Make your morning get-together even better at one of the many breakfast and brunch spots in Auburn-Opelika. Whether you have a sweet tooth or crave something a little more savory, these restaurants are sure to satisfy!

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1. Ariccia Cucina Italiana

Ariccia, the authentic Italian restaurant located in the Hotel at Auburn University, has brunch available daily from 6:30 a.m to 2 p.m. The menu features fresh and hearty meals that are sure to start your morning off right. Enjoy an assortment of breakfast bowls, omelettes, and waffles. This space is perfect for an elevated brunch or a business meeting.

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2. Big Blue Bagel

Big Blue Bagel is a staple amongst Auburn students, locals, and visitors. They serve breakfast and lunch daily until 3 p.m. offering freshly made bagels and spreads ranging from cinnamon raisin walnut to jalapeño, as well as a variety of sandwiches on their house-made bagels.

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3. Staks

Staks is Auburn’s newest addition to the downtown dining scene. Staks offers creative breakfast and brunch options for everyone! Serving a full menu all day means you never miss out on signature pancake Staks, sweet French toast, or some good old-fashioned Southern biscuits and gravy.  Staks is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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4. Another Broken Egg Cafe

Another Broken Egg is a go-to breakfast spot located on Bent Creek in Auburn. Another Broken Egg Cafe's passion is to create Southern-inspired breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, with an artisanal flair, that is “craveably” delicious and can pair with refreshing, hand-crafted cocktails or an ice-cold cold brew! Try one of their staple items, like chicken and waffles, crab cake benedict, or cinnamon roll french toast. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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5. Foodies

Foodies is a gourmet cafe and bodega located on East University Drive. Their cafe menu features items ranging from fresh baked goods to house-brewed coffee. Foodies serves made-to-order breakfast items including fresh biscuits, muffins, scones, danishes, cinnamon rolls, and more. In addition to the café is the bodega. Shoppers will find grocery items as well as decadent sweets like fudge, truffle bars, and cake by the slice. Foodies is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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6. The Market at Botanic

Grab breakfast and a cup of coffee at the Market at Botanic! Along with coffee and pastries, the Market has quick grab-and-go salads, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and more. Dine at one of the bistro tables and enjoy house-made delicacies and coffee concoctions. You can pick up fresh produce, which is also used in the Grille restaurant. Botanic offers breakfast Tuesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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7. Byron’s Smokehouse

Byron's Smokehouse is your destination for a home-cooked, Southern-style breakfast. Byron's is an Auburn landmark that visitors remember and locals love. The family feel, old-school atmosphere, and friendly faces bring everyone together for some good food and fun times! Head over to Byron’s on a Tuesday through Saturday from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. and try one of their breakfast plates, build-your-own biscuits, and pair with a side of grits, potatoes, or toast.

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8. The Well

The Well is a one-of-a-kind tea room in downtown Opelika known for its rustic, colorful, and trendy atmosphere.  The Well offers specialty teas, lattes, collagen waters, and more. They serve delicious food from the Cup and Saucer (a fabulous local caterer), a “packed lunch” catering service, as well as freshly made toast and paninis. Stop by the Well for a cute coffee date, or contact them about hosting a private party.

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9. Amsterdam Cafe

Amsterdam Cafe’s menu features sweet and savory items, such as pulled pork scramble and wild berry pancakes. Don’t forget to enjoy a glass of delicious brunch punch, or a bloody Mary or mimosa. Amsterdam Cafe, located on Gay Street in Auburn, offers Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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10. Bow and Arrow

Bow and Arrow is the perfect mix of Tex-Mex style with a touch of Southern inspiration. The menu includes the “full Nelson” breakfast brisket tacos, bandera brisket and gravy, and breakfast tot-chos. Top it all off with one of their three breakfast cocktails, the unicorn margarita, briskelada, or plethora of pinatas. Bow and Arrow offers an exclusive Brisket Brunch on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  

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11. Cafe 123

Located in the heart of downtown Opelika, Café 123 serves Southern and continental cuisine in a hip, vintage atmosphere. Join them for brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Start off brunch with some pimento cheese or avocado toast, before a main dish of shrimp and grits or a chicken rancheros omelette.

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12. The Hound

The Hound brunch menu features dishes to share with the table, salads, and classic breakfast meals with a signature twist. Try their steak and eggs, barbeque hash, or redneck benedict.  Along with your meal, enjoy one of the Hound’s special mimosas, bloody Marys, or brunch cocktails. Their weekend brunch is available on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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13. Lucy’s

Lucy’s brunch features a wide array of sweet and savory dishes that everyone will love! On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., enjoy dishes such as the lemon lavender donuts, chicken and waffle bennie, and house-made coconut and banana toast. All brunch items pair perfectly with a cup of Lucy’s House Roast coffee.

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14. The Waverly Local

Nothing beats a beautiful morning in Waverly, so grab some friends and have Sunday brunch at the Waverly Local! From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there is a brunch buffet accompanied by live music in a rustic, mid-century modern atmosphere. The buffet includes items like fresh fruits, biscuits, bacon, sausage, and grits. Main courses such as eggs benedict and a veggie omelette are also served.

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15. Zazu Gastropub

Zazu is a stunning, five-level restaurant striking in character with sandy, old bricks, wide-plank flooring, flickering gas lanterns, and repurposed wooden beams located in historic downtown Opelika. Zazu offers Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu contains savory choices like steak and eggs, or the breakfast enchilada. The brioche french toast appeases any sweet tooth with a berry compote and maple syrup.

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COFFEE SHOPS (with great food)


16. The Bean

The Bean is known for its retro atmosphere accompanied by delicious coffee and sweet treats. The Bean offers fair trade coffee beans and loose-leaf tea as well as a full menu of sweet and savory breakfast items. Enjoy their well-known homemade cinnamon rolls, breakfast casseroles, avocado toast, and waffles with blueberry puree. The coffee shop on Dean Road is open Monday through Saturday.

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17. Coffee Mafia

The original location of Mama Mochas, a hip, cool coffee shop, is now Coffee Mafia! Head to Coffee Mafia any day of the week and enjoy a wide selection of breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and bagels. Try a smoked salmon bagel, ham and cheddar melt, or terrapin mocha muffin. 

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18. One Bike Coffee

This family-owned coffee shop offers a variety of breakfast items all day! Build your own breakfast biscuit or panini, from a combination of toppings like sausage, bacon, egg, cheese, and more. Also indulge in one of their many baked goods, such as a cinnamon roll, blueberry muffin, or raspberry white chocolate scone! Each breakfast item goes perfectly with a cup of their delicious coffee.

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19. Ristretto Lounge

Ristretto Lounge is a sleek, minimalistic coffee shop in Opelika. Ristretto Lounge’s atmosphere reflects a fusion of Korean and Japanese coffee-house culture. They serve a variety of coffee and tea, as well as their signature drinks. Their breakfast menu includes bagels, pastries, and breakfast burritos. Ristretto Lounge is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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20. Ross House Coffee

Enjoy a cup of coffee from their in-house roastery or indulge in one of their sweet pastries. The breakfast menu at Ross House includes baked oatmeal, quiche, biscuits, bagels, and more! Stop by and try their treats at one of their two locations in the Auburn area.

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21. Well Red

Well Red is an independent bookstore that also offers coffee, wine, and baked goods to enjoy while searching their selection of new and used books.  They have an extensive pastry and dessert list, featuring items such as cheddar bacon biscuits, vanilla bean cheesecake, cookies, muffins, and cinnamon rolls, made by their in-house pastry chefs.


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22. Thrive Here at Auburn

Thrive Here at Auburn is a micro coffee roastery and cafe in the Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center. It employs students studying hospitality and partners with Thr!ve Farmers so each cup and bag of beans supports farmers. Whether your go-to is a delicious seasonal latte or a cup of black coffee with a dash of cream, Thrive will deliver excellence every time.

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  • Chappy’s Deli | Monday - Saturday | Breakfast platters, waffles, biscuits, wraps
  • Brick and Spoon | Open Daily | Southern-based. Breakfast, brunch, and bloody Mary's
  • Flying Biscuit Cafe | Open Daily | Infamous grits and biscuits. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner