With its charming courtyard dining, counter service and a menu that includes such playful fare as loaded potato chips, Classic Too is more like the bright, easygoing younger sis you kick back with while Marsha’s out inviting Davy Jones to prom.
If there is one thing Classic on Noble is not short on, it’s style. Much like the hair of gold common to all the Brady women, that chic family resemblance was on display when Classic Too opened its doors this summer, offering its coffee concoctions, distinctive menu and a persuasive spread of sweets in a picturesque brick-and-iron outdoor retreat in downtown Anniston.
Even if the forecast of late has diminished the appeal of dining alfresco, diners can grab an overstuffed chair at a front table looking out the floor-to-ceiling windows and still enjoy the original Classic with a laid-back twist. The restaurant recently underwent the traditional Classic Christmas makeover, so there’s ample eye candy for the indoor dining room as well.
The family resemblance between owner David Mashburn’s Noble Street establishments carries over to the food, as well.
Classic Too’s lunch menu features the intriguing upscale fare you’d expect. But items like the prime-rib baguette — the description of which (prime rib, Gorgonzola, caramelized onions, horseradish mayo and baby greens) is enough to get a girl who admittedly never met a caramelized onion she didn’t like through the door — feel right at home next to luncheon staples and low-key comfort food.
The homemade chili in a bread bowl — topped with cheese, sour cream and the most adorable single-serving bottle of Tabasco sauce you’ve ever seen — makes a quick but satisfying workday lunch, particularly on days when the wind-chill factor has you eyeing the last bag of Cheez-Its in the breakroom vending machine over venturing outdoors.
The blackened chicken flatbread, jazzed up with avocado and chipotle mayo, is surprisingly flavorful, and that’s coming from someone who is neither a chicken nor a panini enthusiast. Throw in a few daily specials, not to mention the cheesy, bacony aforementioned loaded potato chips, and it’s really a shame the dining window of opportunity is so narrow — lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You can stop in anytime between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., however. The eatery, which opened its doors initially as an upscale coffee shop, serves breakfast until 10:30 a.m. and the menu looks to offer more than the bagels and Danish of your average coffee house. Or if you’re looking for a late afternoon pick-me-up, stop in for a latte and a slice of whatever sinful-sounding chocolate monstrosity is on display that day.
Even if you left your Fillmore Junior High Davy Jones Fan Club membership card at home.
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