This barbecue has been a favorite for more than 45 years. Forget dining in―the cinder block building is intended for pickup. A slab of their popular ribs is $19.18. 1211 Martin Luther King Blvd.; (205) 345-6861. Hours: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday.
Buffalo Phil's Pub and Cafe, Tuscaloosa
Great hot wings ($7-$12), chicken fingers ($9), and cold beer right on The Strip. It's tough to get a table, but you can order takeout for tailgating or eat while standing.
1149 University Blvd.; (205) 758-3318. Hours: 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.
Chuck's Fish, Tuscaloosa
Great seafood that's close to campus. The Saturday brunch is a steal, but dinner is
pricier (around $25 for most entrées). Try the tasty homemade ice cream. 508 Greensboro Avenue; (205) 248-9370. Lunch hours: 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday; dinner hours: 5-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday; brunch hours: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.
Unique ambience with an old-Hollywood theme. The stuffed tomatoes are arguably just as memorable as the decor. Expect to spend around $40-$50 per person for an appetizer and entrée at this upscale eatery. Reservations are requested. 3510 Loop Road; (205) 556-0665. Hours: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday.
Nick's Filet House, Tuscaloosa
A classic dive―good steaks at dirt cheap prices. Get the bacon-wrapped fillet for $11 and the Nicodemus rum punch. Be there at 5 p.m. to get a table in this tiny joint. 4018 Eutaw Highway; (205) 758-9316. Hours: 5-9:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5-10 p.m.
The Waysider Restaurant, Tuscaloosa
It's breakfast like grandma used to make. The menu is breakfast-only on weekends. Come craving the made-from-scratch biscuits topped with redeye gravy ($2.65). 1512 Greensboro Avenue; (205) 345-8239. Parking is located behind the restaurant, off 25th Avenue. Hours: 5:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 5:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday.