Taste of Tuscaloosa: Urban Cookhouse Offers Fresh, Local Fare

Urban Cookhouse’s Berry Good salad features seasonal berries, tomatoes, spiced pecans, feta, and the restaurant’s signature vinaigrette, along with a choice of optional proteins such as chicken salad, lime-marinated steak, and grilled chicken. Urban Cookhouse’s Berry Good salad features seasonal berries, tomatoes, spiced pecans, feta, and the restaurant’s signature vinaigrette, along with a choice of optional proteins such as chicken salad, lime-marinated steak, and grilled chicken. Sheena Gregg

Summertime represents many things to many different people. For many, it’s a season full of lake days, going to summer camp, or working on projects in the home. For me, it means taking advantage of the lighter daytime traffic and enjoying multiple lunch dates with my husband and my gal pals at all the restaurants that are usually packed during the fall and spring semesters.  

My newest hot spot in town has become Urban Cookhouse, which offers everything from lite and flavorful salads to hearty and delicious steak and pork. No matter what you choose, Urban Cookhouse uses its motto of “Buy Local, Eat Urban” to fuel the restaurant’s ingredient choices and entrée concepts, using locally grown produce in its kitchen and supporting area farmers and farmers markets.  

The first Urban Cookhouse opened in Homewood in 2010, and the Tuscaloosa restaurant is one of 13 current or upcoming locations. Tuscaloosa is the restaurant franchise’s first location with a drive-thru window.  

Urban Cookhouse Catering Manager Brittany Gentry says Tuscaloosa’s been quick to embrace the restaurant, and locals definitely have favorite menu items.  

“The white barbecue chicken sandwich is our most popular item, with buffalo chicken wraps coming in a close second,” Gentry said. “As far as sides go, the hot cheddar pasta and broccoli salad are clear favorites here in west Alabama.”  

Urban Cookhouse Tuscaloosa’s staff includes (L to R): Manager Vincent Hunter, Catering Manager Brittany Gentry, Assistant Manager Emmie Sanders, and Kitchen Manager Miguel Zacarias.

Meats are prepared on the Big Green Egg for extra flavor and tenderness. Urban Cookhouse patrons can also expect a signature orange roll with every entrée. A product of Homewood native Millie Ray, Urban Cookhouse became the first customer to partner with Ray – and they haven’t looked back since.   

With a mission to provide excellence to all customers, Urban Cookhouse has also teamed up with KultureCity Birmingham to be a sensory inclusive restaurant. It’s a way to help families living with autism and sensory processing disorders enjoy a stress-free dining experience. 

“We are truly a ‘fast casual’ restaurant that focuses on customer service and making things easy for you when you come in,” said Gentry.  

Whether it’s the impressive menu line, the atmosphere, or the customer service, Urban Cookhouse complements the Tuscaloosa restaurant scene with all that it offers. As a frequent patron myself, let me be the first to tell you that Urban Cookhouse also has that “good ice” – you know, the kind that’s perfect for crunching during the hottest Druid City days.  

Urban Cookhouse Tuscaloosa is located in the Village at Northbank off of Rice Mine Road. For more information, including a detailed menu and hours, visit urbancookhouse.com.  

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Sheena Gregg

Registered Dietitian/Assistant Director, Health Education and Nutrition Services at The University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa

Website: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheena-gregg-83612a9b

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