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The Big Game: Bama Bound? Try Tuscaloosa’s farm-to-table Epiphany

Most of us Tiger fans will be tailgating at home this weekend with friends and family, but if you’re on the road to see one of the SEC’s greatest current rivalries, LSU vs. Alabama, a rivalry that still incenses the Tiger Nation, you need some intel on a good place to eat in Tuscaloosa. I’ve got a spot in the city’s thriving red-brick downtown that won’t disappoint, Epiphany Farm to Fork.

This summer, as my husband John and I headed to Tuscaloosa to pick up one of our children from Alabama swim camp (sorry, fellow LSU fans), we had dinner at this dee-lish restaurant. Interestingly enough, it’s been around since 2003 back when farm-to-table was just barely emerging in the southeast. The changing menu relies on ingredients mined from Alabama farms. We were there in mid-summer, and here’s what we ordered:

From the “Dirt” section of the menu, Jon’s heirloom tomato, eel sauce, buttermilk, radish.


From the “Meat” section, slow cooked lamb, yogurt, collards, raisins.


Also from “Meat,” Fried chicken banh mi, buttermilk slaw, hot sauce. On the restaurant’s homemade brown sugar bread.

PanneCottawith cashews and sorghum syrup

Dessert special: Panna cotta with cashews, golden raisins and sorghum syrup.

Everything was super yummy, and the downtown storefront vibe, with its dark wood and high ceilings, was warm and inspiring. The wine list also had lots of great bottles and wines by the glass, including my personal go-to house wine, La Vielle Ferme. The banh mi sandwich particularly rocked (’cause it had fried chicken), and anything with sorghum (the rest of the South’s answer to cane syrup) is sweet and delicious. I would definitely eat here again.

Before the big game on Saturday, savor the enemy.

Enjoy, and Geaux Tigers!

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