Auburn Restaurants Awards

Get a taste of our best dishes of 2022.  

Food Writer and Publisher, Jan Walsh shares her favorite Auburn Restaurants food memories of 2022, in our inaugural Fan Favorites Awards. In future years, starting in 2023, we will also include Fan Favorites of our readers, who have downloaded Auburn Restaurants App. 

Inaugural Vintage 
Chef Randall Baldwin’s Vintage 2298 opens to applause and esteem. 
By Jan Walsh 

If Vintage 2298 were a wine, 2022 would be its first vintage. It would deserve a score of 100 points from Wine Spectator. And Chef/Owner, Randall Baldwin would have just become a rock star winemaker. Yet Vintage 2298 is not a wine. It is a new restaurant, opening in an important year for Auburn’s culinary scene. 2022 is the game changing year of the avant-garde.

Master Sommelier, Thomas Price featured in Wine Spectator!

The Master Sommelier in Residence at 1856, Thomas Price was recently interviewed by Auburn Restaurants publisher and Wine Spectator Contributor, Jan Walsh. Walsh published the story in the People section of Wine Spectator. 

Thomas Price is Teaching a New Generation of Sommeliers: Orphaned as a teen, Price grew up in kitchens, fell in love with wine and became America's first Black Master Sommelier; Now he's found a new home at Auburn University.

Foodies Favorites: Uncut!

Cutting the ribbon on the Best Restaurants on the Plains

Auburn Restaurants is not a brick-and-mortar business. It is an internet business with two tech products: + Auburn Restaurants App. Here foodies find the Best Restaurants on the Plains, along with their current menus, tempting food photos, and latest happenings. 

Auburn Chamber

Auburn Restaurants is a proud member of Auburn Chamber of Commerce. 


Now That’s Italian! 

Ariccia Cucina Italiano impresses with its classic, central Italian cuisine. 

By Jan Walsh 

Ariccia Cucina Italiana is Auburn’s Italian restaurant, which opened in 2001 in partnership with Auburn University and its sister campus in Ariccia, Italy. Here Executive Chef Marc Osier executes Italian excellence, incorporating fresh seasonal products, house made focaccia, wood fired pizzas, Italian cheeses, and Italian meats, including their signature Porchetta. 

Innovators & Early Adopters 

Steve Jobs once said that people don’t know what they want until you show it to them. I agree. But my experience has been that once you show them, the innovators and early adopters "get it."

By Jan Walsh 

Innovators and Early Adopters are the first to try new technology. They are adventurous and instinctive. And they do not miss out. They adopt the product during the pre-release or pre-launch phase, just as many of you have done with Auburn Restaurants App. From eateries joining as pre-launch Founding Members to the public being the first at the App Store and Google Play to download the free Auburn Restaurants App, you are the leaders that others soon or eventually follow, or get left behind. 

Beau Idéal
Tony and Libba Rane Culinary Science Center is the crème de la crème. And 1856 – Culinary Residence is the cherry on top. 
By Jan Walsh 

In this second, in a series of articles on the opening of the Tony & Libba Rane Culinary Science Center, 1856 - Culinary Residence is featured. 

Grand Opening 

New Auburn Restaurant, Vintage 2298! 

From Birmingham's finest restaurants comes Executive Chef/Owner Randall Baldwin to Auburn to open his new restaurant. Vintage 2298 is destined to be among the best Auburn restaurants! 

The Big Reveal
Bham FOOD+Culture’s plans, including its annual festival, were revealed at Pepper Place on October 13, 2022. And Chef Tyler Lyne of Auburn's 1856 - Culinary Residence was a featured chef sharing fare with invited guests of Casarecce Pasta and Italian Sausage and a fall dessert, Pumpkin Pate Choux of pumpkin mousse and salted caramel.