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Best Game Day Party Foods

It’s almost the most wonderful time of the year again–college football season! Here in Tuscaloosa, aka “Title Town,” we take football quite seriously. And we also take football parties seriously.

So, whether you’re tailgating on campus or watching the game at home, we’ve got some great ideas for your game day menu. And whether you plan to prepare your own food, or purchase your party food, we’ve got you covered. Alongside each recipe listed below is a suggestion of where to buy a similar food.

Fried chicken wings with three different sauces.

To impress your guests, serve fried chicken wings with three different sauces.

Smoked wings at Moe’s Original Barbeque

Moe’s Original Barbeque in downtown Tuscaloosa is known for their smoked wings.

Chicken Wings

Chicken wings just might be the most popular game day food ever. The featured recipe from Taste of Home, Best Ever Fried Chicken Wings, offers three different sauces, each with a distinct taste: barbeque, buffalo, and Thai.

If you prefer to buy wings already prepared, there are many places to choose from in Tuscaloosa. We recommend the Smoked Wings at Moe’s Original Barbeque in downtown Tuscaloosa. Served with Alabama white sauce and celery, these fried and lightly coated wings will please most any palate. Their full menu also includes party platters.

Yummy Easy Walking Tacos

Consider serving Easy Walking Tacos served in individual-sized bags of chips to your game day guests.

Delicious Mexican food at Taco Mama

Taco Mama in downtown Tuscaloosa is known for delicious Mexican food and plentiful choices on its catering menu.


Another great option for game-day food is Mexican cuisine. If tacos seem too complicated to serve at a game day party, check out this recipe for Easy Walking Tacos. Make the meat mixture in advance, set up the toppings, pull out individual-sized bags of chips, and you’re good to go.

Or, to buy delicious ready-made Mexican food, we suggest Taco Mama in downtown Tuscaloosa. With its motto of “have taco, will travel,” the catering menu offers many choices. Set up the perfect buffet for your guests with all the fixings for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more.

Game-watching is better with Cheesy Meatball Sliders

Cheesy Meatball Sliders are perfect for game-watching events.

Delicious Philly Cheese Steak Sliders

Get delicious Philly Cheese Steak Sliders at The Rabbit Hole.


Who doesn’t love tasty, easy-to-hold sliders for most any occasion? A simple, but delicious, recipe from Six Sisters Stuff is Cheesy Meatball Sliders. Using either homemade or frozen meatballs, jarred Marinara sauce, and a few other ingredients, this recipe results in twelve tasty sliders perfect for a tailgate.

Looking for ready-made sliders? Check out the Philly Cheese Steak Sliders from The Rabbit Hole located near the UA campus. Piled high with chopped steak, green and red peppers, and creamy cheese, these sliders are bound to be a hit.

Serve warm spinach dip at your game day party!

Warm spinach dip is a popular appetizer for game day parties.

Spinach dip and other appetizers at Gourmade Kitchen

For a tasty spinach dip and many other appetizers, visit Gourmade Kitchen.

Hot Spinach Dip

A warm, gooey dip is almost a requirement for a game-watching event. Check out this recipe for Baked Spinach Dip from Ahead of Thyme. It calls for frozen spinach, cream cheese, garlic, and a variety of shredded cheeses. It can be prepared a day in advance and baked right before serving. Serve with pita chips, toasted bread slices, or tortilla chips.

If you wish to buy your spinach dip, we recommend Spinach Dip at Gourmade Kitchen. This dip, along with many other party foods, can be ordered ahead of time and picked up on game day. Their varied catering menu will give you lots of great ideas to please your football foodie friends!

Enjoy the season!

We hope these suggestions will help you and yours enjoy the upcoming football season. There are so many options for delicious party foods, whether you prepare them at home or purchase them from local vendors. Happy tailgating!

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