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Overall Restaurant ..................... 9 Spot to Get Spoiled .................. 9 Date Night Spot ...................... 10 Seafood ......................................... 10 Sushi ................................................ 10 Meat & 3 ..................................... 11 Burgers ......................................... 11 Wings ............................................. 11 Late-night Food ....................... 11 Sweet Spot ................................. 12 Ice Cream .................................... 12 Frozen Treat ............................... 12 Bakery ............................................ 12 Brunch ........................................... 14 Coffee ............................................ 14 Dessert ......................................... 14 Italian ............................................. 15 Vegetarian Meal ..................... 15 Mexican Food .......................... 15

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Student Government Auburn’s Student Government Association won an online reader’s poll, receiving 33 percent of the vote. Other contenders: • University Program Council • Dance Marathon • Black Student Union • International Buddy Program


The SGA Presidential debate on Monday night, Feb. 5, 2018, in Auburn,Ala.


Council members speak at the SGA Town Hall on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Auburn,Ala.


Auburn Airwaves Auburn Airwaves won an online reader’s poll, receiving 22 percent of the vote. Other contenders: • Big Event • Dance Marathon • War Damn Coffee Jam • Red Barn Series • Open Mic Night • Stadium Movie Nights


2 Chainz performs at UPC Auburn Airwaves on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Auburn,Ala.


2 Chainz performs at UPC Auburn Airwaves on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Auburn,Ala.


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Economics professor Alan Seals Seals won an online reader’s poll, receiving 29 percent of the vote. Other contenders: • Matthew Kearly • Nick Backscheider • Phillip Rawls • Anna Bertolet

• Tracy Richards • Christopher Roberts



Alan Seals, professor of economics and director of graduate studies, is known for his dedication to students. He is a labor economist from Tennessee who graduated from Middle Tennessee State University. VIA TIGER DINING

Salsarita’s By ELIZABETH HURLEY Campus Reporter Salsarita’s is the best place to grab a meal on campus because of their fresh, great tasting Mexican foods. From tacos to nachos, Salsarita’s offers many ways to eat your chicken, steak, pork, shrimp, ground beef or fajita veggies. Sitting just inside the Foy Food Court, Salsarita’s is open 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. each week day for students and

faculty alike to get their daily Mexican fix. The house-made salsas are a true stand out along with their queso and guacamole. Salsarita’s offers a wide variety of Mexican-inspired food, and for this reason, it’s The Plainsman’s choice for best on-campus food. Aside from the food, the staff at Salsarita’s are speedy and get you in and out the door in minutes. Salsarita’s is a much-needed venue on campus.


Provost Bill Hardgrave Hardgrave won an online reader’s poll with 33 percent of the vote. Other contenders: • Bobby Woodard • Vini Nathan • Taffye Clayton FILE PHOTO

University Provost Bill Hardgrave was first the dean of the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business. He was recently chosen to take his current position of Provost. He is known for his openness to students.

Eagle Flight in Jordan-Hare By STEPHEN LANZI Campus Reporter


All 87,451 sets of eyes fixated on the same thing: the iconic eagle making its way around Jordan-Hare just before kick-off. Other than rolling Toomer’s after a win, the eagle flying around the stadium is the best Auburn tradition because it epitomizes the essence

of the Auburn Family. Auburn is all about celebrating tradition as one unified community. As the story goes, at the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, an eagle that was rescued at the battlefield was released by its owner and soared around the field before returning to the Civil War veteran. As is the case with most traditions, the origins are a bit hazy.

However, the modern-day tradition began when War Eagle VI, or Tiger, was the first eagle to circle Jordan-Hare before the Wyoming game in 2000. Because of the majestic nature unifying spirit of the tradition, the eagle flying around the stadium as the unofficial start to football games is The Best Auburn tradition.

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Amsterdam By INGRID SCHNADER Photo Editor


The Amsterdam Cafe food truck near the campus green at Auburn University Campus on Aug. 21, 2017.

Ordering a crab cake and avocado sandwich from the Amsterdam food truck will undoubtedly make you believe that this is the best food truck on campus. Amsterdam is a great place to go on a date night or when you and your friends are looking for a quality meal, but don’t limit yourself to the cafe on Gay Street. The food truck has a few of Amsterdam’s best dishes and is conveniently located on campus. The service is quick, so this is the perfect truck to stop at on your way to the next class or study session. Plus, the menu items are healthy, so you can eat well without any guilt. The Alabama Department of Tourism voted Amsterdam’s crab cake and avocado sandwich as one of the 100 dishes to eat in Alabama before you die, so you won’t want to miss out on this dish and others at the Amsterdam food truck during your time at Auburn.

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Amsterdam Cafe By ELIZABETH HURLEY Campus Reporter Amsterdam Café is The Best Overall restaurant according to a poll The Plainsman conducted from April 4-9. From lunch and dinner every day of the week to Sunday brunch, everyone is sure to find a dish to love at Amsterdam Café. Amsterdam serves quality food that is worth far more than the prices that are set, but their reasonable prices make Amsterdam a realistic choice for students, adults and friend-outings alike. The layout is friendly, but not cramped. The servers are well-trained and always kind. For those who would like a nice glass of

wine, Amsterdam is the place to go, as their selection is varied and well-curated. Buried in a nice little nook on Gay Street, the restaurant is away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. The strip that houses the Café is welcoming and quaint. Away from the noise of downtown, the restaurant offers a dinner or lunch away from a hectic lifestyle. Amsterdam Café is approximately a block from campus so it’s perfect for a meal after class or for students who live on campus looking for some variety in their everyday on-campus meals. From signature cocktails to their farm fresh, local and seasonal ingredients, everyone is sure to enjoy any meal at Amsterdam Café.

See more about Amsterdam Café on page 10 INGRID SCHNADER / PHOTO EDITOR


The Hound By KAILEY BETH SMITH Community Reporter The Hound opened its doors to the Auburn family in 2012, and it has been a popular spot since then. Executive Chef Robbie Nicolaisen and General Manager Kasha Davied dedicate themselves to exceptional service through intentionally and lovingly prepared food. The Hound is a self-described family-owned restaurant

and bar that features “over-the-top American classics, topshelf bourbon and 28 craft beers on tap.” Some of the menu items include homemade jalapeno pepper jelly, mouth-watering macaroni and cheese, and some of the best burgers in town. The Hound describes their atmosphere as “warm and welcoming ... hunting lodge, antler-pronged barn setting with the hustle and bustle of old-time Alabama.” This is a place you truly cannot miss.

See more about The Hound on page 14


Robbie Nicolaisen is the executive chef at The Hound.


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Amsterdam Cafe By HANNAH LESTER Campus Writer

Amsterdam Cafe is the best place for a date night in Auburn. Located close to campus, it is easily accessible for a last minute but memorable outing with the significant other. Amsterdam would be worth a longer drive, however. The restaurant has both indoor or outdoor seating, but if the weather is nice, sit outdoors for a cozy environment with string lights hanging above. The food at Amsterdam is so popular, they turned it into an on-campus food truck as well, a testament to its success. Amsterdam has a wide variety of food to please your picky S.O. from lobster egg rolls to shrimp and grits to hot chicken. Finally, they have an extensive beer and wine list, topping off the reasons Amsterdam is the best date night experience in Auburn.


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Fuji Sushi Bar By ALEX HOSEY Lifestyle Editor

By WILL SAHLIE Sports Editor

Hamilton’s is the best place for a bite of seafood in Auburn. Starting with its crab cakes appetizer, Hamilton’s has delicious seafood options including its mahi sandwich, spicy salmon, catfish and craw-

fish, shrimp and grits or its daily fresh catch. Hamilton’s is open seven days a week, opening at 11 a.m. and closing at 9 p.m. Sunday–Tuesday and closing 10 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday. Hamilton’s is located on the corner of Magnolia Avenue and Gay Street. Its friendly service, reasonable prices and excellent food are the reasons it is The Plainsman’s choice for best seafood.

For sushi that exceeds expectations in presentation, freshness, taste and variety, Fuji Sushi Bar is the place to go. Fuji provides a menu that meets all of the needs of sushi lovers, whether they prefer sushi fusion with creative rolls or the traditional sashimi or nigiri dishes. For those who would rather eat something cooked, Fuji’s entrees and appetizers provide plenty of satisfying options from tempura to teriyaki. The prices are fair, the service is great, the atmosphere is calming and the food is fantastic at Fuji Sushi Bar.

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Veggies To Go By SAM WILLOUGHBY Community Editor

There are few things you expect from a meat-and-three: fried, inexpensive and unpretentious. Local restaurant Veggies To Go hits the mark on all of these. Diners can get a meat entree and a few vegetable sides for under $10, plus college students, military and seniors get a free drink with their respective IDs. Veggies to Go’s menu includes Southern staples like country fried steak, fried catfish, fried okra and fried green tomatoes. If you have enough room after supper, they also offer a number of (un-fried) pies and

cakes. Unfortunately, Veggies to Go is not a late-night greasy spoon. It closes at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the South College Street location. With two locations in Auburn and one in Opelika, if you’re in the mood for a quick Southern meal and also down to watch Family Feud reruns while you’re waiting (seriously, it’s somehow always on), then check out Veggies to Go, The Plainsman’s 2018 Best Meat and Three, on South College Street or East Glenn Avenue in Auburn and Frederick Road. in Opelika.

See more about Veggies to Go on page 15


Five Guys Burgers & Fries By OLIVIA WILKES Community Writer


By CHIP BROWNLEE Editor-In-Chief

There is a never-ending supply of wing restaurants, but one of the newest stops in town has quickly made a name for itself as the best place to get inexpensive, mouth-watering flats and drums. Located on South College Street in an unimposing shopping center in front of Walmart, Wing Town offers nearly a dozen wing flavors with 10-piece combos starting at the college-friendly price of $8.25. Customers could pay upward of $15 for a similar serving of wings at other wing places. The smell of freshly cooked wings meets the hungry at the door. And, don’t worry, wings are served up with haste.

When you’re in the mood for a good burger, there’s no place like Five Guys to satisfy your cravings. Whether you order a regular or little burger, you can expect to receive a huge serving size for the price, making Five Guys’ value unbeatable. With hamburger, cheeseburger and The wings, though somewhat small compared to some places, are fried to crispy perfection, served hot and doused in some of the best sauces in town. From traditional Southern-style buffalo sauces to honey-BBQ and teriyaki, Wing Town has it all. All of the flavors are tasty, but the medium flavor at Wing Town is sure to satisfy those who like tangy wings but want to keep their lips intact. Everyone knows that good wings go best with good fries, and Wing Town doesn’t disappoint here, either. The combos served at Wing Town come with a sizeable serving of french fries covered in a flavorful seasoning salt. Those who are searching only for a plate of steaming, wallet-friendly wings, Wing Town sits at the top of the list.

bacon burger options, as well as an extensive selection of free toppings, you can customize your thick, juicy burger just how you like it. Adding thick-cut fries and Five Guys’ iconic unlimited peanuts puts this restaurant ahead of the burger-pack. Finally, the indoor-outdoor atmosphere sets the perfect mood for a night out with friends or game day stop. All told, Five Guys solidly earns the bragging rights of “Best Burger.”


Cook Out’s burgers, BBQ and hot dogs By STEPHEN LANZI Campus Writer

Although Cook Out has only been on The Plains for less than a semester, it has quickly become the restaurant with the best late-night food in Auburn for many reasons. The Cook Out tray gives you the best bang for your buck, which is the top priority of just about any college student still up during the early morning hours. You can get an entrée, two sides and a drink for half of what one meal costs at other restaurants.

And these so-called sides can hardly be called that. A chicken wrap, quesadilla or corndog would be the entrée at most places, but not at Cook Out. We can’t explain why Cook Out is the best option for late-night food without mentioning the milkshakes. Even though it sometimes takes a spoon to get through, the milkshakes at Cook Out are a great complement to a 2 a.m. food run. With such a large amount of food at such a cheap price, it is no surprise that the drive-thru line is backed up as the night turns to morning.


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Sweet tooth, anyone? BEST SWEET SPOT

The Auburn Popcorn Company By OLIVIA WILKES Community Writer If you’re looking for a little sweetness in your life, stop by The Auburn Popcorn Company just down the street from Toomer’s Corner and pick up a bag of freshly made popcorn. With flavors like Cheddar Jalapeño, Cotton Candy and Chocolate Peanut Butter Drizzle, along with classic favorites such as Kettle and Caramel, The Auburn Popcorn Company has something for everyone. And with new flavors rotated through every week, the shop’s offerings never grow stale. Pick a bag size ranging from “freshman” to “graduate,” and fill it with your chosen variety. You can also purchase cookie dough, fudge and frosted almonds and pecans, making The Auburn Popcorn Company even sweeter and easily earning it the title of “Best Sweet Stop.”

BEST FROZEN TREAT By INGRID SCHNADER Photo Editor You can’t go wrong with one of Steel City’s fruity pops, and they’re made from fresh fruit. If you’re craving something with more of an ice cream taste, the creamy pops will hit the spot for you. Last but not least, the cookie pops have all the benefits of the other two categories but with cookie pieces mixed in. Buying from Steel City Pops comes with a bunch of benefits. All of the pops are gluten-free with all natural ingredients that are harvested locally. If you somehow get a popsicle that you don’t like, they will replace it for free.


Toomer’s Drugs By HANNAH LESTER Campus Writer Toomer’s Corner is often what people think of when they think of Auburn. The business is a main part of downtown, welcoming visitors, opponents, students, alumni and families into its welcoming atmosphere. It is no surprise that Toomer’s Corner has the best ice cream in Auburn, and this is not just of the ice cream, but the experience. You can eat Toomer’s while you sit in front of Samford or take it on the go before a football game. Toomer’s is an iconic piece of Auburn history, and even those who don’t share the Auburn Family know this is true. Toomer’s provides not only ice cream but a taste of home.


Cakeitecture Bakery By LILY JACKSON Managing Editor As the first licensed bakery to use Auburn trademarks, Cakeitecture Bakery was a no-brainer for this award. Snuggled comfortably downtown, the bakery is known for truly artistic and architecturally outstanding cakes. Many fans have wondered what they couldn’t do as they have continually surpassed expectations. Their prices are more than reasonable for the amount of skill, tried and true talent that goes into each and every sweet treat. The staff is kind and loyal to their customers, which makes the sometimes stressful process of cake buying easier to tolerate. Their Aubie sugar cookies sold at Toomer’s are just another reason to love both businesses. This is the place to go for all your cake and cookie needs. No questions asked.

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By PAUL BROCK Campus Writer

Since its founding in 2013, Acre has won numerous awards for its locally grown meals and is a popular dining place for dinners and lunch, but everyone is aware of how scrumptious its Sunday brunches are. Brunches are unusual meals in that you can blend breakfast items with lunch foods, and Acre takes advantage of this with a variety of dishes. A good example of this is the smokehouse steak and eggs. This delicious meal comes with one of Acre’s signature pecan smoked briskets and is paired with two eggs, fries and


chipotle sauce. Along with its meats, Acre is well known for its Southern-style cuisine, and so it would only be right to have the Southern classics— chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits — available on its brunch menu. While brunch drinks currently cannot contain alcohol due to state and city laws, the passing of a new bill by Gov. Kay Ivey may soon allow adult beverages to be served at Sunday brunches. Overall, Acre is a great restaurant that serves award-winning food, and its Sunday brunch has earned the Best Brunch because it is no exception to the Acre legacy.



Acre Head Chef David Bancroft has won the Food Network Iron Chef Showdown.


Mama Mocha’s By JACK WEST Lifestyle Writer

Mama Mocha’s is the best place in Auburn for coffee, and since college students are known to live off of coffee, that title comes with high admiration. Tucked away underneath large oaks next to Amsterdam Cafe, this little coffee shop always seems to be packed. College students, professors, locals and even the occasional shelter dog all love coming to Mama Mocha’s. Drawn in by the promise of rich coffee and staying for the friendly service and amazing atmosphere, customers at Mama Mocha’s are truly enjoying the best coffee, and the best coffee shop that Auburn has to offer. In the past year, it has added beers to its menu and turned a coffee shop for studying into a destination. With the occasional live performance, Mama Mocha’s is the place to be.


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Whether you just want pizza or a classic Italian meal like spaghetti, the food will never disappoint. Fratelli’s has also partnered with Tiger Town To-Go, and now anyone can have a fine Italian dinner brought right to the doorstep. Established by Italian natives, Fratelli’s stands out because it has broken away from commonplace Italian-American cuisine style to bring Auburn the authentic Italian dining experience it has been looking for.

By PAUL BROCK Campus Writer

The Auburn area has its fair share of Italian restaurants competing for the Best Italian Choice, but with its authentic Italian and fresh pasta, Fratelli’s has earned this year’s choice. Fratelli’s is not far from campus being located on South College Street, and though it was established less than a year ago, it is quickly becoming a local favorite for good Italian food.



El Dorado By LILY JACKSON Managing Editor

El Dorado is the place for Friday dinners with friends. The environment can put anyone in the mood for a fun weekend. The food comes out piping hot, ready to be consumed. The servers leave a trail of steam behind them as they whisk the food through the restaurant to your table — careful to point out that the plate is always hot. Located conveniently in the middle of South College Street, the location serves a base for further adventure and excursions. The salsa is unbeatable. The frigid, fresh taste has just enough zing to satisfy the hot heads, but enough pairing flavors to give spicy-sensitive customers a break. If you are ready for something new and authentic, give the back few pages of the menu a glance. Stray from the basics and go with the larger plates. Although they are a bit more pricey, they will have your taste buds dancing. Molcajete is a perfect dish for sharing — as

long as you have no vegetarians. A firey-hot black caldron is piled high with steak, chicken, shrimp, grilled cactus and chorizo. Dig a little deeper and you will find rich, tomato-based sauce to slather your tortillas in. If you are of age and ready to get a little crazy, try one of the margaritas. The larger, the better. The crazy flavors are just as good as the house. There are many reasons to love El Dorado. Give it a shot and find one that will keep you going back.

El Dorado won an online reader’s poll with 42 percent of the vote. Other contenders: • Durango • Agave Loco • La Plaza

Veggies To Go By JESSICA BALLARD Standards Editor

For vegetarians in the Deep South, steering away from meat can be a challenging feat. BBQ and fried meat are sacred in Alabama, and Auburn is no exception. Veggies To Go, though, has a menu that provides a hearty meal for vegetarians within a price range that won’t break the bank. Although Veggies To Go is typically seen as a “meat and three” restaurant, there are also four veggie plate and three veggie plate options. The menu has a long list of good Southern soul food including fried okra, mashed potatoes and gravy, mac and cheese, green

beans and a vast array of other veggies and meatless items. There are two locations in the Auburn area — one on South College Street and one on East Glenn Avenue. The East Glenn Avenue location is open Monday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m., and Sunday 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m., The South College Street location is open Monday through Friday 11 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.–2 p.m. It’s easy to survive off of pasta and potatoes as a vegetarian, but Veggies To Go serves delicious food that’ll satisfy a craving for home-cooked food within a college-student budget. Veggies To Go is The Plainsman’s choice for the best vegetarian meal in Auburn.


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By LILY JACKSON Managing Editor While this may be an unpopular opinion to many, 17-16 Bar sweeps the competition for Best Overall Bar, in our opinion. The bar’s layout serves all types of party-goers from the raging dancers to the barside bro. The drinks are fairly priced, the bartenders are attentive and the management is by far the fairest and friendliest of Auburn’s downtown. The design of the bar in general is modern, comfortable and welcoming. The wood seating gives off the Southern bar feeling without being obnoxious.

All of the best parts of the night happen out back where there is space for dancing, sitting with friends and standing around the tall, wooden tables. Thursday Wine Night is a stand-out sell, and wells are always filled to the brim. The music selection out back and up front are diverse. They hire a variety of performers and DJs that keep customers on their feet while helping young artists improve their craft and garner a following. The occasional burger and hotdog nights don’t hurt. They have specials almost everynight, and the bartenders are attentive and ready to serve.

Speaking frankly, 17-16 is the cleanest drinking establishment, and there are enough bathrooms for everyone so the lines don’t get too long. With pool tables in the back, heaters available for cold nights and televisions practically everywhere, 17-16 is a comfortable place for everyone to have a good time. 17-16 is the kind of bar you really don’t mind being sober at. There are more customers that can handle their drinks in comparison to other bars. 17-16 is the place to be no matter what level you are on. There is something for everyone. Check out 17-16, trust us.


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Ben Bruud


By LILY JACKSON Managing Editor It’s a rare occurrence when someone from Auburn does not know who Ben Bruud is. Just in case there are some who are unaware, if you went to an Auburn football game this year, you heard him. If you went to one of the bars downtown, there’s a huge chance you heard him. Some may wonder whether the artist sleeps at all. He goes from Skybar to 17-16, jumping from venue to venue, taking his fans with him. His social media presence is worth the Googling to begin with. Ben Bruud is one of the most well-known DJs in the business in the Auburn-Opelika area, having DJed the Auburn football games. His style is diverse and his persona is appreciated by many. The man can play practically anything and get a crowd going. His sense of humor and personality does not run silent but comes out loud and proud through his sets. Ben Bruud was the only logical choice; he’s everywhere and doing it well.



Halftime By ZACH TANTILLO Sports Writer There are multiple good sports bars in Auburn, but Halftime takes home the trophy for the Best Sports Bar in Auburn. Halftime’s atmosphere panders to people of all ages,

whether you go there to drink out of their famous beer towers or to hang out with the whole family enjoying whatever sports are on their multiple TVs and big-screen projectors. Thursday night trivia provides students and locals an escape from the weekday struggles.

The menu is packed full of affordable food options from loaded french fries covered in queso and smoky bacon to its build your own “Gameday” burger. For those who are looking for good service, food and drink selection, Halftime is the place to go.

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By LILY JACKSON Managing Editor



There is no better place in Auburn to get dressed up, head out and sit down for a nice cocktail. Avondale Bar and Tap Room has been the go-to spot for an up-scale drink in Auburn for many years now. Its cocktails are superb and a reason to climb their steep black steps. Seated above Auburn’s bustling downtown, Avondale serves up unique, daring and gourmet cocktails for 21st

birthdays and retirements alike. In Auburn’s cheap-drink world, Avondale stands out and is seen as the place to go for special occasions and a night out with the girls. The art hanging above mingling friends and lovers add to the overall experience. Dim light paired with the perfect glass filled with sweet poison is the perfect way to spend a night. In terms of skill, precision and presentation, Avondale sweeps the competition.


Avondale again By ALEX HOSEY Lifestyle Editor

The best venue to get the best cocktail in Auburn also happens to be the best to listen to live music. Avondale in downtown Auburn beats out every other establishment on The Plains by a large margin when it comes to providing a place to hear original music. The cocktail bar has increased its number of live shows over the past year and fre-

quently supports creative local musicians. Despite its small space, Avondale manages to pack hundreds into its one-room bar whenever a band comes through to play, with the only downside being that it takes a while to fight through the line to the bar. If you love the Auburn nightlife but think you might have a nervous breakdown if you have to listen to “Wagon Wheel” for the ten millionth time, then Avondale is the place to go.



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Moe’s 50¢ beers By SAM WILLOUGHBY Community Editor

Alabama Beverage Control By PRICE EVERETT Lifestyle Writer The best liquor store in Auburn by far is ABC Beverages. ABC Beverages is run by the state of Alabama, standing for Alabama Beverage Control. Due to state laws requiring other liquor stores also buy their stock from the ABC store, these other stores have to mark up their prices in order to make a profit.

Because of this, ABC is the cheapest place to buy liquor in the state of Alabama. It’s also convenient with six locations throughout the Auburn-Opelika area. The cheap prices make it easiest for college students on a budget. Students who are 21 years old and up will find that the ABC Beverages is the perfect mix of cheapness and convenience. These factors make ABC Beverages the best liquor store in town.

The Plainsman does not condone underage drinking.

In 1974, riots famously broke out during the ninth inning of 10 Cent Beer Night at a Cleveland Indians game. The deal ended with nine arrests and an Indians forfeit to the Texas Rangers. Adjusting for inflation, 10 cents in 1974 is equal to 51 cents today. Fifty cents can get you a beer at Moe’s Original Bar B Que on Wednesday nights, solidifying its place as The Plainsman’s pick for best weekly bar special in 2018. Be sure to get to the downtown Auburn location early on Wednesdays as supplies are limited, and the deal only lasts until 9 p.m. As with any deal, there’s a catch. Your only options with two quarters are Natural Light and Busch Light. It may only be Natty and Busch, but it’s also only 50 cents. For fans of ultra-cheap, canned beers, take a few bucks to the East Magnolia Avenue bar-staurant on Wednesday and get your midweek night or riot started. The Plainsman does not endorse the excessive drinking of alcohol or historic brawls.


Sky Bar’s ‘Sky Dog’ By MEGAN FERINGA Campus Writer


A companion to the best drink and a predecessor to the best night, bar food is not something to take lightly. And the best bar food to satisfy you in Auburn is a Sky Dog. Taking its name after its cherished home, Sky Bar, the Sky Dog lives up to its name and possibly takes it even higher. Chili, relish, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise — you name it, they’ve got it for you and your dog. No other bar food suffices for the hunger during a night out at Sky Bar — or perhaps just after a long day at class. Don’t bother going anywhere else. The best and only food item on your bar menu is simply a Sky Dog.


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Waffle House By STEPHEN LANZI Campus Writer A more fitting name for Waffle House would be Waffle Home. There is no better remedy to a long night downtown than the warm and satisfying embrace at a Waffle House. Waffle House is the best restaurant to cure a hangover not just because it has some of the best breakfast food in town, but because it gives you the Southern hospitality of Cracker Barrel minus the social pressure of making yourself look presentable. You can show up however disheveled last night made you look or smell because, well, it’s Waffle House. You don’t have to pretend like you came from a Sunday morning church service or that you’re headed to your grandparent’s house like you would at other breakfast restaurants. Of course, the actual food at Waffle House goes a long way to making it the best place to combat a belly emptying itself of liquor. Whether it is the iconic All-Star Breakfast or the 2 Chainz delight of patty melt with the hashbrowns, Waffle House can’t be beat. So, come any and come all, and by “all,” I mean sobering-up college kids looking to put something in their stomach that isn’t alcohol because Waffle House is the best restaurant for a hangover.


Quixotes Bar and Grill By LILY JACKSON Managing Editor Quixotes is the go-to place for the budget drinker. The recipient of Best Specials has been the place for crazy nights and a loaded dance floor. The flow of liquor and beer at its cheap prices keeps the party going. Located in the heart of downtown, the

bar is welcoming, fun and open to all kinds of drinkers. Well-known for their Tuesday Ladies’ Night, Wednesday Wells and Thursday Top Shelf Drinks, Quixotes has become the top bar for consistency through specials. With specials on almost every night, the bar has become the place to squeeze into on busy nights.


Red Clay Brewery By KAILEY BETH SMITH Community Reporter


Cheers for beer — IPA, stout, saison, ale, cider and hefes. Founded by three friends, Red Clay Brewing Company is located near the railroad tracks in downtown Opelika and is the best bar in the Au-

burn-Opelika area. The warehouse-style taproom is the perfect space for hosting events and gathering with friends around some tall ones and board games. Natives who are passionate about sweet home Alabama and their beer can be found lining the bar and chatting with friends.

Classic carb foods such as pizza and giant pretzels are staples on the menu. The owners say that “Red Clay” represents the South that they all love and call home, and that home feeling is represented in the smiles of the bartenders who graciously fill the foamy mugs to the top for visitors.

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Charming Oaks Clothing Co. By NATALIE BECKERINK Campus Writer

The most outstanding boutique in the Auburn area is Charming Oaks, located on South College Street. Charming Oaks has everything a woman might be looking for all under one roof, including clothes,

shoes and jewelry. Not only is the merchandise top-notch but the customer service is excellent, and the environment of the store itself is friendly and clean. Shoppers will feel very welcome walking into this boutique and will walk out with the outfit of their dreams.



Charming Oaks on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.


Goodwill By LILY JACKSON Managing Editor

Whereas many thrift shops fall victim to dust-collecting clothing and aging selections, Goodwill’s rotating selection and national reach keep their stores open and fresh. Fresh may be a strange word to use when speaking about previously owned clothing, but Goodwill does an excellent job ensuring their clothes are kept in their best shape ADAM BRASHER / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Goodwill Retail Store in Opelika, Ala. on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

throughout travel and display. Locally owned thrifts typically showcase previously owned, locally worn clothing. There is not much variety, and the options are limited to the fashionability of the area. Goodwill has rotating racks. If you find a shirt that strikes your fancy, grab it, because next week a new jacket will be in its place. Goodwill has a good message, an expansive selection and something for everyone.


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Kinnucan’s By SAMANTHA STRUNK Campus Writer

Kinnucan’s Specialty Outfitters is the best place to get men’s clothing in Auburn. With representation on the store floor from many brands, Kinnucan’s has a variety of options appealing to both the casual dressers and the fashion savvy. Kinnucan’s merchandise features popular brands such as Carhartt, Southern Marsh, North Face, Over Under and more. At Kinnucan’s, men will find T-shirts, button downs, polos, shorts, swimwear, jackets, vests, pants and other apparel items. Kinnucan’s versatility and style are what has earned it this year’s title. INGRID SCHNADER / PHOTO EDITOR

Kinnucan’s on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.


Behind the Glass By NATALIE BECKERINK Campus Writer

The best place to purchase women’s clothing in Auburn is Behind the Glass Boutique, located on East Magnolia Street. Behind the Glass has the trendiest clothes from each season and is constantly keeping up with the latest changes in fashion. The tops are vibrant and feminine, the bottoms are flirty and cute and the dresses are soft and sweet. Not only do the clothes appear nice, but they are made of quality material, made to last for a long time. Behind the Glass truly possesses any kind of clothing a college-aged woman could wish to own for a reasonable price. INGRID SCHNADER / PHOTO EDITOR

People walk in Behind the Glass on Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.

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Pretty Please Nail Salon By LILY JACKSON Managing Editor

Auburn has no shortage of nail salons with multiple businesses downtown. Pretty Please Nail Salon is the choice for those who appreciate customer service and classy claws. Pretty Please employees are kind, helpful and always willing to listen when you want to chat. Their rates are fair and they offer amazing new styles while keeping up with the trends. They are the business to beat when it comes to fashionable, clean, creative nails.



Dimensions By LOREN KIMMEL Campus Editor


Conveniently located in the heart of downtown, Dimensions Salon makes it an easy commute for great style. Split as a barber shop and hair salon, Dimensions is an upscale, quality haircut for everyone. The salon is open every day except for Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., leaving a little time in for everyone to treat themselves to a fresh cut or new style. With a variety of stylists on staff, customers can choose to take their pick of the skilled professionals. The salon offers a variety of treatments including cut, color, styling and more. With a Facebook page filled with good reviews and valued returning customers, Dimensions remains one of Auburn’s most popular salons.

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Taco Mama By LOREN KIMMEL Campus Editor


The Evolve apartment complex in Auburn, Ala. on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Evolve Auburn By MEGAN FERINGA Campus Writer

With a central location to downtown and campus, a 24-hour fitness room, a furnished apartments and a staff dedicated to its residents, anyone can see why Evolve is the best off-campus housing Auburn has to offer. On holidays, special occasions and some days “just because,” Evolve staff sets up free sweets, treats and coffee for

Conveniently spotted by the frequent line stretching out of its doors, Taco Mama has been busy nearly every hour since its opening. The restaurant’s style creates the perfect, fun atmosphere to put away some tacos. Inspired by hole-in-the-wall taco shops out West, the restaurant’s owners opened their first set of doors in 2011. With instant success on their first night, they took their

creatively named margaritas and dishes and expanded. Serving nearly everyone’s favorite TexMex, Taco Mama offers a variety of tacos, burritos, nachos, salads, and quesadillas. For anyone not feeling like taking a risk on a new flavor or creative creation, the restaurant offers the option to build your own and customize your favorite dish your own style. With the belief that any time is a good time for a margarita, it’s not hard to get behind this restaurant.

its residents, making the living experience more of a home than temporary housing. Residents can study hard during the weekdays in the designated study rooms and enjoy lazy Saturdays relaxing by the resort-style pool and hot tub with friends on weekends. The stylish apartments, functional amenities and the affordability only help make Evolve the clear champion of Auburn housing.


Evolve is a mixed commercial and residential building on Glenn Avenue on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Auburn, Ala.



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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail By PETER SANTO Sports Writer

With 36 holes of championship golf and a stellar practice facility, Robert Trent Jones Grand National is easily the best golf course in Auburn. The Lake Course played host

to the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship from 2015-2017 and has some great views along the water. The links course isn’t quite as picturesque but it is arguably a more challenging course. Both courses have large, accessible greens, but severe elevation changes on and around


Yogafly By LOREN KIMMEL Campus Editor

Whether you are in need of escaping the busyness of college or seeking an intense workout, look no further than Yogafly. Nestled behind North College Street, Yogafly shares a shopping center at the end of Opelika road inviting local yogis of all skill levels. Yogafly offers a variety of classes with varying difficulty such as Level 1, Level 1/2 and Level 2. Different styles of yoga are also offered including Vinyasa, Hatha, prenatal and yin yoga. Those interested can drop in for a class for a fee or choose from one of the payment packages.

the greens can make two-putting or getting up and down a challenge if your second shot is off target. The price is very affordable as well. The course has 18 holes of golf with a cart is just $40 for students and is one of the best deals you’ll find anywhere.


The sign for the Robert Trent Jones Grand National golf course in Opelika, Ala. on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

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Auburn Dental Spa By LILY JACKSON Managing Editor


Trips to the dentist are dreaded by most. Auburn Dental Spa takes the fear out of going to the dentist and replaces it with health and relaxation. The Dental Spa partners with their inhouse spa to provide guests with extra, free services while at the dentist like a neck roll, a warm blanket and a hand massage. They will even touch up your makeup. After the first visit, every customer is given a free 30-minute massage or facial at Eleve. The staff is kind, the environment is stress free and customers look forward to their semiannual cleaning.

The Village Veterinary Clinic in Auburn, Ala., on Sunday, April 8, 2018.


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Stopwatch Urgent Care in Opelika, Ala. on Sunday, April 8, 2018.


The Auburn Dental Spa in Auburn, Ala. on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

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‘Get Out’ By COLE MCCAULEY Sports Writer

Comedian Jordan Peele’s directorial debut was the surprise hit of 2017, and its different and thrilling execution has solidified it as one of the best horror-thriller movies in recent memory. Daniel Kayuuya’s Academy Award-nominated performance as protagonist Chris is exceptional, and the humor of Lil Rey Howery as TSA Officer Rod Williams offers a great bit of comedy in an otherwise chilling movie. Tackling the theme of systematic racism as horror is something that makes “Get Out” so special and gives hope to Peele’s directing future. To say that the

movie had audiences on the edges of their seats is an understatement. Several audible screams and gasps could be heard throughout the theater as viewers watched Chris realize his situation and struggle to escape it. Not only is “Get Out” incredibly relevant in today’s social climate, but it offers one of the best thrills in movie history. The movie blew its $4.5 million budget out of the water and made $255 million at the box office along with rave reviews and a multitude of award nominations. “Get Out” does very little wrong and does just about everything right, making it a must watch cinematic experience.


Jordan Peele directed “Get Out.”


By EDUARDO MEDINA Community Writer


Kroger in Opelika, Ala. on Sunday, April 8, 2018.

Twenty-one aisles of commodities await the hungry, hurried and healthy at Kroger, and the store’s ability to satisfy each need makes it the top grocery store in Auburn. For the hungry, there’s a delicious deli hosting bundles of shrink-wrapped hams, each drizzled or doused in flavors like hickory smoke, wildflower honey and tangy cajun. Beside the hams, there are cheeses — an abundance of them. The enticing setup garners plenty of customers and is popular with students. If the deli doesn’t convince, however, head to the meat and seafood section where lobster and crawfish neighbor

fresh slabs of steak and chicken. Customizable burritos, bowls, pizzas and salads also make Kroger a reliable option for a readymade meal. After satisfying savory taste buds, Kroger can also subdue the sweet ones with its own bakery, giving the store major bonus points with their decadent cheesecake and cinnamon rolls. For the hurried, 12 self-checkout lanes quicken the transaction process. For the healthy, Kroger has a Live Naturally section, containing gluten free, organic and meat alternative products. Vast selections in whey protein, and protein bars are also available in this section. Kroger is champion of Auburn grocery stores.





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