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A Road Reb's Guide to Tuscaloosa

Just because you’re not in Oxford for the game this weekend doesn’t mean you can’t have a great time in Tide country. If you’re a Road Reb visiting Tuscaloosa this weekend, here are some locally recommended places you should check out!


Dreamland BBQ

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If you’re looking for some great BBQ while you’re waiting to go to the game, check out Dreamland. It has been around since 1958 and offers a little bit of everything from pulled pork to banana pudding. They say there “ain’t nothing like ‘em nowhere,” so go see for yourself!

Buffalo Phil’s

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Buffalo Phil’s is Tuscaloosa’s favorite wing spot. It was even mentioned on ESPN as one of the best places to eat in Tuscaloosa. Buffalo Phil’s has a variety of different sauces, and if wings aren’t for you, there are still plenty of other items to choose from. And, don’t forget to try their signature drink, the “Philibuster.”

Rama Jama’s

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Trying to find the perfect place to grab a fast breakfast or brunch? Look no further than Rama Jama’s. This diner offers a great variety on its menu but is best known for its breakfast food. You can find all of your breakfast favorites like pancakes, eggs and biscuits. Be sure that you try Rama Jama’s out on Friday or Saturday though because they are closed on Sunday!

Cypress Inn

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Head to the Cypress Inn if you’re looking for a restaurant that is a little more quiet and a bit more upscale. The Cypress Inn is casual riverfront dining, so you’re sure to have a great view! They offer everything from fish to prime rib sandwiches and don’t forget to check out their daily specials.

Heat Pizza Bar

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Everyone loves pizza, so check out a downtown Tuscaloosa favorite! Heat offers anything and everything you could possibly want on a pizza and uses the freshest ingredients to make them. They also offer live music and drink specials Thursday through Sunday, so go enjoy some pizza and listen to some music before heading to the game!



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If you’re looking for a great spot to hang out after the game, look no further than Rounders. This bar is located conveniently on the downtown strip and has a little something for everyone. You can enjoy a high-energy nightclub atmosphere, live bands and an open-air rooftop view of Tuscaloosa, all in one place!


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A local favorite and home of the famous YellowHammer drink, Gallette’s is a great place to visit before or after the game. Hangout outside to play a game of corn hole and watch fans walk by or enjoy a game of pool inside by the bar.

Houndstooth Sports Bar

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The Houndstooth Sports Bar is a favorite on the strip. It’s a great place to go if you aren’t actually going to the game. They have plenty of TVs around to watch the Rebs… even in the bathroom, you won’t miss a second of the action! With a wide variety of drinks and TVs, it’s easy to see why Houndstooth is a local favorite. 


Bryant Museum

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Even if you’re not an Alabama fan, it’s still a great idea to go and visit the Paul W. Bryant Museum. It’s right on campus and tells the history of Alabama football and emphasizes the legacy Coach Bryant left. And while nothing is as great as the history of Ole Miss football, it might be interesting to see what makes all of those Bama fans tick.


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Of course, the whole reason for any Road Reb’s journey to Tuscaloosa: The Game! We may not be back home in the Grove, but enjoy some tailgating out on the Quad before heading into Bryant-Denny Stadium to cheer on the Rebs! Hotty Toddy!!

Caroline Waller is an intern for HottyToddy. She can be reached at cgwaller@go.olemiss.edu.

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