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There are some amazing pumpkin spiced recipes out there, but with so many options,  it is hard to find the best ones.  So we put together a list of the top 5 pumpkin spiced foods in Alabama.  Mmmm!  Enjoy!

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By Sheena Gregg


Chances are, your fall revolves around football season. Hungry out of towners and locals alike can all agree that food is a must with football. Check out our suggestions for a place to grab a bite before or after the game!

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 barbecue nachos will make your time in line worth the wait.

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!

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 “14 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 beside Bryant-Denny Stadium, Rama Jama’s is a people pleaser for locals and out-of-towners alike.

Mellow Mushroom
Pizza makes the world go round, especially for a family crowd looking for tasty eats on game day weekend. Mellow Mushroom boasts a perfectly textured crust combined with traditional and unique pizza toppings, and it’s conveniently located in downtown Tuscaloosa.

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.

Photos: Sheena Gregg

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


RamaJamas: Rama Jama’s is located right next to Bryant-Denny stadium.

AvenuePub: The Avenue Pub offers great pub fare in downtown Tuscaloosa.

MellowMush: Enjoy tasty pizzas, sandwiches and more at Mellow Mushroom.


Article sponsored by Alabama Power.

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By Sheena Gregg


Ahhh…tis the season of pumpkin spice in the coffee world! If you’re anything like me, fall brings on cravings for great coffee. In a town that runs on caffeine, Tuscaloosa locals have plenty to choose from in the coffee arena. Here are a few places to put on your radar this season, especially if you’re visiting Tuscaloosa for a weekend Bama game!

Nehemiah’s Coffee House

Since its opening in June 2012, Nehemiah’s has cultivated a sense of community among Forest Lake residents. Patrons will find the atmosphere inviting and cozy while also providing ample space for listening to live music, playing a board game, or sitting down for a cup of joe while reading the morning paper. Serving up Seattle’s Best coffee, I was pleased with the variety of beverages that are available, including the tasty peppermint white mocha that is sure to warm you up and make your taste buds do a happy dance.

Regular monthly events and drink specials can be found at www.facebook.com/nehemiahscoffeehouse and @NehemiahsCoffee on Twitter. Be sure to also check www.flbc.us/Nehemiahs for more information on the history of Nehemiah’s.

 Heritage House Coffee & Tea

Many may know Heritage House as the first coffee house in Tuscaloosa with a history that began over 20 years ago. Now located off of Towncenter Boulevard in Northport, the shop provides ample space for relaxing, studying, or conducting a business meeting in the private conference room. Visitors can agree that the vast variety of flavored coffees offered sets Heritage House apart from others in Tuscaloosa. If coffee isn’t your thing, assorted green, black, and loose leaf teas are offered to relax yourself. My personal Heritage House recommendation is the Toffee Coffee latte that provides a sweet smooth texture with just the right amount of caffeine.

For more information on Heritage House, visit www.facebook.com/HeritageHouseTuscaloosa or www.heritagehousecoffee.com.

Edelweiss German Bakery and Coffee Shop

If you’re in the mood for authentic German breads and pastries, Edelweiss is sure to make you smile. Since 2007, the shop has provided a variety of European specialties to complement the various coffee drinks that are served up each day. If the large display case of pretzels, cakes, and pastries doesn’t catch your eye, classic German sandwiches and dishes will fill you up for breakfast and lunch. My personal favorite is the apple strudel garnished with powdered sugar and a dollop of whipped cream. Edelweiss is located in Temerson Square and open for breakfast and lunch daily.

Photos: Sheena Gregg


Article sponsored by Tuscaloosa Tourism Black Warrior.

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By Tori Linville


Summer is heating up, making more room for romance and relaxation. If you’re looking for a great place to make date night memorable, look no further. We’ve listed the top places from your area that won’t dissapoint.




Amore Ristorante Italiano


This Birmingham five-star famed establishment is a no-brainer. With ‘love’ in the name, it’s easy to make date night memorable. Offering dinner with a romantic low-lit dining room, Amore has a selection of pastas and seafood to choose from to satisfy a rumbling stomach. The restaurant boasts more than 30 wines, with a distinct selection of reds and whites. Known as a Valentine’s Day must, Amore does all the work for you.


Bistro 218


Winner of the Diner’s Choice 2015 Award, Bistro holds it’s own in the cityscape of Birmingham. Mixing French with American, the restaurant “features the elegant minimalist interior design of traditional French bistros…creating a comfortable romantic atmosphere,” according to the restaurant’s website. Bistro 218’s menu offers both French and American influences, with a large selection of seafood. With five-star reviews, Bistro 218 offers a little romance for everyone.




Cotton Row Restaurant


“A vision for comfort, elegance and modern American cuisine is how the story of Cotton Row Restaurant began,” the restaurant’s website said. This vision includes a guaranteed romantic seat, no matter where you actually sit. Though the menu is always changing, there’s a guarantee of meat and seafood for most visits. Food becomes an art form at Cotton Row, where presentation is never dissatisfying. Sitting in the Courthouse Square in Huntsville, Cotton Row will leave your mouth tasting like anything but cotton.


Grille 29


Located in Village of Providence in Huntsville, Grille 29 does its best to make mouths water. With low lighting and fine dining a given, a date night is always easy at Grille 29. The mood continues on to the menu, with linguini, scallops and more choices that easily speak romance. Known to serve “surf ‘n’ turf,” Grille 29 does so with simple and elegant touches. With varying food choices and an average four-star review from more than 100 customers, there’s no reason no to make Grille 29 a romantic favorite.






Located in the Galleria of Tuscaloosa Shopping Center off of McFarland Boulevard, Evangeline’s offers American cuisine in its romantic dining room. The restaurant offers farm-to-table cuisine, wine that caters to any diner’s fancy and has prices that won’t hurt a wallet.  Evangeline’s also boasts a generous happy hour, free wi-fi and is gluten-free aware. Garnering four stars on Google reviews, Urbanspoon, Yelp and TripAdvisor, this dining experience is not one to miss.


DePalma’s Italian Café


Also a four-star favorite, DePalma’s sits in downtown Tuscaloosa, across from the children’s museum. Its menu features Italian flavors that are hard to forget. Most notably is the establishment’s white chocolate bread pudding. Empty wine bottles line the romantically-lit dining room, allowing for a chance to sign your name if you’d like. Minutes away from a handful of downtown attractions, DePalma’s is a must-go for setting the mood.




Article sponsored by ERC Roofing and Construction.

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Breakfast is the most important meal of the day for a reason. It’s what a body starts off with and what gives it energy. Some believe breakfast is in a league all its own, while others only save breakfast for the weekends. Which ever way you swing, we’ve listed the best breakfasts in the area to satisfy every stomach.

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