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About Permanently Closed - Epiphany Farm-to-Fork
This restaurant is permanently closed. Permanently Closed - Epiphany Farm-to-Fork is a fine dining establishment specializing in New American cuisine with Asian influences focusing on organic meats and locally grown organic produce, as well as sustainably caught or raised seafood. The menu is updated with fresh offerings on a weekly basis.
We have an outstanding wine list focusing on boutique wineries and small production wines. We also feature hand-crafted cocktails and specialize in re-imaginings of often forgotten classic cocktails. Our entire beer selection is exclusively Alabama-brewed.
For larger groups and private functions Epiphany offers a private room seating up to thirty five people which is available free of charge for parties of fifteen or more.
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Contemporary American, Organic
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - Closing
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Epiphany Cafe is located in downtown Tuscaloosa with available parking on the street as well as a free parking garage two blocks from the restaurant.
Private Party Contact:
Rebecca Doss: (205) 344-5583
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Despite being the night before their final closing, we expected quality farm-to-table during our dining experience. However, it was poorly seasoned and some items were burned to char (Brussel sprouts, carrots, and lamb). Epiphany was our favorite restaurant when we lived in town, and when we heard they were closing for good we traveled all the way from North Carolina to have one last taste. It is a shame the last taste was an awful one.
We ended up in Tuscaloosa because I went rogue with a hotel booking but after eating at Epiphany I am SO very glad that I did
I found it through TripAdvisor and booked it for an early dinner. We arrived to find it quiet and the restaurant empty, however there were many people eating at the bar when we arrived.
Eliza showed us to our table and was with us all evening and was, quite frankly superb - she was knowledgable, informative, enthusiastic, realistic, passionate and honest
The food here is described beautifully and when it arrives it looks and tastes just as delicious as it looks and everything we had was sublime - which included a free dish from the kitchen of shaved scallops with kumquat and chilli
Cocktails were creative, tasty and strong - if you are not staying in town then I would recommend an Uber so you can enjoy the drinks
Food was outstanding, very different (in a good way) combinations of tastes and textures. Brussel Sprouts were a great way to start. You can decide between small plates or big plates for dinner - it was perfect for the evening with old friends, it was quiet so we could linger and chat (Wednesday evening in T-town - - - obviously the students study!) Or it might just be out of their price range. Will go back.
Whenever we visit Tuscaloosa, a visit to Ephiphany is on the calendar. The restaurant features a variety of well prepared appetizers, small plates, big plates, and desserts. The preparation is excellent, but with a minimalist presentation. The flavors are superb.
Had dinner with my husband. Great server, Eliza! Shared chanterelle mushroom small plate - very bland. You could do such great things with mushrooms and the kitchen failed miserably. Had to dump a ton of salt in it. Husband had spaghetti with sausage; he said it was ok. I had hot fried chicken. Liked the hash and pickled collard greens that came with the chicken. Chicken itself was tasty but I thought the batter was too thick - it almost overpowered the chicken. Thought the ambiance was ok - could be much better. It's like they haven't really decided what kind of atmosphere they were trying to create. All in all ok experience.
Some farm-to-table establishments flood you with information as an attempt to set themselves apart. This place did a wonderful job of empowering us as consumers, allowing us to make our own decisions and ask the questions that were important to us. The entire staff was both friendly and knowledgeable. We went on a Wednesday night, so it was fairly quiet. If you're looking for a date spot, this is one of the better places in T-Town. That said, make sure you bring your wallet.
TL;DR: worth it, in terms of customer empowerment, ambience, quality/taste of food, and service.
One of the best meal's I have ever eaten! Ingredients were so fresh and used so smartly together!! We ordered several different items.....and each was better than the previous.
Service (Jake) was great.....attentive and knew the menu well.
My only negative critic was that the music was a little loud for dinner conversation.....the food is the superstar so let it shine without distraction.
Excellent food...your mouth will feel like its has had a party in it...can't misses include the House Made Cheese, Fried Brussel Sprouts, Eggplant Meatballs and Slow Roasted Lamb...leave room for the Olive Oil Cake! Wonderful presentation and flavors...whenever we visit UA, we make a reservation at Epiphany...
Compliments to the chef for his creativity in bringing fresh food, perfectly prepared, to the table. The offerings are familiar foods, but not your run-of-the-mill fare. It's definitely fusion cuisine. The Brussel Sprouts with kimchi, blue cheese, and raisin are to die for! The Hot Chicken has such a flavorful crisp crust! We cannot wait to go back for more!
Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu and how each dish is prepared and was helpful in making recommendations. The service was excellent!
Returned for another visit while in town, and again had a really enjoyable evening. Epiphany always seems to offer something new and creative on the menu. When combined with excellent service (thank you Anthony and Cam), it makes for a great evening. I wish we lived closer... but will return next time we are in town if we can.
We started with 2 small plates from the garden & grains portion of the menu. The fried Brussel sprouts were fabulous - and I don't like this vegetable! The grain salad was a beautiful mix of kumquats and other citrus flavors, but the grains were undercooked and crunchy. Then we ordered prawns with a sunflower seed hummus from the meat & fish portion of the menu. Very disappointed. It had been sprinkled with sea salt, but rather carelessly so a few bites were super salty, but otherwise very bland. Definitely needed some Tony's and lemon to perk it up. Our server offered us something else, but we didn't want to chance it on another dish. Nice ambiance, but I expected better food for the price.
You do not want to go to this restaurant if you want the standard steak and potatoes.
However, if you want excellent, innovative dishes that are farm to fork, this may just be the place for you. You can order smaller plates or larger plates. We ordered several smaller plates to share.
The Baked Cauliflower Souffle was excellent as was the Ricotta Gnocchi. The House Made Chorizo Tamales were good but could have used a little more spices in my opinion. Also had the Crispy Pork Cheeks. The pork itself was very good but again the Smoked Yogurt-Pickled AM Red Pea Salad-Charred Sweet Peppers could have used a few more spices.
Oh, and the beet and expresso dessert was very tasty.
Overall, a very nice meal and experience.
The ambiance and dining experience overall was great. Our waitress was very attentive to our needs and welcoming. She wasn't that knowledgeable about the drink menu but she did check in with the bartender to ensure every question we asked was answered appropriately. The downside to the restaurant was the price point being on the high end for a Tapas style restaurant and the farm to table concept was never explained (a new person that has never been to a farm-to-table concept wouldn't understand the difference from a regular restaurant and Tapas style was never explained either if you are new to this style of dining). Fortunately we have experienced both but a person new to this experience would not have been able to appreciate both concepts they offered. Tapas usually consists of sharing 6-8 small plates sometimes even more. The prices were on the high end and the food was good but not great enough to justify the price point. Overall we had a great time for our anniversary.
I liked it but I could see if it wasn't for everyone. I love the fact that everything is local but it is also very pricey. You will not get fully satisfied also unless you order a lot of food. Service was good and very Friendly!
I will do happy hour next time and get half off appetizers.
I like pretty much everything about this restaurant except one thing (two things). The tables are too big. I went with my wife and we wanted to talk while having delicious food. There is only one size table which is long and deep, big enough to seat about eight people. The music was slightly obtrusive. The only solution we came up with was to sit perpendicular around one corner of the massive table so we were close. We had a great evening.
One other thing: we ordered a dessert that was described in great detail. Except when we got it, we found it was in a shallow plum compote (which wasn't part of the description). Generally I dislike it when food comes notably different from how it is described. But the dessert was really nice anyway; we enjoyed it.
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