batman and the latest Star Wars over 5 times. Is there anything in this town that takes all the geeky things you love such as games, comic books, sci-fi, food and beer and combines them for a great night out? Well, we do live in Huntsville, Alabama, a town built by Geeks and Nerds and I mean that in the most respectful way!!! Bazinga!! We happen to have three super geeked out restaurants that will surely satisfy your nerd fix. But which one should I try first? Maybe a good game of rock, paper, scissors to solve this dilemma? “Scissors cuts paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitates lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporizes rock, and as it always has, rock crushes scissors.”
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No… it’s SUPPER HEROES!!! Who grew up reading Marvel and DC comics as a kid? Today’s generation missed out on a great era. Instead of IPads and smartphones, our generation had imagination and heck we even had Underoos with all of our Superhero favorites! If you do not know what an Underoo is then whip out your smartphone and Google it!! It just happened to be some of the coolest pajama sets ever for kids back in the 80’s.
Supper Heroes is a comic book themed family friendly restaurant that will absolutely surprise you with their incredible menu and super friendly staff! And Bazingaaaa!!! at the comic book collection! Framed comic books hang all over the place from the owner’s personal collection.
A geek’s dream come true to be sitting in the midst of comic greatness!! While you are wallowing in comic book euphoria, your kids can make their way to the Star Wars room and play pinball, foosball or read some great comics! Kids can also grab some paper and crayons and draw their favorite superhero that may be selected for Supper Heroes’ Hall of Justice.
The owners, Mike and Mark are a couple of superhero chefs that make some incredibly yummy dishes that would make Aquaman’s mouth water! They have a great variety of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches and dogs as well as fantastic salads which makes it hard to make a decision on what to get… So being the geek I am, I came up with a super complicated mathematical equation!
Problem solved!! Well that may have been a little more Penny than Leonard but you get my point!!
The Cowpoke burger made with a quarter pound beef patty, covered with a slice of cheddar cheese, bacon, BBQ sauce, then covered with crispy onion strings between two pieces of Texas toast was so fresh and delicious! Get that with some hot fries and a side of slaw and you have a meal for a superhero appetite!! Be sure to start that meal with some amazing fried pickles! You will love them!
Address: 1812 Winchester Rd NE, Huntsville, Alabama
Phone: (256) 929-1977
Monday through Saturday: 10:30 am – 8:30 pm
Sunday: 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
O’Doyle: Mortal Kombat on Sega Genesis is the best video game ever.
Billy Madison: I disagree. Mortal Kombat is a good game but I think Donkey Kong is the best game ever.
O’Doyle: Donkey Kong sucks!
Billy Madison: You know something? You suck!
I personally love Donkey Kong and I really love Pints & Pixels! What an old school gamers paradise! Colorful and wicked crazy pinball machines that seem to go on for miles and the greatest arcade games of my childhood are just sitting there enticing me to drop a P&P token in the slot!! I don’t know how many of you remember Timezone in Madison Square Mall (God rest her soul) but Pints & Pixels takes me back to that wonderful time when I was a young teen and the mall was the place to be on Friday nights and Saturdays, except now I can walk up to the bar and get a refreshing adult beverage and some yummy Anaheim Chili!!
Located on the 3rd floor of the U.G. White building at Clinton Row, Pints & Pixels surprises you as you step off the elevator! It’s HUGE guys with wall to wall games! This is truly a play and eat experience! There are several tables located around the big curvy bar that puts you right in the middle of the action and if you want something a little more cozy, there are comfortable booths towards the back. I really love the building with its old nostalgic woodwork and high ceilings but full of timeless classic games I loved as a young geek! As we were sitting there eating, I noticed several fellow geeks taking pictures with their phones of the games of their childhood! Ahhh geek love!!
Now to the food….one thing for sure, there is nothing blah or bland about it!! Anaheim Chili does not disappoint! I had the Triple Cup! Three bowls of delicious chili and oh my goodness at the flavors! There are so many to choose from…some with crazy heat like the Ghost Pepper chili and some sweet like the Carolina chili.
My personal favorite was the Homestyle and White chili. Mmm it hit the spot! Steph had the buffalo shrimp and the most incredible onion rings!! With your meal and drinks, they give you free tokens to go be a kid again!
All I needed was a pair of acid washed jeans and some high top Reeboks and I would be rocking 1985 again!! Well, maybe not, but it’s fun to think back to those times!
Address: 115 Clinton Ave E, 3rd Floor Huntsville, Alabama
Tuesday through Thursday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 12:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
“Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.” – Yoda Toy Box Bistro is a toy collector’s heaven for the young and old! As soon as you walk in you are met with all the memories you had as a child! Star Wars action figures, comic book characters, table tops made from game cards… It is truly a geek’s paradise!
But that’s not all this place has to offer your inner Sheldon! It has the most outrageous but cleverly titled delicious meals you have ever tried! All of the kitchen staff at Toy Box Bistro are either culinary school graduates or aspiring to be. These culinary geniuses are given the liberty of coming up with new and exciting specials every day and they do just that until they sell out!
With dishes like the Waffle Mac & Cheese, the Obligatory Ridiculous Burger, the C3P0 and The Punisher, you know you are in a foodie geek paradise! A big WOW for the Obligatory Ridiculous Burger! You better have a Hulk size appetite to eat this bad boy of burgers!!
This monster is an amazing stack that starts with two quarter pound burgers topped with pulled pork, cheese, bacon, a fried egg, an onion ring, lettuce, tomato, and their special sauce in between two grilled cheese sandwich buns! Holy cheeseburger Batman!! If you love hot dogs… oh my goodness do they have them! A half pound hot dog that will blow your mind when you see it! As President Trump would say, “It’s Yuge!!” Toy Box Bistro also serves many of the local craft beer along with domestic beer.
Toy Box Bistro is a true nerdy place to go enjoy some great food, get geek giddy, reminisce about your childhood and share with your own children all the cool things you played with as a kid! What a Geektastic restaurant!
Address: 511 Jordan Lane NW, Huntsville, AL
Phone: (256) 513-8469
Friday and Saturday: 10:30 am – midnight