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The Side by Side Restaurant

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Mon, 5/20
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2017 Winner

Food and ambience

Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

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Fried Okra
chive aioli
Skillet Cornbread
tasso ham, cipollini onions, honey butter
Market Soup
Add Chicken* 5
Add Shrimp* 7
Butter Lettuce Salad
strawberries, manchego cheese, almonds, shaved fennel, honey balsamic vinaigrette
Add Chicken* 5
Add Shrimp* 7
Side by Side Caesar Salad
lemon parmesan dressing, fried capers, croutons
Market Salad
"The Side by Side" Cobb Salad*
romaine, grilled chicken, blue cheese, benton's smoked bacon, hardboiled egg, tomato, fried okra, buttermilk-peppercorn dressing
Shrimp & Blue Crab Salad*
avocado, pink grapefruit, bibb lettuce, lemon vinaigrette, green goddess dressing
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
pimento cheese, candied collard greens, benton's bacon jam, cup of market soup
Pork Belly Sandwich
braised pork belly, charred rapini, pickled peaches, garlic aioli, redhill cheddar cheese, peach mostarda, locally sourced mixed green salad
Grilled Chicken Club*
sourdough bread, lettuce, tomato, benton's bacon, chipotle aioli, avocado-lime sauce, locally sourced mixed green salad
Oyster Po'boy
french baguette, remoulade sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickle, locally sourced mixed green salad
"The Side by Side" Burger*
grilled vidalia onions, nueske smoked bacon, redhill cheddar cheese, on a toasted brioche bun, housecut fries
"The Side by Side" B.L.T.
fried green tomato, arugula, benton's bacon, roasted tomato aioli, locally sourced mixed green salad
Gulf Catch*
alabama succotash, pesto
Add Chicken* 5
Seasonal Vegetable Plate
sourced from our local farming community, and cracklin' cornbread
Sub Shrimp* 2
Penne Pasta
chicken medallions, benton's smoked bacon, fresh field peas, light cream sauce, parmesan
A CONTEMPORARY TUSCALOOSA RESTAURANT The Side By Side is a contemporary, high-energy restaurant created by Chef Chris Hastings, winner of the 2012 James Beard Award, chef and co-owners of Hot and Hot Fish Club in Birmingham, Alabama. The name is partially based around his old and beloved 28-gauge shotgun, a side-by-side. "I've always been an avid outdoors man, a hunter and fisherman, all my life," he said. While searching for a name, Hastings was asked: What will tie this restaurant to you? "But it's also about the restaurant being attached, side-by-side with the hotel, and people sitting down together. ... There are a lot of metaphorical opportunities there." And it's just The Side By Side.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Drinks
American, French, Southwestern
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Takeout, Private Dining, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed April 11, 2019

Very good service, atmosphere and food. Shrimp and grits and chocolate soufflé are excellent. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank Michele S
Reviewed April 5, 2019 via mobile

We ate here as a suggestion from another reviewer. It was not our favorite by no means. The dinner menu was limited. It offered a variety of meat from quail to rabbit, but did not offer any type of pasta, chicken other than potato dumplings,...More

Date of visit: April 2019
1  Thank Tabatha S
Reviewed February 12, 2019

Fireplace out front. In the Embassy Suites downtown this restaurant is a great gathering spot for groups after work for a cocktail and great appetizers. Heavy menu and also chef specialties. Chris Hastings designed the original menu. There is something for everyone.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank allisonpuccettia
Reviewed February 8, 2019

Our 5 family members had a very nice lunch here. We sat in a large comfortable booth. The room was attractive and conducive to having a conversation. The food was very good with the biggest hit being the shrimp and grits. Everything was good. Our...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank CrawfishBoil
Reviewed February 3, 2019

We had a very nice meal, it was my birthday and we had booked from Australia. All the staff made a fuss - even signed a birthday card, and provided a complementary dessert. The service was very good, knowledgable and attentive, and the atmosphere was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Geoff S
Reviewed January 26, 2019

I've been to all of Chris Hastings restaurants. Given the opportunity to be in Tuscaloosa, I was excited to try SIde by SIde. It turned out to be a real disappointment. Uneducated staff, poorly prepared food...definitely NOT up to the Chris Hastings standard. We ordered...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank mikebham01
Reviewed January 15, 2019

Often neglected, because of the other places around it, Side by Side puts out consistent, usually good food. Some things miss a little. But, I've been coming here for over 2 years when I stay at the Embassy Suites and it is consistently good.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank jtbrightm
Reviewed January 2, 2019 via mobile

Almost the only place open on New Years Day. It was fine-huge servings and good service but lots of heavy fried dishes.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank someone_actually
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I have eaten here several times. The first experience was very mediocre. The next few times have been nothing but delightful. This restaurant manages to have some unique flavors, good execution on the cookery, and solid service as well. If you are...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank casualdiner90
Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

We had 8 in our party and 1 ended up with uncooked chicken . We mentioned it and they offered to put it back on grill but we said don't worry bout it No one came out to apologize or anything We got bill and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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