Since fall of ’15, Tuscaloosa has continued to change and grow. We have seen everything from food trucks, and fine dining, to the rise of another hotel for downtown. Since your last Saturday celebrations here, we have seen our food scene continue to blossom, with exciting new additions on the strip, by the Black Warrior and in downtown. There are so many outstanding new places we have seen open their doors, but these are the ones who stand out the most.

1. River
From the creative genius behind Cypress Inn, comes his latest venture into fine dining with a level of detailing that raises the bar for Tuscaloosa. The food is picture perfect with classic cocktails reimagined for the modern day. The location has excellent views of the river with the interior looking so effortlessly cool.

2. Holler & Dash
Straight out of Birmingham’s Homewood, Holler & Dash have brought an impressive bunch of biscuits to the strip. The fast casual eatery has a flair for style, with combining down-home southern cooking and influences from all over the world. The biscuits can be savory or sweet but go down great with a homemade soda that’s a step above your regular colas.

3. R Davidson’s Chophouse
Anyone can try to cook a steak, the people behind R Davidson’s Chophouse, know how to serve it. Their reputation in town has grown tremendously since they have opened for having some the best steaks, sides and even drinks around. Located in Temerson Square, R Davidson’s Chophouse answers the call for a proper steakhouse in downtown.

4. 301 Bistro & Beer Garden
Tucked along Greensboro in the old L&N Train Station is one of the hottest local spots. The restored space has transformed into a trendy foodie paradise with their inventive play on classic southern food, and German Beer Gardens. They feature German classics like schnitzel and sausage boards alongside Reuben spring rolls. They blend together the past and present to make one delicious meal.

5. Miss Dot’s
On the upper side of the Strip, is a delicious fried chicken. Miss Dots takes the southern staple of fried chicken and adds something extra. They serve some the most addictive and crispy chicken along with house-made sides that are sure to satisfy anyone. It also doesn’t hurt they know to pair sweet tea with that delicious sonic style ice. From the sauces to the darn good pecan pies, you’ll find something to love at Miss Dot’s.