Whether you’re looking for a place to eat before watching the Auburn Tigers play or to hang out, this town has the right place for you. The Auburn and Opelika area is known to serve some of the tastiest dishes you can’t find anywhere else. That being said, we know how difficult it can be to choose between some tasty southern cooking and trying some fine culinary specials around town. That’s why we at West and Wright decided to help you out and put together a list of the best restaurants in Auburn. Make sure you don’t miss out on these local hot spots, because they’re well worth your money.

The Hound

First on our list of the best restaurants in Auburn is the Hound. Located in the downtown area, the Hound serves up brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night foods all day. You just have to try some of the popular Hound Burgers which will leave you wanting to go back for more. The reason why their food is so good is the fresh farm ingredients in certain menu items.

Apart from having good food, the Hound is one of the best hangout spots for college students and families. The place was designed to have a modern and welcoming atmosphere with hunting decor. Once you step foot into the restaurant, you’ll be able to find a somewhat similar setting to a hunting lodge with deer heads and brown furniture. The Hound also offers three different styled rooms that are perfect for hosting private events in style.

Restaurant Style: American Restaurant

Location: 124 Tichenor Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

Restaurant Hours

  • Tuesday & Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Thursday & Friday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.
  • Sunday: 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Monday: Closed

 

Perks

  • Alcohol Selections
  • Happy Hour Drinks
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Reservations

 

Local Favorites

  • Bison Burger
  • Redneck Benedict
  • Shrimp and Grits

 

Tips and Tricks

The Hound tends to be busier from Thursday to Sunday. Of course, Saturday is the busiest of the four days. In that case, we recommend you reserve a spot ahead of time if you plan to dine in during or after dinner.

Niffer’s Place

Niffer’s Place is just one of those spots you go to have a good time. From the moment you arrive, Niffer’s already has some great specials going on for that day. On top of that, Niffer’s has something for everyone to enjoy from wings and burgers to vegetarian dishes. Most of the Niffer’s items on the menu are prepared in-house to keep it fresh. You can also count on the patties to always have a great taste because they’re never frozen. It’s no wonder why this spot made it on our list of best restaurants in Auburn.

Niffer’s is known for having fish decorations throughout the restaurant. It is one of the things that helps distinguish Niffer’s from other local restaurants. On game days, you’ll find that Niffer’s gets full of Tigers that are looking to pick up a quick bite before heading over to watch a game of football.

Restaurant Style: Bar and Grill

Location: 1151 Opelika Rd, Auburn, AL 36830

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday – Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Thursday – Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Perks

  • Alcohol Selections
  • Catering
  • Daily Specials
  • Delivery
  • Happy Hour Drinks
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wi-Fi

 

Local Favorites

  • Niffer’s Burgers
  • Niffer’s Nachos
  • Wings

 

Tips and Tricks

Niffer’s most popular dates are Fridays and Saturdays. If you’re looking to avoid a long wait, try stopping by before dinner time on those days or any other day of the week. You can also call and order for delivery if you’re near the Auburn location.

Mike and Ed’s Bar-B-Q

Our list of the best restaurants in Auburn couldn’t be completed without Mike and Ed’s Bar-B-Q. Over the years, Mike and Ed’s has tweaked and added new recipes to perfect the art of barbecue. Needless to say, this restaurant’s smoked ribs and hickory sauce are very popular throughout Auburn. This restaurant is also one of the few places you’ll ever run into barbecue stew. It is a stew packed with all your favorite barbecue flavors that mix perfectly with any side. Mike and Ed’s is also one of the few places where you’ll be able to grab a quick bite during Auburn football game days. The staff knows how important game day is to Auburn and they make sure to attend everyone as soon as possible.

Restaurant Style: Barbecue

Location: 307 N College St, Auburn, AL 36830

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday – Saturday: 10:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Sunday: Closed

 

Perks

  • Merchandise
  • Online Ordering

 

Local Favorites

  • BBQ Ribs
  • Chili Dog
  • Homemade Chili Bowl

 

Tips and Tricks

Lunchtime is the busiest time of the day at Mike and Ed’s. Although it can get packed, the staff is still able to serve you pretty soon in comparison to other barbecue spots around town. You can try ordering your food online or stop by at a different time if you don’t want to wait in the ordering line during lunch.

Little Italy Pizzeria

The best pizza restaurant in Auburn is hands down Little Italy Pizzeria. This easygoing pizza spot is a great place to get the most for your buck. Little Italy Pizzeria focuses on bringing the New York style flavors to Alabama with its very own touch. This pizzeria isn’t afraid to hold back on anything and serves some of the largest slices you’ll find in Auburn. Little Italy Pizzeria also makes sure every slice is crafted with fine and fresh ingredients that are worth waiting in line for.

This New York-style pizzeria is very popular with the college community in Auburn for the great prices and specials. It is a nice little spot where you can go and enjoy some beers with your best friends while having a conversation.

Restaurant Style: Italian Pizza Restaurant

Location: 129 E Magnolia Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

Restaurant Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.
  • Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

 

Perks

  • Alcohol Selections
  • Happy Hour Food
  • Outdoor Seating

 

Local Favorites

  • Hot Italian Sandwiches
  • Specialty Pizzas
  • Stromboli

 

Tips and Tricks

Lunch specials at Little Italy run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., while the drink specials run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. The restaurant does tend to get a bit busier around those times, but the food and drink is worth waiting for.

Taco Mama

Taco Mama is recognized as the best taco restaurant in Auburn. Who doesn’t like tacos, burritos, and nachos? This Mexican inspired restaurant gives its customers the liberty of customizing what ingredients go into their tacos, burritos, burrito bowls, salads, nachos, and quesadillas. Yes, Taco Mama lets you customize everything on its menu!

From the items on the menu to the atmosphere, everything about this grub spot is fun and funky. It is a great place for young adults to hang out since Taco Mama serves great tasting margaritas and other alcoholic beverages on the rocks. Even the music is hand-picked by the restaurant staff to keep everything fun and fresh.

Restaurant Style: Mexican Restaurant

Location: 149 E Magnolia Ave, Auburn, AL 36830

Restaurant Hours

  • Sunday – Thursday: 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.

 

Perks

  • Alcohol Selections
  • Customizable Food
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Vegetarian Options

 

Local Favorites

  • Burritos
  • Burrito Bowls
  • Margaritas
  • Nachos
  • Tacos

 

Tips and Tricks

Taco Mama is a very popular spot meaning you can guarantee a wait during rush hour. But no worries, the wait is well worth it as long as you remember to stuff your customizable food with your favorite toppings! You also have to try out the signature margaritas to make the most out of your experience.