Being on the outside isn’t always such a terrible thing. Especially in a beautiful city like Tuscaloosa. When you’re spending time with loved ones, eating your favorite snacks, and grabbing a drink or two as you enjoy the wonderful weather. It doesn’t get much better than this. Sometimes just being outside can make a bad day better, so we have decided to make you all a list of some favorite porches to immerse yourself in the outdoors with food and drink close at hand.
Loosa Brews – Loosa’s porch game has been stepped up since they opened. It has tons of table and bar style seating. It’s partly shaded, but fully equipped to be your next favorite hangout joint! With 63 beers on tap there’s a beer and a chair for everyone there!
Taco Mama – Taco Mama’s outdoor seating faces out onto University drive so whether you’re there to sunset watch or people watch, there’s a sitting activity for every personality! Not only that, but they serve beer and margaritas. So if you’re not huge on the beer scene, you’ve still got a place on their porch!
R & R Cigars – This particular porch is highly slept on because not many people take advantage of this incredible honey hole! R & R is a remodeled Victorian home with a huge front porch and plenty of comfortable seating to drink a beer, smoke a cigar, and watch your favorite game on tv.
Honorable mention – Druid City Social – This new gem in town is the perfect spot to have a nice romantic meal. With plenty of outdoor seating and elegant lights, you will have no problem finding a comfortable spot outside to sit down and relax.
Honorable Mention – Innisfree – Innisfree’s porch is another phenomenal place to kick back and drink a cold one. They have plenty of seating and a whole slew of TVs. With a wide selection of drinks, they have a little something for the whole crew!
Everyone loves Taco Tuesday, so why not keep the celebration going today on National Taco Day? Check out some of these T-town gems to chow down on a variety of everyone’s favorite Mexican staple.
From the owner of the Avenue Pub comes the newest addition to Tuscaloosa’s Mexican food scene, Central Mesa. Offering everything from classic tacos to Brisket and Grits, all of their dishes are prepared from scratch in house with fresh ingredients. Along with your favorite Mexican food staples, Central Mesa also boasts an extensive tequila selection as well as other liquors for margaritas, mojitos, and more.
Located on University Boulevard just before downtown, you’ll find the always popular Taco Mama jam-packed with both locals and college students alike. This Birmingham based chain has expanded to eight different locations throughout Alabama and continues to grow, with a ninth location planned to open in Nashville in 2018. The fast-casual Mexican restaurant features signature tacos, quesadillas, and burritos, and also offers custom à la carte options. The festive atmosphere and fresh, diverse menu make Taco Mama a perfect place to celebrate national taco day.
Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ Tacos
Although not your traditional Mexican restaurant, Jim N Nick’s has given us another excuse to celebrate not only National Taco Day but also Taco Tuesday every week. Putting their own spin on the classic concept, Jim N’ Nick’s serves up a variety of barbecue-themed tacos every Tuesday, giving us everything from fried catfish to pulled pork to choose from.
Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
The Texas-based Fuzzy’s Taco Shop opened their first Alabama location in the heart of downtown next to Glory Bound last fall. The fast-casual chain was founded in Fort Worth, Texas, and has quickly grown to over 100 restaurants nationwide serving their addicting Baja style tacos that have gained a cult following. Fuzzy’s offers breakfast tacos all day as well as specials that change monthly along with specialty drinks such as their signature Fuzzy Driver.
A true Tuscaloosa icon, Taco Casa’s history in town runs deep. Founded in 1974 by Alabama football alum and Wichita, Kansas native, Rod Wilkin, Taco Casa is where many Tuscaloosa locals tried their first taco, and it was love at first bite. Known for fast, friendly service and hot, delicious food made to order, Taco Casa has earned its spot in Tuscaloosa history. Be sure to stop by this local favorite to celebrate.
Written by: Katy Aspinwall
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.
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.
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!
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!”
It’s back everyone. Just like every other of their singularity. With an endless parade of affection, it can be difficult to feel single and happy when everyone else sure seems a lot happier. Luckily, we have good news. There’s more to this day than just cupids and chalky heart candy. For those who walk the sidewalk with free hands, our city has helpful ways to enjoy the holiday solo or with your equally single friends.
Don’t forget that the day after will be filled with discount chocolate and candy as a prize for surviving the love laced holiday! Many local and chain stores will be pushing their candy out and you can reap the sweet reward!
Sorry to say, but this day will most likely spread over two weekends with it falling on a Tuesday. Many are likely going to take the time to celebrate with a romantic dinner either the weekend before or after, but while they overindulge on chocolate covered treats, Tuscaloosa has plenty of great escapes for those flying solo.
If you haven’t gone by now, this is the perfect chance to try one of the most highly rated burgers in Alabama. Ave Pub might run the risk of hosting some couples on a night out, but with the right group of friends and more importantly a mountain of their Thai nachos can make being single on valentines day seem like the right way to go.
Steamers on the Strip
If fried food and friends don’t go together then what does? Steamers on the Strip offers a bounty of fried seafood in platters worth sharing with some of your fellow singulars. You won’t have to hold the fries with dainty hands; ya’ll can dive into a platter of fried goodness that you know you’ve been craving.
Moe’s Original BBQ
What’s more anti-date than good ole messy BBQ? Moe’s can be the perfect place to get together and share some sides, or horde them while couples fill up the more cliché spots around town. Plus, after dinner, you’re in a perfect place between the strip and downtown bars to join in more anti-V-Day celebrations.
Heat Pizza Bar
At the base of the parking deck downtown, you can find some of the best pizza and cocktails at Heat. Nothing brings friends closer than great pizza! With their large variety of inventive pies and toppings, you can sample from each other or be greedy and keep it all to yourself. The best part of heat comes from their long weekend hours. Open until 2 am on Saturday, and 3 am on Friday means you can chill with some good buddies and drink and eat the night away without ever having to move around.
While B-Phils is perfect any day for students with dining dollars left, or people who just love their wings, you can chill with some great food made with love (love being their deep fryer and its liquid gold to make such deliciousness like the country burger). Going for Valentine’s means you can rekindle your love affair with good ole Phil with a side of curly fries.
Escape the overdone holiday by jump-starting Spring with some Cinco De Mayo festivities. Head over to Taco Mama’s for the day and reunite with your summer fling, chips, and salsa. Indulge in some delicious tacos, or split a pitcher of Margaritas and soon it’ll feel more like a holiday than a reminder of your singleness.