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The Best Breakfast Bites In Tuscaloosa

Don't skip the most important meal of the day. Here's where you can find the best breakfast in Tuscaloosa.

Are you new in Tuscaloosa? Or maybe you've been living in the house you bought from Tuscaloosa homes for sale a while back, but you haven't really had a chance to get around. Our real estate agents are fond of suggesting that a great way to get to know Tuscaloosa is by visiting various breakfast haunts. Whether it's just you and the significant other, the entire family, or you're going solo, you need to try all of these — and more. Company coming? Treating them to breakfast is a fabulous way to introduce your visitors to your town.

Let's have a look at some of our favorite breakfast venues.

  1. The Historic Waysider, 1512 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa
    Fans unabashedly proclaim the Historic Waysider Restaurant as having the best breakfast you can find, far and wide. We're not disagreeing. Some of the breakfast items you have to sample: Cheese Grits; short stack of Homemade Hot Cakes; Steak with Two Eggs; Biscuits with Red-Eye Gravy (and biscuits are oh-so-fluffy!). Breakfast is served Tuesday through Friday from 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday from 6:30 a.m.-noon, and Sunday from 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday.

  2. TTown Cafe. 500 14th St., Tuscaloosa
    Looking for something substantial for the right price? That would be TTown Cafe. Breakfast revs up with two or three Eggs, Breakfast Meat, and Toast, Hotcakes, Biscuit and Gravy, French toast, or Bagel. There's also your choice of Omelette, with meat (try hickory-smoked Conecuh — an Alabama speciality), or vegetarian, dressed up with jalapenos, bell pepper, tomatoes, and what have you; Biscuits, solo or with cheese, meat, or egg; and Sweet and Savory French Toast. There's also a nice selection of Burritos.

  3. Heritage House Coffee700 Towncenter Blvd., Tuscaloosa
    For some, breakfast is coffee and a pastry or a bagel. For these, there's Heritage House Coffee. Established in 1993, Heritage House was Tuscaloosa's first coffee house. It's grown considerably, with 40 coffees from all over the world, a variety of teas, and fresh baked goods. You can also order cafe lunches and full-service dinner. Order any of the traditional coffee house coffee drinks, hot or cold. Want something different? Get the day going with the HH Special, with caramel sauce, chocolate, white chocolate, steamed milk, and rich drip coffee.

  4. Rama Jama's. 1000 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa
    This is the restaurant for University of Alabama fans — and breakfast is a great excuse to come in and see what the Crimson Tide is all about if you have out-of-town company. Check out the sports memorabilia while you enjoy what some say is the best breakfast in Tuscaloosa. Rama Jama's Menu is basic: eggs how you like them, plus choice of meats, hash browns, pancakes, biscuits, and toast.

  5. Wright's Restaurant, 3750 University Blvd. E, Tuscaloosa
    If you love breakfast in an old-time cafe, Wright's Restaurant is right up your alley. Wright's has been open forever, serving breakfast starting at 5 a.m. for you early risers.  It's pretty basic: bologna, Red Hots, Bacon, or Ham, Sausage or Steak if you prefer; Eggs however you want them; Pancakes; French Toast; Omelette Platters; Biscuit Sandwiches; and Biscuits and Gravy. And while your folks are in town, you may as well bring 'em back for lunch: starting with a Bologna Sandwich or BLT, and working your way down the menu to the hefty selection of fabulous homemade pies.

Breakfast is waiting for you in Tuscaloosa, so get going. Questions about buying or selling a home? Contact us today.


5 Tuscaloosa Features That Make The City Special

Tuscaloosa is special to residents for so many different reasons. Here are just 5 things we love about the community.

Tuscaloosa homeowners know that they've moved to a special place: a friendly city with plenty of Southern charm, good schools, nice neighborhoods with affordable homes, and plenty to enrich the lives of the residents. So if you're looking into Tuscaloosa homes for sale but you're wondering just what makes Tuscaloosa so special, we can answer that question right now.

Here are just a few of the things our real estate agents find that stand out about Tuscaloosa.

  1. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. 2710 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa
    You can't beat music under the stars at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. The calendar really revs up in the spring when the weather warms, with Hank Williams Jr. and the Old Crow Medicine Show on May 12. Owned by the City of Tuscaloosa, the amphitheater holds 7,470 patrons. It sits on 15 acres by the scenic Black Warrior River. It's easy driving distance from the University of Alabama campus and a few blocks from downtown. The amphitheater is also the site of the annual Celebration on the River, the city's free July 4th celebration.

  2. Tuscaloosa Riverwalk. 2710 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa
    Do you love getting out for a walk where you can commune with nature, but also you're close inside the city limits so you don't have to drive far? We've got just the place with the 4.5-mile Riverwalk, which runs beside the scenic Black Warrior River. This dog-friendly walk has beaches, gazebos, and lots of shade for picnics and for cooling off. There's also a Visit the playground near the Tuscaloosa Public Library, or the splash pad at the Bama Bell dock for the kids. Start at the Amphitheater loop (lots of parking at this end). Also, the path is well-lighted, so if you want to walk in the evening, be our guest.

  3. Tuscaloosa River Market. 1900 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa
    These days, cities big and small are hosting farmers' markets, giving the local community an opportunity to purchase homegrown produce, and in Tuscaloosa, the venue is the Tuscaloosa River Market. You can sample the best in what your neighbors are growing, or how about locally produced arts and crafts, as well as entertainment? The Farmers' Market is tons of fun, so you won't miss out on homegrown food when you move to Tuscalosa. What's more, the River Market is for rent for special events such as weddings, banquets, sporting events, and others.

  4. Bama Theater. 600 Greensboro Ave. 
    Who doesn't love going to a live theater event? And no place is quite so special in our town as the Bama Theater.  This historic theater, currently being lovingly restored to its 1930s glory, is home to varied events, including plays, indie movies, beauty pageants, choral events, dance exhibitions, and more. The interior of the building evokes the Italian Renaissance, with distinctive Public Works Administration murals, faux balconies, terra cotta tiles, cherub plaques, and a small alabaster fountain.

  5. The University of Alabama. Wallace Boulevard. Turn right at University Boulevard and travel east through downtown Tuscaloosa to the UA campus
    Tuscaloosa is a fabled college town with The University of Alabama residents and all that implies. From fabulous sporting events (go, Crimson Tide!) to college courses and programs, lectures, art exhibitions, musical events, plays, workshops and seminars, and meetings and conferences, UA is a community in itself, with deep roots in Tuscaloosa and a reputation for giving back.

Tuscaloosa is a vibrant town with lots to do. We're happy to answer all your questions about our community or anything to do with buying or selling a home. Contact us today.


Experience Tuscaloosa With These Essential Attractions

Tuscaloosa is full of exciting things to do. Here are the top attractions you don't want to pass up.

Planning on moving to Tuscaloosa for a job? Or does it just seem like an up-and-coming but affordable place where you could raise a family? Of course, you're looking at real estate, and hopefully, you're delightfully surprised at how it's possible to own a nice home in Tuscaloosa without having to give up eating. But there are other reasons to move to this dynamic Southern city in addition to Tuscaloosa homes for sale.

Our real estate agents have some suggestions for those considering moving here or anyone who has just moved here and would like to know our area better. Let's take a look.

  1. Alabama Museum of Natural History. Smith Hall,427 Sixth Ave., The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
    The Alabama Museum of Natural History is a real jewel when it comes to visitation in Tuscaloosa. More than 110 years old, the museum features the state's natural history through exhibitions, collections, and teaching and research programs. It also offers camps, expeditions, and special programs that help participants learn about and experience the natural history through the state's many rivers and trails. Some of the most interesting exhibitions are: Creatures of the Cretaceous; Hodges Meteorite; and the 60-foot-long skeleton of an Eocene-epoch whale.

  2. Children's Hands-On Museum of Tuscaloosa. CHOM. 2213 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa
    The Children's Hands-on Museum of Tuscaloosa 
    is a great place for kids to learn to explore, create, and discover. The idea is to learn through play. The exhibits show kids how. Children are encouraged to touch, feel, and play their way through the museum. Besides exhibits, there are birthday party spaces, activities and daily programs, holiday celebrations, curriculum-specific field trips and events for various age groups of children.

  3. Paul W. Bryant Museum. 300 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa
    It's not surprising that you'd find a sports museum in a place like Tuscaloosa, which, as you will soon learn, is simply sports-mad, especially when it comes to the Crimson Tide — the University of Alabama's legendary football team. But the Paul W. Bryant Museum is not just about football; it's devoted to educating and inspiring the world about the accomplishments of UA collegiate athletes. There is the Paul W. Bryant Library, which contains an extensive collection of archival information on UA sports, plus displays, exhibits, artifacts and memorabilia regarding the history of University of Alabama Football.

  4. Tuscaloosa Riverwalk.
    Tuscaloosa Riverwalk
    is a great place to take your friends and visitors. Walk along the picturesque Black Warrior River and enjoy the changing leaves in fall, the springtime burst of color, or anytime. Currently running 4.5 miles, it's being expanded. Take advantage of the benches, gazebos, and shade trees. There's also a playground near the Public Library and a splash pad at the Bama Bell dock. The trail is well-lighted with street lamps, and some areas are dog friendly.

  5. Historic Tuscaloosa. (205) 758-2238 or email info@historictuscaloosa.org
    Historic Tuscaloosa works to preserve key features of Tuscaloosa's past. Currently, the group operates five properties: the Old Tavern; the Battle-Friedman House; the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion; the McGuire Strickland House; and the Murphy African-American Museum.

  6. The Arts Council. PARA Building, 614 Greensboro Avenue Tuscaloosa
    The Arts Council is the umbrella organization for 50 cultural and arts organizations offering educational programs. The Arts Council also oversees the Bama Theatre and the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center. Consult the calendar of events to see what's going on.

These venues will get you started on your Tuscaloosa experience. Our real estate staff can make more suggestions or answer your real estate questions. Contact us today.


The Best Tuscaloosa Halloween Events

Spooky season is here! Here are the Tuscaloosa family-friendly events you can look forward to.

These days there's a lot of scary — and safe — fun for those looking for an alternative to Trick or Treat. For parents who've found their dream homes in Tuscaloosa homes for sale and who are concerned about playing it safe on fright night, you can take your pick of fun — and Scary Lite — activities to indulge in on Halloween in Tuscaloosa. 

  1. Trek Tuscaloosa Halloween Ride. 1800 McFarland Boulevard East #418, Tuscaloosa
    Got bikes and helmets? Lights would also be helpful. This is one for the whole family. Trek Halloween Rides take place over the whole country on Halloween Weekend. Join up for Tuscaloosa's no-drop Trek Tuscaloosa Halloween Ride from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28. Meet up afterward for tricks and treats at the Halloween party.

  2. Halloween at the Transportation Museum. 1901 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa
    The local community is invited to the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1 to 4 p.m. to enjoy Halloween at the Transportation Museum. Come see costumes from 1905 on display in the "Threaded Through History" exhibit. The museum will be decorated with Halloween outdoor inflatables, with fall cut-outs on the lawn. Bring the family and enjoy Halloween music, candy, and light refreshments. It's all free!

  3. Tuscaloosa Academy Punkin' Knight 2022. 420 Rice Valley Road North, Tuscaloosa
    It's a real carnival of fun at the Tuscaloosa Academy Punkin' Knight 2022 on Monday, Oct. 24, starting at 5 p.m. Sponsored by the Tuscaloosa Parents' Association, Punkin' Knight offers an evening of fun-filled activities: carnival rides, DJ, inflatables, raffle with prizes, petting zoo, costume contest, face painting, train ride, carnival games, and cake walk. There are also yummy concessions and an International Deli tent. All those young spooks age 3-18 need an armband to participate in the rides, petting zoo, and carnival games. (Price of the armband is $20 and increases to $25 on the day of the event.) Concessions require cash payment. Adults and parents enter for free (parents and adults do not need to buy an armband for entry or to ride with small children).

  4. Haunting at the Museum. Museum of Natural History. Smith Hall, University of Alabama campus, 427 Sixth Ave., Tuscaloosa
    Haunting at the Museum
    hosts spooky scavenger hunts throughout the week of Oct. 24-28. There will also be an after-hours Halloween event on Oct. 26 from 4:30-7 p.m., with spooky kids' stories, mad scientist experiments, crafts, and much more. Lighting will be by 2L7's Lyndell McDonall. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for K-12, and free for children 5 years old and under. During the week, families with kids in costume are free. The after-hours event on Oct. 26 will be free.

  5. Halloween Spooktacular Dance. Calvary Baptist Church Gym, 1121 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa
    Bring the gang along for the Halloween Spooktacular Dance on Oct. 27, 7-10 p.m. There will be a costume party, a contest, and a prize. The event is hosted by the Crimson Tide Ballroom Dancers.

  6. Other Halloween Events around Tuscaloosa:
    Horror Tuscaloosa, a haunted house, is ongoing through Halloween. 5477 Skyland E Blvd STE 5, Cottondale

    Ghost Hunting at the Drish House. Check out their Facebook page for this historic house's Halloween season events. https://www.facebook.com/DrishHouse/. 2300 17th St., Tuscaloosa

    Tech or Treat at the Gateway. Tuscaloosa Gateway Innovation and Discovery Center. 2614 University Blvd. E, Tuscaloosa. Oct. 25, 4-6 p.m. Gather candy at each table while learning about science and tech. Free to all ages.

It's no trick! Our real estate agents are experts at helping you buy or sell a home in Tuscaloosa. Contact us today.


The Best Tuscaloosa Spots For National Cheeseburger Day

Who doesn't love a good burger? Here are the Tuscaloosa cheeseburger joints to stop by on National Cheeseburger Day.

Bet you didn't know Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day. Well, you do now, but you probably didn't need a reason to go for a juicy, mouth-watering cheeseburger. Oh, yeah, it has calorie overload with all that cheese and hamburger meat, but you can go for low-fat meat or even a meat substitute and low-calorie or fake cheese if you're worried. Or a ground chicken or turkey burger. Whatever you do, it's ok for the day. Just choose your favorite cheeseburger, chomp down, and celebrate the day in style — either at home or in one of the venues near Tuscaloosa homes for sale — where you got your beautiful home, in fact. 

New in town? You're in luck. Our real estate agents have some choice venues for you to try so you can find your favorite cheeseburger. 

  1. Baumhower's. 500 Harper Lee Drive or 4251 Courtney Drive, both Tuscaloosa.
    Founded by University of Alabama All-American and six-time All-Pro for the Miami Dolphins Bob Baumhower, Baumhower's started in Birmingham in 1981 and now has 10 locations throughout the state, with two in Tuscaloosa. Baumhower's is known for using fresh, local ingredients, for its distinctive sauces, and for keeping up with the latest food trends. There's nothing trendy about the traditional cheeseburger, but at Baumhower's, you've got a choice from several Gourmet Burgers, including the Hangover with fried egg, avocado, American cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, and onion bun, and the Victory, with a double stack of meat and applewood-smoked bacon — and several more.

  2. Mugshots Grill and Bar. 511 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa
    Mugshots is well known throughout the South, but aren't you lucky to have one near your Tuscaloosa home? The tradition at Mugshots is to submit a photo of yourself with Mugshots swag, and maybe you'll end up on the wall. Often honored for having the best burger around, Mugshots is known for its signature sourdough bun, countless toppings, and certified Angus beef.

  3. Avenue Pub. 2230 University Blvd. Tuscaloosa
    There's a new take on pub classics with the Avenue Pub's emphasis on "made-in-house" items from fresh, local ingredients. Open in Tuscaloosa since 2014, Avenue Pub is a great place for homeowners like you and local students to gather. Sample some of the distinctive appetizers, like Conecuh sausage and pimento cheese served on green tomatoes or Thai nachos, then go for the delicious Bacon Burger — with cheese, please.

  4. Milo's Hamburgers, 5020 Old Greensboro Road, Tuscaloosa
    For those who like their burgers straightforward, Milo's Hamburgers is the place to go. Founded by U.S.Army mess cook Milo Bowman in 1946, Milo's burgers feature the founder's secret sauces and come as double burgers, cheeseburgers, Mexi Burger, Bacon Cheeseburger, and other variations. Plus, there's chicken in several delicious iterations.

  5. Rama Jama's. 1000 Paul W. Bryant Drive, Tuscaloosa.
    Breakfast is great at Rama Jama's with their slightly crunchy pancakes for game day, but it's lunch where you want to be in place for one of their signature cheeseburgers. There are lots of burgers and burger platters to choose from: the National Champ Burger, with 18 ounces of beef; the Touchdown Burger with a fried egg and hash browns; and the Swiss and Mushroom Burger. There's nothing fancy about Rama Jama's, but you'll love the sports-centric atmosphere and the friendly service. Just for fun, try the fried green tomatoes in place of fries.

So are you making plans to celebrate National Cheeseburger Day in Tuscaloosa? We can't wait. Be sure and call us with any questions about other great venues in Tuscaloosa. Planning on buying or selling a house? Contact us today.


The Best Breakfast Diners In Tuscaloosa

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Here's where you can start your day right in Tuscaloosa.

Health experts regularly recommend that we eat breakfast to help our heart, digestion, bones, and ensure our cholesterol stays on the low side. So why not use breakfast as an excuse to get out and about in Tuscaloosa?

If you've been looking around for things to do and places to go near the house you chose from Tuscaloosa homes for sale, you're in luck when it comes to breakfast. There are so many delightful places to "break the fast" in this area, so even if you're not a big fan, you may find you've changed your mind and will welcome some bacon and eggs, waffles, or whatever.

So rise and shine, breakfast eaters. Let's see what our real estate agents have rounded up for our early morning delight.

  1. Historic Waysider Restaurant. 1512 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa
    Designated by Southern Living magazine as the best breakfast spot in Tuscaloosa, the Historic Waysider Restaurant has been serving up breakfast joy since 1951. You may have to wait a while for a table (you'll be sitting on an old church pew on the front porch), but it's worth it. Of course, in Alabama, football rules, so you can study the walls with pictures of football and other sports greats while you wait. Once you're seated, choose from Southern breakfast classics such as Steak with Two Eggs or Biscuits with Red Eye Gravy, or the Country Ham and Shortstack of Waffles. Don't miss the fluffy biscuits!

  2. T-Town Cafe. 500 14th St. Tuscaloosa
    As if the simple but tasty fare weren't enough, the T-Town Cafe also attracts with its friendly and welcoming staff. Expect to find your basic breakfast of eggs and breakfast meat, or Smothered Porkchop and Biscuits (smothered in Sausage Gravy), but you can counteract with a healthful option of three egg whites, bowl of oatmeal, cup of fruit, and dry wheat toast. There's also a nice selection of breakfast burritos. No matter what you choose, the price is right.

  3. Brick & Spoon. 2318 4th St., Tuscaloosa. 
    Brick & Spoon bills itself as an "upscale take on breakfast, brunch, and lunch," and we wouldn't disagree with that but we would add, it's worth expanding your horizons and giving it a try. What's for breakfast in Upscale Land? The scrumptious Beignet, for one thing, is served with powdered sugar and marmalade; follow up with Bananas Foster. But for the serious breakfast eater, we recommend the Garden Omelet with seasonal vegetables and feta cheese; or the Killer Creole Omelet,  with shrimp, tasso, onions, red and green bell peppers anf cheddar jack cheese, topped with housemade Hollandaise. Don't forget the Fire Roasted Corn Grits or Breakfast Potatoes on the side.

  4. Rama Jama's. 1000 Paul W. Bryant Drive,  Tuscaloosa
    Rama Jama's
    is all about your basic Southern breakfast in a sports-centric setting. Platters are substantial with various combos of eggs, pancakes, hashbrowns, and breakfast meat. Try the All American Omelet Platter, with eggs, cheese, breakfast meat, vegetables, and grits. Also, try breakfast sandwiches and sides of grits, oatmeal, or tater tots.

  5. Wright's Restaurant. 3750 University Blvd. E, Tuscaloosa
    Wright's Restaurant
    is the last word in Tuscaloosa family-style restaurants, with its traditional "meat and three vegetable" offerings for lunch. But if it's breakfast you're looking for, you can't go wrong at Wright's. Nothing fancy — just all the regular breakfast items, including eggs, meats, hashbrowns, grits, French toast, pancakes, and more.

Whether you need recommendations on where to eat out in Tuscaloosa, or you're buying or selling a house, our real estate staff can help. Contact us today.


Here Are The Top Reasons To Move To Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa may just have everything you've been looking for in a community. Here's why you should plan your move now.

Shopping for a home among Tuscaloosa homes for sale? Then you probably already know it's a great place for finding a home you'll love at an affordable price. That's just one reason to move to Tuscaloosa. Our real estate agents have plenty of other reasons why you'll love it here. Let's have a look at the top reasons to move to Tuscaloosa.

  1. Warm weather
    Many folks fleeing the colder climes find a new home in the Deep South, where they can be warm a good part of the year. Yes, there is winter here in Tuscaloosa, but it's mild for the most part. For newly arrived snowbirds, our winter daily highs of around 60 degrees (rarely below 40 degrees) can be mighty pleasant. Extremely cold or warm temperatures are rare in the winter, and there's hardly ever any snow. Rain? Oh, yes, rainfall can be abundant, with an average of 53 inches a year, but there are also a lot of sunny days (214) for the rest of the year.

  2. Friendly people
    Many visitors to the Deep South are struck by the friendliness of the people, and Tuscaloosa is no exception. If you're moving from a place where people don't have time for you, be aware that is not the case in Tuscaloosa. In general, you will find the local populace warm and welcoming. With a population of close to 100,000 people, Tuscaloosa is a small city that provides enriching opportunities, while maintaining the advantages of more laid-back urban settings.

  3. A university town
    The University of Alabama has been a dominant force in shaping Tuscaloosa. As the flagship university of Alabama, "Bama," as UA is known informally, obviously offers outstanding educational opportunities to those who move to the environs. UA also extends cultural enrichment with lectures, art exhibitions, and community education. For sports fans, it's probably enough to mention the Crimson Tide football team in conversation and you'll get an earful and an understanding of how deeply Alabama and football are enmeshed.

  4. A museum/gallery town
    Love museums and galleries? There's something for the whole family in Tuscaloosa. Here are some of the top museums, galleries, and other venues for cultural enrichment: Alabama Museum of Natural History (UA);  Paul W. Bryant Museum (football history of UA); Warner Transportation Museum (UA); Moundville Archaeological Park (UA's Mississippi culture site); Sarah Moody Gallery of Art (a UA gallery); and Tuscaloosa Museum of Art.

  5. Lower cost of living
    The cost of living in Tuscaloosa is about 12 percent lower than in the rest of the country. The city offers a number of affordable housing opportunities, from rent-to-own apartments, rental apartments of one, two, or three bedrooms, and affordable houses, the cost of which is well below the national median. Overall, groceries, housing, and transportation are also less than the national average.

  6. Low unemployment
    The city has a low unemployment rate (3.6 percent) and a diverse job market, with The University of Alabama, Mercedes-Benz US International, and the DCH Health System being the major employers.

  7. Schools, colleges, and universities
    The Tuscaloosa City School System includes some highly rated schools: Tuscaloosa Magnet School-Elementary, grades K-5; Rock Quarry Elementary School, K-5; and Tuscaloosa Magnet School-Middle, grades 6-8.

    Alabama's largest university, The University of Alabama, is a  research university with an annual enrollment of 38,600. Stillman College is a black liberal arts college with 1,200 students, while Shelton State Community College is a two-year institution with an annual enrollment of 7,000.

Convinced about Tuscaloosa? Our real estate staff is eager to help you find your next home. Contact us today.


Tuscaloosa Restaurants For Great Wine And Dinner

Tuscaloosa is full of places for a great dining experience. Here's where you should make a reservation your next night out.

You made a great choice when you bought a home from Tuscaloosa homes for sale, getting good value and a beautiful home in the bargain. Perhaps you checked out the local amenities for good schools, shopping, places of worship, entertainment, and dining before you decided on your home. If so, you know there's a lot to enjoy within a short driving distance.

If you're planning on listing your Tuscaloosa home for sale, you might ask your real estate agent to mention some of your favorite Tuscaloosa restaurants known for pairing wine with dinner to potential buyers, along with other amenities.

Have a look at what our real estate agents have compiled as some of the best restaurants for wine and dinner in Tuscaloosa.

  1. Dillards Chophouse. 2330 4th St, Tuscaloosa
    Widely touted for its exceptionally friendly service, Dillards Chophouse is a high-end steak house, serving Filet Mignon, Prime Delmonico, and Prime New York Strip, among others, as well as Surf and Turf. As you'd expect with a fine dining establishment, Dillards offers an extensive wine menu, plus Wine Wednesdays, with 50 percent off all house wine bottles, and coming soon this year, a monthly wine dinner.

  2. Evangeline's Galleria of Tuscaloosa. 1653 Mcfarland Blvd N, Tuscaloosa
    Evangeline's is known for New American cuisine paired with the perfect wine in a romantic setting. This upscale restaurant aims at artful presentation and exceptional food, along with good service. Seafood — especially the fish, and especially the Sicialian Grouper — is highly recommended. For dessert, the Creme Brulee is likewise good. For appetizers or to share, try Pork and Greens, with fried pork belly, crispy brussels sprouts, balsamic reduction, and parmesan.

  3. Chuck's Fish. 508 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa
    If you like seafood, Chuck's Fish is the place to go. If you love sushi, this is also the place to go. Want a steak? You can get that too. Start your seafood dinner with Seafood Gumbo, followed by Chuck's salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, figs, pecans, bacon, white cheddar, croutons, and creamy vinaigrette; then main entree of Gulf Fish of the Day or Sesame-Seared Tuna. Move on to dessert with Blondie Sundae or White Chocolate Bread Pudding. If you're going for sushi, have a look at the saké offerings.

  4. Reggae Flava. 2322 4th St, Tuscaloosa
    There's a lot to Caribbean cuisine, and Reggae Flava delivers some of those island sensations right to your palate. Start out with a tasty Jamaican Patty, full of spicy meat, and easily eaten in a tender crust. Ever had Curry Goat? We recommend it -- tender goat meat is cooked into a mildly spicy stew. There's also Jerk Chicken, Oxtails, Curry Chicken, and traditional sides such as Rice and Peas, Callaloo (like spinach), and Fried Plantains. Reggae Flava offers a traditional favorite, Red Stripe beer, to wash your food down, but there's also a nice selection of wines if you prefer.

  5. River. 1650 Jack Warner Parkway Unit 1005 A, Tuscaloosa
    Known for great service and excellent food, River consistently gets rave reviews. Start with shared plates — Charcuterie Board, Spring Salad, or Lobster Mushrooms — then move on to the fish, with a choice of Alabama Catfish, Shrimp and Grits, or Salmon, — or try the Prime Ribeye or Fried Chicken. Accompany your meal with a bottle or glass of wine. Check out the happy hour for 20 percent off Rosé bottles, and $5 for a glass of select wine.

These are just five of Tuscaloosa's singular restaurants. Try them all, then venture out on your own and find your family's favorite dining venues.

Got questions about buying or selling a house? Contact us today.


Explore Tuscaloosa Local Arts At These Venues

If you want to explore the creative side of Tuscaloosa, make sure you visit these local stores and venues.

If you've been shopping for Tuscaloosa homes for sale, you probably want to know what your prospective neighborhood has to offer in the way of schools, houses of worship, medical facilities, restaurants, and recreation. But our real estate agents also recommend that you broaden your horizons by checking out the local arts scene.

Maybe you're already in a home, and it just never occurred to you to get to know what artistic and cultural amenities are nearby. Whether it's going to a gallery show, taking art lessons, listening to live music, or hearing a lecture in an independent bookstore, you'll find fun, interesting and edifying things to do for the whole family. 

Here are some of our recommendations for the Tuscaloosa area. 

  1. Ernest and Hadley Book Sellers.  1928 7th St, Tuscaloosa
    April 30 was Independent Bookstore Day, but even if you missed it, celebrate by visiting your local bookstore: Ernest and Hadley Book Sellers. Independent bookstores have struggled with competing against national chains, but also because people have found alternative means of "reading" by listening to streamed books or just forsaking reading altogether. But bookstores these days are much more than places to shop for a book — although you can certainly do that by sampling a few pages of the books you're interested in. You can also stop by for book signings and talks by authors, sometimes served with tea!

  2. Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.  2710 Jack Warner Pkwy., Tuscaloosa
    Tuscaloosa Amphitheater presents a range of performers, offering the finest in live music. Recent headliners include the Avett Brothers while coming soon are the Black Crowes. 

  3. The Arts Council. 600 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa
    Show your support for local arts in Tuscaloosa by becoming a supporting member of the Arts Council. Support a variety of arts initiatives from gallery exhibitions, to comedy shows, to cultural events and theater. The Arts Council encompasses Bama Theatre, Children's Hands-on Museum, Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, Harrison Galleries, Kentuck Art Center, and others. 

  4. Oz Music. 506 14th St., Tuscaloosa
    Oz Music is Music Central for Tuscaloosa's discriminating indie music lovers, and others too, who just want to get a groove on by listening to the latest tunes. Plus, Oz buys and sells the latest vinyl, CDs, and DVDs. From Dance and Electronic, to Rap and Hip-Hop, to Blues and Jazz, to Classical and World Music, and Country and Folk, Oz is a real wonderland for the musically diverse.

  5. Art Garage. 2422 6th St., 2422 6th St, Tuscaloosa
    What a novel idea: a membership for the whole family so all can indulge their individual penchants for creating art. Buy a family membership and enroll the kids in such fun events as Dollhouse Camp or Crafts Camp. For adults, enroll in Parents' Night Out or Community Art lessons with a skilled instructor. Art Garage members may partake of exclusive benefits and have unlimited access to open play sessions.

  6. Kentuck Art Center and Festival. 3501 5th St, Northport. Art exhibitions are at various museums. 
    The Kentuck Center curates four exhibition spaces annually — the programming is chosen without biases of age, race, gender, and socioeconomic background and with the crossing of cultural boundaries. Some programming is free so that the underserved in the local community can participate. Further, there is an annual two-day festival in October, called Kentuck Festival of the Arts, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors, and features the works of 270-plus artists, live music, activities for children, spoken word, folk and contemporary craft demonstrations, food trucks, and craft brews.

Here's hoping you'll find your way to one of the fabulous arts and cultural venues around our area. Questions? Contact us today.


Active Dog Month: The Best Places To Take Your Canine Friends

Looking for places to keep your dogs occupied? Here are the outdoor spots in and around Tuscaloosa you should visit.

Many homeowners have acquired dogs and cats during the time of the pandemic — both to keep the kids occupied and also, for adults, as companions to combat enforced loneliness and isolation. As first-time pet owners may be learning, these animals are not inanimate stuffed toys, but living creatures that have needs. Dogs often need vigorous walks to keep them mentally and physically fit. 

It just so happens that April is Active Dog Month. If you're not doing it already, what better time to begin a regular regimen of exercising and playing with your dog outdoors? The weather's grand and your canine will love it, no matter when or where. But to get you started, here are some venues near Tuscaloosa homes for sale where you can concentrate on your dog's — and your — fitness and fun.

Tuscaloosa Canine Fun Spots

  1. Annette M. Shelby Park Trail. 1614 15th St., Tuscaloosa
    Annette M. Shelby Park features a .7-mile paved loop, but that can be plenty for a small or older dog. It's open to trail bikers, runners, and walkers year-round. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash. The park has a splash pad with nearby restrooms and water fountains. 

  2. Will May Dog Park (located within Sokol Park South), 5901 Watermelon Road, Northport. 
    If you or your dog has never experienced a dog park, you're in for a treat with Will May Dog Park. There are areas for small and large dogs, as well as a training yard. Water is available once spring arrives, but it's always a good idea to bring some. Dog waste must be removed. There's a limit of three dogs per person. No aggressive dogs, puppies under 4 months, or dogs in heat.
  3. Freeman Park. 3001 Dragons Lane, Tuscaloosa
    Freeman Park
    has a lot of amenities, including a swimming pool and shelter, but also a nice trail where you can walk your dog. 

  4. Sokol Park, 5901 Watermelon Road, Northport
    Sokol Park is a multi-purpose park, which includes Will May Dog Park. But for dogs that don't enjoy dog parks, there are trails, which are usually not crowded. Trails are of varying lengths and are not difficult.

  5. Hurricane Creek Park. 7005 Old Birmingham Hwy., Tuscaloosa
    The setting for Hurricane Creek Park is geologically special (it's where the Gulf coastal plain meets the Appalachian Paleozoic rock area ecosystem). Once a site where extensive mining occurred, it is now known for rare plants, scenic beauty, and some local history. You can hike on the Eagle Scout Trail but be aware there are some stream crossings, and your dog should be big enough to manage these. 

  6. The Riverwalk. 2710 Jack Warner Pkwy., Tuscaloosa
    The Riverwalk is a 4.5-mile walk that starts at Capitol Park and ends at the gazebo east of Manderson Landing. The paved two-way trail offers places to rest and rehydrate. There are even a few off-leash places on the trail.

  7. University of Alabama Arboretum. 4801 Arboretum Way, Tuscaloosa
    The 60-acre University of Alabama Arboretum is pet friendly. Devoted to Alabama's native flora and fauna, the arboretum is open daily during business hours, so bring your dog and take a walk in a beautiful setting. It's crucial to pay attention to the arboretum's pet policies so that it can stay pet friendly: keep dogs on leash; pick up after your dog; and don't allow your pet to dig in beds, disturb plants, or urinate on plants.

You'll enjoy living in a Tuscaloosa neighborhood near a park where you can exercise yourself and Fido. Ask our real estate agents about buying or selling a home in Tuscaloosa. Contact us today.

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