Taste of Tuscaloosa: Dotson’s Hits the Spot

Dotson's Burger Spot is located in Temerson Square, between Edelweiss Germany Bakery and Velocity Pro Cycle. Dotson's Burger Spot is located in Temerson Square, between Edelweiss Germany Bakery and Velocity Pro Cycle. Sheena Gregg

Burgers, fries, and (boozy) milkshakes, oh my! That’s what Dotson’s Burger Spot has brought to the table in Temerson Square. Dotson’s has hit the ground running since opening in August, providing an assortment of high-end burgers, appetizers, and desserts that make you want to scream “yum.” 

For Tuscaloosa folk, the family behind Dotson’s Burger Spot is a familiar one. As owners of both Southern Ale House and Dotson’s, Justin Holt and his father, Cal Holt, are no strangers to running a successful restaurant business locally. And keeping it in the family even further, the homemade pies are Justin’s great grandmother’s recipes – her partnership with Clara Dotson in Franklin, Tennessee, provides the restaurant namesake (Dotson’s in Franklin was an institution for decades). 

Hearing the raves from co-workers about the generously-sized appetizers and flavorful burgers, I knew I had to make my way over to Dotson’s Burger Spot to try everything out. Walking into the restaurant, I was immediately struck by nostalgia by the red booths and diner feel of the space, once home to The Cajun Kitchen. 

Hopping up to the bar area as a single diner, I immediately noticed the assortment of gourmet burgers on the menu. Wagyu, ground chuck with pork belly, and a chorizo blend made my mouth water. I finally landed on the ’53 Chevy burger, featuring a wagyu patty with bleu cheese, red onion, pickle, and mustard on a garlic herb bun. 

The '53 Chevy burger features a wagyu burger patty with bleu cheese, red onion, pickle, and mustard on a garlic herb bun.

Knowing this was a “go big or go home” dining moment, I went all out with the loaded waffle fries topped with cheese sauce, chopped bacon, sour cream, and shredded cheddar. As my order arrived, complete with my burger and a massive tray of loaded waffle fries, I knew I was in deep when a diner beside me casually asked if I was pregnant. Sure, I probably ordered way too much food for one person – but hey, I’m reviewing! By the end of my meal, I should have confirmed to the neighbor beside me that I was indeed pregnant – with a food baby!

Overall, there’s no doubt that Dotson’s Burger Spot has set the stage for a long term stay in Temerson Square. Homemade pies, signature cocktails, and adult milkshakes add to the growing food scene in downtown Tuscaloosa. For more information, including the restaurant’s hours, visit @dotsonsburgerspot 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

Druid City Living (DCL) is Tuscaloosa, Alabama's premier community newspaper, covering the great people, places and activities of the area.

 

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