Taste of Tuscaloosa: New Downtown Restaurant Central Mesa Keeps It Fresh Featured

As the owner of both Central Mesa and The Avenue Pub, Craig Williams is no stranger to the Tuscaloosa restaurant scene. As the owner of both Central Mesa and The Avenue Pub, Craig Williams is no stranger to the Tuscaloosa restaurant scene. Sheena Gregg

Fresh tortillas, flavorful charred vegetables, and made-from-scratch sauces are the types of things that make my mouth water. Luckily for all of us “foodies” in Tuscaloosa, there’s a new place in town that offers these delights.  

On July 5, Central Mesa opened its doors. The Latin American-inspired eatery, located in the old Epiphany Farm-to-Fork Cuisine location on Greensboro Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa, boasts much more than your typical burrito.  

Central Mesa and Avenue Pub owner Craig Williams believes that Tuscaloosa is ready for something like this.  

“I saw this type of restaurant concept working really well in the Nashville, Birmingham, and Atlanta markets, and I knew it could work well here too,” said Williams.  

As someone who understands the value of the overall restaurant experience, Williams says he continues to work with his staff each day to improve what they can offer patrons.  

“We just want to do it right and be proud of what we’re doing,” he said. 

Central Mesa’s street corn appetizer has become an early customer favorite with fresh flavors from corn, jalapenos, cotija and crema.


Williams adds that he hopes Tuscaloosa will consider Central Mesa as part of its regular food scene – and not just as a special occasion place. 

 “We’re currently working on happy hour specials for our cocktails and menu items,” he said. “We’re in a perfect spot downtown with all the retail space.”  

Some of Williams’ favorite menu items include the spicy chicken tostadas featuring oven roasted chicken in a spicy tinga sauce topped with avocado, cotija, and cilantro, as well as the street corn appetizer, which features fresh corn off the cob, white onion, jalapenos, cotija and house-made crema.  

“Just like Avenue Pub, we don’t have freezers. We’re doing everything fresh, and we want customers to enjoy what we’ve got to offer.”   

For more information on Central Mesa, including a menu and restaurant hours, visit Central Mesa on Facebook. 

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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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