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I would bet good money on the statement that it’s impossible not to find something delicious to eat in Tuscaloosa. We’ve got our classic restaurants that have stood the test of time in town, but we’ve also got quite a few new kids on the block. As a dietitian, I’m a firm believer in eating not only for our health, but also for some downright pleasure. We’ve got some delightful food in Tuscaloosa, and I’m excited to share a few of my favorite dishes around town. 

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.

By Sheena Gregg


Area residents in the mood for a unique snack like Sriracha popcorn or a nostalgic candy favorite like Razzles or Turkish taffy now have a place to satisfy those cravings at a place called, appropriately enough, “Cravings.” New York native Dan Robinson has enhanced downtown Tuscaloosa with a store to meet the needs of any food lover. Robinson is no stranger to providing unique, delectable treats to a community, having previously owned The Candy Bar, a specialty grocery in New Orleans’ French Quarter.

By Sheena Gregg


The news that James Beard Award winner and Iron Chef competitor Chris Hastings has a restaurant in Tuscaloosa is a dream come true for this enthusiastic foodie. Located in the new Embassy Suites Hotel in downtown Tuscaloosa, The Side by Side Restaurant achieves its primary goal of bringing out the gourmand in every visitor, enticing customers to not only enjoy eating, but to savor the entire food and restaurant experience.

By Sheena Gregg

“Have you been to The Simple Peasant?” is a question I’ve been hearing often over the past two months. It’s likely a question you’ve heard yourself. If your answer is “no,” I promise that you should get in your car and change your answer immediately. Though the restaurant boasts “uncomplicated cuisine,” it is clear to those lucky enough to have eaten at The Simple Peasant that uncomplicated means delicious.

As a joint venture for well-known Birmingham restauranteur Kevin Joyce and Shelton State’s own culinary genius Blake Miles, The Simple Peasant produces high quality culinary creations in an atmosphere of family-friendly comfort. “I’d like to think of this business as delivering fine dining on a paper plate,” Joyce said. “We’re not here to sacrifice flavor, but instead, we want people to feel comfortable and have amazing food.”

Amazing food it is, indeed.

FIVE’s brunch offers area diners a fresh, hip Sunday dining experience in downtown Tuscaloosa.

By Sheena Gregg

According to Webster’s Dictionary, brunch is defined as a meal that combines breakfast and lunch that is usually eaten in late morning. However, at FIVE Bar and Restaurant in Tuscaloosa, brunch is a Sunday experience that brings together old friends, good music, and great food and drinks. With a high reputation among foodies in Tuscaloosa, FIVE Bar and Restaurant has been no stranger to providing T-town folks with a memorable dining experience. Known for their signature dinner entrees and coffee/juice bar, FIVE has now expanded to providing a Jazz Brunch for all to enjoy.

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