Taste of Tuscaloosa: Cravings Serves Up Nostalgic Favorites and More

Giant Tootsie rolls, Razzles and candy buttons are a few of the specialty grocery store’s selection. Giant Tootsie rolls, Razzles and candy buttons are a few of the specialty grocery store’s selection.

By Sheena Gregg


Area residents in the mood for a unique snack like Sriracha popcorn or a nostalgic candy favorite like Razzles or Turkish taffy now have a place to satisfy those cravings at a place called, appropriately enough, “Cravings.” New York native Dan Robinson has enhanced downtown Tuscaloosa with a store to meet the needs of any food lover. Robinson is no stranger to providing unique, delectable treats to a community, having previously owned The Candy Bar, a specialty grocery in New Orleans’ French Quarter.


As an independent small business, Robinson felt that the downtown area was calling his name.

“I wanted to open a specialty grocery here in Tuscaloosa with beer and wine for almost two years now,” Robinson said. “I really felt that there were a lot of people here who would love a store like this.”

And there was no doubt about where Robinson wanted to locate.

“In my mind, downtown is the heart of Tuscaloosa, the only part of town that is mostly small businesses.”

With an April opening, Cravings Specialty Grocery has brought new life to downtown. In addition to nostalgic specialty snacks and candies, patrons can find gourmet ingredients for their next homemade meal or the perfect beverage accompaniment. With over 160 wines and 180 craft beers all cold and sold by the bottle, customers can look forward to creating their own four- or six-pack. Non-alcoholic selections also include specialty sodas, waters, juices, energy drinks, and kombucha. If you don’t feel like venturing home to enjoy your goodies, folks can drink on premise in the store while enjoying the variety of individual desserts, sandwiches, and other freshly made options. 

Customers can enjoy their selections, including craft beers, at tables inside the market.

According to Robinson, Cravings is just in its beginning stages. Customers can look forward to early morning openings that serve up New York bagels, Belgian waffles, coffee, and homemade quiches.

Home chefs can also anticipate a nice selection of grass-fed beef, seafood items, and specialty Cajun meats.

“We want people to know that customer service and quality is extremely important to us. We plan on being part of the downtown community for a long time to come. If we don’t have something, we will get it for you if we can.”

Sheena Gregg is a registered dietitian and local “Filipino Foodie.” Follow her adventures at www.afilipinofoodie.com.

Photos: Sheena Gregg

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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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