What is something that people love to do? Everyone loves to eat, and when you’re in a town full of college students, eating is the root of everything you do. Tuscaloosa has a wide spread of amazing and different cuisines, like Barbeque, Italian, Asian, Hawaiian, and plenty of places to get burgers and wings.

Local Gems

Enjoy some of the best restaurants in town that were born and raised in Tuscaloosa.

Archibald’s & Woodrow’s BBQ

Low-key stop for many locals, located on Greensboro Ave. in a rustic building, and perfect stop for classic and original BBQ. Opens daily at 10 a.m. The Editors recommend the Pulled Pork Sandwich, catfish, Baked Beans and definitely try their special barbeque sauce.

Location: 4215 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

Baumhower’s Victory Grille

Lively sports bar & grill named after former football star, Bob Baumhower.

Location: 4251 Courtney Dr., Tuscaloosa, AL 35405

Buffalo Phil’s

Located on the strip, this old timer has been a favorite of many students from many different generations. Open from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Try the famous Buffalo Chicken Dip.

Location: 1149 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401


Dreamland now has over 10 locations in the Southeast, but started right here in Tuscaloosa in 1958. Try the “Big Daddy” pork sandwich and Banana Pudding for dessert!

Locations: 5535 15th Ave E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35405 and 101 Bridge Ave., Northport, AL 35476

Heritage House Coffee

Heritage House is the perfect location to grab a quick bite, or to study hours on end.  Try the Heritage House Special Blend, along with one of their blueberry scones.

Locations: 700 Towncenter Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 and 2370 Jack Warner Pkwy., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404 and 2614 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa AL 35404

Monarch Espresso Bar

If you’re looking for a modern feeling coffee shop, that isn’t overloaded by college students Monarch is the perfect place to go. You can’t go wrong with any of their desserts, they are all so good! Try their iced rose tea, or the “Zegel” specialty latte.

Location: 714 22nd Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Mr. Chen’s Chinese

Mr. Chen’s is an authentic family ran Chinese restaurant, that takes a modern turn on classic Chinese dinners. It also has an oriental market right as you walk in, making it easier to try and make some of these meals at home.You must try the fried rice or the Pan-Fried Dumpling!

Location: 514 14th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

T-Town Cafe

This café serves great southern cooking, and comfort food to the locals of Tuscaloosa. The S.S. French Toast, is a twist on the classic breakfast sandwich.

Location: 500 14th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Wright’s Cafe

Homestyle southern cooking for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, when you just are craving a home cooked meal. The turkey club is the perfect sandwich to fill you up!

Location: 3750 University Blvd E, Tuscaloosa, A

Editorial Board’s Picks

Our editors have carefully selected their favorite restaurants, along with their favorite things to get at these grub hubs.

Buffalo Phil’s

“My go-to place is B-Phil, because everything they have is good! I get the Buffalo Chicken Dip every time, but I also highly recommend their Grown Up Grilled Cheese, and fried Mac n’ Cheese bites.” – Angelica

Milo’s Hamburgers

“I love Milos. I’ve never had a better fast food burger!” – Bailey

City Cafe

“I’m love with City Café in Northport. It’s the cutest old-fashioned café with great southern cooking. I always get their Mac’ N’ Cheese and Mashed Potatoes.” – Brooke


“This is probably going to sound crazy, but I never had Checkers until I came to Tuscaloosa. It’s amazing and very cheap! I love the Spicy Chicken Sandwich (without mayo) and their fries!” – Khyla

T-Town Cafe

“My favorite restaurant is T-Town Café. They have amazing, southern food and have a huge menu. Try their breakfast!” – Rachel

Close to Campus

If you don’t have a car, and don’t feel like paying that extra charge for food deliveries, here is a list of restaurants on the Strip that are less than 15 minutes walking distance from the Ferguson Student Center.

Bento Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Buffalo Phil’s
Chipotle Mexican Grill
El Rincon Latino Bar & Grill
Firehouse Subs
Holler and Dash Biscuit House
Hungry Howie’s
Jimmy John’s
Little Italy Pizzeria
Moe’s Southwest Grill
The Pita Pit
Ruan Thai
Quick Grill
Smoothie King
Steamers on the Strip
Surin of Thailand
Swen Chinese Restaurant
Waffle House

Side Note

Don’t feel like walking or driving? Crimson 2 Go offers delivery right to your residence hall or apartment! Just go to crimson2go.com, pick the restaurant, and order from the comfort of your own bed! Restaurants include such favorites as Moe’s, Mellow Mushroom, Swen, and Hooligans!