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Oct 16, 2011 12:24 PM

California Hound Needs Birmingham to Auburn Recs

Hello Alabama Hounds!
My husband and daughter are coming your way in a couple of weeks to visit Auburn University. I saw the recent thread on Auburn recs, but do you have any for the drive to Auburn from Birmingham? They'll be landing in Birmingham around 5 p.m. and will be hitting the road to Auburn shortly thereafter. Looking for quintessential southern, not, in the words of Calvin Trillin, "La Maison de la Casa House, Continental Cuisine." Oh, and a fabulous breakfast place in Auburn, please. Thank you in advance!

Auburn University
241 S College St, Auburn, AL 36830

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    1. If they can wait a couple of hours before eating, there's a restaurant in Sylacauga that I've heard wonderful things about.

      It is only a couple of miles out of the way, located about halfway between BHM and Auburn. My understanding is that their menu changes daily, and is reflective of what is fresh and available. Upscale, but relaxed Southern dining. From the looks of their website, they even have a veranda. Quintessential enough?

      Please let us know if they go. My wife and I are planning a trip in November and would love a report.

      1. You will love the "loveliest village on the plain." Auburn is a great college town with some pretty decent restaurants to boot.

        Taking 280 out of town is a bear in the afternoon, so I would plan to eat in Birmingham. For good southern fare (upscale) try Cafe Dupont downtown, Highlands, Hot and Hot or Little Savannah. All are within 10 minutes of the airport. Traffic will be clear down 280 by the time you finish supper.

        For something not so southern, but very very good, consider Bettola at the Pepper Place in Lakeview near downtown. Wonderful brick oven pizza.

        As for breakfast in Auburn, nothing beats the Barbecue House on College Street. Great traditional southern breakfast. Also try D Square doughnuts or Daylight Doughnuts

        Cafe Dupont
        113 20th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203

        Little Savannah Restaurant
        3811 Clairmont Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

        2901 2nd Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35233

        Barbecue House
        345 S College St, Auburn, AL 36830

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        1. re: AUAtty

          Agree on 280 outbound anytime between 4:15 and 6:30 PM any day of the week. If it's a home game weekend (is that the Ole Miss game), I would definitely eat in Birmingham then head out that way. Even then, traffic may be bad. If not, you might be better off taking 20>459>280 to avoid some traffic at least.

          The restaurants AUAtty recommneds are all great. Nikki's is good too but not really on your way.

          Stone's Throw is not particularly Southern but seems to be reasonably close to 280 in Mt Laurel. I have not been but hear great things about it. Not sure if it's close enough/worth the drive with traffic already expected to be terrible.

        2. Marble City Grill is nice.

          Marble City Grill @ 112 Broadway Ave., Sylacauga, AL 256 - 245 - 8108.

          Marble City Grill
          112 N Broadway Ave, Sylacauga, AL 35150

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          1. re: Littleman

            Thanks everyone for your advice (especially to AUAtty and Dax for the driving tips). All of your recommendations are on a list and are under consideration. I'll try to report back, but make no promises as my information will be coming second-hand from husband and teenage daughter. I'm hoping to make the trek from Birmingham to Auburn a regular occurrence over the next few years, and I'm excited about getting to know the South and its food and people. Thanks again!