Upscale restaurants for dining in Auburn, AL

The cities of Atlanta, Georgia, Birmingham, Alabama, and Montgomery, Alabama form a triangle with its base between Birmingham and Montgomery. On the southeast leg, along Interstate 85 lies the city of Auburn. Auburn, a college town (Auburn University) with a population of around 58,000 is closely associated with the city of Opelika forming a metropolitan area of around 85,000 souls. Besides the university, there are many fine dining opportunities in this metropolitan area.

According to the Auburn and Opelika Tourism Bureau, this area is renowned for its unique and high-quality dining establishments. Most of them are in Auburn, but some are just a short trip up I 85 in Opelika.

Amsterdam Café, in Auburn prides itself as being the place to be before and after any Auburn University sporting event. They are also proud of their food which they define as “farm-fresh to the table”, and their own special brand of southern hospitality.

Also in Auburn is Ariccia Italian Trattoria & Bar sports an open kitchen and dining terrace. They also feature an espresso bar and what they consider to be a unique wine list.

The Barbeque House (Auburn) is all about old fashioned pit barbeque. It is considered to be the best barbeque house in the area attracting customers from miles around.

Café 123 is in Opelika features southern cuisine with just a touch of French influence. It’s a great place to go for juicy steaks and fresh seafood.

Creole and Seafood Shack (Auburn) features well, Creole and seafood. The dining atmosphere is casual.

Hamilton’s (Auburn) has an extensive soup, salad, and sandwich lunch menu. The dinner menu has a wide variety of beef, pork, and chicken entrees along with more of the sandwiches that they are known for.

Jimmy’s (Opelika) is known for its southern-style Creole and Cajun selections.

Mrs. Story’s Dairy Bar, in Opelika though not exactly a fine dining establishment is a 3rd generation family establishment and has the fastest fast-food in the area. The ambiance is right out of the 50s.

The fun and totally casual Niffer’s Place (Auburn) is known for its huge burger and sandwich menu. Also available is an extensive array of soups, salads, wraps, and appetizers.

Warehouse Bistro (Opelika) offers fine dining in an eclectic atmosphere. Lamb, steaks, veal, and pasta items are the specialties. They are also known for their extensive and award-winning wine list.

Last, but not least among the favorites is Toomer’s Drugstore (Auburn) – a genuine soda fountain style establishment popular with the university students that is known for its “world famous” lemonade. The food consists primarily of sandwiches and soda-fountain type fare.

The fine dining is Auburn, Alabama is almost as sought after as a ticket to an Auburn football game. Place Opelika into the mix, and there are a lot of great places for fine dining experiences.