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STORIES 4 MICHAEL MCDONALD // ALLEN SCULLEY

“As Michael McDonald tours this winter to promote the recent release of “Wide Open,” his first album of new original material in 17 years, he is getting a boost of exposure through what might seem like unlikely collaborations with younger and decidedly hip artists.”

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“To make these cookies you can use any sugar cookie recipe. I will include my favorite recipe here. When you roll out the dough, cut out a heart with a regular sized cookie cutter.”

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“After a short stint at the Parkview Plaza Shopping Center, the Left Hand Soap Co. has found a new home on University Boulevard at its new downtown location.”

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MICHAEL MCDONALD// "WIDE OPEN" As Michael McDonald tours this winter to promote the recent release of “Wide Open,” his first album of new original material in 17 years, he is getting a boost of exposure through what might seem like unlikely collaborations with younger and decidedly hip artists. Along with long-time friend Kenny Loggins, McDonald, 66, co-wrote a new song, “Show Me the Way” with Thundercat. McDonald last year joined Thundercat on stage at the Coachella Music Festival outside of Los Angeles to perform the song, gaining a ton of media coverage in the process. That performance followed an appearance last March at Florida’s Okeechobee Music Festival alongside Solange Knowles singing McDonald’s 1978 smash hit with the Doobie Brothers, “What A Fool Believes.” Then there was McDonald’s guest vocal turn on the Grizzly Bear song, “While You Wait for the Others.” It’s enough to make one wonder if this is all part of some calculated campaign to make McDonald (who has often been humorously called one of the founding fathers of the yacht rock movement for his soulful, soft rock balladry of the 1970s and ‘80s) cool for today’s young recordbuying audience. McDonald, calling in for a recent interview, however, said nothing could be further from the truth. His recent collaborations were events of opportunity that pretty much fell into his lap. The co-write on “Show Me the Way” happened after Loggins had approached the genre-jumping Thundercat (real name Steve Bruner) after he heard about an interview in which Bruner expressed his admiration for Loggins and McDonald. That grew into an invitation from Bruner to try collaborating on a song. In the case of Solange, getting McDonald to join her at Okeechobee fulfilled a long-time dream of hers to sing “What A Fool Believes” with the artist who made the song famous. “I don’t know how long any of this will last,” McDonald said of the collaborations and the renewed attention he is receiving. “My experience in the music business is everything comes in waves and things get quiet for awhile and you just kind

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of have to stay in touch with what your muse really is and really should be. It’s anybody’s guess what that will be five years from now.” McDonald has had two distinct periods of popularity, and a few lulls in a career that now stretches back more than four decades, so he knows of what he speaks. A native of St. Louis, He moved to California in 1970, where his big break came when he was hired by Steely Dan to sing and play keyboards on tour and on that group’s albums. McDonald’s work was noticed by producer/guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, an alumnus of the original Steely Dan who had gone on to join the Doobie Brothers. When guitarist Tom Johnston became ill and couldn’t participate on one of the band’s tours, McDonald was hired as his replacement. He became a full-time member of the Doobie Brothers in 1977. McDonald, who helped push the Doobies’ sound in a more soulful and poppy direction, went on to sing some of the most popular songs recorded by that group, including “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “What A Fool Believes” and “Minute By Minute.” The Doobies broke up in 1982, and McDonald moved onto a solo career that saw considerable early success before his fortunes faded during the 1990s and he had one of those career lulls. But then he signed to Universal Records, which suggested that McDonald make an album of covers of Motown Records hits. It was a natural move for McDonald, who grew up listening to Motown and soul music. That covers album, 2003’s “Motown,” became a double-platinum hit that put McDonald back into the music spotlight in a big way. A sequel, “Motown Two,” followed in 2004, and if not as popular as its predecessor, it still went gold. McDonald then completed his obligations to Universal with a 2008 album of soul-rooted covers, “Soul Speak.” By that time, McDonald knew he needed to get off of the covers album train. “I was kind of maybe even hyper aware

of the danger of being typecast as trying to think of different kinds of retro records to do, and I didn’t want to fall into that, although I enjoyed very much doing them (the “Motown” albums),” he said. “I grew up on the stuff. But I didn’t want to go too much further with that as an end-all concept to my career.” One way to nip any typecasting in the bud was to do an album of original material, but years passed without such a project materializing. It wasn’t due to inactivity. McDonald started writing songs again not long after “Soul Speak.” But he wasn’t thinking these songs would make up his next studio album. Instead McDonald actually started writing (or co-writing) and demoing tracks at a studio he was sharing with producer/drummer Shannon Forrest thinking he would pitch them to other artists to record for their albums. But without McDonald’s knowledge, Forrest (who is currently the drummer in Toto) starting pulling up McDonald’s tracks, cutting new drum tracks for some of them and having other musicians add guitars, bass and other instrumentation to the original demos. Eventually, Forrest asked McDonald to listen to the revamped tracks. “He played me the stuff that he had done and said ‘You know, I think there are tracks here that might be a good start for a record,’” McDonald said. “I was encouraged by hearing what he already done with just drums and adding some guitars and stuff…It was kind of enlightening for me to hear the stuff with a fresh ear and so we pursued it from there.” So the pair went to work on the remaining songs with some session players, brought in a few guest

musicians (including guitarists Warren Haynes and Robben Ford and horn players Marcus Miller and Branford Marsalis) and “Wide Open” was in the can and ready for its release last September. The dozen songs on “Wide Open” suggest Forrest was right to want to develop McDonald’s demos. The album rates with McDonald’s best work as a solo artist, fitting comfortably in his soul/R&B/pop wheelhouse. There’s an unhurried quality to the album, as simmering and lush tunes like “Strong Enough,” “Hail Mary” and “Honest Emotion” unfold gracefully and set the tone for the album. A few other songs (the funky “Find It,” perky “Hurt Me” and the bluesy “Half Truth”) kick up the tempos and add a little edge to the proceedings, giving “Wide Open” some welcome peaks and valleys. McDonald is in fine form throughout, with his soulful burnished vocals as strong and immediately identifiable as ever. McDonald started playing songs from his new album last summer and plans to continue featuring selections from “Wide Open” in his shows alongside his hits. “So far, we’ve had pretty good luck with playing the new stuff live, so I think we’re going to kind of pursue that…There’s a certain thing about playing new stuff live, those little changes that happen and where you put them in the show kind of changes,” McDonald said. “So we’re going to try to play the stuff for the audiences and hopefully it will be something that’s intriguing for the audience, seeing that we haven’t had much new stuff for a long time.”

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NEWS GREAT CROWD ATTENDS FEBRUARY BREAKFAST & BIZ AT UPERK

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS HOLD FOCUS GROUP Young professionals in a range of careers gathered for an interest meeting at Heat Pizza last Tuesday. Topics of discussion for the focus group included career and housing opportunities, networking, becoming engaged in the community and staying connected as a group.

Chamber members enjoyed a fun Breakfast and Biz networking event in February, hosted by downtown coffee shop UPerk. Located at 405 20th Avenue, UPerk is a nonprofit enterprise of First Presbyterian Church's college ministry's UKirk, and features a selection of coffee, tea and menu options.

Interested in getting involved? Email Kimberly at kimberly@ tuscaloosachamber.com.

UPerk is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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VALENTINE'S DAY STAINED GLASS HEART COOKIES

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o make these cookies you can use any sugar cookie recipe. I will include my favorite recipe here. When you roll out the dough, cut out a heart with a regular sized cookie cutter.

Next cut out the center of the heart with a small cookie cutter like the one in this mini cookie cutter set from Wilton. I purchased mine on sale at Joann's but you can also get it inexpensively from Amazon. Sometimes Walmart has holiday mini cookie cutters too. stained glass heart cookies After you cut out the centers of the hearts, use a spatula to carefully transfer them to a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. Place a red Jolly Rancher candy (I used red hot ones) in the center of each cookie. Bake the cookies for the time recommended by the recipe. When the cookies come out of the oven, let the cookies cool for a few minutes to give the candy a chance to re-harden. When the candy in the center is no longer soft, carefully move the cookies to waxed paper or wire racks to cool completely. Here is my favorite sugar cookie recipe. Party Sugar Cookies Ingredients: 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar 1 c. butter or margarine 1 egg 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 tsp. almond extract 2 1/2 c. flour 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cream of tartar Mix together powdered sugar and butter. Add egg, vanilla extract, and almond extract. Mix well. stained glass heart cookies In a separate bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate dough at least an hour before using. Roll dough out and cut out cookies. Bake cookies at 375 degrees for 7 to 8 minutes or until barely brown around the edges. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

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n exploration of the elaborate relationship between farmers, aerial sprayers, agriculturalists, crop pests, chemicals, and the environment. The controversies in the 1960s and 1970s that swirled around indiscriminate use of agricultural chemicals—their long-term ecological harm versus food production benefits—were sparked and clarified by biologist Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (1962). This seminal publication challenged long-held assumptions concerning the industrial might of American agriculture while sounding an alarm for the damaging persistence of pesticides, especially chlorinated hydrocarbons such as DDT, in the larger environment. In Chemical Lands: Pesticides, Aerial Spraying, and Health in North America’s Grasslands since 1945 David D. Vail shows, however, that a distinctly regional view of agricultural health evolved. His analysis reveals a particularly strong ethic in the North American grasslands where practitioners sought to understand and deploy insecticides and herbicides by designing local scientific experiments, engineering more precise aircraft sprayers, developing more narrowly specific chemicals, and planting targeted test crops. Their efforts to link the science of toxicology with environmental health reveal how the practitioners of pesticides evaluated potential hazards in the agricultural landscape while recognizing the production benefits of controlled spraying. Chemical Lands adds to a growing list of books on toxins in the American landscape. This study provides a unique Grasslands perspective of the Ag pilots, weed scientists, and farmers who struggled to navigate novel technologies for spray planes

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PESTICIDES, AERIAL SPRAYING, AND HEALTH IN NORTH AMERICA’S GRASSLANDS SINCE 1945 DAVID D. VAIL

and in the development of new herbicides/insecticides while striving to manage and mitigate threats to human health and the environment. AUTHORS David D. Vail is an assistant professor of environmental and agricultural history at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. REVIEWS “In Chemical Lands, David Vail incisively documents the complex relationship between sprayers, pesticides, herbicides, and grassland landscapes in America and Canada. For the first time, we can appreciate what was happening on the ground and in the sky through this thoughtful analysis of the sprayer’s perspective on the toxic chemicals that became intrinsic to American agriculture.” —Frederick Rowe Davis, author of Banned: A History of Pesticides and the Science of Toxicology

The University of Alabama Press is a proud member of the Association of American University Presses. The Press currently publishes 70-75 new titles a year and has over 1,800 titles in print. It is a founding member of the University Press Content Consortium and is at the cutting edge of digital publishing. The Press is the publishing arm of the University of Alabama.

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LOCAL SOAP BUSINESS MOVES DOWNTOWN

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fter a short stint at the Parkview Plaza Shopping Center, the Left Hand Soap Co. has found a new home on University Boulevard at its new downtown location. Launched in 1999 by Soapy Jones and husband Erik Hanson, the couple ran the small business from their home before opting for a brick and mortar location in 2015. For the local entrepreneur, each move was all about space. “When we moved into the storefront three years ago, the intention was not to have an actual storefront, just to move production to a larger space,” said Jones. “We didn’t put a sign up, we didn’t tell anyone that we were there and after a few days, people started figuring out where we were, knocking on the door... when the opportunity to move into the space downtown presented itself, we jumped on the opportunity because it’s larger space, it allows for a storefront and we can move production there.” Jones said moving into the downtown space not only allows for more production space, but it gives the small business more visibility. “The question we get most often is ‘how do you make soap?’,” Jones said. “It’s difficult to explain. It’s also difficult to get anyone in our old shop where we made it safely. Moving to this space means we can make soap

in a spot of the back of the retail space where people can see it.” Jones’ days of soap-making date back to childhood, where she learned the craft from her grandmother. Using leftover fat from the pigs they raised, the Tuscaloosa native acquired a skill that would launch her career. After graduating college, Jones gained notoriety amongst friends from gifting soaps as novelty holiday presents. When the demand grew, Left Hand Soap. Co. was born. The Left Hand Soap Co. isn’t just a Tuscaloosa staple, it’s a comical nod to the marginalized group that makes up ten percent of our population. Jones said she chose the name to jokingly destigmatize negative associations society has against the left-handed community. That and she is also left-handed.

made with natural ingredients and locally-sourced fruits and vegetables. Products are also available on their website, Amazon and on select store shelves. “The way that we see it, your skin is your largest organ, it’s there to prevent illness,” Jones explained. “It’s also there to protect your body from injury and all sorts of other things but it’s also your largest partitive organ, your liver, your kidney, your skin so anything we can do to help your skin naturally. That’s our goal.” Left Hand Soap Co. is located on 620 14th St. Suite A and is open Tuesday- Thursday from 12- 6 p.m. For more information, you can visit their website www. Lefthandsoapcompany.com

“Traditionally, the left hand is the dirty hand,” said Jones. “Every language has a word for left. It translates into something negative. In Latin, it’s sinister. In French, its gauche. The idea of having a soap company is something of a staple of human existence and necessity in human civilization. To have it be provided by this left hand is entertaining to me. It made me laugh.” Left Hand Soap Co. offers a wide selection of soaps, salves, deodorants and skin products that are all

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COFFEE AND FOOD FOR THE SOUL // HERITAGE HOUSE COFFEE & TEA

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f you ask someone where they can grab a cup coffee in town, you’re likely to hear the name Starbucks. Some however, may be lucky enough to hear the recommendation of Heritage House Coffee and Tea. In a town full of young, ever-changing residents without Tuscaloosa roots, it is no surprise that only the true town natives are aware of Heritage House as the first coffee shop on the block. Originating in June of 1994, Heritage House started with humble beginnings. As the years have passed, the shop has gone through various owners and now thrives twenty-one years later in 3 different locations across Tuscaloosa. Current owner Rebekah Wanstall has owned the shop for thirteen years. Under her leadership Heritage House has gone from a few packaged pastries to delectable breakfast and lunch. “Everything we have is made from fresh ingredients and made from scratch. We don’t use processed food. Our food doesn’t come in on truck frozen, and everything is made to order,” says Wanstall. Locations for Heritage House include the Towncenter location off of McFarland

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Boulevard, the Alberta location connected to the Tuscaloosa Gateway center, and the newest Riverfront location off of Jack Warner Parkway. Upon entering the Riverfront location on a Saturday lunch hour, I was taken away by the shop’s balance of feeling both cozy and spacious at the same time. Shabby chic furniture with tables accommodating large groups and intimate parties of 2 were filled with college students, businessmen, and twinkle-eyed ladies having a good laugh and conversation. Looking to my left I noticed the large brightly lit side room attributed to the abundance of windows and accented with unique furniture pieces. I scanned the overhead menu with amazement of the 40+ varieties of coffee beans. I made my way to the food menu and opted for a chicken salad sandwich with a cup of the featured soup of the day. As I waited on my food, I admired the various gifts and trinkets for sale. I also noticed a prayer wall adjacent to a more private room filled with young people absorbed in conversation and textbooks. My meal was promptly brought by the

barista on an eclectic mix of fine china. The chicken salad sandwich came on a croissant that was close to perfection. Buttery and warm, the bread provided the ideal platform for an obviously made from scratch chicken salad filled with grapes while still boasting simplicity. My tomato basil soup was warm, hearty and housed in a teacup. However, it was my friend Courtney’s order of crepes with strawberries, butter, and sugar that took my breath away. Accompanied with maple pecan bacon, I begged for a taste. Crepes I’ve had from restaurants in the past have had too strong of an “eggy” taste but these thin pancakes were magical.

Hours of operation, menus, and special events information can be found at heritagehousecoffee.com Tweet us @ ThePlanetWeekly and let us know where you are eating or drinking! Sheena Gregg, MS, RDN,LD is a registered dietitian and local “Filipino foodie.” Follow her on Twitter @TheThriftyRD

When I think about this lunch experience, I am pleased with the satisfying portions I was provided. However, my highest praise can be paid to the atmosphere of Heritage House. Though packed with people, I found myself in a calm and collected state of mind while enjoying my lunch with sweet friends. I have often found myself frantic, anxious, and irritated when traditionally out to lunch on a Saturday. It is true that there’s something to be said for a good cup of coffee, but there’s also something to be said for a great place for lunch.

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LOS VASCOS CABERNET SAUVIGNON

83 RATING: MOON BURN BY SOUTHERN PROHIBITION BREWING Judges Rating: 83 Aroma: 21 / 24 Appearance: 4/6 Flavor: 34 / 40 Mouthfeel: 8 / 10 Overall Impression: 16 / 20 Moon Burn is a golden ale with boysenberry, fermented with a mixed culture and aged in french oak. It was judged as BJCP Category 28C, Wild Specialty Beer. This beer has a moderately strong berry-like fruit aroma. Underneath lies the earthy aroma of oak. It pours an opaque radish color and has minimal head. The flavor is fruity and very lightly tart, subtly resembling the flavors often found in Flanders Red Ales. This beer finishes with low tannins, which dry it out. The carbonation is very low. Overall, the "wild" character of this beer is largely hidden, but the fruit character would make this an appealing choice for non-beer drinkers.

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aforementioned strawberry.

Los Vascos wines blend Lafite tradition with the unique terroir of Chile to create elegant wines that bring exceptional to the everyday. I tasted the 2015 vintage of Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon.

Mouthfeel and Tannins If I was to find a bit of a weakness in this wine, it would be a little extra bitterness from the tannins. The mouthfeel starts off creamy but does transition to a little bit of graininess, with the tannins being noticeable all over the palate.

Appearance Typical in appearance for a Cabernet Sauvignon, Los Vascos is rustic ruby in color. The wine did let some light get through, leaving dancing red reflections on the table. A tip and spin of the glass caused the wine to coat the glass quite a bit. Legs were fairly quick to fall and wide spaced.

81 RATING: LEFTOVER LIMES BY SOUTHERN PROHIBITION BREWING

Aroma I noticed this wine’s aroma immediately as I was pouring the wine into the glass. My initial sense was some spice and red berries. Up close, I noticed less of the spice, but some distinct earthiness.

Judges Rating: 81 Aroma: 21 / 24 Appearance: 5/6 Flavor: 33 / 40 Mouthfeel: 7 / 10 Overall Impression: 15 / 20 Leftover Limes is a saison-style Wild Specialty Beer, with lime, lime zest and Brettanomyces aged in oak and judged as BJCP Category 28C. The primary aroma of this beer is unmistakable: lime. It's bright and distinct, but as it warms, low, earthy, background aromas of oak and musty Brettanomyces emerge. This beer pours cloudy and orangecolored, with a thin, white head. There are earthy and fusty flavors that combine with a moderate tannic

he varietal is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and is estate grown and bottled. The producer (Lafite) suggests allowing this wine to decant for one hour before serving (see my notes below on this).

bitterness to make this beer feel dry overall. It's only mildly carbonated, leaving the finish a bit lifeless. Overall, judging this beer's quality is especially subjective. The bright lime aroma and earthy, tannic flavor are major contrasts and don't exactly complement one another. For many drinkers, these characteristics will not be a good combination.

There was also some complexity in the taste as well, as I noted secondary herbal and vegetable characteristics. A tricky wine to quantify!

A quick note, I checked the tasting notes after I wrote the bulk of this review and saw that Lafite recommends decanting this wine for a good hour before serving. I did notice that the wine softened up a bit over time, so I DEFINITELY agree with allowing this wine to decant before consuming. I also noticed that some black cherry aroma and flavor revealed itself with air and time.

The red berry aromas remained noticeable along with another aroma I couldn’t quite put my finger on.

Finish The wine’s finish was long, with the run-out firmly in control by the tannins. A definite dry red wine by all standards.

After a few more sniffs and a whole lot of glass swirling, I pegged it as ripe strawberry. Interesting, because I rarely pick that up in a straight Cabernet Sauvignon. Hardly any sting of alcohol was noticed. Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon alcohol content 14.0% by volume, per the bottle. I found myself greatly impressed with this wine’s nose and was eager to give it a sip.

Overall Opinion Overall, while it wasn’t perfect, I did enjoy this wine quite a bit. Especially the aroma and flavor complexities! I suspect it will age fairly well and if you enjoy a good dry red, this wine won’t disappoint. Plus, in my opinion, it’s a good value Cab for the price I paid. Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon price $8.99.

Taste My taste buds were rewarded! On the palate, Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon revealed buttery flavors of red fruits that were medium in intensity, including raspberry and the

Suggested Pairing Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely a wine to be paired with grilled meats. Serve this up with a nice dry rubbed Filet Mignon cooked on an outdoor grill. You’ll be glad you did!

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BREAKFAST / LUNCH Brown Bag 9425 Jones Road | Northport // 333.0970 Its speciality, fried green tomatoes, joins barbecue plates and fish filets on an extended list of meats and vegetables.//Tues 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. | WedSat 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. City Cafe 408 Main Ave | Downtown Northport // 758.9171 Established in 1936. Big on food, low on price. Open for breakfast and lunch. Historic downtown Northport. Closed weekends. Cook Out 100 15th St E, Tuscaloosa Fast-food chain known for its drive-thru BBQ, burgers & more than 40 milkshake flavors.//Thur-Fri 11:00am-4:00am Sat-Wed 11:00am-3:00am//www. cookout.com CountryPride Restaurant 3501 Buttermilk Rd // 554.0215 | www. ta.travelcenters.com Breakfast 24 hours. Lunch and Dinner buffet.

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Iguana Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 752.5895

Ichiban Japanese Grill & Sushi 502 15th Street // 752.8844

Jalapeno’s Mexican Grill 2001 New Watermelon Rd | Northport // 342.3378 LaGran Fiesta 9770 Hwy 69 S // 345.8871 La Fiesta Mexican Grill 6521 AL-69, Tuscaloosa// 345-8580 Mon-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm Sun 11am-9pm Los Calientes Mexican Grill 3429 McFarland Blvd E // 553.1558 La Fiesta Mexican Grill 345-8580//6521 AL-69, Tuscaloosa Mon-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm Sun 11am-9pm Los Tarascos (2 locations) 110 Skyland Blvd E - Tuscaloosa//553-8896 New LOCATION 3380 McFarland Blvd - Northport//330-0919//www.lostarascos.com

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 4800 Doris Pate Dr | Exit 76 // 562.8282//www. crackerbarrel.com Holler & Dash 1130 University Blvd A-1, Tuscaloosa//752-3310 Sun-Thur 7am–2pm Fri-Sat 7am–9pm Sun 7am2pm//www.holleranddash.com

Margarita's Grill 1241 McFarland Blvd E // 343.0300 Moe’s Southwest Grill (2 locations) 2330 McFarland Blvd E // 342.1487 1130 University Blvd // 752.0234 | moes.com

International House of Pancakes 724 Skyland Blvd // 366.1130

Pastor's Kitchen 2910 5th St, Northport//553-2320 Mon-Fri 10:30am-2pm, 4:30–9pm Sat 10:30am-8pm Closed Sun

Jack's 1200 Hackberry Lane | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199 Mr. Bill's Family Restaurant 2715 McFarland Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 333.9312 Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd *402 | Tuscaloosa // 366.8780 Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip | Tuscaloosa // 342.0022 Rama Jama’s 1000 Bryant Dr // 750.0901//Closest restaurant to Bryant-Denny Stadium. Sweet Home Food Bar 2218 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 764-9346 Mon.-Fri. Mon-Sat 9am–9pm Sun- 10am-3pm Tropical Smoothie Cafe 1800 McFarland Blvd E, | Tuscaloosa// 331-4070 Casual, health-conscious cafe featuring custom smoothies, sandwiches & wraps. Mon-Thur 6:30am– 9:30pm Fri-7am-9pm Sun-10:30-8pm T-Town Café 500 14th Street, Tuscaloosa | 759-5559 |www. ttowncafe.com Mon - Fri 6am - 3pm; Sat - Closed; Sun 10:30am 3pm The Waysider 1512 Greensboro Ave // 345.8239 Open for breakfast and lunch. Smoke free.

Pepito’s (2 locations) 1203 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9028 1301 McFarland Blvd NE // 391.4861 Taco Mama Tuscaloosa 2104 University Blvd A, Tuscaloosa Mon-Wed 11am–9pm Thur-Sat 11am–10pm Sun 11am–9pm www.tacomamaonline.com FINE DINING 301 Bistro (Was L&N Train Station) 301 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa //764-1395 Casual Dining, Full Bar and Beer Garden Mon-Sat 4–11PM Sun 11am-9pm | www.301bistro. com Cypress Inn 501 Rice Mine Rd // 345.6963 Fax: 345.6997 | www. cypressinnrestaurant.com | 2003 Restaurant of Distinction. Beautiful riverfront location. Steaks, seafood and more with Southern flavor. Wine list, full bar. Specialities of the house include Shrimp Cypress Inn and Smoked Chicken with white barbecue sauce. Kid friendly. Closed Saturday lunch. Happy Hour- Mon-Fri from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. featuring 1/2 price appetizers. $2 Domestic Draft Beers and $3 Well cocktails. Evangeline’s 1653 McFarland Blvd. North // 752.0830 Located in the Tuscaloosa Galleria. 2004 West Alabama Tourism Award Winning Restaurant. American Eclectic Cuisine. Lunch: Mon–Fri 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner: Tues–Sat 5 p.m. - until... Fall: Saturday Brunch.

MEXICAN Central Mesa 523-7738// 519 Greensboro Ave, Tuscaloosa Mon-Thur 11am-10pm Friday-Sat 11am-11pm Sunday: 10am-3pm Chipotle Mexican Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0140 www.chipotle.com Chuy's 1320 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 349-4947 Sun-Thur 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm | www. chuys.com Don Tono's 2312 4th Street | Temerson Square // 345.9191

FIVE Bar 2324 6th Street. // 205.345.6089 A restaurant/bar based on simplicity. We offer 5 entrees, 5 red wines, 5 white wines, 5 import beers, 5 domestic, and 5 signature cocktails, to go along with our full liquor bar. Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5-10; Friday and Saturday 5-12 Lunch: Friday and Saturday 11-3; Sunday Jazz Brunch: 10-3// five-bar. com The Side by Side Restaurant 2410 University Blvd. | Embassy Suites | 561-2500 | thesidebysiderestaurant.com River 1650 Jack Warner Pkwy NE, Tuscaloosa//632-3801 Tue,Wed,Thur-11am–2pm, 5:30–9PM Fri-11am– 2pm, 5–10pm Sat-10am–1pm, 5–10 Sun-10am– 1pm Closed Monday | www.rivertuscaloosa.com

El Mariachi 3520 McFarland Blvd E |Tuscaloosa // 409-8585 El Rincon (2 locations) 1225 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 366.0855 1726 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 330.1274 Fernando's Mexican Grill 824 McFarland Blvd E | Northport // 205.331.4587

JAPANESE Bento Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar 1306 University Blvd // 758.7426

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop 2321 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa//409-8344 Mon-Thur 10am–10pm Fri-Sat 10am–12am

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Maki Fresh 759-2555//1530 Mcfarland Blvd N, Tuscaloosa// Mon-Sun 11am–9pm Asian chain serving maki, rice bowls, tempura, sliders & more. Tokyo Japanese Steak & Sushi Bar 6521 Hwy 69 S | Hillcrest Center // 366.1177// Offers steak, seafood, tempura, teriyaki and sushi. Including cooking at your table, if you choose. Sun–Thurs 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fri & Sat 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Kobe Steak House 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 7591400//Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Dinner: 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sat & Sun 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Pokirrito 68 (was Ezell's Southern Food Express) 220 15th St E, Tuscaloosa Sushi Bar Rock 'n Roll Sushi 469-9060//2229 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa Mon-Thur 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 11am-10pm Sun 12-9pm ITALIAN Broadway Pizzeria 2880 Rice Mine Road Northeast Tuscaloosa, // 391.6969 DePalma’s Italian Cafe 2300 University Blvd, Downtown // 759.1879 Menu ranges from sanwiches to finer pasta dishes and pizza. Varied beer and wine selection. Hours: Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. | www.depalmascafe.com Little Italy 1130 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.345.4343 Mr. G’s 908 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 339-8505 Olive Garden 2100 McFarland Blvd E // 750-0321 Open daily from 11 a.m. | www.olivegarden.com CASUAL DINING Animal Butter 710-5455// 2217 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa// TueSat 11am–10pm Sun 11am–9pm Monday Closed | www.animalbutterinc.com Avenue Pub 405 23rd Avenue // Tuscaloosa Brunch, lunch, and dinner. Specialty cocktails, local pints, bottled beer, and wine. Mon - Fri. 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., Sat. Noon – 11 p.m., Sun.Noon p.m. – 9 p.m. Big Daddy’s Cafe 514 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 759.9925 The Blue Plate Restaurant (Was Northport Diner) 450 McFarland Blvd, Northport // 462-3626 Buddy’s Ribs & Steaks 2701 Bridge Ave | Northport // 339.4885 Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd // 523.0273 Mon–Wed 11 a.m. - midnight | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. Chicken Salad Chick The Shoppes at Midtown & Essex Square, Northport www.chickensaladchick.com Dat's Good 333-4663// 4300 AL-13, Northport Specializes in Catfish, Hot Wings,and BBQ Tue-Sat 10am-9pm Closed Sun & Mon www.facebook.com/DatsGoodBBQ Dave’s Dogs 1701 McFarland Blvd E | University Mall // 722.2800 Five Guys Burgers & Fries 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 391.0575 www.fiveguys.com Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers//764-9097 315 15th St, Tuscaloosa Fri-Sat 10:30am–11:00pm Sun-Thur 10:30am– 10:00pm | www.freddysusa.com Glory Bound Gyro Company 2325 University Blvd // 349-0505 Glory Bound Gyro Company is a unique restaurant that focuses on great food and service in a funky,

fun-filled atmosphere. Open Mon-Thu: 11am 10pm | Fri - Sat: 11am-10pm | Sun: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Hooligan’s 1915 University Blvd // 759.2424 From hamburgers to hummus. Open daily 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. The Kitchen 2322 4th St, Tuscaloosa//331-4731 Tue-Fri 8am–3pm Sat-Sun 9am-9pm Closed Sunday Madear’s 1735 Culver Road // 343.7773 Mon–Fri 6 a.m. - 5 p.m. | 2nd & 3rd Sunday 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mae's Southern Cafe 710-5488//4419 hwy 43 n suite 5, Northport Tue-Sat 11am–7pm Sun-10:30pm–12am Sun 11am6pm Mon-12AM–8PM Metro Diner 464-9428//1800 McFarland Blvd E #404 Tuscaloosa Sun-Thur 7am–8pm Fri-Sat 7am–9pm www.metrodiner.com Miss Dots 1715 University Blvd, Tuscaloos Mon-Sun 11am-9pm | www.lovemissdots.com Mugshots Grill & Bar 511 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 391.0572 Great burgers & sandwiches. Unique setting, full service bar, veggie entrees, kid friendly, and open late www.mugshotsgrillandbar.com Mr Bill's Family Dining 333-9312 2715 McFarland Blvd, Northport Mon-Fri 10am-8pm Closed Sat-Sun Nothing But Noodles 1320 McFarland Blvd E #530// 349-2900// www.nothingbutnoodles.com Pastas, Salads, Soups, Desserts Fri-Sat 10:30am–10:30pm Sun-Thur 10:30am-9:30pm O’Charley’s 3799 McFarland Blvd // 556.5143 Open daily lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch // www.ocharleys.com Panera Bread 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 366.8780 www.panerabread.com PHO TOWN 248-7663 Vietnamese Noodle Soup & Grill 1800 McFarland Blvd E #420, Tuscaloosa Mon-Sat 11am-9pm Sun-11am-8pm Quick Grill 1208 University Blvd | The Strip // 342.0022 www.bamaquickgrill.com Ruby Tuesday (2 locations) 6421 Interstate Drive | Cottondale // 633.3939 Just off I-20/59 at exit 77. Near Hampton Inn and Microtel Inn 311 Merchants Walk | Northport // 345.4540 www. rubytuesdays.com Sitar Indian Cuisine 500 15th St // 345-1419 Southern Ale House 1530 McFarland Blvd N//Monday-Thursday 11a.m9p.m., Friday-Saturday 11a.m.-10p.m. Sunday Brunch 11a.m.-2p.m. Southland Restaurant 5388 Skyland Blvd E // 556.3070// Steaks, chops and home-cooked vegetables | Mon–Fri 10:45 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sweet Home Food Bar www.sweethomefoodbaral.com//764-9346 Mon-Sat 9am–9pm Sun- 10am-3pm Taziki's Mediterranean Cafe 1800 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 344-6444 Mon-Sat 11am-9pm Sun 11am-8pm Urban Cookhouse 1490 Northbank Parkway #110, Tuscaloosa// 5616999//We use the freshest ingredients available with an emphasis on supporting the local farmer Mon-Sun 10am–9pm//www.urbancookhouse.com Zoe’s Kitchen 312 Merchants Walk // 344.4450 A wonderful selection of Greek foods

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SPORTS GRILL Baumhower's Wings of Tuscaloosa (2 Locations) 500 Harper Lee Drive | catering-Pick-up Tuscaloosa //556.5858 4251 Courtney Dr, Tuscaloosa // 556-5658 Always fresh and always fun. Owned by former UA/ Miami Dolphins great Bob Baumhower. Kid Friendly Buffalo Phil’s 1149 University Blvd | The Strip // 758.3318 Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine selection, full bar BurgerFi 1320 McFarland Blvd E #510, Tuscaloosa//759-2510 Stylish, eco-minded chain serving grass-fed beef burgers, plus hot dogs, craft beer & wine. Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:00pm Sun-Thur 10:30am-11:00pm | order.burgerfi.com/menu/tuscaloosa Billy's Sports Grill Historic Downtown Northport // 879.2238 Mon through Wed from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thurs through Sat from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sun from 10:30 a.m. till 9 p.m. (Sunday Brunch 10:30am-3pm). Buffalo Wild Wings 2710 McFarland Blvd. East | Tuscaloosa // 523.0273 Sports grille with TVs galore. Diverse beer and wine, full bar Champs Sports Grille 320 Paul Bryant Drive | inside Four Points Sheraton Hotel // 752.3200 Breakfast and lunch buffets. Sunday brunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Hooter’s 5025 Oscar Baxter Dr | Next to Jameson Inn // 758.3035 www.hooters.com Innisfree Irish Pub 1925 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 345.1199 Mugshots Grill & Bar 511 Greensboro Ave // 391.0572//Great burgers. Full service bar. Open late. | www.mugshotsgrillandbar. com Walton's 915 Patriot Pkwy, Tuscaloosa//752-1693 Wings and much more Mon-Sat 9am-10pm Closed Sun | waltonstuscaloosa.com Wilhagan’s 2209 4th St | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 366.0913 Wings U 1800 McFarland Blvd East Suite 218 | Pick-up Tuscaloosa // 561.3984 Features the first coal-fired pizza oven in Alabama. Owned by former UA/Miami Dolphins great Bob Baumhower. Completely open concept! www.wingsu.com WingZone 1241 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 342.2473 BARBEQUE Archibald & Woodrow's BBQ 4215 Greensboro Ave | Tuscaloosa // 331.4858 Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Sun lunch Bama BBQ & Grill 3380 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.9816 Dickey's BBQ (3 locations) 9770 Alabama 69; Midtown; and 13544 Hwy 43 North at Rose Blvd. in Northport. Texas Barbecue. | 344.6500 1800 McFarland Blvd, Midtown Village, Tuscaloosa. | 758-1133 | 13544 Hwy 43 North, Winn Dixie Shopping Center, Northport. | 330-1147 Dreamland (2 locations) 5535 15th Ave | Tuscaloosa // 758.8135 101 Bridge Ave | Northport // 343.6677 The legend. On game day, get there early if you want to make kickoff. Seating is limited. Hours: Mon–Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Full Moon BBQ 1434 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 366-3555 (sports Grill) Mon-Thur 10am–9pm Fri-Sat 10am–10pm Sun 11am-9pm Hick’s BBQ 4400 Fayette Hwy // 339.3678 // Tues–Sat 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q 469-2060//305 21st Ave, Tuscaloosa Sun-Thur 11am-9pm Fri-Sat 9am-10pm | www. facebook.com/JNNTuscaloosa Hoo's Q 345-6400 101 15th St E, Tuscaloosa//Mon-Sun 10am-9pm | www.hoosbbq.com

Moe's Original BBQ 2101 University Blvd. // 752.3616 Mon–Sat 11am - 10pm | Bar service Mon-Sat 2am and Fri -3am | Kitchen closes at 10pm Pottery Grill (2 locations) Highway 11 | Cottondale // 554.1815 3420 Alabama 69 | Northport // 333.5848 Menu: thepotterygrill.com Tee’s Ribs and Thangs 1702 10th Avenue // 366.9974 |11 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily

6521 Highway 69 S // 391.9990 / Open daily 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Mr. Chen's Authentic Chinese Cooking & Oriental Market 514 14th St. | In the Oz Music shopping center // 343.6889 // Open Sun - Thu 11am - 9pm, Fri & Sat 11am - 9:30pm New China Fun 4213 University Blvd E, Tuscaloosa//553-2435 Mon-Thur 11am–9:30pm Fri-Sat 11am–10:30pm Sun 12–9:30PM

STEAKS Logan’s Roadhouse 1511 Skyland Blvd | next to Sams // 349.3554 Steaks, ribs and spirits

Panda Express 636 15th St E// 343-6888 Fri-Sat 10:30am-10:00pm Sun-11:00am-9:00pm Mon-Thur 10:30am-9:30pm www.pandaexpress.com

Longhorn Steakhouse 1800 McFarland Blvd E Midtown Village // 345-8244 #412

Pearl Garden 2719 Lurleen Wallace Blvd | Northport // 339.0880

Nick's In the Sticks 4018 Culver Rd | Tuscaloosa // 758.9316 A long-time Tuscaloosa tradition. Good steaks at a reasonable price Try a Nicodemus if you have a designated driver.

Peking Chinese Restaurant 1816 McFarland | Northport // 333.0361 Open 7 days a week. Super lunch and dinner buffet. Hours: Sun–Thurs 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Outback Steakhouse 5001 Oscar Baxter Dr // 759.9000

Swen Chinese Restaurant 1130 University Blvd | The Strip // 391.9887

R. Davidson Chophouse 2330 4th St. /Downtown Tuscaloosa/ 205.614.8782 Reservations are available online at rdchophouse.com or by phone. Hours - Tues–Fri. Lunch – 11:00am – 2:00pm; Cocktail Hour – 4:00pm; Dinner – 5:00pm - untill. Saturday: Lunch – 11:00am 4:00pm; Cocktail Hour – 4:00pm; Dinner – 5:00pm until. Sunday Brunch: 10:00am - until

Trey Yuen 4200 McFarland Blvd E // 752.0088

Texas Roadhouse 1363 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa// 759-2596 // Fri-Sat 11am–11pm Sun-11am-10pm Mon-Thur 3pm-10pm www.texasroadhouse.com 43 Prime Steakhouse 13620 Highway 43 N Northport// 331-5800 Monday-Thursday 4:30-9 Friday-Saturday 11-10 Closed Sunday SEAFOOD Chuck’s Fish 508 Greensboro Ave | Downtown Tuscaloosa // 248.9370 Monday - Thursday 5-10 p.m. and Friday - Saturday 5-11 p.m. Steak, seafood, & sushi specialities. Daily specials. Red Lobster 2620 McFarland Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.553.8810 Sun-Thurs 11AM-10PM//Fri & Sat 11AM-11PM Reservations Accepted | Take-Out Available Private Dining Area Available for Advanced Booking (Lunch Specials Available Mon-Fri 11AM-3PM) Shrimp Basket 3249 McFarland Blvd E, Tuscaloosa//469-9786 Mon-Fri 10:30am–9pm | www.shrimpbasket.com Catfish Heaven 2502 21st St, Tuscaloosa// 752-7222 Mon-Sat 11am-7:30pm Closed Sun Steamers on The Strip 1301 University Blvd, Tuscaloosa//750-0203 Mon-Sat 11am-8pm Sun 11am-5pm | www.steamersonthestrip.net The Levee Bar and Grill 1 Bridge Ave | Northport // 632.3136 Casual riverfront dining Hours: Mon-Thurs 11 AM-9 PM, Fri-Sat 11 AM-10 PM, Sun 10:30 AM-3 PM (Happy Hour Mon-Thurs 2 PM-6 PM) | leveebarandgrill.com CHINESE Buffet City 1747 Skyland Blvd E // 553.3308 All you can eat buffet. Open 7 days a week. Chang’s Chinese Restaurant 1825 McFarland Blvd N // 391.9131 China Fun 2600 University Blvd | Alberta City // 553.2435 Chongwah Express 1425 McFarland Boulevard, Northport. 333-1088 Hot Wok Express 6571 Alabama 69, Tuscaloosa// 758-0148 | Mon-Sat 10:30am–8pm

PIZZA AND SUBS A Taste Of Chicago 1700 Greensboro Avenue 205-342-DOGS Mon. - Thurs. 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Italian Beef Sandwiches, Chicago Rib Tips, and Chicago Style Pizza. California Underground 13552 Highway 43, Northport | 339.8660 Chuck E. Cheese's Midtown Village, 500, Tuscaloosa St//979-3420 Mon-Thur 11am-9pm Fri-11am-10pm Sat-9am10pm Firehouse Subs 1130 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 248.0680 Hungry Howie’s (4 locations) 1105 Southview Ln | South Tuscaloosa // 345.6000 1844 McFarland Blvd | Northport // 333.2633 1211 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa | The Strip // 366.1500 4851 Rice Mine Rd | Northriver/Holt // 345.3737 Little Caesars Pizza 1414 10th Ave // 366.2220 | www.littlecaesars.com (Second location) 5980 Old Greensboro Rd, Tuscaloosa// 331-8150 Little Italy 1130 University Blvd. // 345.4354 Marco’s Pizza 1021 McFarland Blvd, Northport// 330-4555 Mon-Thur 11am–10pm Fri-Sat 11am–11pm Sun 3–10PM | http://www.marcos.com Subs n' You 2427 University Blvd. | Tuscaloosa // 205.758.0088 Roly Poly Sandwiches 2300 4th Street | Tuscaloosa // 366.1222 The Pita Pit 1207 University Blvd | The Strip // 345.9606 Hours: Mon–Sat 10:30 a.m. - 3 a.m. | Sun 11:30 a.m. - midnight Pyros Fire Fresh Pizza 1320 McFarland Blvd E #270, Tuscaloosa//248-7343 Mon-Fri 10:30am-10pm | www.pyrospizza.com DELICATESSEN Honeybaked Ham Company 421 15th St. E // 345.5508 //www.honeybaked.com Jason’s Deli 2300 McFarland Blvd // 752.6192 www.jasonsdeli.com Located in the Meadowbrook Shopping Center Jimmy John’s (3 locations) 1400 University Blvd | The Strip // 366.3699 1875 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 752.7714 815 Lurleen B. Wallace S | Tuscaloosa // 722.2268 Delivery 7 days a week. www.jimmyjohns.com Manna Grocery & Deli 2300 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 752.9955

McAlister’s Deli (2 locations) 101 15th St | Tuscaloosa // 758.0039 3021 Tyler Dr | Northport // 330.7940 Sandwiches, salads and spuds www.mcalistersdeli. com Momma Goldberg’s Deli 409 23rd Ave // 345.5501 | www.mommagoldbergs.com Newk’s Express Cafe 205 University Blvd. East // 758.2455// www. newkscafe.com Sun–Wed 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Thurs–Sat 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Schlotsky’s Deli 405 15th St. E // 759.1975 // schlotskys.com Which Wich University Blvd.// Downtown Tuscaloosa // Mon – Sat 10:30 – 9 // Sunday 11 – 7 // Fresh ingredients, great sandwiches. 764.1673 ASIAN CUISINE Ruan Thai 1407 University Blvd // 391.9973 | ruanthaituscaloosa.com Lunch: Mon–Sat 11 a.m. -2 p.m. Dinner: Mon– Thurs 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Fri & Sat 5 p.m. -10pm | Sun 11 a.m. -3 p.m. Surin of Thailand 1402 University Blvd // 752.7970 Open daily. Lunch: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Dinner: 5 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | www.surinofthailand.com Coffee Shops OHenry's Coffee 650-4044 //2531 University Blvd #100 Mon-Thur 6am-9pm Fri 6-10pm Sat 7-10pm Sun 7-9pm Uperk 553-8505 // 405 20th Ave, Tuscaloosa Mon-Fri 6:30am-9pm Sat 8am-2pm Sun 2-9pmBarnes & Noble 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Tuscaloosa // 349.6366 Five Java Coffee, fresh juices, smoothies and treats from Mary's Cakes. Open Monday - Saturday at 7am; 9am on Sundays Heritage House 700 Towncenter | Northport // 758.0042 Open Mon-Fri 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Krispy Kreme Doughnut 1400 McFarland Blvd // 758.6913 //www.krispykreme.com Starbucks (2 locations) 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 343.2468 1901 13th Ave East | Inside Super Target // 462.1064 | starbucks.com DESSERTS Celebrations Bakery, Inc. 1832 McFarland Blvd N | Northport // 339.3221 Dunkin' Donuts 2520 Stillman Blvd. |Tuscaloosa// 349.3400 McCorvey Dr. | Tuscaloosa // 348.4041 | www. dunkindonuts.com Frutta Bowls 752-3293//2531 University Blvd Suite 110 Mon-Sun 7am–9pm | www.fruttabowls.com Mary's Cakes & Pastries 412 22nd Avenue | behind Opus | Northport // 345.8610 www.maryscakesandpastries.com//Mon–Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. | Sat 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Smoothie King (2 locations) 415 15th Street | Tuscaloosa // 349.1721 1403 University Blvd | Tuscaloosa // 462.3664 TCBY (2 Locations) 2304 Mcfarland Blbd | Meadowbrook Shopping Center // 349.4661 2 Mcfarland Blvd | Northport | Essex Shopping Center // 758.6855 Yogurt In Love Patriot Center 7402 Highway 69 South//764.9173 Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-10 pm. Yogurt Mountain 1800 McFarland Blvd E | Midtown Village // 342.1484 | Mon–Thurs 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. | Fri & Sat 11 a.m. - midnight

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abriel arrived at our shelter along with his two siblings, Angel and Michael. This male tabby kitten is a wonderfully sweet guy! He loves to be held and petted, and is almost constantly purring.

Meet Miss Dolly, a 4-5-year-old female beagle mix. Dolly has a smooth white coat with red and black markings. She is a little shorter and a bit longer than most beagles, so either terrier or dachshund may be mixed in with the beagle. She is small and was very underweight when we first took her on, but she is gaining weight and is up to 16 pounds. Her ideal weight will be 1820 pounds.

He recently has been made available for adoption. He has a heart murmur that needed further evaluation. Gabriel saw a Pet Cardiologist for testing, where he was diagnosed with a small heart defect. He is be able to lead a normal cat life, but will need a follow-up heart ultrasound in one year (12/18). Gabriel doesn’t let this little defect bother him, and he is ready for his forever home!

Dolly is in a foster home with several other dogs, and her foster mom said that she likes to play with her canine companions. She’s great on a leash and loves her walks. When her foster family is home, she just wants to be nearby. While she’s crate trained, the foster said she asks to go outside to do her business, but still needs to be monitored inside the house. Her foster thinks she is absolutely delightful and will make a great pet! Dolly does well with other dogs and should be fine around children ages 8 and older. Since she is a beagle mix, she may not do well in an apartment setting since they can be vocal. Dolly will require a fenced-in yard since she is a scent hound and will take off if she catches a whiff of something interesting! But she is not to be an outside-only dog, and she wants to be with her person. Dolly is up-to-date on her vet care, is spayed, is heartworm negative, and is microchipped. She is on heartworm and flea/tick prevention. Such a sweetheart of a dog, come meet this good dog and find out in person how loving she can be!

Gabriel is Negative for FIV and FeLK and current on vaccinations. He is neutered and current on his vet care. He may require medication for his heart defect as he gets older, but he currently is in excellent health. Vet records will be provided to adopters. If you are interested in giving DOLLY or GABRIEL a forever homes they want and deserve, visit the Humane Society of West Alabama at http://www.humanesocietyofwa.org or call us at (205)-554-0011. The Humane Society of West Alabama is in need of volunteers for both the cat and dog facilities. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please contact our volunteer coordinator at volunteerhswa@gmail.com or go ahead and download a volunteer application from www.humanesocietyofwa.org/formsinfo.html and send to the same email.

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Turning point domestic violence and sexual assault services center and the Board of Directors are excited to announce the new Executive Committee at its annual meeting. The annual meeting starts at 6:30pm at the First United Methodist Church and features awards, a chance to meet the new committee members and exciting guest speakers on February 27, 2017. A few words of welcome are planned by local officials including, Chief Tommy Reese of Demopolis, Dr. Mallory of Shelton, board members and others. In recognition of Turning Point, >>> VISIT US ON THE WEB @ THEPLANETWEEKLY.COM

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the West Alabama areas domestic violence/sexual assault agency, is inviting all citizens, social groups and other non-profits to join with them in this annual event to thank them for their continued support. Our goal is to create a conglomerate displaying the strength gained by joining together. We are asking individuals and various groups and members to join us and continue a commitment to ensure that all lives are lived free of violence and abuse,? said Amy Gundlach-Foster, Executive Director of Turning Point.

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HOSTILES // NO PEACE WITHOUT SACRIFICE

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ood westerns are few and far between nowadays. “Black Mass” writer & director Stuart Cooper’s cavalry vs. the Indians western “Hostiles”, co-starring Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike, ranks as above-average. Not only does “Hostiles” resemble John Ford’s greatest western, “The Searchers” (1956), starring John Wayne, but it also pays tribute to Ford’s farewell film, “Cheyenne Autumn” (1964), with its revisionist sentiments about the ghastly treatment of Native Americans. Ford enjoyed a rewarding career in Hollywood depicting the wholesale slaughter of Native Americans in his popular John Wayne cavalry epics: “Fort Apache” (1948), “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon” (1949), and “Rio Grande” (1950). Ultimately, Ford performed an about-face where Indians were concerned with “Cheyenne Autumn.” Similarly, critics are comparing “Hostiles” to Clint Eastwood’s final oater “Unforgiven” (1992), and its sentiments about killing. Eastwood’s western image evolved from his portrayal of an amiable cowboy in television’s “Rawhide” (19591965) to a ruthless bounty hunter in Sergio Leone’s bloodthirsty Spaghetti westerns before the actor made his characters contemplative in “The Outlaw Josey Wales” (1976), “Pale Rider” (1985), and “Unforgiven” (1992). “Unforgiven” constituted a meditation on violence where it is depicted as anything but glamorous. Director Stuart Cooper wastes too much time on these two themes: the annihilation of Native Americans and the repulsion for bloodshed. Unfortunately, “Hostiles” ponders these profound themes rather than entertaining us with unforgettable action. Nothing happens for long stretches as the cavalry ushers a notorious Indian chief from New Mexico to Montana, where the government has decided that he may die in honor. During that long trek, the cavalry encounters other murderous Native Americans as well as some wholly despicable Caucasians. Clocking in at a dreary 135 minutes, this scenic horse opera seems as apologetic as it is saddle-sore. “Hostiles” unfolds on the frontier in 1892 with a sudden, suspenseful Indian attack on peaceful New Mexican homesteaders. Murderous Comanche raiders wearing war paint descend upon Wesley Quaid (Scott Shepherd of “Side Effects”), his wife Rosalee (Rosamund Pike of “Die Another Day”), and their teenage daughters with little

warning. Not only do these ferocious savages kill Wesley without difficulty, but they also gun down Wesley’s two daughters, Lucy (Ava Cooper) and Sylvie (Stella Cooper), as they flee behind their mother into the woods. Miraculously, Rosalee evades the hostiles, even though she has her newborn cradled in her arms. She hides in the woods while the Indians burn their house down and then ride away. Tragically, Rosalee realizes afterward the baby in her arms is dead, too. She bundles the bodies back to the burnt house and covers them up as if they were asleep. The scene shifts to a faraway U.S. Cavalry fort. “3:10 to Yuma” actor Christian Bale plays Captain Joseph Blocker, an unrepentant, Indian-hating cavalry officer. He shares the sentiments of Civil War-era General Phil Sheridan, who said: “The only good Indians I ever saw were dead." Colonel Abraham Biggs (Stephen Lang of “Avatar”) summons Blocker with orders for him to take a dying Cheyenne, Indian Chief Yellow Hawk (Wes Studi of “Last of the Mohicans”), and his family back to Montana. According to Colonel Biggs, Yellow Hawk is dying from cancer, and President Harrison has granted the chief’s wish to die in his ancestral lands. Initially, Blocker is not ecstatic with those orders, and he refuses to accommodate the colonel because he abhors Indians generally and Chief Yellow Hawk specifically. We learn throughout “Hostiles” that Blocker has been slaughtering Indians for twenty years. He has taken part in atrocities galore, and he has no qualms about killing Native Americans. Nevertheless, Biggs points out, if Blocker doesn’t carry out the Presidential order to resettle Yellow

Hawk that he will have to convene a court-martial. Moreover, Blocker will lose his Government pension. Miserably, Blocker agrees to shepherd Yellow Hawk to Montana. No sooner has Blocker’s small patrol left the fort than he orders his sergeant to shackle Yellow Hawk. He doesn’t trust him. Eventually, they encounter the grief-stricken, traumatized Rosalee, and Blocker’s troopers bury her dead for her. Afterward, Rosalee accompanies the escort. Before they reach Montana, Blocker and company will tangle not only with the same Comanches that wiped out Rosalee’s family, but also hostile white ranchers and trappers. At first, Blocker doesn’t change his attitude toward Chief Yellow Hawk. By the time they reach their destination, the cavalry captain experiences a change of attitude. Yellow Hawk wins Blocker’s respect. When a pugnacious white landowner demands that Blocker get off his sprawling acreage or he will kill them, presidential order notwithstanding,

Blocker no longer has any qualms about killing his own kind. Incredibly, Rosalee undergoes a similar change, and she sympathizes for the chief and his plight. When the final showdown comes between Blocker and the rancher, Rosalee pitches in to help, demonstrating her accuracy with a repeating rifle. Stuart Cooper, who also helmed “Crazy Heart” (2009) with Jeff Bridges and “Out of the Furnace” (2013) with Christian Bale, adapted “Hostiles” from an unpublished manuscript by the late Donald Stewart, best known for his screenplay for “The Hunt for Red October.” Basically, “Hostiles” qualifies as an average oater, bolstered by a sterling cast. Bale couldn’t be better, neither could his co-stars, especially Rosamund Pike, Rory Cochrane, and Stephen Lang. Ironically, despite its apologetic attitude to Native Americans, Cooper wastes Wes Studi and Adam Beach peripheral roles that keep them on the sidelines. Whatever the reason, an interesting episode where Yellow Hawk and his son sneak out of camp to kill the Comanches harassing them has been reduced to an expository dialogue scene rather than an exciting action scene. Studi and Beach wind up looking little more than noble. Sadly, “Hostiles” is also predictable, too. Inevitably, we know Captain Blocker is going to change his attitude, display grudging respect for his nemesis Yellow Hawk, and then butcher those whites who interfere with his orders. Furthermore, “Hostiles” suffers from mumbled dialogue, murky campfire scenes, and languorous stretches where not even the rugged scenery can relieve the monotony.

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ACTOR DIANE NEAL OF “LAW & ORDER: SVU” IS RUNNING FOR CONGRESS Actor Diane Neal of “Law & Order: SVU” is running for Congress - Salon.com Neal, better known as Casey Novak on the crime series will run as an independent, she says Law can often be an arena that predates a career in politics. Think Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and many, many more. Thus is kinda, sorta the journey for Diane Neal, the actor who played the crusading ADA Casey Novak on the long-running crime series "Law & Order: SVU" from 2001 to 2012. Neal announced Tuesday morning that she is running for Congress via Twitter.

"beholden to no one but US and to integrity & to the best version envisioned by imperfect, but wise, men centuries ago." Neal told the Daily Freeman "I’m a little Libertarian, I’m a lot liberal, mostly progressive, but I have this amazing ability to be able to take really complicated policy and break it down into edible sound bites, which is something most progressive liberals cannot do." "I love this country," she added. "The majority of my family, most are active service at the moment. Even my grandmother, who escaped the Holocaust, she came to New York, she joined the Navy." Neal also has experience with President Donald Trump. She told the Daily Freeman that she met Trump as a judge on his TV show "The Apprentice". During one afterparty, Neal said she was determined to find out if his hair was real. "Donald and I are roughly the same height," she said. "After talking with him for a while, he stood in front of me [with his back turned], and I slipped a chopstick right in that thing because I wanted to see what it was made out of, how it was attached." "I started getting a nice amount of loft," she continued. "I’m sure that someone has a tape of this somewhere . . . and I swear to God it was like I was about to see the singularity. It was like all time and space was ending. Then he walked away and he took the chopstick with him, and for the last 15 years, I’ve wondered, where did it fall out?"

Neal, 41, is a registered Democrat and New York resident, and plans to run for the 19th Congressional District seat as an independent (presuming she earns the 3,500 signatures needed to obtain a spot on the November ballot). Neal said the campaign is still in its early stages — she has no staff, donations or party affiliation as of yet. Neal notes that this reality means she will be

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Neal seems genuine in her bid and her Trump story is amazing, but even the most well-meaning celebrities aren't likely to be the answer those against Trump are looking for in 2018 elections (or indeed a solution for this country's many ills). After all, we already have a celebrity politician in the highest office in the land. Weren't we going to try to do better this year?

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Friday, Feb 16 The Buckhead Theatre//Fetty Wap

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Monday, Feb 19 Ryman Auditorium//Merle Travis 100th Birthday Celebration

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>>> HOROSCOPES | W E E K L Y O V E R V I E W If you find it difficult to see eye to eye with a family member, this could be due to the lunar eclipse. You may feel strongly about an issue and not want to back down. If you can put yourself in his or her shoes, you might see things differently. You don’t have to completely agree, but making an effort can encourage a compromise. Later in the week, chatty Mercury enters your sector of ambition, so it might be time to discuss your plans with someone who can help you. Be careful about what you commit to or promise this week, because the lunar eclipse in your sector of talk and thought could make it hard to follow through. You might have one plan, but the cosmos might have another, so you could have no option but to go with the flow. This eclipse can bring an unexpected opportunity your way or news out of the blue. It’s also possible that a door may close. If so, know that another one will open for you very soon. Money matters might need extra care at this time, because the lunar eclipse in your financial sector could stir things up and bring an ongoing issue to the surface. If this is something you’ve tried to ignore, you may no longer be able to do so. Events could encourage you out into the open where you might be forced to deal with it. As difficult as this may be, it could also be a tremendous release and relief for you. The week ahead could be a turning point for you, because the lunar eclipse in your sign could ring in changes regarding certain relationships. Feelings may intensify over the days ahead, with the midweek eclipse perhaps coinciding with a decision that affects the future of a key bond. If your relationship is strong, this can be a positive change. However, if things have been going downhill for you, you might decide to move on. If so, don’t feel guilty. An issue that has been buried could come to the surface around midweek as the lunar eclipse stirs up your feelings. It might show itself in your dreams or perhaps in a general unease that you want to investigate. It might help to take some time out and lighten your schedule. Doing so could allow you to connect more deeply with this matter, understand where it comes from, and figure out what you can do about it. You might feel much better as result. There could be a few alterations to your social life, because the lunar eclipse in your friendship zone could ring in key changes. A friend could move out of your social circle, or you might have to make new friends, perhaps because of a move. It’s also possible that your time with a certain group or club has come to an end and it’s time to move on. If so, this is all part of the rich tapestry of life. New developments will follow shortly. You could find yourself in the spotlight this week, so it would be just as well to showcase your skills and be seen in the best possible light. However, with a lunar eclipse in your sector of goals and ambitions, this might be easier said than done. A goal or opportunity that you’d counted on may not come to fruition. If you handle this with grace, others will be inspired by your example. Stay calm and confident, though, as something better may be on its way. Travel or study plans could be thrown into jeopardy, because this week’s lunar eclipse in your sector of far horizons could put your schedule in doubt. It’s even possible that you might have to postpone your plans until another time. However, this could work in your favor. You could find that an even better opportunity shows up and that you’re glad you were delayed. The weekend looks particularly buoyant and delightful, so make the most of it. This could be a week of radical change, because the lunar eclipse in your sector of transformation is encouraging you to let go of the past. Your instincts may be telling you that if you want to move ahead, you’ll need to release any conditions and situations in your life that no longer serve your best interests. It’s also likely that you know exactly what these are but are reluctant to let them go. This is natural. There’s no hurry. The intention to act can be a positive start. Key bonds could go through some changes this week with a lunar eclipse in your sector of relating. An issue that has been bugging you could come to the surface for resolution. If your relationship is strong, this turbocharged full moon will allow you to clear the air and restore harmony. However, if you haven’t been getting on very well with someone, the coming days could bring the realization that perhaps it’s time to let go.

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The lunar eclipse in your leisure sector could dominate events, so this could be quite an emotional week. This eclipse can be like a turbocharged full moon, so you could see changes occurring in your social life and in the way you spend your leisure time. If you find yourself falling in love, it might be helpful to step back. Relationships begun at this time can have a fated quality and may not work out as you hope. In general, though, your social life looks pleasantly spicy. The lunar eclipse in your leisure sector could dominate events, so this could be quite an emotional week. This eclipse can be like a turbocharged full moon, so you could see changes occurring in your social life and in the way you spend your leisure time. If you find yourself falling in love, it might be helpful to step back. Relationships begun at this time can have a fated quality and may not work out as you hope. In general, though, your social life looks pleasantly spicy.

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Participants encourage patrons to visit other galleries and businesses within walking distance on the Art Walk. Galleries on the Art Walk include The Arts Council and The University of Alabama Galleries at the Dinah Washington Cultural Arts Center, The Paul R. Jones Gallery, Harrison Galleries, O’Connor Art Studios and Grace Aberdean Habitat Alchemy. Visit firstfridaytuscaloosa.com for offerings and hours. To get a monthly First Friday email sign up for Tuscaloosa Tourism and Sports' e-newsletter at the bottom of their contact us page here: visittuscaloosa.com/contact-us To view the most recent Art Round Up from The University of Alabama Department of Art & Art History visit art.ua.edu/roundup

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ALABAMA USES SECOND HALF SURGE TO UPSET FLORIDA IN GAINESVILLE

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unior Donta Hall scored 14 points while going a perfect 7-of-7 from the field and grabbed 11 rebounds to secure his fourth double-double of the season

preseason watch list, giving Alabama at least one player on the list every year since 2003, a stretch of 16-consecutive seasons. Osorio was one of 34 finalists for the award last season.

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Alabama's senior ace is one of 23 seniors on the list and one of 17 pitchers. Eight different SEC schools are represented on this year's watch list, the most of any conference. The Player of the Year award, currently in its 17th season, is the most prestigious individual athletic honor in Division I softball. The list will be narrowed to a top 25 on April 25, with freshmen also eligible for addition to that list. From there, a top-10 list will be announced on May 9, a top 3 on May 23 and the winner will be announced on May 29 in Oklahoma City prior to the start of the Women's College World Series.

The Alabama men's basketball team beat No. 23 Florida, Saturday afternoon by a score of 68-50, marking the Crimson Tide's largest margin of victory against the Gators in Gainesville in program history. Alabama (15-8, 6-4 SEC) was led by four double digit scorers including freshman Collin Sexton (17), junior Donta Hall (14), sophomore Braxton Key (13) and junior Avery Johnson Jr. (10). Hall grabbed 11 rebounds to earn his fourth double-double of the season and did not miss a shot from the field (7-of-7). After trailing Florida (15-8, 6-4) for all but 38 seconds (during which the two teams were tied) in the first half, Alabama entered halftime down by six points, 33-27. The Tide then burst out of the gate in the second half by scoring the first eight points of the half to tie the game at the 18:13 mark. The teams traded baskets for the next several minutes, but with the scored tied at 43-43 with 11:56 left to play, Alabama scored the next 11 points to extend its lead to double figures, 54-43, with 7:29 remaining. The Tide's defense took over from there, limiting the Gators' offense before stretching its lead to the final 18-point margin of victory. Overall, Alabama outscored Florida, 41-17 in the second half, shooting 58.1 percent (18-of-31) while limiting the Gators to just 22.6 percent shooting (7-of31) over the final 20 minutes. After turning the ball over 14 times in the first half, the Tide trimmed that number to just five in the second half. The Crimson Tide's bench was also key to its comeback, outscoring the Gators 29-1, led by Key's 13, 10 of which came in the second half. Johnson, Jr., also chipped in double digits off the bench with 10. The win marked Alabama's fourth consecutive victory over an AP top-25 opponent this season as well as its second conference road win. It also marked the first back-to-back wins at Florida for the Tide since the 1990 and 1991 seasons. OSORIO NAMED TO 2018 USA SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH LIST The senior pitcher led the team with 23 wins, a 1.21 ERA and 334 strikeouts last season Alabama softball's Alexis Osorio is one of 50 players named to the 2018 USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year Watch List. This marks Osorio's third-straight appearance on the

Osorio and the Tide open the 2018 season Thursday, Feb. 8 against South Alabama in Mobile, Ala., before traveling to Gulf Shores, Ala., that weekend for the Sand Dollar Classic, where they will face Central Arkansas, Lamar, Penn State and Virginia Tech over three days, beginning Friday, Feb. 9. ALABAMA WINS POWER OF PINK MEET OVER ARKANSAS It was the Crimson Tide's best score of the season on the floor exercise and overall The No. 10-ranked Alabama gymnastics team beat No. 8 Arkansas, 197.000-196.350, in the Crimson Tide's 14th annual Power of Pink meet Friday night in Coleman Coliseum in front of 12,469 fans. The meet marked the Tide's highest score this season. "We had a much improved performance from last week," UA head coach Dana Duckworth said. "We are continuing to get better, we are continuing to build depth. It was about fight and selflessness and heart tonight. I think that the ladies displayed all three of those things in all different scenarios that we were put in." Senior Nickie Guerrero won her fourth vault title of the season and another balance beam title, while seniors Mackenzie Brannan and Kiana Winston tied for top honors on the uneven bars. Sophomore Maddie Desch and Winston tied for top honors on the floor exercise. Desch, who was battling an illness, fought through for a strong Power of Pink meet. "There was also that reminder that we were competing for something bigger than us and that gave me more energy," Desch said. The Power of Pink initiative, started by legendary Alabama coach Sarah Patterson during the 2004-05 season, raises awareness in the fight against breast cancer. Prior to the meet, each Alabama gymnast

was introduced in the spotlight with a breast cancer survivor to shine light on the cause. Both Alabama and Arkansas put aside their school colors in favor of pink leotards. Alabama is now 27-0 when competing in pink. The Tide started the night with a 48.95 on vault, paced by a 9.85 from Guerrero. Desch and freshman Lexi Graber both garnered 9.8s. Arkansas scored a 48.825 on vault. Brannan and Winston tied for the top score on the uneven bars with matching 9.9s, pushing the Tide to a 49.325 team total. The Razorbacks posted a 49.075 in the event. Guerrero's 9.925 anchor-performance on the balance beam propelled Alabama to 49.325. Graber contributed a career-best 9.900 to the Tide's tally. Arkansas posted a 49.125 on the beam. Alabama sealed the meet following a season-best 49.400 performance on the floor exercise powered by a career-best 9.95 by Desch and a season-best 9.95 from Winston. Junior Abby Armbrecht added a strong 9.9 in between Desch and Winston's routines. Guerrero, who opened the meet by escorting her mother out onto the floor as one of the breast cancer survivors, closed the meet with a 9.9. "It was really cool to do that with my mom and it was great for her to get to do that," Guerrero said. "She gets to do it again senior night, so now she's experienced." The Razorbacks went a 49.325 on the floor. Alabama returns to action Friday, Feb. 9 in Gainesville, Fla., against the Florida Gators. The conference matchup will be carried live on SEC Network at 6:00 p.m. CT.

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Offer only for online orders. Must register or be a registered user to claim offer. Offer not valid in Florida. Offer expires March 4, 2018. Delivery and tax extra. Bottle deposit may apply. Additional charges may apply for Deep Dish and gluten-free substitutions, or chicken and steak. Offer available only at participating locations. Stores are independently owned and operated. Limited-time offer. Offer not valid on catering orders. If you have online ordering issues, visit hungryhowies.com/help

LARGE 1-TOPPING PIZZA & A REG. HOWIE BREAD® WITH DIPPING SAUCE

LARGE SPECIALTY PIZZA DEAL

12

$

15

$

99 CODE:

6405

Any Lg. Specialty Pizza

2 MEDIUM 2-TOPPING PIZZAS & A 2 LITER OF PEPSI®

Carry-out only HUNGRY HOWIE’S FLAVORED CRUST® PIZZA

All stores independently owned & operated. Prices & participation may vary. Delivery, tax & additional toppings extra. Additional charges may apply. Coupon/code required at checkout. Expires 2/28/2018.

20

$

LARGE DOUBLE TOPPER

6

$

2 LARGE 2-TOPPING PIZZAS & A REG. 3 CHEESER HOWIE BREAD® WITH DIPPING SAUCE

MEAL DEAL FEB 7 + FEB 16

99 CODE:

0405

Lg. 2-Topping Pizza

PICK YOUR

24

Kmart Shopping Center

WHEN YOU BUY A LARGE 1-TOPPING PIZZA AT REGULAR MENU PRICE

SMALL 1-TOPPING PIZZA

$

Publix Shopping Center

HUNGRY HOWIE’S FLAVORED CRUST® PIZZA

All stores independently owned & operated. Prices & participation may vary. Delivery, tax & additional toppings extra. Additional charges may apply. Coupon/code required at checkout. Expires 3/31/2018.

FEATURED FLAVORED CRUST®

THE EVERYTHING ALABAMA MIX & MATCH

CODE:

6705

5

$ 99 CHOOSE ANY TWO Med. 1-Topping Pizza 5 Spicy Chicken Tenders Lg. Baked Pasta Lg. Oven-Baked Sub Lg. Garden Salad

HUNGRY HOWIE’S FLAVORED CRUST® PIZZA

All stores independently owned & operated. Prices & participation may vary. Delivery, tax & additional toppings extra. Additional charges may apply. Coupon/code required at checkout. Expires 2/28/2018.

EXCLUSIVE WEDNESDAY CARRY OUT OFFER

WACKY WEDNESDAY®

5

$

EACH

Any Lg. Sub Lg. Garden Salad Any Large Baked Spaghetti with a side of Howie Bread® HUNGRY HOWIE’S FLAVORED CRUST® PIZZA

All stores independently owned & operated. Prices & participation may vary. Delivery, tax & additional toppings extra. Additional charges may apply. Coupon/code required at checkout. Expires 3/31/2018.

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