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“Very unique but delicious”
Review of Epiphany Cafe - CLOSED

Epiphany Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$35
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: University Blvd
Covington, Louisiana
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350 reviews
282 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Very unique but delicious”
Reviewed 18 April 2014 via mobile

This place has lots of character and lots of very interesting menu options. Local farm to table - we ordered 2 entrees and 3 small plates- sticky rice with chicken, marinated pork shoulder, beet salad, corn billini and carrot soufflé. Our favorites were the corn thing and the pork shoulder. Each menu item has a very unique combination of ingredients/ we could picture the chef coming up with some of the concoctions- we had two specialty cocktails which were good and a local beer. Bread is NOT complimentary but is delicious- baked with brown sugar. The waiter raved about their homemade butter which was made with pork butt but we really didn't care for it and it didn't taste like butter. Small plates were mostly served on cutting boards. We had rice pudding and a chocolate espresso mousse cake, which was by far the better of the two. $120 for the 3 of is but we ate a lot and had 1 drink each plus dessert. We were just passing through- but glad we stopped . Dress is casual- bar looked like it had a nice crowd by the time we left.

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1 Thank loozianafoodie
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English first
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“By FAR the best restaurant in Tuscaloosa!”
Reviewed 5 March 2014

Epiphany has outstanding food -- by far, the best fine dining restaurant in Tuscaloosa. No place else comes close. The constantly changing menu is imaginative. The emphasis on locally grown and raised meat and produce is admirable. We always come here for our special occasions.

  • Visited December 2013
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3 Thank stertay49
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USA
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54 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Highly creative chef”
Reviewed 4 March 2014

We often eat at Epiphany and are amazed at the totally unexpected combinations of ingredients that Chef Jackson puts together to superb results. Frequently we take guests from much larger cities with many more restaurant choices and they all agree that Epiphany is a jewel they woulod like to take home with them. The menu rotates constantly, depending on the availability of local food, and as a rule each dish is unique. Service is friendly, informal, and always excellent. Great wine list with reasonable prices. Locals often go for an early dinner half-priced appetizers; truly a feast for the pallet.

  • Visited February 2014
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3 Thank Oleguy
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Lucedale, Mississippi
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“trying for trendy, accepts football weekend reservations”
Reviewed 22 October 2013

I applaud the concept of the "farm to fork" dining. Buying everything local tends to improve the taste of the produce and meat since it tends to be fresher. While Epiphany employs this concept, their dishes fell a little short for my husband and I. They tried too hard to marry opposite ends of the spectrum...salty/sweet, sweet/sour, etc. They missed on all accounts. My husband ordered the Carpaccio and that was probably the best part of our meal even though parts were tough with gristle. My eggplant meat ball was interesting. The menu described it as a crunchy ball with cheese and a smoky tomato sauce. It was a mushy ball with what tasted and had the consistency of sweet and sour sauce. My husbands steak was VERY tough. Dessert was a brown sugar cake (which was very dry and bland) served w sautéed apples on a bed of melted mild cheddar. The cheddar overpowered everything. We sent it back. They were very gracious and removed it from our bill. we later learned many patrons had sent theirs back as well. I don't think we will return when we visit Tuscaloosa again.
They do accept football weekend reservations, which a lot of restaurants in Tuscaloosa do not.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank ERPMS
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MARIANNA
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95 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Epiphany Cafe for unique cuisine!”
Reviewed 21 October 2013 via mobile

Epiphany Cafe is an up and coming Tuscaloosa favorite for locals and visitors to the town. It offers local fresh products carefully prepared and appetizingly presented. The food was excellent. A little on the higher priced side for the proportion served but still well worth the dining experience. Yes I will return for another great meal.

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2 Thank CMWynn
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