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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.


Celebrate Waffle Day Right With Tuscaloosa Breakfast

Waffles may be the ultimate comfort breakfast. Here's where you can start your morning right in Tuscaloosa.

Bet you didn't know that Friday, March 25, was International Waffle Day. Yeah, yeah, we know — as if we needed a designated day to enjoy waffles. These days, waffles have been front and center on the menu, not only at breakfast but for every meal, with everything from chocolate chips and peanut butter to crushed pineapple and bacon (!) being added to the mix. Not to mention, we're now topping them with not only whipped cream and syrup, blueberries and strawberries, but also chicken. Where will it end?

Whether you're whipping up your own favorite waffle recipe for the family in your new home from Tuscaloosa homes for sale, or dining out on the town, adding delicious waffles to the menu will be a hit with everyone. Who can blame the Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes for starting up International Waffle Day and also opting for the delicious waffle as a way to also celebrate the advent of spring?

If you're wondering how to celebrate International Waffle Day, our real estate agents have some suggestions:

  • Serve waffles for breakfast, lunch, or dinner with everyone's favorite toppings.
  • Try a new recipe for waffles, maybe with whole wheat flour; serve heart-shaped Swedish waffles with a dollop of cream; or find Belgian waffles in the frozen section. These are thicker than regular waffles and should be dusted with confectioner's sugar or given a coating of chocolate or cream.
  • Here's a potato waffle recipe that uses a minimal amount of flour, while calling for your leftover mashed potatoes.

Otherwise, try out some of these notable eateries and ask for the waffles.

  1. Heritage House Cofffee and Tea. 700 Towncenter Blvd., Tuscaloosa
    Heritage House
    is Tuscaloosa's first coffee house, having opened in 1993, and serving 40 international coffees, many types of tea, from-scratch baked goods, and even waffles. Visit any time of day for waffles, including dinner. Try the two Belgium-style waffles and top them with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, pecans, or whipped cream.

  2. Just Love Coffee Cake. 2531 University Blvd., Ste 100, Tuscaloosa
    There are lots of interesting food items on the menu for Just Love Coffee Cake, and most of them aren't about coffee cake. At any rate, go right to the Artisan Waffle section and scan for the Breakfast Slider with bacon or sausage, egg, cheese, and maple syrup; the Berry Berry Bo Berry, with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, whipped cream, and powdered sugar; the Flyin' Pig Waffle, with bacon, sausage, egg plus sausage gravy or maple syrup; or lots more waffle choices.

  3. Broken Egg Cafe1650 Jack Warner Parkway, Tuscaloosa
    The Broken Egg Cafe has a variety of scrumptious and healthful offerings, but do try the Power Belgian Waffles (made of whole wheat), topped with bananas, pecans, and a coconut milk-peanut butter sauce on top. Beyond breakfast, sample Chicken and Waffles, with fried chicken tenders on a Belgian waffle, plus house-made chipotle honey.

  4. Metro Diner, 1800 McFarland Blvd., East, No. 404, Tuscaloosa
    At the Metro Diner, breakfast is served all day long, with special emphasis on "comfort food favorites, new twists on classics, and traditional homemade breakfast platters." You can't go wrong with the Fried Chicken and Waffle, featuring half a fried chicken and a Belgian waffle, topped with powdered sugar, sweet strawberry butter, and sweet and spicy sauce. Try the Belgian Waffle, if you crave lighter fare.

At home or dining out, there are plenty of options for celebrating International Waffle Day. Have questions about buying your home in Tuscaloosa? Contact us today.


Only In Tuscaloosa: BBQ Joints You Have To Visit

When you're in Tuscaloosa, barbecue may be the ultimate comfort food. Here are some of the best joints you need to visit.

Alabama is known for many iconic foods: boiled peanuts, fried okra, pecan pie, banana pudding, grits, and fried green tomatoes. But there's also fabulous barbecue. Fueled by hickory wood, and sometimes oak and pecan, Alabama is most famous for its distinctive pork, including ribs, shoulder, butt, and ham. However, the chicken and brisket are great, too. All in all, Alabama barbecue holds its own among the other Southern states that form the barbecue belt: Georgia, the Carolinas, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

Ready to try it out? Fortunately, there are several great BBQ joints near Tuscaloosa homes for sale. Our real estate agents are happy to make some recommendations.

  1. Thomas Rib Shack. 2931 15th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Thomas Rib Shack bills itself as a soul food joint, and that's fair. Barbecued ribs or any kind of barbecue might be called the original soul food. Pair it with the trimmings or go rogue and try the chitlin dinner, side of oxtail, pan trout, or catfish. It's not fancy, but it doesn't need to be because it's authentic. Check out their Facebook page so you can watch for announcements on Soul Food Sundays.

  2. Dreamland Tuscaloosa. 5535 15th Ave. East Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
    Dreamland Bar-b-que
    , like any famous Alabama barbecue joint, is noted for its ribs — but that's not all. You can get a half chicken, smoked sausage, and turkey breast, plus delicious sides including baked beans, potato salad, mac n' cheese, and coleslaw. What's the perfect dessert to follow barbecue? Why scrumptious, creamy banana pudding, of course.

  3. Archibald's and Woodrow's BBQ. 4215 Greensboro Ave., Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
    Depending on how hungry you are, choose one of Archibald's and Woodrow's BBQ plates, platters, or sandwiches. Take your pick of fabled ribs, sliced pork, chicken fried steak, or chicken, or opt for delectable fried catfish. For the calorie-conscious, there's whiting prepared several different ways. Sides are varied: potato salad, corn on the cob, beans, coleslaw, or collards, mashed potatoes, black-eyed peas, fried okra, and fried green tomatoes. Leave room for banana pudding.

  4. Buddy's Rib and Steak. 2701 Lurleen B. Wallace Blvd., Northport, AL 35476
    Buddy's Rib and Steak is just down the road from Tuscaloosa, so you don't have to go far for some memorable barbecue. The menu is basic: plates of sirloin, chicken, beef, or pork and two sides for lunch, while dinner offers several steak choices, plus plates with ribs, beef, or pork.

  5. Hoo's Q. 101 15th St. E, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401.
    Deservedly well known for their "Q" sauce, Hoo's Q serves up plates of ribs, chicken, meatloaf, and more with the special sauce. There are also tender wings, as well as salads — and a big favorite among Southerners — pimento cheese. Sides include grilled okra (as good as fried, many Southerners maintain), baked beans, and coleslaw. Don't skip dessert: fried pecan pie, peanut butter pie, and banana pudding. There's also Hoo's Q and Brew in N. Tuscaloosa (1825 Mcfarland Blvd., N. Suite No. 110, 35406), which has some of the same fare but with more of a brewpub flair.

  6. Bama Barbeque. 3076 McFarland Blvd. #14, Northport, AL 35476
    After you take in the Tuscaloosa River Walk, get in the car and drive the short drive (3 miles or so) to Bama Barbeque and Grill in Northport. Enjoy plates or sandwiches with pork, beef, ribs, smoked sausage, chicken, or catfish. Sides include the usual suspects: coleslaw, beans, corn, and potato salad. Finish up with lemon, strawberry cream cheese, or pecan pie.

Have questions about Tuscaloosa? Contact us today.


Try Something New With Tuscaloosa International Restaurants

Think you could be a food critic? Try these Tuscaloosa international restaurants for some new flavors.

Our real estate agents know buyers always look at what fun things they can do around the neighborhood. And right around the corner from Tuscaloosa homes for sale are some wonderful international restaurants for when you're in the mood for something a little different. Indulge in some amazing food and drink at one of these restaurants for your next date night or night out with friends and family.

Taco Mama, 2104A University Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. 205-409-8173.

Located just a short distance from campus, nothing beats Taco Mama for a game day feast. Select one of their fresh, made-to-order specialty tacos or burritos for a delicious meal. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, customize a Quesadilla, salad, or nachos with your favorite toppings for a truly unique creation every single time you go. With almost endless options, everyone in your group is sure to find something they enjoy. There's also an extensive list of tasty margaritas you can add to complete your meal.

Glory Bound Gyro Co., 1301 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401. 205-349-0505.

Classic gyros and hummus appetizers are always a great choice, but Glory Bound Gyro Co. puts a few unique and tasty twists on these classics that you're sure to appreciate. There are flavors like BBQ ranch, buffalo chicken, and their award-winning pepper jack gyro.  Or stop in to try one of their daily fresh-made craft hummus flavors. You'll want to come back for seconds!

DePalma's Italian Café, 2300 University Blvd Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401 (205) 759-1879.

If you're in the mood for some classic Italian fare, you'll be glad you stopped at DePalma's Italian Café. Your favorite Italian appetizers like antipasti, baked feta, and caprese. Salads with homemade dressings. Classic dishes like Shrimp scampi, veal scaloppini, and lasagna, Spaghetti with sausage and roasted red peppers, shells Florentine. Unique options like Portobello mushroom ravioli, hand-tossed NY style pizza, calzone. Classic decadent desserts like cannoli and tiramisu. An impressive wine menu to accompany your meal.

Central Mesa, 519 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, 205-523-7738.

Central Mesa is located in beautiful historic downtown Tuscaloosa and offers traditional Latin American dishes with a little southern flair. They specialize in tacos, tequila, and whiskey, but the rest of the menu will impress you too. Everything is made from scratch with fresh ingredients so you're always getting the tastiest entrees and tacos. And because the focus is on fresh ingredients, there are several vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. For something a little different, try a pork belly taco or go more traditional with a Cuban sandwich. Interesting vegetarian options include a Spinach Quesadilla. You'll leave truly satisfied.

Taziki's Mediterranean Café, 1800 McFarland Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404, 205-344-6444.  

Healthy fresh veggies and lean grilled meats are the shining stars of Mediterranean cuisine at Taziki's Mediterranean Café. Soups and salads, grilled entrees, sandwiches, and gyros make up a delicious and healthy menu that will have you coming back again and again. And with convenient online ordering, you can save time too.

A meal at a great international restaurant can bring back memories of a favorite vacation abroad, make new memories enjoying everyone's company, or just satisfy your game-day cravings.

Hamner Real Estate can help you find your next new home in a Tuscaloosa neighborhood you'll love. Contact us today to get started.


Explore The Best Tuscaloosa Burgers For Hamburger Month

A good burger always makes a day better. Here are great Tuscaloosa spots to find a mouthwatering burger.

May 1st marks the beginning of Hamburger Month, so celebrate by exploring some of the best pubs and restaurants in Tuscaloosa. Our real estate agents know that there are some fantastic options suited for every palate. Check out these eateries that are known for offering a delicious burger.

  1. Avenue Pub
    Avenue Pub is located at 405 23rd Avenue. Founded in 2014, this selection prides itself on offering classic pub fare and ice-cold beverages in a relaxing, inviting atmosphere. Many of the ingredients used for their dishes are sourced from local eateries.

    The bacon cheeseburger is a traditional option to help you commemorate Hamburger Month. Start your meal off with a tasty starter, like conecuh and pimento fried green tomatoes. 
  1. Rama Jama's
    Situated at 1000 Paul W. Bryant Drive in Tuscaloosa, Rama Jama's is a fantastic stop for burgers, milkshakes, and sweet tea. They also have a variety of sandwiches and breakfast options. This casual option boasts floor-to-ceiling sports memorabilia, making it a fun spot for any fan of Alabama sports. 
  1. Southern Ale House
    Nestled at 1530 N. McFarland Blvd., Southern Ale House is popular for its family-friendly atmosphere. This eatery puts a unique, modern spin on traditional southern cuisine. It's an excellent option for lunch or dinner when you're through viewing Tuscaloosa homes for sale.

    Try the "Pickle Burger" that comes with fried pickles, arugula, and bacon. Or, check out the "Black 'n Bleu Burger"; this scrumptious selection combines a half-pound burger with housemade bleu cheese dressing, bacon, and cajun red onions.
  1. Local Roots
    Local Roots rests at 1665 N. McFarland Blvd. It was founded with the guiding principle that a good meal has the power to bring people together.

    The Local Roots burger combines ground chuck with brisket for an interesting take on your typical burger; with toppings like white cheddar, bacon jam, and the secret special sauce, the end result is a mouthwatering burger boldly unique to this restaurant.
  1. Raised on Country Burgers and Grill
    Located at 2217 University Blvd. in Tuscaloosa, Raised on Country Burgers and Grill offers classic beef burgers and game burgers. Some of the game options include elk, antelope, venison, kangaroo, wild boar, and camel. Or, if you're feeling adventurous, check out the Sportsman Burger that combines beef, elk, bison, and wild boar into a single patty and pairs it with a fried quail egg and duck bacon.

    Regardless of your meat preference, Raised on Country Burgers and Grill offers a fabulous variety of toppings, cheeses, and upgrades for your meal. The menu also includes hotdogs, wings, and wraps. 

Ready to start looking for a home with your dream kitchen to try out new burger recipes? Contact us today to start your search!


Enjoy a Tuscaloosa Brew at These Spots

National Beer Day is upon us, and to celebrate, visit these Tuscaloosa breweries to find your new favorite beer.

After an exciting day of exploring Tuscaloosa homes for sale, stop and relax with an ice-cold brew at one of the city's local breweries. Or, celebrate National Beer Day on April 7 with a glass of your favorite brew or try a refreshing glass of something new. Our real estate agents recommend the following spots for a frosty glass of beer.

Black Warrior Brewing Company
Located at 2216 University Blvd. in Tuscaloosa, Black Warrior Brewing Company is situated across from City Hall in the city's downtown region. Black Warrior Brewing Company regularly holds discount nights for their wine and beer, as well as team trivia and bingo nights.

Choose from a variety of beverages to find one that suits your palate. The Apricot Wheat and Bama Blonde Ale are popular with patrons new to the world of craft beer, while the Lock 17 IPA and Blood Orange Double IPA appeal to beer drinkers well-acquainted with various types of beer.

Druid City Brewing Company
Druid City Brewing Company rests at 607 14th Street in the Parkview Center area. It's been in business since 2012 and prides itself as "Tuscaloosa's original craft brewery."

Try the Lamplighter IPA for the perfect mix of hops and floral notes. Or, check out the Downtown North Porter for an after-dinner treat; this malt-based beer includes delicious hints of chocolate and vanilla.

The Druid City Brewing Company is also a great spot for an evening of live music or a couple of hours of brain-teasing trivia.

Loosa Brews Craft Emporium
After a day of touring Northport homes for sale, Loosa Brews Craft Emporium is a lighthearted, refreshing way to end your day. Loosa Brews Craft Emporium is located at 412 20th Avenue in Tuscaloosa.

This brewery includes more than 30 draft beers on tap, including traditional favorites and rare offerings. Spend a couple of hours enjoying the onsight arcade and pinball parlor.

Feeling tired, or just want to enjoy your beer at home? Loosa Brews Craft Emporium offers many of their wine and beer varieties to go.

The World of Beer Bar and Kitchen
The World of Beer Bar and Kitchen Strives to help its customers make memories. Situated at 2107 University Boulevard in Tuscaloosa, this local gem is pet-friendly and offers an extensive menu of pub fare and lunch and dinner entrees.

Pair a German pretzel with your favorite draft, or take in the Truffle burger with your beverage of choice. You can expect periodic new offerings, as The World of Beer Bar and Kitchen rotates its beer offerings. The beer menu includes local favorites and varieties from across the globe.

Looking for a home with more space for entertaining? Contact us today to check out your options!


Discover Healthy Restaurants in Tuscaloosa

Want a mouth watering meal while keeping calories low? Try out these Tuscaloosa spots for a healthy meal.

Once upon a time, when food was referred to as "healthy," it was considered code for "tasteless." Fast-forward to the 21st century, when "healthy" and "flavorful" are no longer mutually exclusive. Our real estate agents enjoy delicious, guilt-free meals at these wonderful restaurants in Tuscaloosa and think you should explore them too.

  1. Frutta Bowls - 1800 McFarland Blvd. E., Suite 436, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    Described as a smoothie you eat instead of drink, açai bowls opened up tasty new horizons in healthy eating. Frutta Bowls in Midtown Tuscaloosa incorporates options such as dragon fruit, kale, and oatmeal for added variety. The base of your choice is piled high with fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, honey, and other delicious toppings. Complete your order with a cup of freshly-brewed organic coffee from Golden Valley Farms. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

  2. Sitar Indian Cuisine - 500 - 15th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Creative use of seasonings adds depth and flavor to food without resorting to high-fat sauces, ingredients, or preparations. At Sitar Indian Cuisine, classic dishes such as Chicken Tikka Masala and Shrimp Vindaloo are served with your desired level of heat. Their Thali lunch special may be the best meal deal around Tuscaloosa homes for sale. Get four main dishes (vegetarian or non-vegetarian), basmati rice, bread, pakora, dessert, and a drink for only $11.95. Order online for speedy pickup. Sitar is open for lunch from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. every day but Monday.

  3. Tazikis Mediterranean Café - 1800 McFarland Blvd. E., Suite 300, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    With its emphasis on fish, olive oil, and fresh fruits and vegetables, the Mediterranean diet has gained popularity for its heart-healthy benefits. Dine at Tazikis Mediterranean Café and you're likely to become a convert as well. Made-to-order gyros come in 10 different choices, and lots of customers come back for the grilled salmon. After a long day at work, call ahead for one of their family feasts-to-go that serves four to eight people. Tazikis is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. except Sunday, when closing time is 8 p.m.

  4. Chicken Salad Chick - 1800 McFarland Blvd. E., Suite 308, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    Google "chicken salad" and an endless list of recipes will pop up. Once Stacy Brown's version received the seal of approval from family and friends, she was on the way from a humble at-home business to Chicken Salad Chick. The flavors featured at the restaurant, including Cranberry Kelli and Lauryn's Lemon Basil, are named after real "chicks" in Stacy's life who have inspired and influenced her. At Chicken Salad Chick, "the secret ingredient is always love." Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  5. Edgar's Bakery - 1653 McFarland Blvd. N., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
    From custom-designed cakes for a birthday party to snacks and veggie trays for Iron Bowl weekend, treats from Edgar's Bakery have been a part of local celebrations since 1998. In addition to catering, Edgar's offers a wide range of grab-and-go breakfast and lunch items that can be ordered ahead on their website. Pick up a Spicy Eggacado Sandwich or Edgar's Reuben for a day of viewing Northport homes for sale. Edgar's is open 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

Want more reasons why Tuscaloosa is a great place to call home? Contact us at Hamner Real Estate for the inside scoop.


National Cookie Month: Tuscaloosa Bakeries for Your Sweet Tooth

Tuscaloosa Bakeries

October is National Cookie Month! As if Halloween didn't make October sweet enough, National Cookie Month makes sure that our sweet tooths are taken care of for 31 days straight! If you're ready to spend every night sharing a plate of cookies with your family or friends, our REALTORS® suggest that you stop by one of these Tuscaloosa bakeries for some of the city's best cookies.

  1. Heritage House Coffee & Tea – 700 Towncenter Boulevard, Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
    As the first coffee house in Tuscaloosa, Heritage House Coffee & Tea know a thing or two about providing delicious pastries to sugar lovers. Their daily-made treats include a variety of cookies like iced shortbread cookies, white chocolate and chocolate chip cookies, and Monster cookies. We recommend adding a gourmet coffee to your order like their Midnight Magic with dark chocolate, Scottish Highlander with butterscotch, or the Ja-makin-me-crazy with coconut bits.

  2. Mary's Cakes & Pastries – 412B 22nd Ave., Northport, AL 35476
    If you're in town touring Northport homes for sale, you can fuel up for your search at Mary's Cakes & Pastries. All of their cookies are made in-house in small batches to ensure each one is perfect. While their selection can change daily, you should usually be able to grab their shortbreads and regular glazed cookies without issue. Of course, if you're gearing up for a game, there's no better way to say Roll Tide this season than to order up a Bama Dozen which are 17 cookies officially licensed by the University of Alabama.

  3. Edgar's Bakery – 1653 Mcfarland Blvd. N., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
    There's no way you can live in Tuscaloosa and not have heard of Edgar's Bakery. Their baked goods have spread throughout the Southeast while their reputation has reached around the country to lure in sweet tooths from every corner of America. Among their popular offerings are their cookies and cookie doughs. Grab a box of cookies or bring home some dough so you can bake them yourself!

  4. Mi Casita Bakery – 513 Hargrove Rd. E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    If you really want to celebrate National Cookie Month to its fullest potential, go big! Mi Casita Bakery is a wholesale, self-service bakery with amazing baked good for unbelievable prices. A hidden gem that will draw you in by the nose, we recommend calling in a huge order of cookies that you can share with your family all month long.

  5. The Whimsy Cookie Company – 305 21st Ave. Ste. 305C, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Though The Whimsy Cookie Company may not be born and bred in Tuscaloosa, we've adopted it as one of our favorite confectionaries all the same. Sugar Cookies, Whimsy Cookie Bites, Whimsy Gooey Butter Cookies, and Specialty Cookies are all available, offering visitors dozens of options to choose from. With so many delicious options to choose from, you can fill National Cookie Month with Whimsy like never before!

Are you dreaming of a new home? We can make that dream a reality. Contact us today to tour Tuscaloosa homes for sale with spacious kitchens perfect for baking cookies in.


National Coffee Day: Local Coffee Shops in Tuscaloosa

Coffee in Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa is home to many local coffee shops perfect for your morning cup of joe. Our real estate agents are ready to celebrate National Coffee Day on Tuesday, September 29th, and encourage you to treat yourself to a beverage at one of these great coffee shops around Tuscaloosa. 

  1. Turbo Coffee - 2010 8th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    In case you had any doubt about their philosophy, the motto of Turbo Coffee is, "Making People Faster." Their extensive selection of hot and cold drip coffee, pour overs, lattes and other beverages takes up nearly an entire page in the menu. Turbo Coffee supplements their caffeine drinks with healthy options such as acai, mango, and pitaya bowls, along with coconut and almond milk smoothies. Order ahead online or by phone for quick pickup. 

  2. UPerk - 405 20th Ave., Suite 2, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    UPerk uses the common denominator of coffee to fuel a community gathering spot for everyone in the area of Tuscaloosa homes for sale. What began as a free pop-up near the University of Alabama campus has grown into a full-service, non-profit coffee shop with opportunities for student interns. In addition to traditional and specialty coffee drinks, UPerk serves all-day breakfast and lunch with sandwiches, salads, and baked goods. Enjoy your coffee or meal outdoors on the sunny, spacious patio. 

  3. Joyful Java - Tuscaloosa Gateway Center, 2614 University Blvd. E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    Owner Kate Hartmann founded Joyful Java in a quest to share the "toe-warming awakening" she gets from a cup of coffee. Brewed coffee, espresso, nitro cold brew, and Greek frappes are served with a "large side order of joy and happiness at no extra charge." Customers also rave about the signature breakfast sandwiches and avocado toast. Between their brick-and-mortar shop inside the Gateway Center and their mobile coffee truck, Joyful Java literally has Tuscaloosa's caffeine needs covered. Follow them on Facebook or Instagram for current truck locations.

  4. FIVE - 2324 6th St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Ever have times when life feels just a bit too complicated? FIVE is a comfortably casual bar and restaurant where you can get a respite from the everyday hustle and bustle. The same attitude carries over to Java, the adjoining coffee shop where you can relax in café-style or outdoor seating. Java is also known for delicious toasts, including avocado or smoked salmon, and yogurt parfaits that are perfect for breakfast or afternoon snacks. Products are sourced locally wherever possible, and everything is made from scratch.

  5. Edgar's Bakery - 1653 McFarland Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406
    Does the word "bakery" conjure up visions of mouthwatering cookies, cupcakes, and pastries? Your dreams are reality at Edgar's Bakery, which has been providing Tuscaloosa with award-winning baked goods since 1993. Many of the bakery's products, such as carrot cake and Italian cream cake, are made from recipes that have been in owner Terry Smith's family for generations. In another sweet nod to family, Edgar's Bakery is named after Terry's father, who has been married to his mother for more nearly 70 years. With their emphasis on quality, it's no surprise that Edgar's serves first-rate regular and specialty coffee drinks as well.

Home is a place where the coffee is always on. Contact us at Hamner Real Estate for cheerful and experienced assistance buying or selling a home in Tuscaloosa.


National Ice Cream Month: Ice Cream Shops in the Tuscaloosa Area

Tuscaloosa Ice Cream Shops

I scream, you scream, Alabama screams for ice cream! July is National Ice Cream Month, giving us a sweet way to beat the summer heat. Although President Ronald Regan first declared July National Ice Cream Month in 1984, the invention of ice cream dates back thousands of years. Whether you like it in a cone or a cup, our real estate agents suggest that you grab yourself a few scoops of ice cream at these local shops.

  1. The Baked Bear – 1800 McFarland Blvd., E. Suite 207, Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
    If there's one animal that knows a thing or two about ice cream, it's The Baked Bear. Make your own custom ice cream sandwich by selecting an ice cream flavor and toppings to press between two cookies or brownies. You can even get your sandwich warmed up to make it an ooey-gooey treat. 

  2. TCBY – 2 McFarland Blvd., Northport, AL 35476
    A sweet shop claiming to have "The Country's Best Yogurt" must deliver, and TCBY doesn't disappoint. Located in the Essex Square Market Place, TCBY has 10 delicious flavors of frozen yogurt for those who would like to celebrate National Ice Cream Month with a healthier alternative. Sorbet, Greek yogurt, and no sugar added flavors are all on the menu, joining classic favorites like vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. If someone you know has a birthday coming up, grab them a cake from TCBY for a double-celebration!

  3. Cravings – 2332 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
    Celebrate National Ice Cream Month every night with dinner and dessert from Cravings. After you've picked out a fresh NY deli sandwich, lobster roll, or Sicilian-style pizza, dive into their sweet treats. They've got Halo Top ice cream in 22 flavors, four flavors of New Orleans ice cream and Dolcezza gelato, 12 varieties of Ben & Jerry's, and 15 different Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches and pints. With so much to choose from, you'll need more than a month to try everything Cravings has to offer.

  4. La Real Michoacana – 925 McFarland Blvd., Northport, AL 35405
    For a sweet treat that you don't have to scoop, head over to La Real Michoacana for a tasty ice cream bar. This cheery establishment has a variety of ice cream bars as well as hard ice cream scoops, too, all homemade and ready to tingle your taste buds! La Real Michocana is the perfect place to visit to support a family-owned ice cream shop near Northport homes for sale.

  5. Ingram Farms – 4300 Hwy 43, Northport, AL 35473
    Ingram Farms
    is a great local produce stand full of fresh and healthy food, but did you know that they also serve up delicious ice cream too? Grab a few scoops of their Mayfield or Blue Bell ice cream and top it with their fresh cup strawberries, bananas, blueberries, or other fruits. With the best produce available in Northport and Tuscaloosa, a stop at Ingram Farms is an easy way to treat your family while making sure that they get a healthy helping of fruits and veggies.

Wouldn't it be sweet to live near one of these tasty ice cream shops? Contact us today and let us help you find Tuscaloosa homes for sale.

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