HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF)- Bistro La Ville is tucked away in the village center in Huntsville off South Memorial Parkway.
It's been open for almost a year and offers fine southern cuisine.
One look at the casual, elegant decor at Bistro La Ville and you get a sense of what's in store for the dining experience.
The intimate atmosphere, with its white linen tablecloths and comfortable, colorful pillows, sets the tone.
The staff at Bistro La Ville consists of only the chef, one waitress, a dishwasher and the manager, who doubles as the bartender.
It doesn't get any more quaint than that, but the little bistro is big on taste and selection, with dishes like shrimp biscuits and gravy, lamb rack, and blackened Atlantic salmon.
Manager Eric Davis said Bistro La Ville has the best food in Huntsville.
"I've worked in fine dining for 10 years, and there are some fabulous restaurants in Huntsville, but you come here once, you'll come back again," said Davis.
Annette Mills opened Bistro La Ville last June, not for herself....
"for my son, he's the chef. He wanted to create his own food rather than cook other people's creations, and I supported that, and I said let's do it," Mills said.
Her son, Chef Clint Atkinson, is a graduate of the Memphis Culinary Academy.
He was voted second best chef in the Valley and says he enjoys the creative process.
"I've always been the type of person who had to do my own thing, be my own boss, be artistic, creative. And this was the only way I was going to get to do that," said Atkinson.
When asked to describe his food, his answer is simple.
"Really just American. American fine dining, quality food. Not hamburgers and hot dogs, obviously, but still American," he said.
Atkinson hopes one day to be the sole owner of Bistro La Ville.
In the meantime, he's content to offer what he said is quality food at a reasonable price.
He also wants to continue building his reputation as a chef, one customer at a time.
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