Taste of Tuscaloosa: Our Favorite Places to Grab a Bite on Game Day

Big Bad Wolves serves up some of the best game day BBQ around. Roll Tide and Roll BBQ Nachos! Big Bad Wolves serves up some of the best game day BBQ around. Roll Tide and Roll BBQ Nachos! Big Bad Wolves

It’s football season, and that means two things: it’s time to Roll with the Tide in BDS – and it’s time to eat! Whether you’re a hungry out-of-towner or a local, everyone can agree that Tuscaloosa offers up some of the best game day eats around. Here are some of my favorite suggestions for places to grab a bite – before or after the game. RTR! 

The Waysider  
A great day starts with a great breakfast. Fluffy, delicious pancakes, country potatoes, and mouthwatering bacon make a trip to the Waysider a Tuscaloosa tradition. Donned in Alabama memorabilia and nostalgic décor of the Crimson Tide’s most famous characters, out-of-town guests will thank you for bringing them to The Waysider.  

Big Bad Wolves Barbecue  
If you’re looking for something right on The Strip, Big Bad Wolves BBQ, next to The Houndstooth, will give you the game day experience you’ve been looking for. Massive BBQ nachos will make your time in line worth the wait – and get the extra cheese and peppers, because it’s game day. 

DePalma’s Italian Cafe 
Italian cuisine may not scream football season, but it does scream delicious. Made from scratch pastas and signature dishes complement the cozy yet upscale space for lunch or dinner on your game day weekend.  If you’ve got room for dessert, don’t forget to order the white chocolate bread pudding. 

The white chocolate bread pudding at DePalma’s is a delight and a must have.

Avenue Pub 
Featuring brunch, lunch, and dinner, the Avenue Pub aims to please. Buffalo sliders, fish & chips, bacon burgers, and Thai nachos will make your mouth water. Specialty cocktails and craft beers make this the ideal place to stop after the game.   

Rama Jama’s  
With menu items like the “17 National Champs BLT,” the “Ain’t Nothing But a Winner Polish Dog,” and the “Touchdown Burger Platter,” how could you not want to stop here before the game? Located conveniently right beside Bryant-Denny Stadium, Rama Jama’s is a people pleaser for locals and out-of-towners alike.  

Rama Jama’s is a Tuscaloosa landmark, located right next to Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Archibald’s Barbecue 
If you and your crew are looking for a treasure off the beaten path, consider Archibald’s Barbecue. Featured in one of ESPN’s original “Taste of the Town” segments, Archibald’s Barbecue in Northport has ribs described as “the best in the nation.” Creamy coleslaw and old-fashioned white bread keep Archibald’s customers craving more. 


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