Taste of Tuscaloosa: T-Town Enjoys a Food Truck Extravaganza Featured

11 Apr 2018 Sheena Gregg
Tea Town Alabama owner Jonathan Gardner always has a smile for customers who visit him at the Tuscaloosa River Market each Saturday morning.  Tea Town Alabama owner Jonathan Gardner always has a smile for customers who visit him at the Tuscaloosa River Market each Saturday morning.  Sheena Gregg

Tuscaloosa has turned into quite the foodie experience. We’ve got it going on in the brick and mortar side of things, and we have for some time – but now food trucks have provided a great foodie plot twist for our community. I mean, we were recently a filming location for the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race, after all! If you haven’t hit up the food truck scene in town yet, check out a few of my favorites to inspire you. 

Local Roots 

Ask anyone in town, and they’ll blurt the name “Local Roots” if you ask them about food trucks in Tuscaloosa. Whether in the heart of downtown, on campus in the middle of the day, or late night on The Strip, Local Roots strategically plants itself for the masses to follow.  

UA students don't mind standing in line on campus for the deliciousness that Local Roots offers up each day.

Owner Dustin Spruill and Executive Chef Beau Burroughs share a love for food that’s evident in their menus. Burgers, wings, street corn, and salads just make up a few of the menu offerings you might find at Local Roots. For many customers, the consistent location days and times make Local Roots an attractive food option.  

“I LOVE Local Roots and how they are on campus Monday-Friday. After my classes it is the perfect fuel I need to make it through the rest of my day,” said UA student Karlee Whitten. “Their chicken Caesar wrap is my favorite!” 

For more info on local roots including social media and catering information, visit eatlocalroots.com.  

La Mexicana 

Can’t every day be Taco Tuesday? Fortunately for us, we can all be rebels and enjoy some ethnic deliciousness anytime we want to. Whether on Colonial Drive or at The River Market, La Mexicana is known for its authentic Mexican food. Menu items include tacos, quesadillas, burritos, fresh guacamole, and queso with chips.  

La Mexicana owner Ricardo Castro has been in business with his main store on 15th Street in Tuscaloosa for the past 17 years. His taco truck arrived on the scene in the past three years. Customers, including Northport resident Manny Williams, will tell you that the freshness of the food, from the tortillas to the garnishes, is beyond compare.  

A variety of homemade salsas drive customers to La Mexicana's fresh feast of authentic dishes.

“Ricardo’s tacos are the bomb! The variety of sauces really add to enhancing the flavors, and the price point is hard to beat. Hands down the best Mexican food in Tuscaloosa.”  

For more information, visit the main restaurant at 428 15th Street. 

Tea Town Alabama 

Who says you can only win folks over with food in your truck? Tea Town Alabama owners Jonathan and Becca Garner started their journey with Tea Town in 2014 on a mission to provide local ingredients to the communities they love. Pepper Place Market and the Tuscaloosa River Market are prime locations for the tea vendors, but customers can also enjoy the products of Tea Town at Monarch and UPerk Coffee shop, as well as Manna Grocery and Deli.  

“When I get done with my run on the River Walk on Saturday mornings, an iced cup of the herbal lemon tea gives me the perfect pick me up. There’s just something about the ginger and lemon that make me feel like I’m on vacation,” said Tea Town customer Amanda Jones.  

For more information on Tea Town, including locations and brewing instructions, visit teatownalabama.com. 

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