While a college town known for barbecue and big games may not sound like a place for healthy, athletic people, you’d be surprised to find just how active and healthy we can get here in the deep fried south. Tuscaloosa is a proudly named runners city with a plethora of trails and is home to some of the most flavorful healthy food in the state. With the Triathlon on the same day as Alabama Roots Fest, you’ll find the city in full swing with a buzzing downtown and live music from Robert Randolph and the Family Band in Government Plaza!

  1. Explore nature!

If you aren’t used to the springs in Alabama, you might not know that the outdoors can be immaculate in April, and this weekend will be no different. From Lake Nicol’s cliffs to Lake Lurleen’s sandy shores, you’ll feel at one with nature without having to go more than 20 minutes from downtown.

  1. Take some tea time!

Like any college town, we have an abundance of third wave coffee shops like Monarch or Heritage House that serve some fine brews, but for those who like the serenity of a fresh batch of tea or house-made kombucha, welcome to Tea Town. Located in historic downtown Northport, Tea Town started as a tea bike at our farmers market, then became the brick and mortar hang out for live poetry and original tea mixes.

  1. Pedal over to our bike shops!

Worried your bike needs some last minute repairs or just want to spend some quality shopping time? We have great local and regional stores to meet your needs.

Velocity Pro Cycle in Temerson Square is a fixture in our cycling community with events and races around town.

Queen City Cycles in Pinehurst is known for its quality care when it comes to bike repair. They are dedicated to the art of the bicycle, bringing a love that has really elevated the sport in our city.

Trek Bicycle Store is located in Midtown Village and offers Trek bikes and apparel along with repairs and maintenance. Perfect for those loyal to the Trek brand

  1. I can Escher you we have good art

We have such a thriving art scene in Tuscaloosa, from our growing gallery collections to our museums there’s more than enough art to go around. For some classical and historic works like original John Singer Sargent works to up and coming local artists there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Kentuck Art Center

Located in the historic district of downtown Northport, Kentuck dedicates themselves to nurturing our city’s art scene. With their recently renovated space, they have constantly changing exhibits and collections that you’ll find it rare to see the same thing twice. The art campus has over four buildings with free Wi-Fi to make a true art space that’s open to everyone. Hours are: Tues-Fri 10 am-6 pm and Saturday 10 am-4:30 pm

Tuscaloosa Museum of Art

A gift to the city by the late Jack Warner of the Westervelt Company, Mr. Warner was a true lover of the arts with his massive collection that he graciously donated to both his hometown and to a wing in the Met in New York, as well as his private collection in his home. The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art is on the Westervelt campus off of Jack Warner Parkway with a wide collection of original American art.

  1. Find a Foodie Oasis

We are not without some incredible eateries in Tuscaloosa beyond the standard southern classics. With new places popping up, there is always an exciting new element to our foodie scene.

Local Roots

Be on the look out or follow them on Twitter to see with this beloved food truck is going to be around town. With a dedication to great local food, they offer healthier choices with some flavorful salads to more indulgent delights like their crispy pork belly with rice buns.

Animal Butter

With options from hot chicken bao buns to their latest Japanese style pancake, there are exotic dishes inspired by the culinary world of international street food. One of their more popular dishes is their veggie burger that has people considering making the switch to living meatless with the savory treat.

Five reasons to attend the Soul of America Film Tour at Band of Brothers.

Acclaimed English Film Maker Nic Askew (Soul Biographies Series) has set out to find and document the ‘Soul of America’ in these divided times. On Wednesday, September 20th he will be live on location at Band of Brothers to tell the story of ‘The Soul of America’ and of how the Human Soul might be witnessed by anyone willing to stand still enough. This film lives in exploration. The event will mix also feature live music from Matt Jones’ new album ‘Redemption’. The event begins at 5:30 and runs until 7:30. 

  1. 1. Film! Have you ever wanted to be in a film or experience the film making process? English Film Maker Nic Askew will be on site filming footage for his upcoming project “The Soul of America.” This could be your opportunity to get on screen as a part of Askew’s experimental film making style and share your thoughts about the division in America. Anyone remotely interested in film and the process of creating a film will enjoy this unique experience.
  2. Music! Local musician Matt Jones will perform live beginning at 5:30. Jones is a singer/songwriter from Tuscaloosa. He has recorded four albums and is currently touring to promote his latest project, Jones’ website describes his music as “beautifully paints pictures with words through melody over the landscape of his southern roots.” This is a great opportunity experience some of the best local music Tuscaloosa has to offer.
  3. Food! Local Roots will be on site in their food truck until 8pm. Local Roots offers delicious meals made entirely from locally sourced ingredients. You haven’t experienced Tuscaloosa until you have dined on Local Roots’ Bacon-Egg-Lettuce-Tomato or their Gulf Shrimp Tacos. Their food also pairs well with our next reason to attend…
  4. The Beer! If you haven’t tried Tuscaloosa’s very own Band of Brother’s craft beer then you are missing out. These guys have perfected the art of brewing and are kind enough to share it with the rest of the world. “Monk on the Radio” and “Voodoo Mild” are two of their best offerings and provide a unique taste of Tuscaloosa.
  5. All of the above! This is a unique event that showcases the best music, food, beer, and people that Tuscaloosa has to offer. The combination of these elements will create an unforgettable experience for you and your friends that you simply won’t find elsewhere.

We’re approaching summertime in Tuscaloosa which means things are heating up and the idea of staying indoors becomes less appealing with each passing day. To help you out we’ve created a list of some of our favorite restaurants in town that offer superb outdoor seating areas so you can enjoy the summer heat and thrilling atmospheres all day long.

1. Another Broken Egg Café

If you’re looking for somewhere to eat brunch while enjoying the nice breeze of an Alabama morning, Another Broken Egg is a great option! Located on the River Walk, Another Broken Egg offers a beautiful river view from its terrace. Scrumptious menu items such as omelets, waffles, sandwiches and black bean benedict are sure to send your taste buds into a craze.

2. Local Roots

Local Roots offers customers the full outdoor eating experience. The traveling food truck takes pride in serving southern food made from local ingredients. The food truck travels all over Tuscaloosa serving some of the most delicious burgers and tacos this city has to offer. You can find its weekly schedules online to find out where it will be located each day. Its most frequent location is in downtown Tuscaloosa and features picnic tables for assembling. This is the perfect way to enjoy delectable food and the beautiful scenery that is downtown Tuscaloosa.

3. Heat Pizza Bar

This one of a kind pizza place is a local favorite. Located on the first floor of the downtown parking garage, it has a distinctive outdoor seating area facing the communal lawn at the downtown plaza! The modern vibe and exclusive pizzas have proven to be a huge hit in Tuscaloosa. Heat provides a menu that features exclusive items such as the Thai Chicken and Reuben pizzas and a large list of specialty cocktails. This is the perfect place to enjoy a spontaneous lunch or casual dinner with a view and a cocktail!

4. River

Surrounded by the exquisite views of the Black Warrior River is Tuscaloosa’s newest trending restaurant, River! River offers a picturesque outdoor experience. It has areas for both lounging and eating on its outdoor terrace and features canopies and fire pits to enhance the already remarkable atmosphere. With chefs that cook up some of the best oysters, steaks, and flatbreads in town, River is the perfect place to enjoy all the perks that come with dining outdoors this season!

5. Taco Mama

If you have a job that requires you to sit inside on all of these beautiful Alabama summer days, Taco Mama is your perfect lunchtime escape! With one of the most popular patios in Tuscaloosa, Taco Mama is home to specialty tacos, burritos and quesadillas. If you’re feeling lively enough, you can even order one of Taco Mama’s specialty margaritas to accentuate your meal before returning to the office. As the experts at this taco bar say, “stay hungry and be thirsty!”

While a college town known for barbecue and big games may not sound like a place for healthy, athletic people, you’d be surprised to find just how active and healthy we can get here in the deep fried south. Tuscaloosa is a proudly named runners city with a plethora of trails and is home to some of the most flavorful healthy food in the state. With the Triathlon on the same day as Alabama Roots Fest, you’ll find the city in full swing with a buzzing downtown and live music from Robert Randolph and the Family Band in Government Plaza!

  1. Explore nature!

If you aren’t used to the springs in Alabama, you might not know that the outdoors can be immaculate in April, and this weekend will be no different. From Lake Nicol’s cliffs to Lake Lurleen’s sandy shores, you’ll feel at one with nature without having to go more than 20 minutes from downtown.

  1. Take some tea time!

Like any college town, we have an abundance of third wave coffee shops like Monarch or Heritage House that serve some fine brews, but for those who like the serenity of a fresh batch of tea or house-made kombucha, welcome to Tea Town. Located in historic downtown Northport, Tea Town started as a tea bike at our farmers market, then became the brick and mortar hang out for live poetry and original tea mixes.

  1. Pedal over to our bike shops!

Worried your bike needs some last minute repairs or just want to spend some quality shopping time? We have great local and regional stores to meet your needs.

Velocity Pro Cycle in Temerson Square is a fixture in our cycling community with events and races around town.

Queen City Cycles in Pinehurst is known for its quality care when it comes to bike repair. They are dedicated to the art of the bicycle, bringing a love that has really elevated the sport in our city.

Trek Bicycle Store is located in Midtown Village and offers Trek bikes and apparel along with repairs and maintenance. Perfect for those loyal to the Trek brand

  1. I can Escher you we have good art

We have such a thriving art scene in Tuscaloosa, from our growing gallery collections to our museums there’s more than enough art to go around. For some classical and historic works like original John Singer Sargent works to up and coming local artists there is truly something for everyone to enjoy.

Kentuck Art Center

Located in the historic district of downtown Northport, Kentuck dedicates themselves to nurturing our city’s art scene. With their recently renovated space, they have constantly changing exhibits and collections that you’ll find it rare to see the same thing twice. The art campus has over four buildings with free Wi-Fi to make a true art space that’s open to everyone. Hours are: Tues-Fri 10 am-6 pm and Saturday 10 am-4:30 pm

Tuscaloosa Museum of Art

A gift to the city by the late Jack Warner of the Westervelt Company, Mr. Warner was a true lover of the arts with his massive collection that he graciously donated to both his hometown and to a wing in the Met in New York, as well as his private collection in his home. The Tuscaloosa Museum of Art is on the Westervelt campus off of Jack Warner Parkway with a wide collection of original American art.

  1. Find a Foodie Oasis

We are not without some incredible eateries in Tuscaloosa beyond the standard southern classics. With new places popping up, there is always an exciting new element to our foodie scene.

Local Roots

Be on the look out or follow them on Twitter to see with this beloved food truck is going to be around town. With a dedication to great local food, they offer healthier choices with some flavorful salads to more indulgent delights like their crispy pork belly with rice buns.

Animal Butter

With options from hot chicken bao buns to their latest Japanese style pancake, there are exotic dishes inspired by the culinary world of international street food. One of their more popular dishes is their veggie burger that has people considering making the switch to living meatless with the savory treat.

This weekend is packed with fine arts in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! Tonight you can head across the river to Kentuck for their Art Night! In the main gallery, you’ll be able to observe the sculpture work of Charlie Lucas! Not only that, but there will be pop-up shops for local artists, demonstrations, cob oven pizza, and live music! Art Night has been a staple for the first Thursday night of each month!

On Friday, it’s downtown Tuscaloosa’s turn with the First Friday Art Crawl! Galleries, studios, and businesses across downtown will be open and participating in the art crawl including Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center and Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy. First Friday is completely free to everyone and is filled with excitement! There will be live music at different venues and some incredible works of art!

On Saturday morning you can swing by the Tuscaloosa River Market for the Farmer’s Market! Vendors set up ripe red tomatoes and famous Chilton County peaches. Musicians sit propped up against the door, playing guitars as you walk in, and local Food Trucks, bakers, artists, and craftsmen gather here to sell their gourmet grub, fresh-baked yeast rolls, homemade jams and jellies and hand-carved cutting boards.

All of this art is leading up to the main event – Druid City Arts Festival! This event will feature over 90 artists selling beautiful work! Anything from pottery to paintings will be sold in Government plaza while live music and the smells of freshly cooked food fill the air! Headlining DCAF is Matt Jones, a country musician destined for greatness. Local Roots, Tea Town, Jim N’ Nicks, and plenty of other vendors will be serving food and drinks all night long! Most importantly, it’s an entertainment district so you can get a drink from your favorite surrounding establishment and bring it over to the festival with you!

Finally, wrap up your night by heading to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater for their first show of the season! The amphitheater will be featuring a pair of contemporary gospel acts with Mary Mary and Tasha Cobbs! The Mary Mary duo is often credited along with Kirk Franklin for broadening the fan base of urban contemporary gospel in the 2000s by introducing elements of soul music, hip hop, funk, and jazz. Tasha Cobbs breaks the gospel charts nearly every time she releases an album as 2 of her singles and one EP have all hit no. 1!

While wandering through downtown Tuscaloosa or UA’s Campus, you might have spotted the colorful posters for our Druid City Arts Festival on April 8th!

The posters are not promising too much – quite the opposite! That festival will be even more colorful and staggering and is an inevitable must-do for the upcoming weekend. Here are our top 5 reasons why you shouldn’t miss it:

1. Local Artists

The local art scene in Tuscaloosa has been growing year after year and it’s always exciting to give it one of its biggest stages every year DCAF! More than 80 artists from Tuscaloosa and abroad will exhibit their work this year, including contemporary as well as traditional and heritage craft, contemporary art and sculptures. Throughout DCAF’s history, undiscovered and ascending artists have shown their work at the festival who are now exhibiting in galleries or museums! The impressively creative and unique art, therefore, is the first good reason to visit the Druid City Arts Festival!

2. Food Vendors

What kind of festival would leave you without a great offer of food variety? Not this one at least! DCAF is starring some incredible food trucks & stations to satisfy your hunger and thirst on a lovely Spring day! A special highlight will be Local Roots, a Tuscaloosa food truck that is just garnering some local fame with its original dishes and local ingredients. Meat lovers won’t be disappointed by Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar B Que, Chick-Fil-A, and many others. Tea Town will add some great specialties to drink!

3. Live Music

Alongside treating your eyes and taste buds, DCAF will also gladden your ears! The music lineup for DCAF is filled with incredible artists! Alabama Blues Project will open the stage in the morning with some homemade authentic blues. The afternoon will be rocked by the local group Drum Nation with their sweeping performances! This group is headlined by singer Matt Jones. The local artist just came out with a new album “Redemption” and is a phenomenal country singer!

4. It’s Free

An additional plus of DCAF is that it is absolutely free! That means you enjoy all the great art, food, music and fun without any extra costs. At this point it is a clear case: You have to visit Druid City Arts Festival!

5. Family event

Wait, you already have an appointment with your family or friends on April 8th? Even better, just get everyone together and come over to DCAF! The festival is a perfect event for families and has a lot of fun planned for the little ones! For example, the T-Town Bounce castles will be inflated and a whole Home Depot Children’s Festival area in the middle of the plaza! There’s nearly no need to mention that there is at least as much fun for the adults as well if not more! hanging out outdoors with live music, art vendors, amazing food, and drinks – we don’t need to say anymore!

Written By: Katharina Horvath – Intern

This weekend is looking like a special one in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! Green Bar keeps bringing great musicians to the city! This Friday you can catch Little Raine Band! From Birmingham, AL, this band has garnered an incredible following through the Southeast! Their ever-evolving sound has unique musical backgrounds and influences. Elements of progressive rock, fusion, electronica, soul, and energetic improve can be heard at a Little Raine Band show!

Saturday is absolutely packed with great events! You can start your Saturday off down by the river. The 2017 Dragon Boat races will get underway starting at 10:30 am! Teams of 20 paddlers, a drummer and navigator race in authentic, Hong Kong style, 46-foot-long dragon boats! In the past five years, The Junior League of Tuscaloosa Dragon Boat Races participants and sponsors raised more than $100,000 to continue to build leadership capabilities in women and help fund our community partnerships, such as Holt Elementary School. All ages, skill levels and physiques can paddle, making it the ultimate teambuilding sport, requiring synchronicity and finesse, more than power to win.

Next, swing by Wilhagans for the Sassafras Beer Festival! Sixteen Alabama breweries will try to win your Best of Alabama vote! They invite you to try them all and choose your favorite! The event will offer great music, FREE limited edition event glass, unlimited beer samples (standard cutoff right reserved), raffle prizes, and even better people to meet!

The First Annual Roots Fest is going to wrap up this perfect Saturday! If you missed our blog about the top 5 reasons to attend, you can find it HERE! With three whole pigs, drinks from Monarch Espresso Bar & Alcove Tavern, and Adam Hood, this is shaping up to be an incredible end to your Saturday! It’s also important to note that both Dragon Boat Races and Roots Festival will be a part of an entertainment district!

Finally, Sunday night will be a wild one! Greek Fight Night will be taking place in Government Plaza. The event will feature twenty fraternity members from the University of Alabama who will participate in ten sanctioned boxing matches! Full Moon Barbeque will be there selling food and GNC Wellness will have a booth as well. There will not be alcohol served at the event, but it is allowed in the surrounding area!

It’s no joke that April first in Tuscaloosa is geared up to be one eventful Saturday. From the Dragon Boat Races on the river, the beer fest for Sassafras, and the first annual Roots Fest! Roots Fest is sponsored by Local Roots and First Bank to bring an exciting new event in town with live music, great food, and good times.

  1. Adam Hood

The festival has rising country singer Adam Hood performing through the night, which is a change of pace from most venues. Instead of sitting in the nosebleeds, enjoy being up close has he plays some tunes like its a private concert!

  1. The Food!

It’s no secret that Local Roots has earned its place as one of the must-try places to eat around town. With their dedication to locally sourced ingredients and bringing explosive flavors to the city, it’s hard not to be drooling in anticipation. For the festival they’ve teased on their social media there will be 3 whole pigs, house-made sausage, pork belly, and much more!

  1. The Neighbors

The alley between Alcove International Tavern and Monarch Espresso Bar has been a common spot to find Local Roots since its arrival, so it’s no surprise they would start their festival here. With Alcove serving some fantastic drinks, and Monarch about to start their own cocktails along with their coffee, it’s the perfect spot to find just about any beverage you could need!

  1. Entertainment District

On a typical night, your drink is limited to the confines of the bar and its patio if they have one, but the festival will be in an entertainment district. That means you can take your drink and wander the grounds without having to dump your cup!

  1. It’s Free!

Nothing is better than free. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public, including the live music. Of course, food and drinks are on you but it’s a small price to pay for a great night out on the town!

Written by: Deven Wilson – Intern

Tuscaloosa is gearing up for another great weekend in the One and Only! Start your weekend off Friday night by visiting Green Bar! Taking the stage Friday night is Spaceface! San Francisco-based website “Do the Bay” said “In the digital age, there is a new band on the radar every week, and it’s hard to find anything that stands out. But in a pool of up-and-coming bands that blend together, Spaceface has fused psychedelic rock ‘n roll with pop in a way that makes them – dare it be said – unique.” With an intro like that, it would be hard to pass up this one!

Saturday is jam-packed this week with exciting events! Kick off your Saturday at the Living History Festival! Learn the history of Alabama from the characters themselves as history comes alive! You can learn about characters from history such as Mildred Westervelt Warner, Chief Tuskaloosa, and even Ann Hodges – the only person to have an object from space strike them!

If you’re less of a historian and more of a dog person, swing by Sokol Park for their annual Bark in the Park! The Tuscaloosa Association of Realtors will continue their Annual Bark in the Park campaign this year with more excitement than ever! With a parade, demonstrations, and a “’Wag’ Bag” for each dog, this is a perfect event for any dog lover!

Next up is Black Warrior Brewing Company as they present Poses & Pints! Yoga and beer just seem to go together perfectly. So perfect, in fact, that Black Warrior is hosting a class this Saturday! For just $10 you can participate in Yoga and have yourself a pint! The class will be an hour long and all levels are welcome!

Finally, since you can’t finish your weekend on an empty stomach, head to Food Truck Fest! Band of Brothers Brewing Co. will be serving limited run beers, bringing in incredible food trucks, and hosting live music all evening long! The food trucks involved will feature local favorites Local Roots, the legendary Archibald & Woodrow’s BBQ, and JoJo’s Food Trunk! The bands Gio Trio and The Frayed Knot will be laying down the rhythm all night for this awesome event!

We have tons more going on so check out our great upcoming events, and follow us on our social media pages (@visittuscaloosa) for more announcements and events. Tell your friends and we can’t wait to see you around the One and Only Tuscaloosa!

Written By: Barrett Elder – Digital Media Specialist

Valentine’s Day can mean two things: romance and pressure. When you’re with someone, the 14th can be a bit of a nightmare. From fighting for a reservation to getting the right flowers it can become all too stressful for a day of love. This year, be ahead of the curve and follow some of our advice on how to turn the city of Tuscaloosa into the city of love!

The Weekend

For those unaware, this year V-Day falls on an all too dull Tuesday. Right after Monday, it’s hard to find time between work or school to really show your love beyond an early dinner cut short so you have time to finish that paper or turn in early before that 8 am meeting.
The weekend before or after Valentine’s Day, however, should not only give you more time to enjoy each others company but avoid the waits that give you gameday flashbacks at any of Tuscaloosa’s finest dining establishments.

The Classic Romantic

Evangeline’s
For a night out that spans over hours of fine dining, and excellent wine pairing, take the one you love to the one and only Evangeline’s. They have established themselves as some of the most elite in Tuscaloosa dining with extravagant courses and service that have made it a classic date night spot across the river.

R. Davidson Chophouse
Tuscaloosa’s new steakhouse has grown to be one of the latest in our refined dining scene, and there’s nothing more classic for dinner on Valentine’s than a prime slice of steak with some excellent lobster. The whole evening will be filling, and be sure to venture around their amazing appetizers and cocktails for a night of flame roasted passion.

Depalmas
Everyone knows Italy is for lovers, and we have our delicious slice of it right along University in downtown. Sure it’s a well-known date spot, but it rightfully earned that title. From decadent pasta to some of the best tiramisu around, it’s beyond worth the wait for a seat inside.

The Adventurous

The same old thing can be tiring, but Valentine’s day offers you a chance to break out of the rut and celebrate with something new or different.

Ruan Thai
Step outside the limits of southern cuisine and enter the tasty territory of Thailand above the strip inside the charming little house of Thai. Delight in fried rice served in a pineapple, or in watching each other turn red when you try some of their authenticly seasoned dishes. The experience will lead to memories you can’t find at your standard dim light dinner.

Dreamland BBQ
How did this make the adventure list? Simple. Dare to defy the fashion gods and wear your whitest shirts and test your abilities to not drip some of that all-too-delectable sauce on them. While everyone clutters up their feeds on Instagram with the same red rose and white plate dinners, share your story with your messy shirts and big grins from the filling sensation of some of the best ribs in Bama.

Mr. Chens
Walk inside this Chinese market, and find yourself in a hole in the wall that is stuffed with flavor. Go beyond your standard Chinese delivery order and explore the east in the cozy space with your loved one. You can even save your fortune cookies as a memento of Valentine’s Day gone right.

Foodies Delight

We are well into the golden era of food across America and Tuscaloosa is making strides to include itself in the growth. Sample some of our newest additions and make a break from the Italian and steak.

River
While the interior is completely contemporary, nothing is more of a classic night on the town than trying the latest and greatest on the foodie scene in town. Watch the moonlight dance on the Black Warrior while enjoying their modern cuisine and twists on classic cocktails. Be sure to take home one of their oatmeal pies for a sweet treat after the food coma wears off.

301 Bistro
Under the romantic lights of the giant gasolier, and the renovated grand hall of the L&N Station, you can find “Tuscaloosa fusion” which combines the food culture of the world with the traditions of this southern college town. From Reuben spring rolls to the classic bread pudding it’ll be heaven on a fork for sure.

Side by Side
Come enjoy some modern southern cuisine under the dome of the Embassy Suites in downtown. They offer a selection of some southern staples reimagined with modern tastes to make for a delectable night out in the city.

V-Day

If the weekend doesn’t work because of your schedule or your partner said it’s Valentine’s or bust, there’s still plenty of ways to spice up this Tuesday. From full days worth of excitement to an evening well spent, here’s how to do this holiday right.

The Classic Night

You’re not shaken by the Tuesday date of this year’s night of romance. You’re treating this night like the last Friday of your life, and with that, you’re willing to go out and paint the town red. If none of the classics on the list above sound like your ideal date, here are a few more ideas.

Five Bar
Mood lighting is far from absent inside Five, with their eclectic collection of chandeliers, the setting is ready for romance. Perfect for those indecisive couples with their simple rule of only offering five items each night.

Shoals Kitchen and Bar
Hidden inside the Hotel Indigo lobby, you can find some comfy seating and comfort food waiting for you. Shoals Kitchen might surprise you with its bold flavors and delicious cocktails.

301 Bistro
Yes, it’s a great idea for both the weekend and the day of. Aside from its excellent moody atmosphere of yesteryear, and the modern cuisine flowing out of the kitchen, this year they have an exclusive menu for V-Day featuring appetizers and entrées not seen typically at the bistro.

Carpe Vino
Grab a delicious bottle pinot noir and enjoy the perfect Valentine’s ambiance in Tuscaloosa’s little downtown wine shop. They don’t have food, but you can bring it in from your favorite one and only spot!

 

The Low-Key Night

There aren’t rules and laws for Valentine’s day, and just because a night spent eating overpriced shrimp is customary, doesn’t mean its right for you. Here are some unconventional ways to enjoy the romantic Tuesday

Local Roots
Rooming the Druid City you can find their food truck with their daily updates, or the smell of locally sourced goodness wafting over the air. While everyone waits in line or crowd the hostess, why not skip the whole process and grab a seriously delicious food.

Little Italy
Sometimes all you need to express your love is a lofty slice of pizza. You can find that cheesy delicacy with all its golden goodness in Little Italy. Relax in a warm booth and relieve yourself of having to pretend that goat cheese infused kale actually sounded good for a whole meal with a true pie of love.

Stay in, Taste T-Town

You can get all dressed up, and feel uncomfortable in that suit or dress you haven’t worn since pre-holiday binge eating or slap on some sweats and order in. You’re not in 1990, so don’t feel limited to pizza or Chinese. It’s 2017 and Tuscaloosa has several sites that offer delivery covering all of the best restaurants in town beyond the standard food fare that would normally offer delivery.

Crimson2Go
With the widest offers from DePalma’s to Auntie Annes, you’re hard pressed to not find something you’ve been craving. It allows you to select from any restaurant open when you order so there’s no fighting over what to get if you both want something different!

Waitr
With some cross over on offers like crimson to go, Waitr also covers local and chains.

Food Trucks at the One and Only Live at the Plaza!

 

Food trucks we know have been a hit in big cities for years, but what about in small college towns like Tuscaloosa? I’ve had my share of meals on wheels in places like New York City and New Orleans, but recently I had my first experience with a food truck here in my hometown, and it was delightful. Leaving work at Tuscaloosa Tourism near the River Market one Tuesday, I saw people lined up in the parking lot for Local Roots, a food truck and a fairly recent addition to the city that specializes in a southern menu, featuring locally farmed ingredients. It was lunchtime, I was hungry, and I decided to give the truck a try.

The quaint menu impressed me. The options were few but all sounded delicious. I walked up to the truck window and ordered chicken tacos and fries with aioli. In less than five minutes I had my food, fresh and piping hot. I was pleasantly surprised with how tasty (and not at all greasy!) my meal was, eating the fries as I drove to my next obligation, thinking about how fast and flexible the food truck industry really is.

I had a fantastic first experience with Local Roots, and I plan on trying more Tuscaloosa food truck fare this Friday night at Live at the Plaza. The free concert series hosted each summer Friday night from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. features local bands and local food trucks for an inexpensive and fulfilling start to the weekend. This week JoJo’s Food Trunk, Tea Town and Archibald and Woodrow’s are the food trucks serving the event. Be sure to check out Tuscaloosa’s one and only line of mobile food this week at Live at the Plaza.

Follow their travels on social for a quick bite!

Written by: Karley Fernandez, TTS PR Intern