Seafood lovers don’t have to wait until their next trip to the Gulf to indulge their craving for fresh fish, shrimp, and crab. Just a quick jaunt from the Gulf waters, Tuscaloosa is home to a bevy of high-quality seafood restaurants. Next time you’re in the mood for ocean-fresh fare, head to one of these T-Town establishments and get ready to save some of the best fish this side of the sea.
Chuck’s Fish has several locations in Alabama, each one built upon the same “Gulf to Table” foundation. The Tuscaloosa outpost is located at 508 Greensboro Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401 and features an open and inviting dining room suited for a great meal with friends or family. On the menu, you’ll find fresh fish of the day in a variety of preparations: blackened, with roasted corn relish; wood-grilled, with crawfish cream; and sautéed, with lemon caper cream. Other menu favorites include gumbo, a seafood trinity (with stuffed shrimp, fried oysters, and blackened fish rice pilaf), seared scallops, and bacon-wrapped crabmeat-stuffed shrimp.
Half Shell Oyster House
Located conveniently in downtown Tuscaloosa, at the corner of University Boulevard and Greensboro Avenue, Half Shell Oyster House brings a touch of New Orleans flavor to Central Alabama. With a French Quarter ambience featuring wrought iron accents and antique wood touches, the warm interior of the restaurant is just one of its draws. The menu offerings are what really draws a crowd. As you might expect, oysters are the star of the show, and you can get ’em any way you like ’em: charbroiled, Bienville, Rockefeller, raw … but there’s a lot more to choose from. Fresh fish, po-boys, seafood pot pie, and shrimp and grits all get rave reviews. If you can’t decide, go with the seafood sampler, which gives you fresh Gulf shrimp, oysters, mahi, a crab cake, and jalapeño hush puppies.
The Levee Bar & Grill
Locally owned Levee Bar & Grill can be found at 1 Bridge Avenue, Northport, AL 35476. Patrons love the friendly service and relaxed atmosphere featuring scenic views from the windows and outdoor seating area. The menu is large and varied, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything short of delicious. Seafood lovers will enjoy the peel ‘n eat shrimp, po-boys, locally raised catfish, fresh catch, oysters, crab claws, and much more.
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