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The Best of Ttown (Tuscaloosa)

mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,778 Forum Champion
Thought we should make a list of where the best things are. They don't have to be food items, they can be anything.

And there can be more than one source.

And you can list an entree or entrees from a particular restaurant.


Best burgers: Mugshots...amazing buns (many burgers are very good, but the peanut burger is surprisingly good as well!). 5 Guys

Best BBQ: We love Full Moon and Hoo's Q BBQ.

Best Pizza: Broadway Pizza (the Manhattan is very good!), Hungry Howies, Mellow Mushroom, Bob's Victory Grill

Best Steaks

Best Seafood

Best Wings: Zaxby's, Checkers! ( a surprise!!)

Best French Fries: 5 Guys and McDonalds

Best chicken tenders: Cheddars and Chick Fil A

Best place for Bama Gear: Alumni Hall, JC Penneys

Cheap but good margaritas: Cheddars (the sangria margarita!!), El Rincon's happy hour....many flavors!

Best hotels:

Best Dry Cleaners:

Best nail salon:

Best men's haircuts:

Best women's haircuts:


Copy/paste the above....AND ADD YOUR OWN so that each new post is the new master list!



Replies to: The Best of Ttown (Tuscaloosa)

  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,778 Forum Champion
    edited August 2014


    Best burgers: Mugshots...amazing buns (many burgers are very good, but the peanut burger is surprisingly good as well!). 5 Guys, Rama Jama

    Best BBQ: We love Full Moon and Hoo's Q BBQ.

    Best Pizza: Broadway Pizza (the Manhattan is very good!), Hungry Howies, Mellow Mushroom, Bob's Victory Grill

    Best Steaks

    Best Seafood

    Best Italian:

    Best Mexican:

    Best Chinese: Mr Chen's, Lai Lai (the mongolian beef and mongolian chix is fab!), Swen is pretty good.

    Best Japanese: Bento Japanese ( the Bento Chicken is very good, the sushi is very good, too)

    Best Breakfast: Rama Jama, Another Broken Egg Cafe (but their hash browns need improving!).

    Best Eggs Benedict: Another Broken Egg Cafe

    Best Asian/Chinese store: Mr Chens,

    Best Wings: Zaxby's, Checkers! ( a surprise!!)

    Best French Fries: 5 Guys and McDonalds

    Best chicken tenders: Cheddars and Chick Fil A

    Best place for Bama Gear: Alumni Hall, JC Penneys

    Cheap but good margaritas: Cheddars (the sangria margarita!!), El Rincon's happy hour....many flavors!

    Best hotels:

    Best Dry Cleaners:

    Best nail salon:

    Best men's haircuts:

    Best women's haircuts:

    Best Florist:

    Best Bakery:

    Best place to look for condo short-term rentals (for visits): VRBO.com Tuscaloosa



  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,778 Forum Champion
    edited August 2014
    Best burgers: Mugshots...amazing buns (many burgers are very good, but the peanut burger is surprisingly good as well!). 5 Guys, Rama Jama

    Best BBQ: We love Full Moon and Hoo's Q BBQ.

    Best Pizza: Broadway Pizza (the Manhattan is very good!), Hungry Howies, Mellow Mushroom, Bob's Victory Grill

    Best Steaks

    Best Seafood

    Best Italian: DePalma's (don't know any other Italian restaurants here....strange!)

    Best Mexican: Los Tarascos, Pepitos, El Rincon

    Best Chinese: Mr Chen's, Lai Lai (the mongolian beef and mongolian chix is fab!), Swen is pretty good.

    Best Japanese: Bento Japanese ( the Bento Chicken is very good, the sushi is very good, too)

    Best Breakfast: Rama Jama, Another Broken Egg Cafe (but their hash browns need improving!).

    Best Eggs Benedict: Another Broken Egg Cafe

    Best Asian/Chinese store: Mr Chen's,

    Best Wings: Zaxby's, Checkers! ( a surprise!!)

    Best French Fries: 5 Guys and McDonalds

    Best chicken tenders: Cheddars and Chick Fil A

    Best place for Bama Gear: Alumni Hall, JC Penneys

    Cheap but good margaritas: Cheddars (the sangria margarita!!), El Rincon's happy hour....many flavors!

    Best Dry Cleaners:

    Best nail salon:

    Best men's haircuts:

    Best women's haircuts:

    Best Florist:

    Best Bakery:

    Best place to look for condo short-term rentals (for visits): VRBO.com Tuscaloosa

    Best hotels:


    ALSO.....places that are open 24 hours....or have very late hours

    Open 24 hours:

    Walmart
    McDonalds on 15th St.
    IHOP on Skyland
    McDonalds on corner of McFarland and Lurleen Wallace - Northport
    CVS on corner of McFarland and 15th St.

    Very late hours:
    Taco Bell on 15th St

    ===============

    Also....doctors available 7 days a week

    http://www.medcenterurgentcare.com

    two locations
    Med Center North
    Monday - Saturday:
    9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    Sunday:
    1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

    Closed:
    Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day

    and Med Center South (by Lowes) * NOTE the longer Saturday and Sunday hours!
    has the best hours
    Monday - Saturday:
    9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

    Sunday:
    1 p.m. - 10 p.m.

    Closed:
    Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,778 Forum Champion
    Best burgers: Mugshots...amazing buns (many burgers are very good, but the peanut burger is surprisingly good as well!). 5 Guys, Rama Jama

    Best BBQ: We love Full Moon and Hoo's Q BBQ.

    Best Pizza: Broadway Pizza (the Manhattan is very good!), Hungry Howies, Mellow Mushroom, Bob's Victory Grill

    Best Steaks

    Best Seafood: Chuck's Fish (but is pricey)

    Best Italian: DePalma's (don't know any other Italian restaurants here....strange!)

    Best Mexican: Los Tarascos, Pepitos, El Rincon

    Best Chinese: Mr Chen's, Lai Lai (the mongolian beef and mongolian chix is fab!), Swen is pretty good.

    Best Japanese: Bento Japanese ( the Bento Chicken is very good, the sushi is very good, too)

    Best Breakfast: Rama Jama, Another Broken Egg Cafe (but their hash browns need improving!).

    Best Eggs Benedict: Another Broken Egg Cafe

    Best Asian/Chinese store: Mr Chen's,

    Best Wings: Zaxby's, Checkers! ( a surprise!!)

    Best French Fries: 5 Guys and McDonalds

    Best chicken tenders: Cheddars and Chick Fil A

    Best place for Bama Gear: Alumni Hall, JC Penneys

    Cheap but good margaritas: Cheddars (the sangria margarita!!), El Rincon's happy hour....many flavors!

    Best Dry Cleaners:

    Best nail salon:

    Best men's haircuts:

    Best women's haircuts:

    Best Florist:

    Best Bakery:

    Best place to look for condo short-term rentals (for visits): VRBO.com Tuscaloosa

    Best hotels:


    ALSO.....places that are open 24 hours....or have very late hours

    Open 24 hours:

    Walmart
    McDonalds on 15th St.
    IHOP on Skyland
    McDonalds on corner of McFarland and Lurleen Wallace - Northport
    CVS on corner of McFarland and 15th St.

    Very late hours:
    Taco Bell on 15th St

    ===============

    Also....doctors available 7 days a week

    http://www.medcenterurgentcare.com

    two locations
    Med Center North
    Monday - Saturday:
    9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    Sunday:
    1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

    Closed:
    Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day

    and Med Center South (by Lowes) * NOTE the longer Saturday and Sunday hours!
    has the best hours
    Monday - Saturday:
    9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

    Sunday:
    1 p.m. - 10 p.m.

    Closed:
    Easter Sunday, 4th of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Years Day
  • SouthlanderSouthlander Registered User Posts: 1,037 Senior Member
    edited August 2014
    BBQ Ribs: Dreamland, either Northport or the original on Jug Factory Road. We like Northport because its big and bright and you can take big group. And the banana pudding - OMG!!!
    BBQ: Archibald's is an ancient institution. Looks like a dump. You have to get it to go, or eat at a picnic table there - no inside seating (maybe the 3- or 4-stool counter is still there).

    Italian: there is an Olive Garden, if that's you're thing.

    Meat 'n 3: City Cafe in Northport. Lunch only, Monday through Friday.

    TexMex: No TexMex available east of the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. There is a Chuy's in Birmingham. Never been there.
  • feenotypefeenotype Registered User Posts: 2,311 Senior Member
    Best burgers and fries: a tie between The Oasis in Cottondale (http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-oasis-cottondale/) and Hooligan's on University Blvd downtown (http://www.yelp.com/biz/hooligans-american-and-mediterranean-restaurant-tuscaloosa-3/)

    Best BBQ: The Pottery Grill in Cottondale (http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-pottery-grill-cottondale/) or Northport (http://www.yelp.com/biz/pottery-grill-the-northport/) Runner up: Archibald and Woodrow's (http://www.yelp.com/biz/archibald-and-woodrows-barbeque-tuscaloosa/) Chain alternative: Jim 'N Nick's

    Best Pizza: a tie between Little Italy (http://www.yelp.com/biz/little-italy-tuscaloosa/) or Tut's (http://www.yelp.com/biz/tuts-place-tuscaloosa/)

    Best Steaks: Nick's in the Sticks! (http://www.yelp.com/biz/nicks-original-filet-house-tuscaloosa/)

    Best Fine Dining: a tie between Kozy's (http://www.yelp.com/biz/kozys-fine-dining-tuscaloosa/) or Evangeline's (http://www.yelp.com/biz/evangelines-tuscaloosa/)

    Best Farm-to-Table: a tie between Epiphany Cafe (http://www.yelp.com/biz/epiphany-cafe-tuscaloosa/) or Evangeline's

    Best Seafood: Chuck's Fish (http://www.yelp.com/biz/chucks-fish-tuscaloosa/) for sushi and non-fried seafood or Shrimp Basket (http://www.yelp.com/biz/shrimp-basket-tuscaloosa/) for fried seafood

    Best Wings: Baumhower's (http://www.yelp.com/biz/baumhowers-tuscaloosa/) Chain alternative: Buffalo Wild Wings

    Best Chinese: Swen in Tuscaloosa (http://www.yelp.com/biz/swen-chinese-restaurant-llc-tuscaloosa/) or Northport (http://www.yelp.com/biz/swen-chinese-restaurant-northport)

    Best Japanese: Ichiban (http://www.yelp.com/biz/ichiban-japanese-grill-tuscaloosa/)

    Best Thai: Ruan Thai (http://www.yelp.com/map/ruan-thai-tuscaloosa/)

    Best Breakfast: Waysider (http://www.yelp.com/biz/waysider-restaurant-tuscaloosa/)
  • jrcsmomjrcsmom Registered User Posts: 948 Member
    edited August 2014
    Best Seafood: I'm a fan of Wintzell's - it's chain, but far better than any chains we have in the landlocked midwest. I was disappointed their old location on the river closed. I saw they were supposed to be open in a new location this summer, but now their website says winter.

    Best Pizza: I'll give a second vote to Mellow Mushroom - son ordered some pizzas with some very atypical ingredients that I definitely wouldn't have chosen, but they were surprisingly good

    Best Chinese: We always stop at Swen when I'm in town - you get a lot of food for your money so it's great for student budgets

    Best Mexican - not in Alabama! :)
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,778 Forum Champion
    jrcsmom While I agree that the best Mexican food may not be in Alabama, Los Tarascos and Pepitos do a good job.

    I think the best Mexican food in the US is in Riverside Calif.
  • BLUEJAY1518BLUEJAY1518 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    We are headed to Tuscaloosa on September 7th and plan to be there early enough to watch the Saints vs Falcons game at noon. We are looking for a place with plenty of televisions to watch the game. Any recommendations?
  • feenotypefeenotype Registered User Posts: 2,311 Senior Member
    ^^ Buffalo Wild Wings
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,778 Forum Champion
    Bob's Victory Grill
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,778 Forum Champion
    There is a Pottery Grill that is closer than Cottondale. You take Lurleen Wallace over the river and it is next to CVS (cross streets Lurleen Wallace and McFarland....in Northport).
  • BLUEJAY1518BLUEJAY1518 Registered User Posts: 40 Junior Member
    Thank you both.
  • robotbldmomrobotbldmom Registered User Posts: 2,697 Senior Member
    edited August 2014
    I was going to copy and paste this information into the list but it now seems as if there are several lists. I will put my information here and leave that fun job to others better at that than I. :)

    Best Chinese Food and Asian Grocery:
    http://www.mrchenstuscaloosa.com/
    I highly recommend all the soups and the shrimp in black bean sauce dish. They also have many types of Bubble Tea, not to mention the many asian staples in their grocery section.

    Best German Bakery:
    http://edelweisstuscaloosa.wix.com/edelweiss
    This is both a coffee shop and a bakery. Try some yummy baked goods and their light food options. You can also purchase imported German food products here.
    I have ordered Birthday Cakes which are both delicious and made to order. You will have to pick up, they do not deliver. Note: cakes and pastries are not as sweet as their American counterparts.

    Best BBQ: For my money it is Full Moon:
    http://www.fullmoonbbq.com/full-moon-menu.php?menu=location-tuscaloosa

    Best Bike Shop: Velocity:
    http://velocityprocycle.com/
    Great service!!

    Best Museum: The Alabama Museum of Natural History:
    http://amnh.ua.edu/
    This museum is on campus.

    Best Breakfast or Meat and Three:
    City Cafe, 408 Main Ave., Northport, AL 35476. 205-758-9171 Operation Schedule: Mon.-Fri., 4 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
    Great if you are an "Early Bird", try the biscuits which are terrific, or the pancakes...both are light and fluffy.

    Best Pizza: DePalma's
    http://www.depalmasdowntown.com/
    Get takeout pizza here, closest to New York style pizza near campus, The large is 18 inches and a full eight slices.

    Broadway Pizzzeria: wood fired oven New York style.
    Broadway Pizzeria
    2880 Rice Mine Rd NE
    Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
    (205) 391-6969
    You will need a car to get there.

    Lowest Gas Prices: Sam's Club
    I have found the gas prices to be consistently lower here, but you do need a membership.

    Cleanest/Largest Super Target:
    1901 13th Ave E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    (205) 462-1064
    I was here a few days before the start of the semester. This Target was fully stocked and immaculate.

    Best Dry Cleaners: Penny Profit
    508 15th St, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    (205) 752-0510
    Note: Must pay at drop off

    Best Indian Restaurant: Sitar
    http://www.sitartuscaloosa.com/
    Highly recommend the bread and the Chai Tea
  • SpaceCoastMomSpaceCoastMom Registered User Posts: 383 Member
    While not traditional Mexican, I will put in a plug for Taco Mamas, new near downtown on University. Excellent chips and salsa, and very inventive tacos/burritoes with many available options for toppings and additions. Very reasonably priced.
  • mom2collegekidsmom2collegekids Forum Champion Financial Aid, Forum Champion Alabama Posts: 83,778 Forum Champion
    edited August 2014
    ^^
    Thanks for the Taco Mama mention. Went there yesterday to pick up nachos for the game. Really a good bargain. You choose your meat, and all the topping choices are free...including guacamole and queso. I got two which was plenty....truly a dinner in itself.

    http://tacomamaonline.com/TacoMamaMenu-Tuscaloosa.pdf

    However, parking is limited so either park across the street (to the right of the restaurant), on the street, or snag a very limited space in front.

    The restaurant is located almost across the street from the new Fed building....a great spot for business.
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