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Perhaps best known internationally as the home of the American football team, The Auburn Tigers, Auburn in Alabama has much to discover. Aside from football this delightful town near the foothills of the famous Appalachian Mountains, is also a cultural and culinary hot spot. We introduce you to ten of the best restaurants in the area.
The trending Amsterdam Cafe is deeply indebted to Vincent Van Gogh. The menu is predominantly southern fare, with dishes including seafood and steak. You’ll find classics such as bisque and burgers and the lobster rolls are particularly noteworthy. As an added bonus for football fans, the cafe is well within walking distance of Auburn stadium, perfect for a pre or post-game treat.
Amsterdam Cafe, 410 South Gay Street, Auburn, AL, USA, +1 334 826 8181
The family owned Hound bills itself as offering ‘American classics, top shelf bourbon, and 28 craft beers on tap’ with an atmosphere modeled on a smoky hunting lodge, focusing on ‘bacon, bourbon, community, and family’. With this all-American sentiment comes a barn-like interior with long benches, good beer, and excellent food. Reviewers have praised the atmosphere and the excellent burgers and brunches.
The Hound, 124 Tichenor Avenue, Auburn, AL, USA, +1 334 246 3300
The upscale Maestro 2300 specializes in Mediterranean and Spanish fare. Its story starts several years ago, with owner Allen Harris’s business commitments taking him frequently to Europe. When he returned to Alabama, he couldn’t stop thinking about the food of the Mediterranean. People have flocked to Maestro 2300 ever since, praising excellent food, service and music.
The American drug store was a staple of the United States in the mid-20th century. Drug stores such as Toomer’s were the place for young adults to hang out drinking milkshakes. Toomer’s continues this fine tradition of Americana into the 21st century. Theses days there’s more on the menu than just milkshakes, with all-American food on offer such as burgers, fries and hot sandwiches galore.
Toomer’s Drugs, 100 North College Street, Auburn, AL, USA, +1 334-887-3488
Off the beaten path and closer to the nearby city of Opelika, Warehouse Bistro is without a doubt worth searching for in the industrial area where it has been located since 1993. The menu features a mix of continental and American cuisine, accompanied by an award-winning wine list. Warehouse Bistro is casual fine-dining with an affordable price tag.
Warehouse Bistro, 105 Rocket Avenue, Opelika, AL, USA, +1 334-745-6353