Taste of Tuscaloosa: The Great Burger Bonanza, Part Two

Hearty and simple. Those are the adjectives that best describe Hooligan's burger – one of the best in town. As a no-frills burger with all the regular fixings, you can expect deliciousness in each bite. Hearty and simple. Those are the adjectives that best describe Hooligan's burger – one of the best in town. As a no-frills burger with all the regular fixings, you can expect deliciousness in each bite. Sheena Gregg

And the burger bash continues! Last month, I shared a few of my favorite burgers with you, but now I’ve got more. Don’t think for a minute that this next batch isn’t worthy of being celebrated. To be honest, this pregnant foodie has had a selfish agenda of meticulously tasting all the best burgers that Tuscaloosa has to offer… you can thank me later. 

FIVE Restaurant 

I’d like to think of the burger at FIVE as the “date night” burger. Despite the obvious ambience that makes FIVE a desirable place to take your sweetie, the food is pretty awesome as well. Is it the fancy bacon relish that makes the burger great? Perhaps. What about the double patty? That’s a definite possibility. Though I can’t give you a definite answer, I can tell you that my taste buds scream “YES” once I get that first bite of a FIVE burger. No matter what your reasons are for choosing the burger at FIVE, we can all agree that it’s delicious. Complemented by fries and FIVE’s signature house salad of mixed greens, fruit, almonds, goat cheese, and house vinaigrette, FIVE’s burger aims to give you that all-American experience worthy of “date night.”  

FIVE is located at 2324 6th Street in downtown Tuscaloosa.

Hooligan’s Mediterranean Restaurant 

Who says you can’t get a great burger at a Mediterranean joint? Cruise down University Boulevard, or visit any other Hooligan’s location for lunch or dinner, and I guarantee that at least half the patrons have opted for Hooligan’s cheeseburger. Dressed in a sesame seed bun and nestled in an iconic red basket, Hooligan’s burger should be in your regular lunch rotation… it is for me! The portions are generous, and the quality of the meat is obvious in each bite. To add to the diner authenticity, crinkle cut fries with Hooligan’s dash of seasoning makes your meal complete. If you want to go extra special with your burger experience, consider choosing cheese fries, fried okra, cheese sticks, or a stuffed baked potato as a side to satisfy your hearty appetite.   

Hooligan’s Mediterranean restaurant has locations on Hargrove Road, University Boulevard, and McFarland Boulevard.  

Oasis Bar and Grill 

Consider yourself incredibly lucky if a Tuscaloosa native whispers in your ear to try a cheeseburger from Oasis Bar and Grill in Cottondale. Ultra-foodies love the appeal of Oasis being a hole in the wall experience, but no matter what, the food speaks for itself. Sure, you may not find Oasis listed if you do a quick burger search on Google, but I promise that if you talk to the foodie elites of T-town, they’ll steer you to Cottondale to get the burger of your life. While my hubby loves the cheeseburger, I’ll let you in on a secret: My go-to choice is the Oasis patty melt on Texas toast with cheese, sautéed mushrooms, onions, and homemade brown gravy on the side. 

Oasis Bar and Grill is located at 6720 University Boulevard East in Cottondale.
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