the full moon is an excellent bar-b-que restaurant located on mc farland blvd south of the university of alabama campus. the full moon has a number of locations in the birmingham area and one in tuscaloosa. the full moon serves excellent chopped pork bar-b-que at moderate prices. the full moon is my personal favorite in the state of alabama.
dreamland barbecue is a tuscaloosa dining institution. dreamland was founded by john "big daddy" bishop in 1958. dreamland is nationally known for it's barbecue ribs. dreamland also serves alabama style pork, chicken. and beef barbecue. dreamland is one of the best barbecue restaurants in the southeast. for barbecue rib lovers the original dreamland should not be missed on a visit to tuscaloosa.
Favorite Dish: ribs !
A nice place in the historic old town. Refurbished with a nice bar. Reasonable prices and hefty servinges. Good wine selection. All standard Italian fare, chicken parmigiana, lasagna, but also specials such as grouper.
Favorite Dish: My chicken parmigiana over pasta was very good and filling.
Sometimes it is hard to find a good expresso place. I find this hard to explain, because in Europe you find great coffee all over the place. Fortunately in Tuscaloosa, there is an import from Kihei, Hawaii in Bad Ass Coffee. The name caught some of the prim and proper (and probably hypocritical) by surprise, but the logo does have a picture of an ass.
Great place right off of U of A. Excellent menu and wine list and you can get every wine by the glass. Higher end prices, but the food is worth it. Inside air conditioning or a nice patio in back. Very tasty bread with a little tomato, garlic and olive oil. The crabcakes were excellent starters. Each main dinner came with a small salad and a side. The vegetables in our side were done just right, firm and flavorful. The main dishes were prepared well. From the scampi over liguini, to the salmon to my grouper stuffed with crab in an artichoke and mushroom sauce. And the service was great also.
This is an OK place, but nothing special. Basically a soup, sandwich and salad place. The service is friendly, but a bit slow. Everything served in plastic plates, forks, cups. The chili in a bread bowl could have us a bit more fire, and toppings. No cheese, no onions. The caesar salad that came with it was only romaine lettuce, some croutons and a bit of shredded parmesan cheese with caesar dressing. Yawn! Our bill for lunch for the 3 of us including drinks and tax was $26.
This is about as great as a local place as you can get. Off the main drag, up on the hill is Dreamland. The BBQ smell hits you as you as you drive up. Go right in as the small entrance door is not all that inviting. Once in there is a bar on the left and a number of small tables. The walls are festoned in license plates "BAMAGRL" , newspaper articles and football celebrity pics and memorabelia. You order your drink, and then basically how many pork ribs. The three of us got a full order of 12 ribs. The sauce is a tangy, slightly spicey, not too sweet sauce. And you get tasty white bread to slop up the excess sauce. This is a great place.
Favorite Dish: RIBS
I am still relatively new to the Tuscaloosa area and I am searching for the best BBQ around. Now I have received various opinions from numerous people about the Best BBQ Restaurant in the Tuscaloosa area, but I decided to just try them all and form my own judgement and share my review with the locals residents and visitors of Tuscaloosa.
First Review - Mike and Ed's
I have eaten at this particular establishment on several occasions and have always departed a happy and satisfied patron. The portions received compared to the price paid is quite a value and should make anyone's wallet feel less stressed. So for a reasonable price you can go in hungry and come out well sated.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the "Pulled BBQ Pork Plate w/ 2 sides" You get a very nice portion of meat and they have various delicious side dishes to choose from ( I normally get their scrumptous baked beans and coleslaw). You also receive 3 slice of bread with the meal and do try their "Ice Tea" which well compliments the meal. Of course there are many more items on their menu to choose from, but the dish I have described is my favorite. I was only disappointed in their Brunswick Stew. It was good, but after sampling their other dishes I thought it could have been much better.
venice is a very good cafe style italian restaurant located in downtown tuscaloosa. very good italian cuisine moderately priced. a good choice for italian when in tuscaloosa.
chuck's fish is an excellent sefood restaurant located in downtown tuscaloosa. chuck's only offers seafood from the gulf coast. in my opinion the best seafood restaurant in tuscaloosa.