Visit Central Mesa

The people who brought you Avenue Pub in downtown Tuscaloosa have now expanded their culinary achievements to the world of Mexican food. The best part is, it’s only a block away from the original restaurant and the surrounding drinking hot spots. Central Mesa is officially open in Tuscaloosa (519 Greensboro Avenue) and it is making taste buds explode.

It’s no surprise that the same folks who graced T-Town with Thai Nachos and a scrumptious burger, would also be good at making delectable, spicy Mexican fare. Central Mesa isn’t like the other Mexican joints in town. While a classic quesadilla and refried beans can occasionally hit the spot, Central Mesa is taking those traditional flavors and turning them up about ten notches.

Everything at Central Mesa is homemade, including the house made chips and tortillas. When the Leaf went to check it out, everything was delicious. We started with the Fundito and the Street Corn, both served with those crispy, salty, house made chips. The Fundito turns traditional queso on it’s head with spicy meat and fresh peppers. The Street Corn was our favorite with the char of the corn and creaminess of the dip.

For the main course, we tried Spicy Chicken Tostadas. They carry a punch and offer the most bang for your buck. The real star that night, though, had to be the Brisket and Grits. The perfectly spiced and tender brisket sits on top of luscious and creamy grits. Every bite is a perfect balance of flavor.

Central Mesa has an assortment of tacos for any palate including: chorizo, spicy barbacoa, gulf fish and carnitas. They have an enticing list of craft cocktails to go with their unique, spicy food. The atmosphere in Central Mesa is also fantastic with beautiful woodwork and décor.

The newest downtown Tuscaloosa fixture is open Monday-Thursday 11AM-10PM, Friday and Saturday 11AM-11PM and Sunday from 10AM-3PM, where they also have an awesome brunch menu. Find them on Facebook @centralmesa for more information. Just like Avenue Pub, Central Mesa will be another win for the developing area.

Author: Heather Wyatt

Heather Wyatt is a writer for The Leaf and English Instructor at The University of Alabama. Follow Heather on Twitter @HeatherMWyatt and checkout her website,!

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