Odette is a neighborhood eatery in historic downtown Florence, Alabama serving elevated American fare with southern and international influences. The menu features locally and sustainably‑sourced ingredients in a contemporary, inviting and comfortable atmosphere.
Owner Celeste Pillow has created the neighborhood restaurant she’d like to frequent. Through her experience working in Manhattan restaurants and her love of food and art, Celeste has modeled Odette, named for her paternal great‑grandmother, to embody the modern approach of urban, farm-focused dining without the pretension.
Chef Josh Quick creates unique dishes that pair new flavors with traditional preparations. An emphasis is put on items made in-house, from the breads and house‑cured meats, to the roasted red pepper‑thyme ketchup. In 2011, Chef Quick was invited to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, where he prepared a “Homegrown Alabama” menu featuring Alabama producers and growers. He continues to draw on sustainably‑raised regional ingredients from Bluewater Creek Farm, Simmons Farm and Sonlit Farms, among others. The Director of The James Beard House said of Chef Quick’s cuisine, “His menu is lyrical with Southern touches and preparations but modern and elegant, as well.”
A long bar designed for enjoying both cocktails and meals is beautifully detailed with a solid-slab concrete top and handmade tiles below. Odette’s full bar menu offers artfully executed classic libations from the vault, alongside new tricks that demonstrate a culinary approach in marrying cocktail flavors. General Manager, Kristy Bevis, has curated a quality‑focused wine selection that thoughtfully compliments Chef Josh Quick’s cuisine, and a craft beer selection that highlights in‑state brews.
Chef Quick and Celeste have collaborated with their team to make healthful, delicious food while utilizing the best local ingredients available. Through Odette, they continue to not only broaden their own educations, but also those of the staff and their community.