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Food - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. - Druid City Living, Tuscaloosa's premier community newspaper. http://druidcityliving.com Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:15:32 -0500 MYOB en-gb DCL Recipes: Doritos Taco Salad and Slow Cook Pepper Steak http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2463-dcl-recipes-doritos-taco-salad-and-slow-cook-pepper-steak http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2463-dcl-recipes-doritos-taco-salad-and-slow-cook-pepper-steak DCL Recipes: Doritos Taco Salad and Slow Cook Pepper Steak

Who wants to spend all summer in a hot kitchen? These recipes allow you to whip up a tasty meal without missing out on any summer fun.  The Doritos taco salad takes just minutes to make, and for the pepper steak, the slow cooker makes things a breeze. 

As always, bon appétit!  

Doritos Taco Salad

  • 3/4-1 cup Catalina dressing 
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded 
  • 1 cup fresh tomatoes, diced 
  • 1 small orange pepper, chopped 
  • 1 1/3 cup water 
  • 1 lb. ground beef 
  • 2 taco seasoning packs 
  • 1/2 medium-sized head of lettuce, shredded 
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed 
  • 1/3 cup green onions (reserving some for garnish) 
  • 1 bag of Doritos  
  • Sour cream 

Brown ground beef until no longer pink, drain, and stir in taco seasoning and water. Simmer 5 minutes, or until thickened. Set aside to cool.

In a large bowl, combine lettuce, pepper, beans, tomatoes, and green onions. Drizzle dressing over mixture, and toss to coat evenly. Top with crushed Doritos, and lightly toss again. Garnish with sour cream and remaining green onions. 

 

Slow Cooker Pepper Steak  

 

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger 
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 
  • 1.5 cups beef stock 
  • 1 medium onion, sliced 
  • 1 green pepper, sliced 
  • 1.5 lbs. beef strips 
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced 
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce 
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt 
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar 
  • 1/4 cup water

Place beef, pepper, and onion in the crock pot, along with the seasonings, and the brown sugar. Toss to coat. Next, pour in the beef broth and soy sauce; stir to combine well. 

Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

With 30 mins cooking time left, make a slurry with the cornstarch and water, stir into the slow cooker, turn up to high, and cook for the remaining time.

Serve over white rice. 

Amy Poore is a Tuscaloosa mom, a wife, and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at pooreamy.com.  

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Food Wed, 01 Aug 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Taste of Tuscaloosa: Beat the Heat with the Best Cold Sweet Treats in Town http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2450-taste-of-tuscaloosa-beat-the-heat-with-the-best-cold-sweet-treats-in-town http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2450-taste-of-tuscaloosa-beat-the-heat-with-the-best-cold-sweet-treats-in-town Waffle cone bits, caramel, a little pistachio, and a homemade sweet cream base make this Frost Bite creation worthy of your taste buds.

Nearly 100 years ago, the “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream” novelty song was born. And all these years later, ice cream continues to be a staple dessert for joyful celebrations or a potential late-night snack. There’s no doubt it’s been hot in Tuscaloosa this summer, but once again, fear not my friends, the businesses of Tuscaloosa and Northport have heard our screams for ice cream, and they deliver big. Here are a few of my favorites this summer… 

Frost Bite Tuscaloosa 

Food Network videos have nothing on Tuscaloosa. T-Town now has its very own amazing rolled ice cream store – and it’s just a stroll away, in downtown Tuscaloosa. Next to Ajian sushi restaurant, Frost Bite Tuscaloosa’s debut this summer not only features the beauty of rolled ice cream worthy of a social media viral video, but also the “wow” factor of liquid nitrogen ice cream. Patrons can watch in wonder as shop staff conduct the most delicious science experiment ever right before their eyes. Frost Bite Tuscaloosa staff are quick to tell you that the liquid ice cream base is made in house, giving your ice cream creation the extra “yum” factor. Trust me, I’ve tasted, and my “yum” factor was full throttle. 

Frost Bite Tuscaloosa is located at 1914 University Blvd. Suite C in downtown Tuscaloosa. 

Athena’s Bakery and Boutique 

Who says you have to go out of town to get a milkshake in a mason jar with a piece of cheese cake hanging off the side? Since 2017, Northport-based bakery Athena’s has been offering up monster milkshakes to customers. With flavors like chocolate explosion, cookie monster, strawberry cheesecake, and salted caramel (just to name a few), you know that this dessert is worth the time and space in your tummy. My personal fav is cookies n’ cream, because who doesn’t love ice cream, Oreos, cake balls, and massive amounts of whipped cream? Want to know a secret? Athena’s monster milkshakes are only served on certain nights of the week, so check their Facebook page to find out when they’re up for grabs. The staff tells me it takes four hours to prep for monster milkshake night with the baking of extra cupcakes, cheesecakes, and brownies that top each creation. Sounds like time spent well! 

Athena's milkshakes include full-sized bakery treat items, like a tasty cake ball, a slice of cheese cake, a cookie, or a full-sized cupcake.

Athena’s Bakery and Boutique is located at 16820 Highway 43 North in the Winn Dixie shopping center.  

The Baked Bear Tuscaloosa 

Do you ever crave ice cream sandwiches so messy you need a spoon, and so big you need a bowl? Me too. The opening of The Baked Bear in Midtown Village created a line around (and around) the building, and the crowds haven’t stopped. Patrons can make an ice cream sandwich with cookie flavors of their choice, brownies, and even doughnuts. If that wasn’t enough, you can choose from 13 different ice cream flavors for your sandwich, and they have tons of fun toppings to finish off your creation. If you’re not in the mood for something so intense, a scoop of ice cream in a cookie bowl, or a nostalgic root beer float, could be in your future. If you are in the mood for something extra sweet, The Baked Bear has you covered. Sheena’s tip for success is to always include sprinkles… because who doesn’t love sprinkles?! 

There's no doubt why The Baked Bear is popular... a warmed-up cookie, brownie, or doughnut is the perfect ingredient for the most perfect ice cream sandwich.

The Baked Bear is located at 1800 McFarland Boulevard in the Midtown Village shopping center.  

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

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Food Tue, 24 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500
DCL Recipes: Refreshing Summer Drinks (thanks Amy Poore!) http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2442-dcl-recipes-refreshing-summer-drinks-thanks-amy-poore http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2442-dcl-recipes-refreshing-summer-drinks-thanks-amy-poore DCL Recipes: Refreshing Summer Drinks (thanks Amy Poore!)

It’s time to kick back in the backyard (or anywhere comfy, really) and enjoy some cool, refreshing beverages. These are two of my favorite drink recipes.

Need a front porch-sipping drink that’s sure to please? Try this delicious, fresh squeezed lemonade. You really cannot beat lemonade that’s fresh like this, and sure, the mixes are quicker – but they’re definitely not better. And if you’re looking for a cook cocktail to enjoy, this rosemary gimlet is a classic. The rosemary simple syrup adds a wonderful flavor, and it’s oh so fragrant. 

Cheers, DCL readers! Bon appétit! 

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade

1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (5-7 lemons) 

1 1/4 cup extra-fine sugar 

4 cups water, divided 

1 cup ice. 

 

Put lemon juice, sugar, ice, and 2 cups of water in a blender. Blend until smooth. 

Pour in pitcher, along with the remaining water. Stir. Serve over ice. 

 

Rosemary Gimlet

2 oz gin 

1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice 

1 oz rosemary simple syrup (recipe below) 

 

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass, and garnish with a rosemary sprig. 

 

Simple Syrup 

1 cup water 

1 cup white sugar 

2 rosemary sprigs 

 

In a small sauce pan, bring water and sugar to a boil, stirring until dissolved, remove from heat and place rosemary in sauce pan. Let sit for 1-2 hours, remove rosemary, and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 

 

Amy Poore is a Tuscaloosa mom, a wife, and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at pooreamy.com.   

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Food Wed, 18 Jul 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Taste of Tuscaloosa: The Great Burger Bonanza, Part Two http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2403-taste-of-tuscaloosa-the-great-burger-bonanza-part-two http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2403-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.

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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Food Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0500
May Recipes: World’s Best Bolognese and a 1950’s Chocolate Chip Cake http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2362-may-recipes-world-s-best-bolognese-and-a-1950-s-chocolate-chip-cake http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2362-may-recipes-world-s-best-bolognese-and-a-1950-s-chocolate-chip-cake Need a delicious treat? Try this wonderful recipe for the Original Blondie.

Greetings, all! This month, I am finally sharing my absolute favorite way to make spaghetti. I feel almost guilty sharing this World’s Best Bolognese recipe, because it’s just so simple to make. But it’s so good, I don’t think I’ll ever make spaghetti any other way now. 

And, since summer is almost here, I’m feeling nostalgic. My grandmother used to make this 1950’s Chocolate Chip Cake for my mom when she was little. It’s passed down, and now I’m passing it to all of you. It truly is the original Blondie dessert.  

Have fun in the kitchen this month, and as always, bon appétit! 

World’s Best Bolognese 

1 lb. mild Italian sausage 

3 tbsp minced onion flakes 

4 cloves garlic, minced 

1 (28-oz) can whole San Marzano tomatoes 

1 (6-oz) can tomato paste 

1 cup water 

2 tbsp sugar 

1 tbsp dried oregano 

1 tbsp dried basil 

1/2 tsp fennel seed 

1 tsp salt 

1/2 tsp pepper 

Cook sausage in skillet until brown and crumbled. Drain and place in crock pot.

Take the can of whole tomatoes and crush them with your hands. Add the tomatoes and the juice to the crock pot. 

Now, add the remaining ingredients, stir until combined well, cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours. 

Serve over your favorite pasta. 

 

1950’s Chocolate Chip Cake (The Original Blondie)

1/2 cup butter, softened 

1/2 cup shortening 

1/2 cup sugar 

1 1/2 cup light brown sugar (packed), divided 

3 eggs, separated  

1 tbsp water 

1 tsp vanilla extract, divided 

2 cups self-rising flour 

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream butter, shortening, and white sugar, and 1/2 cup brown sugar until light and fluffy. 

Add egg yolks, water and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and mix well.

Slowly add flour until blended; dough will be stiff.

Lightly grease/flour 9x13 inch pan and pat dough until level, sprinkle chocolate chips evenly, and lightly press into dough. 

Beat egg whites until stiff, then slowly add one cup of brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Spread evenly over dough. 

Bake for 25 mins. Let cool completely before cutting.  

Amy Poore is a Tuscaloosa mom, a wife, and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at pooreamy.com.   

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Food Tue, 22 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Taste of Tuscaloosa: The Great Burger Bonanza, Part One http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2328-taste-of-tuscaloosa-the-great-burger-bonanza-part-one http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2328-taste-of-tuscaloosa-the-great-burger-bonanza-part-one 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.

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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Food Tue, 01 May 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Liz Says: Death By Chocolate Tournament is Thursday, April 19 http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2311-liz-says-death-by-chocolate-tournament-is-thursday-april-19 http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2311-liz-says-death-by-chocolate-tournament-is-thursday-april-19 Liz Says: Death By Chocolate Tournament is Thursday, April 19

Hi, DCL readers! It’s me, Liz. I swear I haven’t gone away forever – but life is busy. However, I do take time out for chocolate. Did the headline alone get your attention? Thought so. Yep, this is an actual thing that’s happening here in Tuscaloosa this week. You can eat chocolate *and* help Family Counseling Service at the same time. Win/Win.

The Death by Chocolate Tournament, presented by Publix Supermarket Charities, is set for this Thursday, April 19, at 5:30 p.m. at the Tuscaloosa River Market. It features a competition among some of the finest restaurants and caterers in our area. In other words: It is total chocolate bliss.

There’s still time to snag some tickets to this event – prices are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Tickets are available on line at counselingservice.org or by calling the Family Counseling Service office at 205-752-2504.

Family Counseling Service is a non-profit counseling agency, whose mission is to improve the quality of life of the people of West Alabama by providing counseling services and programs that promote mental, emotional, and social well-being. Family Counseling Service has served the West Alabama community since 1963 helping over 1,800 clients per year and been a member of the United Way of West Alabama since 1969.

So, if you’re looking for something cool to do this week, why not eat chocolate for charity?!? Have fun!

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liz@druidcitymedia.com (Liz Stephens) Food Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500
April Recipes: Fresh, Flavorful Chicken Shawarma and Delightful Cacio e Pepe http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2305-april-recipes-fresh-flavorful-chicken-shawarma-and-delightful-cacio-e-pepe http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2305-april-recipes-fresh-flavorful-chicken-shawarma-and-delightful-cacio-e-pepe April Recipes: Fresh, Flavorful Chicken Shawarma and Delightful Cacio e Pepe

Now that we’re finally swinging into spring, I thought it might be the perfect time for a couple of light, refreshing recipes everyone can enjoy. This chicken shawarma with cucumber yogurt is mouth wateringly delicious – and it’s got some wonderful spices for extra flavor. And for the pasta fans (really, who isn’t?), this cacio e pepe is simple, but it’s truly delightful. Cacio e pepe means “cheese and pepper” – so if you like both, you’ll love this. 

Have fun in the kitchen this month, and as always, bon appétit! 

Chicken Shawarma with Cucumber Yogurt

  • Shredded lettuce  
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, chopped, divided 
  • 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips 
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided 
  • 1 teaspoon allspice 
  • 2 teaspoons coriander 
  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice, divided 
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk Greek yogurt, divided 
  • 1/2 cup grated yellow onion 
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced, divided 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin 
  • 1 teaspoon ground pepper 
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, finely chopped 
  • 4-6 multi grain flat bread or wraps 
  • Sliced tomato

1 -3 hours before cooking, combine 3/4 cup yogurt, 1/2 cup yellow onion, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 garlic cloves, coriander, cumin, allspice, pepper, 3/4 teaspoon salt and turmeric. Add chicken and stir to coat well. Cover and refrigerate for 1-3 hours.

Arrange racks in oven so you have a middle and upper rack. Preheat to 450 degrees.  

Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange chicken evenly. Discard remaining marinade.

Roast chicken on middle rack for 20 minutes.

While chicken roasts, combine, 1/2 cup yogurt, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 minced garlic clove, cucumber, and 2 tablespoons cilantro.

Move chicken to upper rack and turn oven to broil. Broil and watch closely until chicken has a few brown spots.

Remove chicken from oven.

Spread cucumber yogurt on flat bread, top with chicken, lettuce, tomato, and remaining cilantro. 

 

Cacio e Pepe (Cheese and Pepper)

  • 3/4 cups freshly grated Parmesan cheese (from a block, not shredded in a bag)  
  • 1 stick salted butter 
  • 1 lb. spaghetti noodles, cooked, reserving pasta water 
  • Freshly ground pepper from a grinder preferably (around 2 tablespoons) 

 

Melt butter in a sturdy pan over medium low heat. Continue cooking, while whisking continually until the foam subsides and it starts to brown. You must watch it carefully, because browning can become burning very quickly. When the butter is a light, rich brown, remove from heat. 

With tongs, remove pasta to a bowl and pour butter on top. Add 4 tablespoons of pasta water and stir to combine. Add in cheese, reserving some to sprinkle on top, and mix until creamy. 

Now stir in pepper. If it is too thick, add more pasta water – one tablespoon at a time.

Serve immediately in bowls, topped with remaining cheese and a grind of pepper.

(Option: Add in cooked, crumbled bacon.)  

 

Amy Poore is a Tuscaloosa mom, a wife, and a foodie. To see more of Amy's delicious recipes, visit her blog, Poore Amy, at pooreamy.com.  

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amypoore421@gmail.com (Amy Poore) Food Thu, 19 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Taste of Tuscaloosa: T-Town Enjoys a Food Truck Extravaganza http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2293-taste-of-tuscaloosa-t-town-enjoys-a-food-truck-extravaganza http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2293-taste-of-tuscaloosa-t-town-enjoys-a-food-truck-extravaganza Tea Town Alabama owner Jonathan Gardner always has a smile for customers who visit him at the Tuscaloosa River Market each Saturday morning. 

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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Food Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500
Farmers Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market to Offer New Seasonal Afternoon Hours http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2291-farmers-market-at-the-tuscaloosa-river-market-to-offer-new-seasonal-afternoon-hours http://druidcityliving.com/index.php/food/item/2291-farmers-market-at-the-tuscaloosa-river-market-to-offer-new-seasonal-afternoon-hours Farmers Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market to Offer New Seasonal Afternoon Hours

The Farmers Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market will offer new seasonal hours beginning Tuesday, April 17.

In addition to its usual year-round Saturday 7 a.m. to noon hours, the Farmers Market will be open to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday. This schedule will run through Tuesday, Nov. 20. The new afternoon hours are an effort to assist farmers in reaching customers at convenient times.

Each week, vendors sell locally-produced goods ranging from in-season fruits and vegetables, meats, breads, cakes and cookies to arts and crafts. Vendors accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Nutrition Program and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) benefits and electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards.

The Farmers Market at the Tuscaloosa River Market, a public service of the City of Tuscaloosa, is free and open to the public. The River Market facility is located at 1900 Jack Warner Pkwy and allows for Tuscaloosa to have one of the only year-round markets in the state of Alabama.

For more information call 205-248-5295, email rivermarket@tuscaloosa.com or visit tuscaloosarivermarket.com.

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contact@druidcitymedia.com (Super User) Food Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500