I’m not really sure what started it.
Maybe it was that one time I got sick in 4th grade and went to a Chinese restaurant with my family. My grandmother told me I needed some something warm and ordered the hot and sour soup for me. I threw a few of those crispy fried wonton chips in there and I was sold.
Now every single time I come down with a cold, or the flu, or strep (which is a lot — my immune system suffers especially during finals week), I start craving a steamy bowl of hot and sour soup.
But I remember my freshmen year of college here in Auburn. The first semester that I got sick, I had to try three different Chinese takeout places before I found some hot and sour soup that was good enough to satisfy my craving! All because I didn’t know my way around Auburn enough to know where to find some good Chinese food.
With that in mind, I decided to make my first ever map using the Google Maps Engine website! My map has five different restaurants on it that are all located in Auburn, Alabama. Each restaurant serves a different type of international cuisine to satisfy whatever your international food craving may be! There are links to each of the restaurants’ websites or Yelp pages to help get a feel for what specific dishes they serve and the environment there.
The first restaurant on the map is Mandarin House. This Asian restaurant is located on Opelika Road in Auburn and is home to a wide assortment of Asian delicacies. They have everything from Japanese sushi to my favorite bowl of Chinese hot and sour soup. They even have a few Thai curry dishes for those of you who enjoy spicy foods!
Next on the list is Ma Fia’s Italian Restaurant. This gem is located in the quaint town of Opelika, right outside of Auburn, but it’s definitely worth the extra ten minute drive! The place is decorated in a classic, rustic sort of way and smells of homemade pizza greet you the moment you walk in. After you meal, look around in the local shops and explore more of historical downtown Opelika.
Representing the Greek Isles in Auburn is Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Taziki’s has grown into a popular chain in the southeast and is looking to expand in the near future to places like Colorado and Louisiana. According to their website, they specialize in “wholesome ingredients with a dash of inspiration, served up by friendly folks right around the corner!”
This next restaurant on the map is so small, most people don’t even know that they serve food! Located in the Winn Dixie shopping center on South College Street, La Plaza is a hole-in-the-wall Hispanic grocery store and restaurant. Its menu may not be extensive, but the food and the people are as authentic as they come.
Finally, we have Pho Lee, a new addition to the Auburn community. Its dine-in and take-out menu offers an array of Vietnamese food including spring rolls, soup and rice and noodle dishes. Its clean decor, friendly staff and fresh soups have customers coming back for more!
Does anyone else have any international favorites here in Auburn? Be sure to comment with your top pick!