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.

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Founded in Tuscaloosa, and expanding beyond our city limits, its not hard to see why. Shark’s fried chicken, ranging from tenders to liver and gizzards, you’re bound to have some of the best fried chicken in town. Accompanying the chicken, the sides share the same range of usual suspects to oysters and hush puppies thanks to their seafood faire. They are spreading their fried love in Birmingham, and soon beyond that.


Miss Dots

On the fringe of The Strip, before entering Downtown, you’ll find Miss Dots along with the old mansions and apartments of Pinehurst. The fast casual pace cuts the wait between you and this rising star of fried chicken. The variety of healthy, to decedent servings of fried chicken, southern style sides, and their pecan pie are the perfect way to enjoy the shade of their patio facing University Blvd. The sweet tea is nicely paired with nugget ice like you find at Sonic or Taco Casa. The sides range from the classic collard greens, to the amazing brussels sprouts you can’t help but need more of. The chicken, is a richly flavored, fried and comes with a variety of sauces to enhance an already delicious cut of meat. Once you’ve cleared your plate don’t be shy about their perfectly sized pecan pies. These little treats are the best way to finish your meal at Miss Dot’s


Buffalo Phil’s

A collegiate classic, this staple of the university atmosphere in town is the proud home of some of the best wings of West Alabama. Served under memorabilia and any sauce you choose, their chicken is hard to beat. No wing could be complete without proper sides, and Buffalo Phil’s certainly delivers. From curly fries to beer battered onion rings, you’re bound to find good company for these iconic wings


Five (Brunch)

Five Bar is known for its simplicity in a decadent environment. This mantra finds its way into their Sunday brunch special of fried chicken and waffles. The crispy, fall off the bone chicken meets the sweet and ample waffle with its golden syrup in a union so pure and star crossed its clear why it’s a favorite. The savory chicken skin with its crispy breading could be a meal all on its own. Bold and well seasoned, it’s the perfect yin to the yang of the sweet and heavenly waffles.


The Avenue Pub

This small industrial style space packs a big game when it comes to our food scene and it’s easy to see why. Their brunch special of fried chicken over oven fresh biscuits, or chicken bites battered in Black Warrior Brewing Company’s Brown Ale proves The Avenue Pub knows southern food. The chicken bites make a great introduction to the explosive flavor found in the pub, with the fried chicken and biscuits being at a level that could pose questioning of your love for your Grandmother’s kitchen.