Great Grub

 

1. If savory Lamb Chops topped with Blackberry Reduction and a side of Garlic Mashed Potatoes and sautéed Kale sounds like your dream dinner, then you should definitely include Evangeline’s in your T-Town itinerary. As one of the area’s premier restaurants, this divine treasure provides exceptional service for private intimate dinners, social events, and corporate parties. From a small rehearsal dinner to a lavish party for friends and family, Evangeline’s has the atmosphere to create the ideal experience.

2. Do you consider seafood, steak, & sushi three of your main food groups? If so, then Chuck’s is most definitely calling you. Offering a diverse menu in trendy surrounds with a loft & full bar, this local favorite has a well-earned reputation as a T-Town staple. It is also perfect for special occasions like birthdays or anniversaries. Crowd favorites include the crab cakes, sushi, scallops, and pizza. With attentive service and an unforgettable dining experience, you’ll always leave this happy and stuffed – and ready to come back again.

 

3. It would be a disservice to Tuscaloosa cuisine to discuss our incredible local dining without including Central Mesa. Established in 2017 by owner Craig Williams, this local treasure offers a Southern twist on traditional Latin-American dishes. The story of the restaurant is built upon a passion for providing fresh, great-tasting food and cocktails. Every dish is prepared in-house from scratch to ensure quality taste. The heart of the restaurant beats to provide a relaxed atmosphere and sense of community, where people can come and enjoy exceptional food and drink.

 

Awesome Arts

 

4. Ignite the creative in you and experience the Dinah Cultural Arts Center’s current exhibit, Stephanie Kirkland: “Windswept: Abstract Landscapes”. This moving collection of acrylic paintings was inspired during a road trip out West, which included hiking through Glacier, Zion, and Grand Canyon national parks. This week’s gallery hours of 1:00 p.m.to 3:00 p.m. offers the last chance to witness this captivating creation firsthand. Trust us, you don’t want to miss it!

 

5. Kentuck Art Center offers a unique view into the minds of the endlessly talented local artists all around Tuscaloosa. From handmade, one-of-a-kind jewelry to kitchen pitchers, this gold mine is ideal for a one-stop-shop for holiday gifts. The Kentuck Gallery Shop offers an incredible shopping experience either online or in-person!

 

Scenic Views 

 

6. Fall foliage peak is on the horizon and one of the best places to take in the changing season is the Riverwalk. This first-rate paved trail sits along the southern bank of the Black Warrior River near downtown Tuscaloosa and is suited for both walkers and bikers. Along the 4.5-mile trail, there are a variety of (dog-friendly) park areas, benches, gazebos, and trees for hammocks and picnics. The pathway also provides a playground near the Public Library and a splash pad at the Bama Bell dock for the kids. For nighttime walkers, it is well-lit with street lamps along the way.

 

7. Get a taste of the (tamer) Tide. Take in the jaw-dropping beauty of UA’s campus in its most unique form: somewhat still and tranquil. Casually absorb the captivating architecture and elaborate landscaping that is so easy to take for granted during the football fan frenzy that accompanies one of the greatest dynasties in college football history. It offers another great place to enjoy the fall colors while viewing landmarks such as the President’s Mansion, Denny Chimes, Bryant-Denny Stadium, and historic Foster Auditorium – where Malone-Hood Plaza and the Autherine Lucy Clock Tower celebrate the spot where the University of Alabama was first integrated.

Interview with the One and Only: Courtney Poist – 2017 Nationals Cacchione Cup Qualifier

Favorite One and Only Restaurant: Chucks Fish

Favorite One and Only Attraction: Lake Tuscaloosa

The University of Alabama is home an incredible football team, but they aren’t the only students that are championship bound this year. Courtney Poist, a 21-year-old Tuscaloosa native is competing in the 2017 Nationals Cacchione Cup today and representing the University of Alabama Equestrian Team. Courtney first got her start in Equestrian 15 years ago. Jumping from softball to basketball to gymnastics among others, she seemed to find equestrian by accident. After riding a pony at one of her friend’s birthday parties she fell in love. Her mom then took her to a farm for her first lesson. She said that “Ironically my coach now, Ashley Morrison, was the first person that got me started in this sport. When I was only 6 years old, Ashley taught me my first lesson at her farm, Westminster. Ever since then, Ashley has been my trainer, mentor, and now collegiate coach.” It seems to be working just fine for her as now she’s on one of the biggest collegiate stages for her sport! When Courtney was growing up she was quite the athlete.

The University of Alabama’s Equestrian Team has 16 horses that the athletes train on during the season. These horses are donated, leased or owned by the university. Of course, Courtney has a favorite and his name is Big. A “15-year-old, 17.2 hand bay Hanoverian gelding that was actually donated by the Auburn University’s Equestrian program.” If she has the choice, he’s her go-to pick because of his extreme athleticism, smartness, and response that allows for performing the more technical movements. The facility the University leases is located on Culver Road right past Stillman College. The University’s program has nearly doubled in size in the past two years. An incredible 80 students tried out for 30 spots which has made the program very competitive to get into compared to previous years.

I asked Courtney about a day in the life of training and it was actually quite extensive! Each practice (which is 2-3 times a week) the riders are responsible for cleaning their horses and tacking them up for their ride. This entails grooming, splinting or wrapping the horse’s legs, and putting on all tack. Courtney said, “Since a horse is basically considered an athlete too, they require optimal care and preparation for practice to reduce the risk of injury.” After prep, the riders walk the horse to the ring where their coach, Ashley Morrison, will run them through strengthening exercises (riding without stirrups), balance exercises (riding without hands or without vision), and flat and jumping exercises. After an hour to an hour and a half, practice is over, but the work is not. After dismount, “we are responsible for cooling down our houses, un-tacking, bathing and putting them back out to pasture.” Courtney said that the entire process takes about two and a half hours from start to finish.

The most common statement she gets when people come to watch them ride is “All you do is sit on the horse and tell it to go.” But in reality, equestrian is a much more complex sport. Each rider must create a bond with the horse, have proper aids, balance, and strength to keep the horse going. In addition to this, the rider must make all of their moves look effortless. She then said, “So yes, if it looks like we aren’t doing anything, then we are doing it right!” To make it even harder, when riders compete they do not get to bring their own horses. At every meet, the teams are given a brief description of each horse and are allowed to watch them warm up before the competition. Once you mount the horse you draw, you must go immediately into the ring to compete!

With the motto “Attitude is everything”, Courtney will ride fearlessly into the National Cacchione Cup with her coach. Since her coach has been her trainer since day one, Courtney says “It’s safe to say that I am very close to my coach and couldn’t be happier to have her standing by my side at (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) Nationals.” It’s hard to believe that a University team is competing on the national level without much press, but hopefully, with the help of Tuscaloosa’s One and Only Courtney Poist, The University of Alabama’s Equestrian Team will soon have their day in the sun.

Graduation is around the corner and that means it’s about to be a topsy-turvy world in many ways! One important part of that “weekend of all weekends” is that the parents visit the kids in their college town! So, expect to see tons of proud and excited parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles here in our one and only Tuscaloosa, to celebrate the success of their Graduates!
There are some important rules when it comes to treating and feeding the family in this unique situation, and we decided to focus on the most important aspect: Taking them to dinner. Or more precisely: Them taking you to dinner! As a Tuscaloosa local, the choice of the restaurant should be yours and you should choose wisely because the parents will probably be paying! Here are our top 5 places to have a family dinner at graduation weekend in Tuscaloosa!

1. Dreamland Barbeque
Let’s begin with the perfect place to impress your family with some authentic southern food: Barbeque! It’s one of the easiest things to fall in love with when you move to Alabama, and will likely crave it after they leave! Dreamland is the local hero among the Barbeque places in Tuscaloosa. The southern chain understands the Alabama spirit like no other and is known for its delicious ribs that literally fall off the bone! Grab your parents, grandparents, siblings and anyone else that will visit you for graduation and take them out for a fun dinner with some delicious ribs and white bread along with their famous homemade Dreamland BBQ sauce!

2. Cypress Inn
Parents visit = parents pay, right? Take that chance and let them take you out for a sartorial graduation dinner at the fabulous Cypress Inn! Of course, it will be your parent’s pleasure, too, because the Cypress Inn is one of the most scenic and impressive restaurants in town: Located directly on the Black Warrior River it provides a lovely view from the elevated restaurant and even terrace to sit outside! After dining you might take a walk through the gardens or down the steps and enjoy the wooden boat dock. Or just have another drink at the terrace, celebrate and watch the boats on the river.

3. Chuck’s Fish
It might be old fashioned, but fish is still considered to be a dish for special occasions. And what occasion could be more special than your graduation! So, take your family to the heart of downtown Tuscaloosa and enjoy delicious specialties at Chuck’s Fish! Their Sushi Bar is one of the best in town, always fresh and with tailor-made creations exactly for your taste! Or sit downstairs in the main restaurant and enjoy classics as well as novel dishes with fresh fish, caught around the corner in Florida! The seafood creations are also definitely worth trying – who could say no to crab cakes, oysters, and fish tacos? Finally, end a perfect evening with your favorite cocktails from their fantastic bar!

4. Southern Ale House
If you want to give your family an authentic southern dining experience without focusing on Barbeque too much, the Southern Ale House is a great place to take them! In a warm and inviting atmosphere, it serves both classic and contemporary interpretations of Southern cuisine. Besides amazing burgers and birds, you should order their variety of homemade biscuits – the ultimate southern side! Another highlight is – as the name says – the selection of beer! Alongside local brews from Birmingham and Gadsden, American classics as well as international specialties like French and German beer, the Southern Ale House has got more than ten different ales! That makes assuredly one favorite beer for everyone in the family!

5. Evangeline’s
Last but not least, we can’t help but recommend Evangeline’s, another lovely casual upscale restaurant. Located right across the bridge on McFarland in Northport, it is also close to campus. A little hidden in the alleys of Tuscaloosa Galleria, you walk past a beautiful fountain and the scenic white buildings with striped awnings before entering the restaurant. The atmosphere inside is almost magical, the interior and decorations with hundreds of little lights are very unique. They serve various gourmet dishes that come in surprisingly big portions – so don’t hesitate to bring the always-hungry dads or brothers! On a warm night, you might return to the outside again and enjoy a glass of wine in the alley, covered by more lights and listening to the fountain.

Written By: Katharina Horvath – Intern

Because Easter is a favorite when it comes to family holidays, this Easter weekend in Tuscaloosa is packed with great things to do for the whole family!

Start your weekend tonight downtown at the Green Bar. For only $5 you can enjoy the Soul Mechanics, a unique funk band with an amazing sound that rocks stages all over the southeast! And don’t forget about Green Bar’s amazing drinks! With great cocktails and craft beer, there’s something for everyone here!

The weekend itself is packed with a ton of cultural highlights for young and old! Friday holds two amazing activities for history fans: “Remembering the Great War” is a panel including UA history professors speaking about different aspects of World War I, e.g. the American involvement in the conflict and many others. Free and open to the public, it starts at 4 pm at the 205 Gorgas Library. Or visit the History Workshop at 251 ten Hoor Hall at 3 pm and learn about works of graduate students including the Spanish-American War and others!

Kids love Easter and they will love this Friday’s event as well! Take them to Tuscaloosa Children’s Hands-On Museum and let them join the great Easter egg hunt! From 5 to 7 pm the little ones can search for over 1000 eggs, indoor and with provided bunny bags! The hunt begins at 6 pm sharp – don’t be late!

Saturday has a perfect early bird activity: The Farmer’s Market at the Rivermarket! Opening at 7 am, it provides fresh fruit, vegetables, grain and more! Accompanied by lovely live music you can stroll through the market, or grab some freshly brewed iced tea to cool off. Local food vendors like bakeries and others also offer a nice range of snacks. The Farmer’s market is the perfect place to kick off a relaxed Saturday or to buy the ingredients for your Easter meal!

Let down this fantastic weekend at a thrilling University of Alabama Women’s Tennis match! Watch the Crimson Tide fight this season’s last match against the Missouri Tigers this Sunday at 1 pm. Admission to Alabama Women’s Tennis is always free! So come out and support Seniors Erin Routliffe, Joanna Savva, and Danielle Spielmann in their final home action of the season! Roll Tide!

Also, check out our blog about the Top 5 Places to have Easter Brunch on Sunday!

Written By: Katharina Horvath – Intern

This weekend should be one for the books in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! On Thursday, head over to Coleman Coliseum to cheer on the Crimson Tide! Women’s Basketball will be battling it out with the Mercer Bears in the first round of the WNIT! With tickets for just five dollars, it’s certainly going to be a blast for a great value!

This Friday, rise and shine for some free Kegs N’ Eggs from Innisfree Irish Pub! The party doesn’t stop there as they will have music, traditional Irish dishes, and green beer all day and night! St. Patrick’s Day isn’t limited to just Innisfree either, from Rounders to Band of Brothers, there are celebrations all over town! Look up your favorite bar to see if they have any specials! Also on Friday, the Bama Belle is hosting a BBQ cruise! Hop aboard the classic paddleboat and enjoy drinks, music, and food as the Bama Belle cruises down the Black Warrior River!

Saturday is packed with great events! Wake up early and head to the Farmer’s Market at the Tuscaloosa River 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.

Follow up your veggie shopping with some chili tasting! Band of Brothers Brewing Co. for their 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off! The cook-off will start at 4 pm with live music shortly following at 7! Down the road, Druid City Brewing Co. has their own concert going on! Holy Youth will be performing Saturday night fresh off their live cassette release, You Did Hear.! Looking to take off with their latest album, Heavy Bored, releasing this spring, this will be a band you don’t want to miss out on!

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!

(without being a cliché)

Spring has sprung, and the blooming flowers and blossoming trees make for one of the best times to show your true love you’re ready to commit! Tuscaloosa is totally for lovers with its southern charms and beautiful scenery. There’s far more to this fair city than just the Denny Chimes proposal. Show your one and only that you’re creative, and try out some of these places to have a truly unique engagement.

Inside the Bama Theatre
There is something magical about the old atmospheric style theater that feels so otherworldly. With the twinkling star lights in the ceiling and the grand Spanish courtyard style décor, it’s a perfect place to surprise them. Whether you see a concert or an independent film, wait for the crowd to leave or get their early and ask the big question. Even better, the second-floor balcony has a great view of the whole interior and might be a more secluded spot.

The University of Alabama Arboretum
Farther west in the outskirts of town, you can find the University of Alabama Arboretum which has thousands of selected plant life, a desert greenhouse, and so much more. Take one of the trails through their collection, a wildflower garden, or just wonder around until you find the perfect place. With the trees blossoming and the warm weather, it’ll surely be a memorable time!

Battle-Friedman House and Gardens
Down on Greensboro Ave, the historic Battle House has one fantastic hidden gem on the property. While the mansion its self is beautiful inside and well worth taking a tour, the gardens are a great little escape. The grounds were designed to be a traditional English garden and the recent efforts of the Tuscaloosa Preservation Society, they have fully restored the gardens to their original style. The perfect spot is the small fountain behind the greenhouse with views of both the house, and the blooming garden.

Any of Tuscaloosa’s Beautiful Lakes
It’s hard to pick just one of the fantastic lakes around town, so picking any will have you on the right course. Lake Lurleen has a fantastic little sandy beach with the lake sprawling out around it, while Lake Nicol has incredibly scenic cliffs overlooking the waters. Even Lake Tuscaloosa has the breathtaking spillway that’ll make a beautiful background when you propose!

Any of the Local Breweries
Hear me out, While not the fanciest of places around town, it is also the least suspected while still being a great venue. From Black Warrior’s laid back atmosphere and game rooms, Band of Brothers‘ proximity to the more elegant Drish House, to Druid City’s iconic chalk murals, there’s a beauty in all three. Now be advised to consider who you’re asking, but to the right person, it could the most unexpected surprise they never thought they needed. Plus, it’s the easiest location for a fast transition to a celebration!
Written By: Deven Wilson – Intern

We have some incredible events going on around Tuscaloosa with great music, delicious food, and plenty of excitement! From 80s icons to foodie favorites, there’s something for everyone this spring to get outside and enjoy T-Town!

Food Truck Fest March 25th
The rapidly growing food truck scene in town has brought back last summer’s hit festival of foodie delights! Food Truck Fest at Band of Brothers will have local darling Local Roots, BBQ icon Archibald, and several others from both T-Town and B’Ham areas!

Dragon Boat Races April 1st
After filling up on some delectable eats April first brings Dragon Boat Races, no fooling! Teams of over 20 paddlers, a drummer, and a steerer will compete in this Hong Kong style water race on the Black Warrior.

First Annual Roots Fest April 1st
The Local Roots food truck has been a recent staple in the Tuscaloosa community! This year kicks off their first ever Roots Fest that will feature live music from Adam Hood, a whole smoked pig, local produce, and a great time!

Sassafras Beer Festival April 1st
Breweries from throughout Alabama will try to win your vote for the ‘Best of Alabama’ Sassafras Beer Festival Award. Head to Wilhagan’s to try them all and choose your favorite! With great music, unlimited* beer samples, and raffle prizes, this is sure to be a great event!

Druid City Arts Festival April 8th
Free and open to the public, local artists, live music, and even more food trucks will all come together at the plaza downtown to celebrate art. The art and artisans will showcase their talents while you can enjoy the beautiful outdoors of downtown, and sample great food from the growing scene around the plaza!

Death by Chocolate April 20th
On the 20th you’ll feel more bitter than sweet if you miss out on the Annual Death by Chocolate Tournament at the river market! Right after filling up on some sweet cocoa, your crimson sweet tooth will be pleased with A-Day following the day after!

A-Day April 21st
Come out and get some preseason autographs, hit up your favorite game day spots, and watch the two greatest teams in college football play each other as the crimson take on the white at Bryant-Denny!

USAT Triathlon April 21st
Come out and see these impressive athletes compete in the Collegiate Club National Championships in a rigorous triathlon through the Black Warrior. Starting at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, these ambitious men and women will swim through the Black Warrior, bike and run through the druid city towards winning the Championship!

Volkfest April 22nd
Willkommen to a little bit of Germany in the druid city at the second annual Volksfest on April 22nd! There will be live music, German-style food, and locally brewed German style beers to turn government plaza into our own Deutsche partei. After that, shake off the pretzel salt on the 29th with the Mayor’s Cup!

Mayor’s Cup April 29th
Run through downtown in either the 5k or 10k run to benefit the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative. It’s great healthy way to see a different side of the city and support a great local cause!

Def Leppard & Poison May 2nd
May means music in Tuscaloosa. Starting on the 2nd get ready for some 80s nostalgia with iconic bands Def Leopard and Poison hitting the stage the Tuscaloosa Amphitheatre.

Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds May 3rd
Then bring your favorite 90s kid on the 3rd for some Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds at the amphitheater. The duo has been performing acoustic sets as a side project since 1993!

It’s Gearing up to be a great weekend for events in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! Starting tonight, you can catch some great music around the city beginning with Farmer’s Daughter at Rhythm & Brews! Farmer’s Daughter brings your classic rock, 80’s, 90’s, country favorites, and current radio hits to their sets each night! Right down the road at Green Bar, Ferguson and the Copper Dogs will be taking the stage! Green Bar will also steal the show Friday as they put on a Looksy Special Five Year Anniversary Show featuring Della Ray and Hothead!

Saturday morning, you can grab your fresh produce at the Farmers Market at the Tuscaloosa River 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.

Later that day head over to the Children’s Hands-On Museum! CHOM is hosting Bead It! Where the children get to bead their own Mardi Gras necklace! All events for CHOM will be included in the admission price.

This weekend there are also One and Only grand openings! On University Boulevard, Animal Butter will be accepting customers for the first time this Friday. Right across from Government Plaza, the highly anticipated Monarch Espresso Bar will be opening their doors for the first time!

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!

This weekend is overflowing with events in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! Starting tonight, you can celebrate the Power of Pink at Art Night in support of breast cancer awareness and the University of Alabama’s Gymnastics team! Kentuck’s Gallery Shop will have the pink 2016 Festival T-shirts discounted–$10 for short sleeved, $15 for long sleeved. When you purchase anything from Kentuck’s Gallery Shop during Art Night, you can enter for a chance to win free tickets to the University of Alabama’s Gymnastics meet this Friday!

Art continues to dominate the weekend on Friday. On the “First Friday” of each month, you can catch gallery openings and receptions all across downtown Tuscaloosa! A notable exhibit would be at the Paul R. Jones Gallery. As Black History Month gets into full swing, the Paul R. Jones Gallery will be presenting “Freedom? Selections from the Paul R. Jones Collection”. The University of Alabama’s Black Faculty and Staff Association recently joined with Brooklyn-based curator Dalila Scruggs to create a new, long-term exhibition at the Paul R. Jones Gallery in downtown Tuscaloosa!

This Saturday, swing by the Children’s Hands-On Museum where they’re celebrating National Weatherman’s Day! The children are going to get to meet WBRC Meteorologist Wes Wyatt, see the Storm Tracker, and even get up close and personal with a miniature tornado! Afterward, head over to the Bama Theatre to check out the 5th Annual African Film Festival! With African dance, music, storytelling, and film, this is sure to be a #OneandOnly event!

As if this weekend could get any better, we get to end it with a Super Bowl! This Sunday, Band of Brothers is throwing a Super Bowl party to watch the Falcons take on the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. The beer will be flowing and the big screen will be out as we wrap up the NFL season with a bang!

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!

There’s so much going on in the One and Only Tuscaloosa! Tonight, the University of Alabama Women’s Basketball Team continues SEC play with their game against Kentucky! This game is only $5 and the first 150 fans get a free rally towel upon entry!

On Friday the 13th, the Children’s Hands-On Museum has a really exciting “Search for Superstitions” event planned! Also on Friday, the Black Jacket Symphony will be debating real live and fantasy as they bring Queen’s “A Night at the Opera” to life at the Bama Theatre!

The music will keep rolling through Saturday as Band of Brothers Brewing Company will have live music in house both the 13th and 14th this weekend. Both bands start at 7 pm and with The B2B Band and The Bonaires Band on their respective nights!

In participation with Treestuff.com, the UA Arboretum will be demonstrating some methods for tree climbing. There will be a restricted area where tree climbing professionals, like arborists, will be trying out various professional tree climbing equipment as well as an area for children and adults to try it out themselves!

This weekend is also the last weekend strap on your ice skates at Holidays on the River, as it will be ending on the 16th!

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!

There isn’t a city in the world like Tuscaloosa, especially on a game day. The city comes alive with a vibrating energy of excitement and passion for college football. Tuscaloosa goes from the fifth largest city in the state to the second largest when the concrete walls of Bryant-Denny are filled to the brim. From the iconic Quad in the center of the University to the beauty of Downtown, there is something for everyone to do on Game Day.

 

The University of Alabama Campus

The Quad

Whether the game kicks off at 11 am or 8 pm you can find people enjoying all these great city offers. The classic start to any game day is on the Quad. A mass of people and tents collide under the shade of the towering trees, or in the open field to the east of the Library with festivities. Tailgate tents can range from collegiate staples like a good grill and stable TV, to full on luxury with fine china illuminated by chandeliers. For those without an invitation to a tailgate, the east side of the quad offers an array of local food trucks lined up to serve you. The Quad is a world all of its and one you have to see to believe.

 

 

The Strip

Along University Blvd, past the old row of fraternity houses, is the landmark strip. It’s a section of incredible bars, restaurants, and shopping all waiting to delight you.

 

Gallettes

If there’s any place along the strip to make a trip to, its Gallettes. The epitome of a classic college bar, you can find patrons singing every word of “Sweet Home Alabama” with a gospel dedication. If you’re lucky enough to catch a rendition of “Dixieland Delight” you’ll be elated to find everyone around you not only sing the whole song with heart, but extra lyrics are known only by Alabama fans. At the bar, you’ll find the legendary Yellowhammer cocktail. Many try to recreate it, but you can never beat the original in its classic yellow and red cup.

 

Buffalo Phils

Since the 1980s, Buffalo Phils has been serving guests their delicious food and mysterious green concoction known as the Philibuster. Under the collegiate décor, you can find some of the best wings in town along with some all too tempting items like a chicken fried steak burger, hot dogs, and fries smothered in their wing sauce.

 

Little Italy

Is there anything more college than pizza? The savory treat that graces every party, late night and early morning of those great four years can be found in top form in Little Italy. Inspired by New York style pizza, you can grab just a simple slice or a whole pie depending on your appetite.

 

Holler and Dash

This foodie favorite has some of the best looking, and even better-tasting biscuits. From savory to sweet, these fluffy biscuit sandwiches come stuffed with wonderful fillings like fried chicken and goat cheese or strawberries and cream. They come out looking so picture perfect you’re sure to make your friends envious when they end up on your social media.

 

Downtown

Further towards the west from the university, and a short walk or uber ride away is a food heaven waiting for you. Downtown Tuscaloosa’s food scene is growing fast, and it’s time to reap the tasty rewards. There’re so many great options it gets difficult with every year to narrow it down to the best. So come hungry when you come downtown.

 

Five Bar

This One and Only has grown from Tuscaloosa to several cities across the southeast and it’s easy to see why. Their simple menu keeps it to five choices from appetizers to cocktails. The atmosphere inside is as photogenic as the food that comes out the kitchen.

 

301 Bistro & Beer Garden

Inside the former L&N Train Station, you’ll find a fusion of german and southern cuisine that you never knew you needed. The great hall of the old grand station is pleasantly lit by the original gasolier as you dine on Reuben spring rolls and bourbon glazed duck.

 

 

 

Avenue Pub

This list topping eatery has consistently been the go-to for some of the best food in Tuscaloosa. Known for their hole in the wall setting, great drinks, and incredible fusion dishes, it’s hard to go wrong with Avenue Pub. Fan favorites range from their Thai Nachos to the Bacon Burger that has been winning accolades since its debut.

 

Black Warrior Brewing

Tuscaloosa is far from dry when it comes to locally brewed craft beer. With three local breweries, it’s hard to choose, but Black Warrior Brewing along University Blvd keeps the tailgate going. Inside you’ll find their wide collection of brews, along with wine and even non-alcoholic house made root beer. Upstairs they offer the classics like darts, but also bring in the tailgate fun with cornhole and adult sized Jenga!

 

Hidden Gems

Not all of Tuscaloosa’s finest can be easily sought after. you can hunt down some ridiculously delightful places that are tucked away and waiting to surprise you. From along the riverbanks to the outskirts, even within the city center,  there’s something worth finding in the One and Only.

 

Nicks Original Filet House

(Nicks n the Sticks)

During gameday, you’ll hear seasoned fans talk about what almost sounds like a foodie fairy tale. A little red brick building surrounded by towering pines a little out west from the city that’s home to some of the best filets you’ll ever know. Nicks Original Filet House as the little sign will read, is a legend all on its own. It’s a short drive from downtown and tends to fill up quick, but the bacon wrapped filets, low prices, and the iconic cocktail they call the Nicodemus are beyond worth the drive.

 

River

Located along the riverbanks not far from the university, you can find what’s quickly becoming one of the best new places to eat in the city. River is a modern foodie heaven with breathtaking views of the Black Warrior and to die for dishes. They have taken the city by storm with their well-crafted cocktails to their refined southern inspired dishes. The Southern staple of shrimp n grits is presented like a refined delicacy with a bounty of flavor.

 

Epiphany Café

Downtown has become so overwhelmed with amazing offers, it’s easy to overlook some places. The chaos of the crowd and the paradox of choices can make it easy to walk right past this hole in the wall diamond. Ephipany café is farm to table with some worldly cuisine. You can find it tucked between Carpe Vino and The Grey Lady. Inside under its brick arches are small plates that pack a boisterous punch to them. You can always trust something you’ll like will be on the menu as it changes all the time.

 

Rama Jama’s

Hardly hidden, but easy to overlook, this Bama burger joint is right under the looming shadow of Bryant-Denny. You can find it thanks to its large neon name, and while the crowd before and even after the game can be intimidating, trust that what’s waiting inside is well worth any wait. Their burgers are that kind of simple that can never truly be beaten. Along with their fries and a classic American milkshake, you’ll wonder why you ever doubted waiting for this Bama Burger. Look for the National Champs BLT that features a slice of bacon for every Alabama Championship win. If you don’t know, that means a lot of bacon.

 

 

Getting Around Town

Game Day can mean big-time crowds, with big city style traffic. From the early hours before a game, to well after the 4th quarter it’s not easy to manage driving around town. Luckily this southern college down offers ways to beat the crowd and get around with ease.

 

Uber/Taxi Service

Tuscaloosa offers both the classic taxi service, alongside the app driver service of Uber. Both are great ways to get around thanks to their experience on Tuscaloosa roads, and their dedication to getting you around safely

 

Golf Cart App Services

Joy Ride

What is more fun and exciting than flying past traffic on a golf cart? Tuscaloosa has the quirky taxi service of golf carts driven to meet you and take you anywhere you need to go in their service area. Simply use their app and summon a driver like you would for any other app taxi service and be swept past the crowds on a golf cart.

 

Game Day Shuttles

The University of Alabama, alongside the City of Tuscaloosa, offer several different shuttle services to help ease the way back to your car, or simply head towards downtown and not have to walk.

 

Crimson Ride Shuttle

For those who parked around the eastern side of the campus, this free shuttle takes you from the quad to stops near the east campus RV lots, the soccer lots, and parking lots along 5th Avenue

 

Downtown Shuttle

Tuscaloosa Transit will take you from the stadium to the Downtown Intermodel Facility parking deck running 3hours before the game, and an hour after for $1 per trip.

 

University Mall Shuttle

With Free parking at the University Mall, you can ride to and from the stadium for $10 per person round trip.

The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band has been thrilling spectators for years! Starting way back in 1912 with just 14 members, it’s incredible to think that they have grown to 400 strong in just a short 104 years! Every time there’s a game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, they swarm the field from all four corners of the stadium before helping the crowd erupt in “Yay Alabama” as they march down the field. At halftime, they play everything from jazz to modern pop, and even bust out the dance moves in front of millions of fans each year!

Not only does the Million Dollar Band perform on Tuscaloosa Saturdays, but they often will travel with the football team across the country. Because of this, they have become known as the most televised college band in history! It’s easy to say that Saturdays wouldn’t be the same without the one and only Million Dollar Band. From songs like Basket Case to a rousing rendition Rammer Jammer, they are a #FallLoosa staple that you can expect to see or hear anytime you’re around campus on a game day weekend!