Dining

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

by Emma Raby Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau on 2/4/2019

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.

Planning a Wedding in Auburn-Opelika

by Cat Bobo | Communications Specialist Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau on 1/18/2019

With the holidays behind us and Valentine’s Day coming up next, it’s safe to say that engagement proposals are starting to flood your social feeds. 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 po

Hospitality Gala Raises Funds for Hospitality Management Program

by Katy Doss Here Molly Girl on 11/16/2018

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 on 10/17/2018

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.

Best Foodie Instagram Accounts to Follow in Auburn-Opelika

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau on 10/10/2018

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.

The Tasty Taco Trail of Auburn-Opelika

by Cat Bobo Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau on 4/26/2018

We took it upon ourselves to name the best tacos in Auburn-Opelika and we feel pretty good about our findings. In fact, even non-taco lovers (if there is such a thing) can appreciate some of these unique takes on this casual comfort food.

Hop into Easter

by Sarah Beth Mullins Auburn Opelika Touism Bureau on 3/30/2018

Get ready to hop into the Easter weekend! The Auburn-Opelika area is full of events your entire family will enjoy.

Get your caffeine fix in Auburn Opelika

by Sarah Beth Mullins Auburn Opelika Touism Bureau on 3/2/2018

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 on 2/7/2018

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.

10 Places to Eat, Play, & Stay in Auburn-Opelika

by Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau on 11/30/2017

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.

Who’s Your Farmer?

by Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau on 11/30/2017

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.

Sustainable Seafood in Auburn-Opelika

by Binh Nguyen Auburn-Opelika Tourism Bureau on 10/6/2017

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 on 9/27/2017

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 on 8/16/2017

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 on 6/2/2017

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 on 5/26/2017

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 4/3/2017

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 on 1/24/2017

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 on 1/19/2017

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!

Toomer's Drugs

on 6/28/2016

"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.
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.

Niffer's Place

on 6/28/2016

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.

Warehouse Bistro

on 6/28/2016

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.
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.

The Hound

on 6/28/2016

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.

The Depot

on 6/21/2016

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 Cafe

on 5/22/2016

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.

Zazu

on 3/2/2016

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

Cafe 123

on 3/2/2016

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.

Acre

on 10/22/2015

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.