Rock House Eatery

1201 Gunter Avenue
Guntersville, AL, 35976
United States

Reservations
Tel: 256.505.4699

Hours
Tue. - Sun. 10:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
& Wed. - Sat. 5 - 9 p.m.

 
Originally published in Good Life Magazine Marshall County - Spring 2017

Originally published in Good Life Magazine Marshall County - Spring 2017

Eating locally quickly translates into support for local economies. By choosing to buy from local farms and businesses, these businesses thrive. Buying local provides the opportunity to know where our food actually comes from and, further, fosters a sense of connection to the community in which it has been grown. Beyond this, eating locally also yields a smaller eco-footprint and a diminished human impact on the environment. Farm-fresh produce is harvested when it’s ripe and packed with nutrients, and doesn’t need to be sprayed with life-prolonging chemicals to prepare it for long-distance travel by land or air. Less traveling distance means reduced fuel consumption and decreased air pollution.

Eating locally-grown seasonal foods will always mean superior freshness, flavor and quality, which is exactly what The Rock House Eatery is committed to serve our customers.

Everything is homemade and fresh, with an emphasis on sustainable dining and agriculture. At its core, our philosophy recognizes that there is, quite simply, tremendous value to eating locally.
— Bo Duncan

The Rock House Eatery

Words and Images by Patrick Oden - odenimaging.com © 2017

Words and Images by Patrick Oden - odenimaging.com © 2017

For 12 years Bo Duncan was general manager of The Springs Resort and Spa in Costa Rica. He oversaw four restaurants and five bars at the five-star-resort in paradise.

But paradise is a matter of perspective, and for Bo the stress and long hours were taking their toll.

“I was getting a bit burnt out,” Bo says.

So in 2011 he accepted his father, Joey Duncan’s invitation to visit Guntersville and the Rock House Eatery. Joey hoped he could convince Bo – who was born in Birmingham and raised in Franklin Tenn. – to stay and become involved in the family business.

The Duncans had owned the home on the corner of Gunter Avenue and Loveless Street for roughly 15 years when in 2009 Joey and Bo’s little brother, Brandon, opened the unique southern home as the Rock House Eatery.

Joey had spent his career in the design industry, traveled extensively and loved to cook. It was a love shared by Brandon, who had enjoyed cooking for the guys on base while serving in the Coast Guard. Following his service he attended culinary school.

Semi-retired, Joey had toyed with the idea of opening a restaurant, and Brandon’s recent completion of his culinary studies provided the perfect excuse to realize that dream.

Originally open for lunch only, by their second year the Rock House had added dinner service and full bar.

Shortly after opening, however, Brandon moved to Portland, Ore. Joey and Bo’s stepmother, Anita, took over the day-to-day operations of the restaurant.

Bo’s visit to Guntersville in 2011 at his father’s request was bitter sweet. In his third week home, Joey unexpectedly died. It was a devastating blow for the family, but Bo feels blessed to have been at his father’s side after having been away for so long.

With a tremendous amount of experience in fine dining, Bo quickly picked up his father’s torch and continued forward, working to make the Rock House Eatery everything his father imagined it could be.

Joey already had the major pieces in place. His design background shines through in the remodeling and décor of the 1924 home, and chef Julian Zambrano of the famous Beverly Hills eatery Il Cielo was already running the kitchen at the Rock House.

“We’re a southern gourmet restaurant with a commitment to consistency,” Bo says.

Consistency is important to a restaurant, but so is delicious food, and the Rock House, without question, turns out consistently delicious plates.

In fact, when the Alabama Cattleman’s Association considered more than 600 restaurants in Alabama before awarding their Best Steak Award, the Rock House made the final four.

“I think we actually came in second,” Bo grins … a contagious grin.

Bo’s background in luxury hospitality is palpable as he cares for the patrons of the Rock House Eatery. He never stops moving. He never stops smiling. It’s almost as if he has a sixth sense for customer service.

And it’s that honest and sincere care for his customers that make eating at the Rock House feel a bit like you’re visiting an old friend. One who really knows how to cook.

 

 

 

 

MENU
Starters

Tempura Green Beans
French style green beans, dipped in tempura, lightly fried and topped with our chipotle sauce. 6
Southern Fried Green Tomatoes
Sprinkled with crumbled bacon and topped with our homemade cilantro-mint jelly. 6
Bruschetta
Fresh tomatoes, onion, and basil served on a crostini and topped with shaved Parmesan. 6
Cuban Style Potato Croquettes
Cheddar, scallions and garlic wrapped into potato croquettes. 6
Tuna Tataki
Ahi tuna seared rare and encrusted in a chili-ginger tahini with a spicy apricot wasabi soy. 10.25
Garlic Sautéed Portabella Mushrooms
Served on a crustini and topped with shaved Parmesan 6.5
Spicy Shrimp
Five black tiger shrimp sautéed in garlic butter and house spices 7.5
Lime Drizzled Coconut Shrimp
Five black tiger shrimp sautéed in coconut butter, topped with lime zest 7.5
Sampler Platter
Portions of our Green Beans, Bruschetta and Cuban style potato croquettes. 10 (Portabella in place of Bruschetta with dinner menu) 10.5

Homemade Soups

One pot ... Soup of the day. cup 3 bowl 5

Salads

Dress up your salad with ... 

Fried Green Tomatoes add 3.5
Grilled chicken add 3.5
Grilled salmon or shrimp add 5.5
Chicken Salad add 3.5

Dressings - House Herbed Vinaigrette, Buttermilk Ranch, Blue Cheese, Honey Mustard, Thousand Island

Rock House Chicken Salad
Simply the best you'll find, with grapes, celery, special mayonnaise dressing served on mixed greens with flatbread crackers 6.95
The House
Mixed greens, red onion, fresh tomato, cucumber, buttery croutons 6.75 small 4.95
The Citrus Pecan Goat
Mixed greens, crumbled goat cheese, orange sections, cranberries and toasted pecans 7.75 small 5.50
Warm Apple Goat
Fresh greens, sautéed granny smith apples, crumbled goat cheese, toasted pecans 7.75 small 5.50
Caesar
Chopped fresh romaine lettuce, shredded parmesan, crisp croutons 6.75 small 4.95
Santé Fe
Black bean corn salsa, red onion, shredded cheddar, tomatoes, house fried tortilla chips, chipotle ranch dressing 8.25 small 5.95
Tuna Tataki Salad
Sashimi grade tuna, seared rare and encrusted in a chili-ginger tahini and served on mixed greens with toasted sesame dressing 10.75

Signature Sandwich Platters

All sandwiches served with choice of side item or cup of soup

The Rock Star
Slices of slow roasted sirloin, jalapeno cole slaw and melted provolone piled high on a grilled French roll and served with an au jus 8.5
Pimento Cheese BLT
Grilled wheat bread piled high with apple wood smoked bacon, lettuce, fresh tomato and our home made pimento cheese. 7.75
Chicken Bacon Ranch
Seasoned grilled chicken breast, provolone, apple wood bacon and buttermilk ranch 7.75
Rock House Chicken Salad Sandwich
Our famous chicken salad served on a butter croissant or wheat berry bread with locally grown spring mix 7.75
Chicken and Brie Panini
Grilled chicken, fresh spinach, creamy brie, rosemary-white wine aioli on a French roll. 8
Tomato Melt
Fried green tomatoes, Provolone, homemade cilantro-mint chutney,, apple wood bacon, crisp Granny Smith slices and locally grown spring mix on a toasted brioche 8
Fish Tacos(2)
The catch of the day in a creamy lemon cilantro sauce with fresh jalapeno lime coleslaw and green onions wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. 8.5
The Portabella
Portabella mushrooms, grilled onions, bell peppers and Swiss cheese served on a Brioche roll with chipotle and ranch dressing 8
Greek Flatbread Sandwich
Marinated grilled chicken, spinach, artichokes, Greek dressing and provolone cheese on a flatbread 8
The Rockin' Ruben
The perfect balance of corned beef, Swiss cheese, homemade sauerkraut, and Russian dressing - a deli favorite. 8.5

Gourmet Burgers

Our Burgers Hand-patted certified Angus beef char-grilled and served on a toasted brioche bun Served with choice of one side or cup of soup.

Joey's All American Burger
Burger with onion, lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mustard, and mayo 7.5 Add cheese .50
Bacon & Blue Burger
Crumbled blue cheese, apple wood smoked bacon, mayo, and chipotle sauce! 8.75
Cowboy Burger
Cheddar cheese, apple wood smoked bacon, onion rings, and BBQ sauce 8.5
Mushroom Swiss Burger
Melted swiss, fresh sautéed mushrooms, and house sauce 8.5

Pastas

Beau's Special
Fettuccini topped with grilled chicken in a blue cheese sauce with pears and green peas, apple-wood bacon crumbles and mint leaves. 11.95
Julian's Spicy Salmon
Pan sautéed salmon, tri-color peppers, fresh tomatoes, crushed red peppers. 12.95
Shrimp Fettuccini Alfredo
Pan sautéed shrimp, creamy Alfredo with fresh shaved parmesan. 12.95
Basil Mushroom Chicken
Grilled chicken, cream sauce with fresh basil and mushrooms. 11.95
Spring Pasta
Pan sautéed in olive oil with squash, zucchini, tomatoes, onion, fresh basil. 10.95
Pasta Rossa
Sundried tomatoes, basil, garlic, scallions, and parmesan cheese in a light creamy red sauce. 10.95

Brick Oven Pizzas

Hand Tossed 10-12 inch

The Greek
Spinach, artichokes, grilled chicken, mozzarella. 13.5
Four Cheese
Mozzarella, parmesan, provolone, cheddar. 12.95
Traditional Italian
Sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, mozzarella. 13.5
Margarita
Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella, chopped basil. 11.95
The Harvest Veggie
Garlic, onions, spinach, mushrooms, black olives, tomato, tri color and banana peppers. 12.95
The Blue Buffalo
Spicy chicken, buttermilk ranch, mozzarella, blue cheese. 13.5

Add toppings to any pizza above for only $2
Pepperoni, Sausage, Bacon, Mushrooms, Tri-colored peppers, Tomatoes, Chicken, Extra cheese

Entrees

All entrees are served with your choice of two sides: Wild Rice, Garlic Sautéed Spinach with Purple Onion, Grilled Asparagus, Veggie Stir Fry, Baked Potato, Garlic Smashed Potatoes or Sweet Potato Slices.

Steaks

We are recognized as the place for great steaks ... our approach is simple. We select top quality beef, hand cut and marinated in our secret house seasonings, then grilled to perfection and served with herbed butter.

Optional sauces include: Teriyaki & Cranberry, Ginger Soy, Blue Cheese & Horseradish, Mushrooms & Merlot add $2 Add Sautéed shrimp to any steak 5.5

House Filet Mignon
Hand-cut certified Angus tenderloin marinated in house seasonings and grilled to your taste. 6 oz. cut 18.95 9 oz. cut 24.95 Coffee Rub add $2
Bone-in Ribeye
A must for the serious steak lover!! Almost 16 oz. hand cut and left on the rib bone to enhance the flavors. 26.50 Coffee Rub add $2

Chops

Double Cut Pork Chop
A thick center cut chop seasoned and grilled to perfection....not your typical grilled chop. Choose your finishing sauce.
Sweet-n-Spicy Bar-B-Que, Mango Chutney, Asian Ginger Lime or Hoisen Garlic 18.50
Get it smothered with fresh grilled peppers, garlic, mushrooms and onions add $2
Rack of Lamb Premium 9 oz. cut grilled on the flame and served with a ginger-soy glaze and sweet potato crisps 26.50

Seafood

Red Snapper
Butterflied and seasoned to perfection with our house blend of herbs, pan sautéed in butter and served with a white wine and garlic cream sauce 16.75
Spicy Blackened Snapper
Grilled with New Orleans style seasonings and served with a pineapple dark rum sauce. 16.75
Pan-Seared Salmon
Wild caught salmon seasoned with house herbs, and fresh dill, then sautéed in butter and served with fresh lemon-dill sauce. 16.95 Mediterranean Grouper
Topped with artichokes, garden peppers, Kalamata olives, tomatoes and a lemon Buerre Blanc sauce. 16.75

Chicken

Pecan & Panko
Encrusted Chicken A marinated chicken breast seasoned with crushed pecans and house herbs, lightly tossed in Panko breadcrumbs, fried to a golden brown and served with our house herbed butter. 14.75
David's Favorite Chicken
Grilled breast topped with goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and finished with a lemon butter sauce and fresh basil and served over wild rice. 14.50
Chicken Teriyaki
Marinated breast grilled and topped with our Teriyaki and Cranberry sauce and served on a bed of wild rice. 14.50

Sides

House salad 3
Chips 1.25
Pasta Salad 2
Homemade Soup cup 3 bowl 5

Deserts

All Desserts are homemade!!
Add Ice Cream to any dessert 2

White Chocolate Cranberry Bread Pudding
Homemade and served with Vanilla Glaze 4.5
Pina Colada Coconut Cake
Moist and delicious with fresh pineapple sprinkles 4.5
Chocolate Mocha Cake
Glazed with coffee infused dark chocolate 5
Home-Baked Lemon Chess Tarts
A Rock House classic 3.5

Refreshments

Towne Tea Punch 2.25
Iced Teas 2.00
Sodas 2.00
Coffee, Hot teas 1.50

The Bar

Ask your server for our bar menu

Domestic, Import, Craft Beer - Bottled and Draft
Rock House Wines
Cocktails