5 mouthwatering restaurant openings & reopenings in Tuscaloosa

Thali Is Served At Lunchtime At Sitar. Yum! Photo Via Sitar Of India'S Facebook.
Tuscaloosa’s only Indian restaurant is reopening soon! Photo via Sitar of India’s Facebook.

This summer is exciting for foodies in Tuscaloosa. New restaurants are opening their doors and tried-and-true favorites are reopening in exciting locations. We picked out several openings we can’t wait to try!

1. Ichiban Japanese Grill

A Sushi Platter From Ichiban Is Never A Bad Idea! Photo Via Ichiban Japanese Grill'S Facebook.
A sushi platter from Ichiban is never a bad idea! Photo via Ichiban Japanese Grill’s Facebook.

Ichiban is back and better than ever! Tuscaloosa’s favorite Japanese restaurant is relocating to University Boulevard. They’ve already put up the sign at their new location, and we couldn’t be more excited! We’re getting closer and closer to sushi dates at an even better spot. Their sushi platters are the perfect way to elevate any tailgate or party. Ichiban will reopen later this month or in early July. 

The Storefront Of Ichiban'S New University Blvd Location! Photo Via Ichiban Japanese Grill'S Facebook.
The storefront of Ichiban’s new University Blvd location! Photo via Ichiban Japanese Grill’s Facebook.

2. Walk On’s Sports Bistreaux

The New Walk On'S In Tuscaloosa Opened This Month. How Exciting! Photo Via Walk On'S Sports Bistreaux'S Facebook.
The new Walk On’s in Tuscaloosa opened this month. How exciting! Photo via Walk On’s Sports Bistreaux’s Facebook.

Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux brings a taste of Louisiana to gameday. Tuscaloosa’s first Walk-On’s location opened this month at 675 Skyland Boulevard, just in front of the Planet Fitness. Their menu features beignets, poboys, corn grits, signature cocktails and more! Walk On’s has a gourmet menu served in a casual setting, so it’s sure to win over anyone. Extra tip: Walk-On’s Tuscaloosa is hiring, and I bet it’s a fun work environment.

3. Sitar of India

Thali Is Served At Lunchtime At Sitar. Yum! Photo Via Sitar Of India'S Facebook.
Thali is served at lunchtime at Sitar. Yum! Photo via Sitar of India’s Facebook.

Tuscaloosa’s only Indian restaurant was gone too long! Sitar of India has finally moved to a location just down the road from its original 15th Street spot. The buffet and grill has left me full and satisfied more times than I can count–it’s an especially great spot for hearty vegetarian food. I love Sitar’s palak paneer and samosa chaat, but you can’t go wrong with anything on their menu! Sitar will be reopening later this month. 

The Front Of Sitar'S Future Location! Photo Via Sitar Of India'S Facebook.
The front of Sitar’s future location! Photo via Sitar of India’s Facebook.

4. Slim Chickens

Slim Chickens' Future Tuscaloosa Location Will Be A Great Spot To Meet With Friends! Photo Courtesy Of Slim Chickens.
Slim Chickens’ future Tuscaloosa location will be a great spot to meet with friends! Photo courtesy of Slim Chickens.

The first Slim Chickens in Alabama will open in Tuscaloosa soon. It’s under construction at 635 Skyland Boulevard, right next to the new Walk-On’s. Slim Chickens has delicious wings and tenders at great prices. It reminds me of Raising Cane’s with more options, and I think it’ll be a perfect match for T-Town. Affordable catering options are also available, so check it out for your next tailgate.

5. Jersey Mike’s

Jersey Mike'S By The Black Warrior River. Nothing Better! Photo By Libby Foster For The Bama Buzz.
Jersey Mike’s by the Black Warrior River. Nothing better! Photo by Libby Foster for The Bama Buzz.

Can you believe it took Tuscaloosa so long to get a Jersey Mike’s? The home of fresh and fast subs finally arrived this summer! The new Jersey Mike’s is right on the strip, and it’s the perfect spot for late night grub. I went to Jersey Mike’s for the first time this month, and I absolutely loved it! Don’t forget to get the sandwich shop’s signature “juice” on your next sub.

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