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Taste of Tuscaloosa: Summer Outdoor Dining Guide

It may be hot this season, but the long summer days have got us ready to enjoy dinner on the patio at Tuscaloosa’s most popular restaurants. Check out our recommendations to enjoy an al fresco breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Tuscaloosa style.


Hooligans Mediterranean Café

Known for gorgeous Mediterranean plates and hearty gyros since 1998, Hooligans is no stranger to satisfying Tuscaloosa’s hungriest diners. The shaded outdoor patio provides great space for accommodating large groups of people with built in benches and ceiling fans. Hooligans is located at 1915 University Boulevard in downtown Tuscaloosa.


Mellow Mushroom

Did someone say pizza and beer? Mellow Mushroom has got you covered. Unique pizza toppings on a flavorful crust paired with craft beer make Mellow Mushroom your next stop for dinner on the patio. Mellow Mushroom is located at 2230 University Boulevard in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Ruan Thai

Exotic Thai flavors without breaking the bank is Ruan Thai’s business. Daily curry specials and mouth-watering Thai delicacies are the perfect combo to the restaurant’s adorable outdoor seating. The warm family environment will have you coming back to Ruan Thai on a regular basis. Ruan Thai is located at 1407 University Boulevard.


Whether its brunch, lunch, or dinner, FIVE restaurant is always packed inside and out. Just a stone’s throw away from the Bama Theater, FIVE provides a patio atmosphere perfect for happy hour or a girls’ night out. The FIVE burger is a plus too. FIVE is located at 2324 6th Street in downtown Tuscaloosa.


Southern Ale House

Creamy collard dip, pimiento mac-n-cheese, massive burgers, and sweet potato tots are reason enough to stop by Southern Ale House. Dining on the outdoor patio will make you feel like you’re on vacation all summer long. Southern Ale House is located at 1530 McFarland Boulevard North.


Maki Fresh

If sushi or rice bowls are on your mind, your next stop should be Maki Fresh. Sunday sushi specials and other goodies like crispy Brussels sprouts will satisfy your taste buds while you sit under a string of lights and umbrellas in Maki Fresh’s outdoor patio area. Maki Fresh is located at 1530 McFarland Boulevard North.


Buffalo Phil’s

Wings, burgers, and your favorite beers await you at Buffalo Phil’s. As a hotspot on “The Strip,” diners will enjoy the hustle and bustle of campus and football game days under the sun. A pitcher of beer awaits you and your friends! Buffalo Phil’s is located at 1149 University Boulevard.


The Side by Side

Elegant and sophisticated, The Side by Side steps up the outdoor dining scene with rocking chairs, cushioned wicker furniture, and an outdoor fireplace for those cold nights during the fall and winter seasons. The fresh flavors of the lunch and dinner menu are the perfect complement to the outdoor dining accommodations. The Side by Side is located at 2410 University Boulevard.


Another Broken Egg Café

A tasty breakfast and lunch can be had at Another Broken Egg Café. With gorgeous views of the Black Warrior River, diners will enjoy the scenic area with a great cup of coffee. With a menu boasting lighter fare and options for those with dietary restrictions, Another Broken Egg is a great place to please everyone. Another Broken Egg Café is located at 1650 Jack Warner Parkway.


Cypress Inn

A Tuscaloosa classic, Cypress Inn prides itself on casual riverfront dining. Distinguished as one of the top 10 catfish restaurants in America by the Catfish Institute of America, diners can expect some of Tuscaloosa’s most delicious food while enjoying breathtaking views of the river. The Cypress Inn is located at 501 Rice Mine Road North.


Taco Mama

Delicious tacos, massive nachos, and tasty margaritas keep Tuscaloosa folks coming back to Taco Mama. Located in downtown Tuscaloosa, the well-known eatery provides ample dining space on the patio while also screening in the front of the restaurant for those who want to enjoy the outside breeze with the convenience of air-conditioning on hot summer days. Taco Mama is located at 2104 University Boulevard.


Billy’s Sports Grill

Greek seafood nachos, hand-cut filets, and Billy’s banana pudding make Billy’s Sports Grill a contender for your next lunch or dinner. The beautiful outdoor patio located in historic downtown Northport provides the perfect place to relax and catch up with old friends. Billy’s Sports Grill is located at 430 Main Avenue Northport.


Sheena Gregg is a registered dietitian and local “Filipino Foodie.” Follow her adventures at www.afilipinofoodie.com.

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa

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