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One of the reasons I love living in Tuscaloosa is the history of the city. It is filled with rich southern hospitality at each place you visit, especially in the historical restaurants. Don’t get me wrong; I love dining out at the new spots. However, eating at places that bring a historical value to the meal speaks to my soul. It was hard, but I narrowed it down to my three favorite places.

Nick’s Original Filet House, 4018 Culver Road, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Two words; Large Filet! Cross my heart; everything is delicious. However, I also give everyone a pre-warning. Go early because there is always a wait, but it is totally worth it. Be sure that you get a Nicodemus too! It is a signature run-punch drink that is completely Alabama. It moved to the Culver Road location in the mid-1950s. Oh, did I mention the chicken livers, onion rings, and homemade salad dressings? Be sure to get them too!


Mary K, Townsquare Media

The Waysider Restaurant1512 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL.

If you want to have a great meal that screams all the history and flavor or Tuscaloosa, then head to the historic Waysider restaurant in Tuscaloosa. They have been serving fans great southern meals since 1951. You might not know a soul when you go, but you will feel like you are family. Everyone speaks! My favorite dish, anything breakfast related. Seriously.  As I write, I hear a short stack calling my name.

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Dreamland Bar-B-Que, 5535 15th Avenue East Tuscaloosa, AL.

In every bite you take at Dreamland Bar-B-Que, you can taste the history of John “Big Daddy” Bishop. Alabamians have been enjoying Dreamland Bar-B-Que since 1958. I call it the showplace of bar-b-que. When I have out of town guests, Dreamland is the first stop. One of my friends (who is a rib snob) even went back to get several slabs of ribs to take back to North Carolina. An ideal meal for me; ribs, baked beans, white bread, and banana pudding to-go (for later).


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