January 17, 2020

Whether you’re looking for the perfect start to game day or a Sunday morning pick-me-up, you’ll have no problem finding a hearty brunch in Auburn, Alabama. In fact, we take brunch very seriously here at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, home to the legendary bloody mary bar. The best brunch in Auburn can be found just a few steps from our luxuriant accommodations. But, you’ll be glad to know that we’re also within walking distance of countless early-morning favorites, such as The Hound Bacon & Bourbon, Acre, Hamilton’s on Magnolia, LiveOaks, and The Depot.

Brunch in Auburn: Something for Every Palate

To ensure that your upcoming visit to one of the premier retirement communities in the South is nothing short of flawless, we’ve decided to share our thoughts about there of our favorite downtown Auburn restaurants. Hopefully, this short article makes finding the best brunch in Auburn a cinch. Let’s start with Ariccia Cucina Italiana, our on-site, Italian eatery.

Ariccia Cucina Italiana

On game days, Ariccia Cucina Italiana holds a legendary bloody mary bar, a crowd-pleasing Tiger tradition for over 30 years. This Saturday morning ritual remains a tasteful rite of passage for first-time visitors. But, of course, Ariccia wouldn’t be the best brunch in Auburn without an extensive, sophisticated menu. Pair your bloody mary or mimosa with Italian sweet bread, Tuscan toast, or the weekly, made-from-scratch produce pasta bowl from Hornsby Farms. There’s just something genuinely refreshing about sipping on a well-crafted bloody mary in the fresh, late-morning air before a full day of championship golf, downtown shopping, or Tiger hoops.

The Hound Bacon & Bourbon

The Hound Bacon & Bourbon remains one of the best restaurants in Auburn thanks to its stellar brunch-time offerings, ranging from the hefty hashbrown casserole to the loaded “Hair of the Hound” breakfast sandwich. Everything from the elegant plate presentation to the classic yet slightly unfamiliar Southern flavors is top-notch. Locals will always tell you to arrive early on Sunday mornings to avoid the church crowds—an early-morning church service is the best way to start the day anyway! Even in the wee hours of the morning, The Hound remains somewhat dimly-lit. And the rustic yet sophisticated saloon-style architecture and decor are quite popular among out-of-towners.

The Depot

About a block north of The Hound along famous College Street lies The Depot, a sleek, expansive seafood joint. The Depot offers something unique: Cajun-focused brunch in Auburn. Yes, most folks stumble into The Depot to craft a monstrous “build-your-own bloody,” complete with 26 different garnishes. But we couldn’t think of a braver way to start game day than with a plate of Gulf shrimp ‘n’ grits, Creole jambalaya, or gourmet gumbo. That being said, The Depot also specializes in eggs benedict, quiche, and French toast.

Luxurious Hotels in Auburn

The Hotel at Auburn University remains the top-rated lodging option in east Alabama, primarily because of our modern accommodations, first-rate Southern hospitality, and proximity to the top attractions, bars, and breakfast places in Auburn. Before your arrival, make sure to read up about a potential Alabama honeymoon, nearby breweries, and four local hidden gems. To learn more about our top-reviewed College Street hotel, please give us a call today at 800-228-2876.