With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the Auburn and Opelika area is the perfect destination for a romantic weekend getaway with your significant other, or spending quality time with your best friends. Whether in a long-term relationship or gearing up for a first date, it is a wonderful time to create memories filled with love.
We're making spirits bright here in Auburn-Opelika with a full list of holiday festivities for you and your family to enjoy! From parades to 5Ks to one of the largest gingerbread villages in the Southeast, there's something for every crew. Matching holiday jammies accepted. Cheers to the holidays and happy New Year!
The Irritable Bao might be a funny name, but their food is seriously yummy. A tiny storefront in the heart of downtown Auburn, the Irritable Bao is known for long lines that snake all the way to Toomer’s Corner, incredibly delicious authentic Chinese bao, and one of the funniest personalities you’ll ever meet.
As the new football season approaches, Auburn fans are excited to return to the Loveliest Village on the Plains. If you haven’t visited our spirited destination since last year, boy are you in for a treat! Check out this list of everything that’s changed since last football season - from pancakes to Publix, there’s always something new in Auburn-Opelika!
Get ready to experience the brand new, state-of-the-art, Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center, home to the Laurel Hotel and Spa. The center brings a brand-new array of experiences, revolutionizing the hospitality management program at Auburn. From the luxury spa to the Hey Day Market, this new facility is the only one of its kind in the world.
Join the Dining Winos this summer as they 'wine and dine' through some of Auburn-Opelika's favorite dining spots! This summer series will feature their experiences at local restaurants with exceptional wine lists, delicious food pairings, and other fine things that would appeal to any level of wine lover.
Think fast - Father's Day is coming in hot! Treat your dear ol' dad to an experience you can only find in Auburn-Opelika! Make this Father’s Day one to remember by thinking out of the box and enjoying everything from breweries and brunch to the great outdoors and special events!

Wining & Dining in Auburn-Opelika with the Dining Winos

by Merideth Davis | The Dining Winos

Join the Dining Winos this summer as they 'wine and dine' through some of Auburn-Opelika's favorite dining spots! This summer series will feature their experiences at local restaurants with exceptional wine lists, delicious food pairings, and other fine things that would appeal to any level of wine lover.
In honor of Burger Wars, Opelika's annual burger grilling contest coming up on June 4, we've expanded the burger competition! You can put your taste buds to the test and enjoy these competing burgers at their respective restaurants starting May 1 leading up to the big event. The 2nd annual Burger Battles is on!
Chef Eron Bass, executive chef at Café 123, is all about good food done right. He has been working behind the scenes of the white-tablecloth restaurant for almost 19 years. When the café opened, he began as sous chef under Chef Chris Cannon, longtime friend, executive chef and co-owner with John Robert Wood. Eventually, Cannon left Café 123, and Chef Eron took over as executive chef.
Roses are red, Violets are blue - Auburn is the perfect wedding destination for you! With summer rapidly approaching, wedding season is already here. Don't worry brides, Auburn-Opelika has every aspect of the wedding planning process covered. From historic venues to Southern catering and TV-famous bakeries, our wedding scene is ideal for those who love the Loveliest Village.
Graham Hage is the owner and executive chef of Zazu Gastropub, located in historic downtown Opelika. Diners will be hard-pressed to decide which is better: the elevated, farm-fresh cuisine or the converted industrial space. Chef Graham is responsible for both.
Counting down the days until Auburn football returns to the Plains? Head coach Brian Harsin isn't the only new addition to the Auburn Family in 2021. Check out this top 10 list of new things to do and see this football season! War Eagle and welcome back to the Loveliest Village.
Experiencing food at the peak of freshness is a joy unlike any other, and in a world where we’re increasingly becoming more aware of the importance of understanding where our food comes from, knowing who your farmer seems like a no-brainer! In Auburn-Opelika, there are countless ways to support local farmers, connect with the community, and enjoy the benefits of feeding your family fresh food.

Bring on the Beignets

by Emma Donaldson | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Get those stretchy pants ready to go because you won’t be able to stop eating these deep-fried pastries covered in snow-white powdered sugar. Visit the shop starting Friday at 7:30 a.m. located at 155 College Street.
Serenity beckons. Hot stones. A soothing rub. Self-care is the name of the game in 2020. The heady scent of fresh grounds brewing to your exact specifications. A decadent dessert board and a glass or two of the deepest red before you tuck into a fluffy comforter with a new book from a local purveyor and a soul that feels restored. Auburn-Opelika is Road Trip Ready.
Is it a minivan with seats for the kids and the dog? Or a 2-seater convertible for a couple of hip empty-nesters? Grab your masks and buckle up because it doesn’t matter who you are, Auburn-Opelika is Road Trip Ready!

Ristretto Lounge: the sweetest part of the community

by M.A. Hughes | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Tucked away in its own corner of Opelika, Ristretto Lounge offers the Auburn-Opelika community a unique coffee shop experience. It’s at once fresh and inviting, sleek and minimalist while somehow also warm and familiar. It’s like sitting in a friend’s living room—if their living room was effortlessly modern and tastefully decorated.

Auburn's Mardi Gras Parade & Krewe Krawl

by M. A. Hughes | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

The fourth annual “Krewe Krawl” and Mardi Gras parade will take place on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. The parade is organized by Krewe de Tigris and hosted by the Auburn Downtown Merchants Association. This year’s parade is dubbed “Mardi Gras and All that Jazz.”

Be our Guest: Lucy's Premieres Guest Chef Series

by M.A. Hughes | Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Known for its modern vibe, culinary wonders and extensive cocktail list, Lucy’s neighborhood eatery is debuting an exciting new guest chef series. Each guest chef will collaborate with Lucy’s executive chef Brian Paolina to bring a different experience and exciting dishes for guests to enjoy.
1st Avenue in Opelika is quickly becoming the hippest block in town. North of the railroad tracks in historic downtown Opelika you'll find Mama Mochas Coffee Bodega, Griff Goods, Resting Pulse Brewery and more!

Opelika Main Street welcomes new Executive Director

by Staff Report Auburn-Opelika Tourism

Opelika Main Street is excited to announce Ken Ward as the new executive director. Ward brings a young perspective to the historic main street community. He is a recent graduate of Auburn University with undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Political Science and a Master of Public Administration.
Resting Pulse Brewing Company is an environment where you can come to find your “resting pulse” – to relax and spend time with friends and family while exploring new and exciting local craft beers. Our goal was to retain the rustic industrial design of the original building while providing for a relaxed atmosphere both inside the brewery and in our outdoor patio.
Meet the coolest college town in the South. Auburn University might be legendary, but it's only the beginning of our authentic and compelling story. Check out this list of Auburn-Opelika's best ways and places to spend your time. You might not get to them all, and that's the best reason we can think of for you to come back.

Things to do this Valentine's Day in Auburn-Opelika

by Emma Raby Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

It's that time of year again and Valentine's Day is just around the corner! Don't have your plans together just yet? Don't sweat it! Whether you're with your special Valentine or your best Galentines, Auburn-Opelika has plenty of ways to make the holiday one to remember.
Whether you’re the bride-to-be or a newbie maid of honor, the wedding planning process can intimidate even the most decisive among us. Save this list of lovely local vendors specializing in everything from whimsical flower arrangements to Aubie cake pops.
Supporters of the Auburn University Hospitality Management Program donned their sequins and tuxedos Thursday evening for the 27th annual Hospitality Gala. Gala guests enjoyed a meet and taste with chefs and winemakers during the Tattinger champagne reception, where they bid on a variety of silent auction items. Visiting chefs showcased a delicious variety of small bites while guests mingled in the

Bow & Arrow to open on Nov. 7 in Auburn

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Bow & Arrow, David Bancroft’s Texas-style barbecue restaurant, will open its doors on Wednesday, November 7. The new restaurant will be located at 1977 East Samford Avenue across the street from Church of the Highlands in Auburn.
Auburn-Opelika is quickly becoming a food lover’s paradise. With a heavy agricultural influence, thanks to Auburn University, the area excels in locally grown, farm-to-table edible delicacies unlike anything else in the Southeast. Check out some of these mouth-watering Instagram accounts for the latest and greatest from nationally ranked chefs and restaurants located in the Auburn-Opelika area.
These independent restauranteurs and talented chefs have created exceptional establishments with specialty dishes you'll find nowhere else in the world. Among these listings, you'll find something suitable for every taste and budget - whether it's a downtown student haunt or a white tablecloth dining room with a 300-bottle wine list.

Hop into Easter

by Sarah Beth Mullins Auburn Opelika Touism Bureau

Get ready to hop into the Easter weekend! The Auburn-Opelika area is full of events your entire family will enjoy.
In a college town, coffee is in high demand. The Auburn-Opelika area has seven locally owned coffee shops to feed your caffeine craving. All of these local shops offer various types of coffee and a unique experience. Read more to find out which shop is the best fit for you!

The Waverly Local

by Sarah Beth Mullins Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

If you’re looking for a unique dining experience, head down Highway 280 to Waverly. The Waverly Local is a new restaurant located in one of Alabama’s first Ford dealerships, now filled with culinary delights. The current hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Whether they’re serving up a place to rest your head, something to delight your taste buds, or the entertainment for the day, these places all have one thing in common: there’s nothing like them anywhere else! These are ten awesome places to eat, play, and stay in Auburn-Opelika.

Sustainable Seafood in Auburn-Opelika

by Binh Nguyen Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

If you’re a crazed seafood fan and like your fish free of additives, then you’re in luck! The conversation about sustainable seafood is trending and several organizations in the Auburn-Opelika area such as Zazu Gastropub, Stinky’s Fish Camp, The Depot and even the upcoming Alabama Oyster Social are joining in to strengthen our oceans and the environment.

Auburn-Opelika Wine Trail 2017

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist

Get your tickets now for the first Auburn-Opelika Wine Trail coming up on Friday, October 27. Don’t miss this chance to experience three wineries in East Alabama with a special farm-to-table lunch provided by Acre.

5 Things to Know About BOW & ARROW

by Brooke Peace Harris Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau

Acre has been widely celebrated for its flavors, charm and chef/owner David Bancroft. You’ll be excited to know that Bancroft is bringing another restaurant to the Auburn food scene!

7 Reasons to Spend the Night in Auburn-Opelika

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist

7 Reasons to Spend the Night in Auburn-Opelika: 1. Be a part of Auburn’s oldest traditions: Rolling Toomer’s Corner 2. Avoid the mayhem of post-game traffic 3. Experience a one-of-a-kind restaurant in Auburn-Opelika 4. Go out with friends to the local brewery and distillery5. Make memories with your family that will last 6. Get up early and take a hike at Chewacla State Park 7. Enjoy a savory brunch before you hit the road

Downtown Auburn Restaurant Week

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist

Brace yourselves for an unforgettable savory experience coming to Auburn in just a few weeks! The first Auburn Downtown Restaurant Week will be June 18-24, 2017. This exciting new event will highlight the downtown culinary scene and features both fine and casual dining restaurants as well as specialty shops!

On The Tracks in downtown Opelika

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

On The Tracks, the biannual food and wine event in historic downtown Opelika will be hosted on April 21. On The Tracks takes you on a tasting trail of 25 stops, and offers a fun environment with live music and culinary treats.

The 3rd Annual Alabama Oyster Social

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

The third annual Alabama Oyster Social is this Saturday, January 28th at 6 p.m.! The social will be hosted at the ALFA Pavillion (The Red Barn) on Auburn University’s campus with featured chefs from Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana. Participants will enjoy an assortment of oysters, beverages and live music.

But First, Brunch

by Lexy Sedillo Auburn Opelika Tourism Bureau

Football season may have ended, but brunch season is very much still ON! The Auburn-Opelika area has a variety of local restaurants that offer brunch. Satisfy your cravings for coffee, biscuits and waffles while conquering one brunch at a time on the Plains. We have scoured the area to find our go-to places for weekend brunch, and compiled them into a list for you. Make sure to visit and take a picture at your favorite place using the hashtag #AuburnOpelika for a chance to be featured on our website. Cheers!
"World famous lemonade." An original, soda fountain-style diner and drugstore, Toomer’s has been an Auburn tradition for over a century! Located in the heart of downtown Auburn where the city and campus come together, you’ll find delicious sandwiches, soda fountain specialties, and snacks along with a full line of Auburn souvenirs. Mon-Fri 10am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12pm- 5pm.
Hamilton's is an intimate and casual atmosphere located in historic downtown Auburn one block from Toomer's Corner. We serve appetizers, salads and sandwiches all day. Our menu of diverse contemporary American selections includes beef, pork, fish and chicken of the finest quality. Our chef's entrees are prepared daily and creatively presented. Come and mingle at our friendly and inviting bar.
Alabama's home of bacon and bourbon. The Hound is a family owned restaurant and bar featuring over-the-top American classics, top shelf bourbon, and 28 craft beers on tap. Our atmosphere was designed to be warm and welcoming- think hunting lodge, antler-pronged barn setting with the hustle and bustle of old time Alabama. We source locally and regionally and harvest from the Hound family farm Lafayette, AL when possible.
Auburn-Opelika’s answer to fun & unique casual dining! Niffer's has been an Auburn staple and community favorite since 1991. Fun, casual dining with an extensive menu of great food at great prices and terrific daily specials. Full bar and patio dining available.
Since 1993 the Warehouse Bistro has provided the Auburn-Opelika area a culinary escape from the ordinary. Owner- Chef Joe Hippely painstakingly prepares and embellishes each dish using only the freshest quality ingredients. The diverse menu is complemented by nightly Chef Specials, an award-winning wine list, and a full bar.
An Auburn-Opelika tradition since 1952, the secret recipe for Mrs. Story’s famous homemade chili dogs reminds us that, thankfully, some things never change. Still in its original location on Pepperell Parkway, the owners of this 50s style walkup are the third generation of the Story family to serve the freshest “fast” food in the area. Open Mon-Wed 10am-9pm and Thurs-Sat 10am-10pm.
An American Seafood brasserie located at the Historic Auburn Train Depot. Featuring gulf-coastal cuisine, the Depot serves Alabama's freshest seafood and southern inspired dishes in a modern industrial Victorian-inspired space. Where the hook meets the line.
Amsterdam Café welcomes the opportunity to share our family’s interpretation of the “Auburn Experience” with yours. We are proud of our role in re-establishing the fresh “from farm to table” principle that we deem vital in our community. Our restaurant highlights the bounty of artisanal and house-made ingredients, exceptionally fresh seafood, and the exquisite offerings of local farm fresh produce.
Located in the historic Haynie’s Drugstore building in Downtown Opelika, Cafe 123 Owner John Robert Wood has created a classic fine dining experience in a casual atmosphere. Featuring Southern cuisine with French influence, Chef Eron Bass has prepared a menu rich with hand-cut meats, fresh seafood, and the highest quality ingredients, all prepared to order. Chef Specials and fresh cheesecakes offered.
At Zazu, people can expect a “fine dining” type of food in a relaxed public atmosphere. “We do a lot of different comfort foods from around the United States and a couple of different ones from around the world,” he said. “We make everything from scratch that we can, and we try to use as much local produce as possible.” Zazu has teamed up with Opelika Grows, Alabama Seafood Co., and Oakview Farms
Acre highlights new Alabama cuisine inspired by our Southern heritage. The kitchen sources from on-site gardens and orchards, local farms, and the bounty provided by the Blackbelt Region, reinterpreting the rich heritage of Alabama cuisine.