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Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

Serving the campus of the University of Alabama since 1894

The Crimson White

Tuscaloosa gems to see before you graduate

Caroline Japal

Graduation is drawing near, but chances are there’s still much of Tuscaloosa many seniors haven’t seen. Tuscaloosa has grown a lot in the last four years, and with so many new spots, it can be hard to keep up. There’s less than two weeks left in the semester, but there’s still time to add to your undergrad bucket list. From a hideaway steakhouse to an indie music store, here’s our list of can’t-miss hidden gems to check out on your next study break. 

Monarch Espresso Bar

Craft coffee isn’t the only thing this quaint, relaxed atmosphere serves up. Monarch also provides pastries, cereal and avocado toast – all of which are reasonably priced. Monarch offers a comfortable set of desks, couches, barstools and tables fit for studying alone or in a group before taking your finals. (714 22nd Ave.)

Nick’s in the Sticks

Though it may not look like an upscale steakhouse upon first approach, this Tuscaloosa gem offers filets, ribeye, onion rings and more for some of the best prices in town. With a rustic, backcountry ambiance, this restaurant might be exactly what you need for an evening study break. (4018 Culver Road)

Oz Music

If you’re desperate for some study tunes to keep you going, Oz Music may be exactly what you’re looking for. As a record store that sells used and new CD’s, DVD’s and vinyl, Oz Music has a large variety of music for almost every taste. (506 14th St.)

Tea Town

This quaint, local tea shop is the definition of a hidden gem. Tucked into Northport lies a variety of elixirs, fresh-brewed and loose-leaf teas, many of which are brewed using locally-grown herbs and fruits. Additionally, the building was also created by local artisans using recycled materials from the Tuscaloosa area. (412 22nd Ave. Northport)

Mary’s Cakes and Pastries

Tea Town’s neighbor, Mary’s Cakes and Pastries offers a variety of custom cookies, cakes and pastries for your sweet tooth. The bakery also offers $5 lunch specials throughout the week, varying from pulled pork and Cuban styled paninis to ham and swiss croissants. (412 22nd Ave. Northport)

The Book Rack

The Book Rack offers everything, from a paperback or hardback book to kind words and quality conversation with the women who work inside. In a quaint, homey atmosphere, it’s a great place to sit and read or browse their wide selection of used books if you need to get out of the traditional library setting for an hour or so. (620 14th St. B)

OEC Japanese Hibachi & Sushi

If you’re looking for some quality takeout before pulling an all-nighter studying for exams, OEC Japanese Hibachi & Sushi offers a variety of dinner entrees and sushi rolls for extremely reasonable prices. (2300 McFarland Blvd. E)

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