Auburn Draft House

The chorizo burger with sweet potato fries at Auburn Draft House are pictured.

Chorizo is a beautiful thing.

I know that’s a really weird sentence to say about encased pork, but it’s true. Chorizo is an incredibly underrated meat. When you really think about it, it’s like the bacon of sausages. I’m not sure how to explain that analogy, but I like the sound of it — just like I like the taste of chorizo — so just roll with me here.

When I first heard this summer that Auburn Draft House was opening downtown, right there on Magnolia, I got excited about a new restaurant and (low-key) bar in Auburn. The premise sounded promising, so I knew I’d have to check it out.

The restaurant, which touts “All-American Food,” had a soft opening last month. Shortly thereafter, a few friends and I stumbled in one night to grab a beer. The place has a nice setup, with a very modern rustic vibe and décor made from recycled wood.

I got the vibe that this place could be good, and soon enough I felt like home while enjoying a drink with a group of friends.

Then I got a peak at the menu resting atop a table beside the bar. It was a limited menu, since the restaurant just opened and is working on expanding its selection. No matter, several options caught my eye — and that’s when I knew I had to try the food at Auburn Draft House.

Two words: chorizo burger. I was sold.

Unfortunately for me, it took a few weeks for me to get around to actually trying out the food at Auburn Draft House and getting the full experience. Work days are long during football season, so it’s hard to find time for anything, yet here I was Wednesday evening after an extended work day, venturing into Auburn Draft House for the full experience.

I showed up with a friend and scanned the menu. I don’t know why I did it; I already knew I was going to get the chorizo burger, but I guess I wanted to see what else they had to offer.

The menu was still limited: sandwiches, burgers, salads, appetizers — though I’ve seen they also have a brunch menu for Sundays and have heard about their full menu options. There was nothing limited about the flavor of my meal, however.

The chorizo burger was awesome. Sure, it was a little greasy; that’s to be expected any time you deal with chorizo (in this case, an 80/20 patty of ground chuck and chorizo), but everything else was great, from the brioche bun to the melted pepper jack cheese to the sautéed onions and peppers to the horseradish sauce.

It was an explosion of flavor — that also happened to come with a side. I got the sweet potato fries with a tomato aioli sauce, while my friend got the house-made onion rings. Neither option disappointed.

The same could be said for the service and the pricing.

The staff at Auburn Draft House is welcoming, and the service was great. The pricing may have been better. The burger and side cost just $10 — and nothing on the menu was more expensive. Appetizers were all about $5, while salads ran the same.

Much like chorizo, Auburn Draft House is a beautiful thing.

Tom is the Auburn University Sports Writer for the Opelika-Auburn News.

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