Marty and McGee Can’t Wait to be Back in Tuscaloosa… To Eat
Marty Smith and Ryan McGee often find themselves stationed on the University of Alabama campus in the fall. After all, Alabama football is ranked No. 1 for the sixth time in the past ten seasons in the preseason AP Poll.
The city 'makes its gravy' on those seven Saturdays when Tuscaloosa more than doubles its holding capacity to host a weekend game that is about so much more than those three hours inside Bryant-Denny Stadium.
The Waysider restaurant has been making and serving its gravy since 1951. The two hosts of the ESPN radio and SEC Network show Marty & McGee have dined at the historic restaurant before, and this past Saturday they were hungry for more
"Everything about that place was unbelievable," Smith said.
"It was a legit ham steak. That was a large hog," McGee said.
The historic restaurant is located on Greensboro Avenue right off of 15th Street and is a can't miss destination for foodies and sport lovers alike.
The establishment feels like a home because it used to be one. Built in 1906, the house was converted into a restaurant in 1951. There is even a table in the restaurant that legendary Alabama football coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant used to frequent.
There is no shortage on reminders of the rich history of Alabama football thanks in large part to famed artist Daniel Moore who lines the walls with memories. From "The Block" to "The Shutout" to "The Drive" the art is a lens into years past.
Waysider was ranked as Tuscaloosa's top breakfast spot by Southern Living.
If you want to check out the ham steak and gravy for yourself you can stop by on any football Saturday for an unforgettable pre-game meal.
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