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Locals only Tuscaloosa

These local spots will do just the trick—and then some. This comfy find is beloved by college students and locals.

Locals Only Tuscaloosa

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Families have lived in Tuscaloosa for generations, their football pride and enthusiasm is contagious, but its the food that brings everyone together. Tuscaloosa is a college town, they do have their share of fast food restaurants, and I highly suggest passing right by them. To eat like a local, you need to the lines at these Tuscaloosa restaurants, try some good old Alabama cooking, and you will quickly understand their passion for Food, Family, and Football. Sunday brunch is a local favorite, and they offer a full brunch menu along with a well-stocked bar to enjoy the day with friends and family.

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Add to that the soft seating options around low tables — sinking into them tempts Hyde to close his eyes for a little siesta — and the garage doors along the perimeter of one wall that can roll up, and it feels like outside, but in climate control, he said.

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But until the grand opening this week, The has mostly been focused on hotel guests. Although obviously an available spot for Homewood Suites hotel guests, The Bar and Restaurant worked to emphasize the community in its conception.

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In its food and beverage menus, The has focused more on quality than quantity, especially until staff gets trained and up to speed. For example, there's The dip, with bacon, bacon jam, three chees and naan bread, or Black Warrior Nachos, featuring house-roasted carnitas, Black Warrior Brewing Co. Among the flatbread offerings is The Druid, with marinara sauce, arugula, tomatoes and balsamic vinaigrette, and The Whitworth, which tops smoked chicken and mozzarella with Alabama white barbecue sauce.


Sal come with the standard lettuces, nuts and vegetables, or can add grilled chicken or shrimp, or blackened mahi-mahi. Homewood Suites specializes in extended stays, sometimes longer weekends for a visiting parent, or workers on contract who might be in Tuscaloosa for months. The menu hopes to expand with more local foods, more farm-to-table produce and vegetables from the farmer's market, down the road.

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The Bama sandwich features smoked chicken, the white barbecue sauce, Wickles Pickles, Swiss cheese, bacon and coleslaw. For travelers seeking a little of their home away from home, the bar will also carry standard national brands. We tried to tie in some Tuscaloosa things, some Southern fare," with local and regional beverages, and a partnership with Wickles Pickles, founded in Dadeville.

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With an L-shaped arrangement of wide window views — including rollup garage-type doors, for fair days — looking out onto the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater stage, the old train trestle spanning the Black Warrior River, in the shadow of the modern bridges, the tail end of Greensboro Avenue winding past downtown coffee shops and stores, toward a view of Northport on the horizon, visitors can feel something of the city's flow and history.

Tuesdays through Saturdays, closing at 9 weeknights, then staying open later Fridays and Saturdays. I think it's just more upscale casual, is the way that I would describe the whole thing.

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Locals might get another angle on their home, not dissimilar to that from nearby Hotel Indigo's Lookout Rooftop Bar. Randall Hyde, The 's manager, moved to Tuscaloosa inworking in the radio business, then segued into the restaurant business "by happenstance," where he found the job he loves.

So after working his way up from dishwasher to management, at nursing homes, hotels, restaurants and country clubs, Hyde interviewed for job back in February, a month or so before Homewood Suites and its bar opened for business. Currently, The opens at 5 p. Even though The does have social media presence, "We've kind of held off on publicity.

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Though it's on the top floor of the new downtown Homewood Suites by Hilton, the Restaurant and Bar hopes to bring in locals as well as guests, sampling the upscale pub food, craft cocktails and beers, each with an emphasis on location. People more familiar with Tuscaloosa will feel welcomed by a mural of the University of Alabama's Denny Chimes landmark in the ground floor lobby, then take elevators to the sixth floor for the restaurant-bar combination.

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The kitchen closes at 10 on weekends, but the bar stays open until Eventually, Hyde hopes to expand that to seven days, with a midnight closing, but "it's not going to be a late, late night spot," he added. Also planned for the future will be live entertainment, with space enough for a small band in The 's cozy arrangements of tables, bar stools and easy chairs.

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We wanted to get our legs under us, and make sure that we can provide the level of service that people have come to expect from our brand, our hotel. You've got lots of windows that let in the light, but you've got the brick facade all around, and you've got the grass carpeting here," Hyde said.

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The hotel offers a complimentary full breakfasts daily, and evenings social for guests Monday through Thursday, with free beer and wine as well as small plates of food. Hyde said they're starting relatively small, with appetizers, flatbre, sal and sandwiches. The one- and two-bedroom suites each come with full-sized refrigerators, microwaves, stovetops, dishwashers, cookware and place settings for four, so those extended stay guests have options to stay in, if they'd like.