Auburn continues to be one of the fastest growing areas in Alabama, and its food scene is no exception. Recently highlighted in Southern Living, Auburn offers one of the most exquisite dining experiences that you will find in the SEC with great options for local families with children, college students on a night out, or visiting parents looking for a special dinner spot.

Whether you’re looking for a nice Italian meal or a quick lunch on-the-go, Auburn offers a unique dining experience that everyone will enjoy. Here is a look at some of the most exceptional spots to eat in Auburn.


Ever heard the saying ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’? Well, Auburn certainly agrees. With options ranging from laid back barbeque to a sophisticated brunch spot, the breakfast food scene is not lacking in Auburn.

Big Blue Bagel

This Downtown Auburn favorite is a popular spot for students, faculty, and locals looking for a quick but delicious breakfast. The food is loved by many and the atmosphere is no different. The famous “Tiger Melt” on the menu has been featured on Alabama Tourism’s “100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die” multiple times.

Byron’s Smokehouse

Byron’s has been serving Auburn as a local BBQ spot since 1987. Known as an Auburn landmark, visitors and locals love the restaurant and keep coming back for more. They’re best known for their breakfast that includes southern staples like fried potatoes, eggs, and the classic biscuits and gravy.


Open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, Lucy’s is a popular spot full of picture opportunities and is the perfect place to host a special event. Serving up Mama Mocha’s fresh espresso daily, coffee lovers are sure to get their coffee fix. Customers rave over Lucy’s unique drink menu and entrees like the Brunch Burger or Lemon Ricotta Pancakes.


Bow & Arrow

You can find this Texas-Style smokehouse the locals love to visit any day of the week. In addition to barbeque, Bow & Arrow is known for their Tex-Mex cuisine. The popular meats are smoked over a live fire for guests to see. The food is great and the atmosphere adds unique details that do not disappoint.

The Irritable Bao

This well-known spot first opened as the Dumps Like a Truck food truck in 2017 but has since grown into a downtown storefront that many people enjoy. The Irritable Bao is an authentic Chinese bao restaurant. The restaurant serves more than just bao and offers bang-bang shrimp and Chinese brussels. This is one of the community’s favorite spots and an option you definitely shouldn’t miss.



Acre is the award winning restaurant that is the combo of fresh ingredients and southern hospitality. Their seasonal menu items are all full of ingredients from on-site gardens and surrounding farms. With a clone of the iconic Toomer’s oak tree placed right in the parking lot, Acre is an Auburn staple that everyone should experience.


Hamilton’s is the perfect spot for an intimate dinner since it features a private and cozy ambience. The space is quiet enough to hear your dinner party talk with casual with patio seating and weekly live music. Their contemporary American menu includes dishes with selections of beef, pork, chicken, and fish that are sure to make a lasting impression.

The Hound

This family-owned restaurant is located in the center of downtown Auburn. The warm and welcoming atmosphere makes it clear why this spot is loved by so many. Locally harvested ingredients make up their menu full of unique renditions of American classics. They prioritize community and providing a place for guests to feel at home, so it is no wonder this spot is an Auburn favorite.

Auburn, Alabama is taking the southern food scene by storm. No matter what cuisine you’re in the mood for, Auburn offers one of the best dining selections in the South. From southern classics to international favorites, you will be sure to have a meal you will love. At Liberty Properties, we provide rentals in close proximity to your auburn favorites. Contact us to learn more about our available properties.

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