As the wise Ron Swanson once said, “There has never been a sadness that can’t be cured by breakfast food.” Were truer words ever spoken? I love all breakfast food so this was a struggle, but I’ve ranked my top five breakfast places in Tuscaloosa. Here goes.
5. Another Broken Egg
To be fair, I’ve only had one item on the menu: my all-time favorite, the Smoked Salmon Benny. It’s essentially a bagel with lox plus a poached egg on top and it’s delicious. But there’s a couple downsides to this place: it’s a little pricey and it’s hands-down the most crowded brunch place in Tuscaloosa. Thinking about going here to cure your Sunday morning hangover after a big game? Don’t. There will be at least a three hour wait and as much as it pains me to say this, the Smoked Salmon Benny is just not worth it.
As far as bagel sandwiches go in Tuscaloosa, this is the best you’re going to get. The owner ships bagels in directly from New York and the next best bagel in this city is probably Starbucks, if you can even consider that a bagel.
3. Babe’s Doughnuts
Despite the name, Babe’s didn’t make the list because of its donuts. I’m a big proponent of Mexican breakfast items: tacos, burritos, even breakfast nachos (shout out Sweet Home Food Bar). I went here for the first time on Saturday, and their southwest breakfast taco is heaven. They also have killer cold brew coffee.
2. Heritage House
I hate to be #basic but this place earned No. 2 strictly because of its avocado toast. It’s the only place in Tuscaloosa to go if you want that millennial classic. It also has a really homey vibe and great muffins.
1. Rama Jama's
This place gets No. 1 because of its pure authenticity. As you walk into the building directly across from Bryant-Denny Stadium, you'll see every inch of the wall (and ceiling) is covered with signed photos, articles and random tokens of Alabama football. Like a lot of things in this state, it’s a long standing tradition and not much has changed since its opening, including the prices. You can get a full breakfast meal for $6 which is important when you only have $7 in your bank account.
So you don't agree with my ranking? Leave a comment, I dare you.