For the Foodies
The most important meal of the day plus a build your own Bloody Mary sounds like the perfect way to start your Valentine’s Day festivities! Brick & Spoon offers a uniquely southern approach to your traditional boozy brunch meals.
Pasta for the Soul
Looking for a meal that will make your heart and stomach happy? Depalma’s Italian Cafe gets it right every time! They offer a huge menu featuring food and drink specialties that will excite even the pickiest eaters. Better get there early! Depalma’s operates on a first come first serve basis.
Wine It Down
Need a little pick me up after dinner? Head over to The Wine Market for an impressive list of international wines and cheese plates. Not into wine? The Wine Market offers a variety of craft beers that will make everyone glad!
We Found Love in a Hopeless Place
The lights are low. You’re getting all comfy cozy with your partner when a fat stack of waffles is set down in front of you. Could this be a dream? No, you’re at Waffle House! What better way to end a long Valentine’s Day with a hot stack of your favorite waffles! Check out which location works best for you, here.
For the Adventurers
Take a Hike
Lake Nicol is home to several miles of trails that line the banks and cliffs of the lake. Strap on your good shoes and enjoy your partner’s company while basking in the scenery of Lake Nicol!
Grab your favorite finger foods and head to the River Walk for an ultra-romantic picnic! Worried about finding the right spot to plant your blanket? The River Walk has many flat areas that are perfect for you to relax and enjoy the banks of the Black Warrior River!
Bowling with Bae
Looking for excitement indoors? Bowlero has reinvented the old traditional bowling experience. The neon lights and music will surely make up for the fact that you have to wear bowling shoes! Go ahead and snag your lane while you can!
Swag Tuscaloosa offers a unique t-shirt printing experience that is bound to make your Valentine’s Day one to recall forever! I mean come on, who doesn’t want a t-shirt to remember a great day!
For the Singles
Grab your favorite bottle of wine at Craving’s Specialty Grocery. From reds to rosé, Craving’s has a variety that will fit any connoisseur’s tastebuds.
Nothing screams “treat yourself” as a good face mask. But what about a face mask AND an amazing bottle of wine from Cravings? Now you’re really talking my kinda talk!
Fall in love all over again with Peterbrooke and its vast array of fine chocolates. Head over to their store to snag yourself a delicious gift that you won’t have to share with anyone but yourself! But really, who wants to share chocolate anyways?
Netflix and Chill
To wind up your night, what could be more perfect than a good movie? Grab your wine and chocolates and get comfy while watching some of the hottest new flicks out to date. Want something seriously romantic? Try A Walk to Remember. Looking for something along the lines of a Rom-Com? Someone Great has been receiving rave reviews!
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.
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!
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
With some cross over on offers like crimson to go, Waitr also covers local and chains.