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Taste of Tuscaloosa: The Great Burger Bonanza, Part One

01 May 2018 Sheena Gregg
The large cheeseburger is a fan favorite at Rama Jama's. After stuffing my face with this burger, I can see this is the thing dreams are made of. The large cheeseburger is a fan favorite at Rama Jama's. After stuffing my face with this burger, I can see this is the thing dreams are made of. Sheena Gregg

Did you know that Americans consume approximately 50 billion burgers a year? On top of that, the average American eats a hamburger three times a week! To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if the average T-town resident doesn’t beat this average, week to week.  

I know I rave about pizza quite frequently, but frankly, burgers just put me in a happy place. Maybe it’s that wonderful, char-grilled taste, or the nostalgia of outdoor cookouts with my family, but burgers just get me feeling good. If you haven’t already noticed, Tuscaloosa has a LOT of burger options. But don’t fret my friends, I’m sharing a few of my favorite burgers this month – and next month – so you don’t feel too overwhelmed with burger goodness all at once.  

Rama Jama’s  

For a joint located right next to Bryant Denny Stadium, you’ve got to expect the food is going to be good. Trust me when I say it is worth the extra little bit to upgrade from the regular cheeseburger to a large cheeseburger. The portions at Rama Jama’s are amazing, and the Alabama memorabilia in every nook and cranny of the restaurant just puts a little extra pep in your step. The crinkle cut fries add even more magic to the handmade patty. If you needed more to convince you, live life to the fullest, and order the National Championship Burger – which features 17 ounces of double meat and cheese. Rama Jama’s is located at 1000 Paul W. Bryant Drive. 

Avenue Pub 

You didn’t think I was going to talk burgers without mentioning Avenue Pub, did you? Who doesn’t love a burger served on a cutting board with an actual bucket of fries? I can’t put my finger, or my taste buds, on what makes the burgers at Avenue Pub so amazing, but it’s likely the freshness of the ingredients, and the innovation of burger flavors that just work – all the time. The standard bacon burger on Avenue Pub’s menu, featuring provolone cheese and your typical accompaniments, won’t let you down. An added bonus? How about the adorable $5 Happy Hour burger and some fries? This is a slightly smaller version of the monstrous, traditional bacon burger offered throughout the week. Avenue Pub is located at 405 23rd Avenue in downtown Tuscaloosa. 

How can you go wrong with a bucket of fries to accompany your bacon burger from Avenue Pub?

Dotson’s Burger Spot 

I like to think of Dotson’s Burger Spot as the place to get a fancy, delicious burger. Where else could you get a burger with a wagyu patty, Thai BBQ, and kimchi slaw? Probably the same place you can get a burger with a chuck-chorizo blend and pickled jalapenos on Texas toast. Talk about things that make you say, “Yum!” What else could make this place great? How about some boozy adult milkshakes and loaded waffle fries? Is your mouth watering yet? It should be. Dotson’s Burger Spot is located in Temerson Square in downtown Tuscaloosa. 

The '57 Chevy, with an 8 oz. wagyu patty and blue cheese on a garlic herb bun, washes down quite nicely with one of Dotson's famous adult milkshakes.
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