Top 5 Food Spots for Late Nights
Being a college student often means being awake at odd hours – and getting hungry at odd hours. Unlike you, most restaurants in town have a bedtime, leaving few options for places to eat. For times when you don’t feel like cooking, going through the same McDonald’s drive-thru or ordering Dominoes for the second time this week, here is a list of the top five places in Tuscaloosa that are open late.
By Raiha Bajwa
1. Little Italy: This local pizza joint is also located on the Strip and stays open till 3a.m. You can get pizza by the slice, or by the pie, but each slice comes huge and offers a hearty serving. They charge per topping, giving customers the option to pick and choose individual toppings, and also gives the options between thin or thick slices. Aside from pizza they also serve a variety of calzones, salads and sandwiches.
2. Quick Grill: Located along the Strip, Quick Grill is a go-to spot for cheap to-go food for the end of the night. The menu ranges from Greek cuisine such as falafel and hummus to chicken and French fries. Their messy fries are one of their most popular items, famous for lots of chili and lots of cheese. The Grill operates out of a small structure with just a counter, and remains open from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
3. City Café: This local spot has been a staple for breakfast and lunch for over 50 years. Hidden in downtown Northport, the family-run restaurant serves a variety of homemade southern dishes and is open for business from 4 a.m. till 3:30 p.m. The café has maintained its location in the same building for over 100 years, and takes up three whole rooms of booths and walls covered in Alabama memorabilia, sometimes still not enough to accommodate all the human traffic during its most popular hours. The prices are some of the cheapest around, and they promise to keep your coffee cup filled. Though the café is closed on the weekends, it opens it doors at 4 a.m. while it’s still dark, making it the perfect way to end (or fuel) an all-nighter during those sleep-deprived weeks of school.
4. Surin: Another spot on the Strip, this Thai restaurant opens for Midnight Sushi Thursday through Saturday. Midnight Sushi runs from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. during which customers can order off a special menu that offers items for cheaper prices than usual, particularly their sushi rolls.
5. Waffle House: Though Waffle House is not a local business, the spot is always there for you when everything else falls through. It’s 24 hour availability and reasonable prices make it the most dependable and consistent place to go to. There are multiple Waffle House locations spread around Tuscaloosa, with one conveniently placed on the Strip, close to both campus and bars, making an easy location to get to by foot.