2324 Sixth St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Located on Sixth Street, FIVE Bar is a great local favorite. They put on an awesome brunch on Sundays, where we’re fans of their bloody mary bar. At brunch, our favorites are their breakfast cheeseburger or chicken ‘n’ waffles. Both sound questionable as a breakfast item, but trust us on this one! FIVE is also open for dinner every night of the week. For lighter fare, their Wednesday night special is fish tacos. For heavier comfort food, the Sunday special is fried chicken. Check out some of their pictures on Instagram to make your mouth water.
R. Davidson Chop House
2330 Fourth St., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
If you’re looking for a fancy steak dinner, then we recommend R. Davidson Chop House. They’re located on the corner of Fourth Street and Greensboro Avenue downtown. Start with their fried green tomatoes topped with crabmeat appetizer. If you’re in the mood for a steak, the cowboy ribeye is sure to fill you up. We recommend the mushroom demi glaze with it. For a side, we suggest the jalapeño and bacon macaroni and cheese. And for a sweet finish, share a creme brulee for dessert. This chophouse is a bit more expensive, but you’ll leave full and happy. They’re even rated 4.5/5.0 on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.
Depalma’s Italian Cafe
2300 University Blvd., Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
For over 20 years, Depalma’s Italian Cafe has been our go-to spot for Italian cuisine in Tuscaloosa. They bake their own bread, and you can watch them hand toss the dough in the restaurant. So be sure to try their breadsticks with your meal, which have spinach or meatballs baked right in with mozzarella cheese. They have a lasagna of the day item on the menu — how many restaurants do you know that have that? Other popular dishes are their risotto and their veal marsala. Depalma’s also serves pizzas with a variety of toppings, which make for a great date night meal. Finally, the tiramisu is one of our favorite desserts. Order a cappuccino or espresso to go along with it.