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When your parents come to town, it is the perfect opportunity to take them to some of your favorite restaurants. These six restaurants are more upscale and still near Auburn’s downtown area, which gives you the chance to experience many of the things that Auburn has to offer. Each gives you and your family the chance to get away from the large crowds and have a sit-down meal where you can catch up on the things that have been happening at school and at home.

1. Acre

Acre, located on East Glenn Avenue, offers you fresh ingredients that heighten the tastes of southern dishes. The fresh vegetables and meats are supplied by Randle Family Farms, located near Auburn, Alabama. Dine inside and discover their focus on sustainable and repurposed materials used to build the restaurant. You also have the option to dine outside where you will find it shaded during the summer and warmed when the cooler weather sets in.

2. Amsterdam Café

Amsterdam Café, located on South Gay Street, opened in the early 1990s and has remained a favorite of many Auburn locals and students. From their seasonal dishes to timeless classics, you can be sure to have a meal that is full of flavor. They even offer a crab cake sandwich that was voted as one of Alabama’s Top 100 Dishes.

3. Hamilton’s

Hamilton’s, located on Magnolia, puts you right in the downtown scene and only one block from Toomer’s Corner. Here, you can experience an intimate and inviting atmosphere while enjoying entrees that are presented to you in a creative way. Hamilton’s has live music every Monday to add to your dining experience.

4. LiveOaks

LiveOaks, located on North College Street, was named after the Toomer’s Corner Oaks that were replanted the same week LiveOaks opened. The rustic dining experience enhances the laid back, friendly atmosphere. Megan Kisling, senior at Auburn, enjoys bringing her family here. “I love going to LiveOaks especially when my parents are in town. The atmosphere is unlike anything else and we love when there is a live band,” said Kisling.

5. The Depot

The Depot, located on Mitcham Avenue, recently opened its doors on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Here, you can find a menu updated daily with fresh seafood from the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. If you want to try something new, The Depot offers invasive species, such as the Lion Fish, on some evenings. The Depot is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner and is by reservation only.

6. The Hound

The Hound, located on Tichenor Avenue, offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere. With a barn and hunting lodge feel, you will be able to recognize the southern influence that went into the decorating of this restaurant. “I really enjoy taking my parents here because the food is incredible and the atmosphere makes me feel like I’m dining in my own home,” said Kisling.

(All photos by Lindsay Mackey.)

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