With summer fast approaching and Tuscaloosa’s businesses returning to a sense of normalcy (but safely, of course!), we are thrilled to get out and about with our friends and family.  It feels like it’s been a long time coming. And, it just so happens that yesterday was National Wine Day, so what other way to celebrate than wining and dining at some of the eclectic places we have around town. Below we have compiled a list of a few places to wine and dine the best way we know how in Tuscaloosa.

 

The Wine Market

This place provides a variety of offerings by the glass including red, white, sparkling, and rosé, which can all be enjoyed on-premise. The owner believes that this business is an opportunity to bring new and exciting possibilities for the wine market family to further the way they serve the community of Tuscaloosa.

 

Druid City Social

This local favorite has great food and awesome drinks (yes, including wine) that make for a good time! This Gastropub is located in downtown Tuscaloosa and has a beautiful Beer Garden as well as additional outdoor seating. Their food is fresh, the burgers and steaks are Certified Angus Beef, and all of the soups, sauces, and dressings are made in-house!

 

Chuck’s fish

All of the featured fish at this gem comes from their own wholesale market at Harbor Docks. In addition to Gulf seafood, they offer aged, naturally-raised beef – cut in-house, and an award-winning sushi bar, created and managed by renowned chef Yoshie Eddings. If you’re looking for a top-notch dining experience with wonderful food, stellar service, a great atmosphere, and a nice selection of wine, look no further than Chuck’s Fish.

 

Sessions

This one-of-a-kind bar focuses on pre-Prohibition and modern classic cocktails in a non-smoking environment. The atmosphere is very relaxing with delightful service. Don’t underestimate these mixologists; they can make the drink of your dreams in just minutes. The entire staff makes for a spectacular experience no matter what time it is. And don’t worry, if you aren’t feeling adventurous the good ole glass of wine never fails.

Being in Alabama, we get the gift of having direct access to the gulf. Even though there’s some land between us, we still get some of the freshest seafood straight out of the shimmering blue waters. Our one and only restaurants take great care to deliver some of the freshest batches of oysters. From Chuck’s gulf to table style, to River’s fried oysters.

Steamers
Located on the strip, you can find them serving out its hand-dipped batter oyster baskets, oyster po’boys, or even Baked oysters on the half shell inside or under the shade of the tree lined street

Post Office Pies
Post Office Pies is known for their pizza, creative drinks, and delicious desserts. Most don’t see its sleeper hit on the menu, the fresh from the sea oysters. The perfect decadent start, you should take the dip into the gulf with this fresh treat.

River
One of the latest on the T-Town food scene, River blends the heritage of the South, with the modern move to push boundaries. One of the freshest takes pairs fried oysters with flash fried lemon slices. Take in scenes from the Black Warrior River with some flavors from the sea.

The Levee
A current classic overlooking the Tuscaloosa skyline, The Levee is a must for seafood with a view. Take in the scenery with its Gulf Coast, casino, or fried oysters with some room saved for the bread pudding. The sea comes to shore at the Levee and it’s a treat– you can’t miss.

Chuck’s Fish
Before farm-to-table became a trend, Chuck’s was bringing the gulf straight to your plate. Of all its oceanic treasures, the fried oysters bring to the table an appetizing start to the freshly caught delights that come after.

Honorable Mention

Side By Side

*Picture of raw oysters from Side By Side.
Every Thursday, happy hour at Side By Side (inside the downtown Embassy Suites) features fresh $1 oysters to add a little gulf flavor to your Thursday night! Its drinks, food, and local flavor are excellent to indulge in, and the oyster deal lets you dip into luxury without your wallet taking a hit.