If southerners are an expert at one thing, it’s knowing good food. So it was no surprise when a local Auburn restaurant was named “13 Restaurants in Alabama You MUST Visit Before You Die” by onlyinyourstate.com.

Matthew Poirer and Jana (Caruthers) Poirer moved back to Auburn several years ago with a dream of opening a restaurant that would stand as a new Auburn tradition. With the help of Jana’s brothers, parents and almost all of their extended family - who are almost all Auburn alum - the Poirer’s opened for business in 2012.

Since, then The Hound – with their slogan “Bacon and Bourbon” - has served up a variety of new and traditional American style food under the direction of culinary chef Christian Watson in an atmosphere that is far from ordinary.

“I think their slogan, ‘Bacon and Bourbon,’ really fits with the overall atmosphere of the place,” said Charles Tatum – an agricultural communications sophomore. “I’ve never had a bad experience and I’m not surprised they made the list.”

The Hound’s menu offers a variety of choices for customers from gourmet burgers to skirt steak and roasted quail. One of the most enjoyed aspects The Hound offers is their weekend brunch complete with $1 mimosas.

Kristen Keeter, a senior at Auburn University, frequents The Hound’s brunch often.

“Every time someone comes into town to visit, we have to go to brunch before they leave Sunday,” she said. “It’s an absolute must.”

With one step into the lobby, anyone can tell that the finishes and details of the place have been meticulously thought over one by one. Reclaimed cedars from the area are featured throughout the establishment in the form of a custom made bar top and tables.

Auburn alumni, James Thompson, couldn’t disagree.

“I first came to The Hound because of an unique appetizer choice they offered called a ‘scotch egg’. I had read about this history and decided it was a must try,” Thompson stated. “After that first experience, The Hound is the go-to choice when my family and I come into town. It’s like our own part of an Auburn family tradition.”

For more information on the history of The Hound or menu options visit their website at www.thehound-auburn.com.