Now that is surely an oxymoron, I always thought. Auburn games have generally been at night, so we would leave Charlotte early morning and drive straight through, stopping at the grocery on the edge of Auburn to get a contribution for a tailgate we might have been invited to. I felt I was lucky to get a decent meal the whole weekend, much less a healthy one.
Well, that changed this year. Auburn vs Arkansas was a midday game. My lovely SIL's niece works at the local Golf Club and got us the apartment over the golf school. We drove down Friday and stayed at the apartment two nights. Gourmet dining room on the property. My oh my. Good food, good friends, and we won the game.
Along comes Auburn vs Georgia, another afternoon game. Miracle of miracles, Larry got a room at a Holiday Inn Express in Auburn. We drove down Friday, checked in, and drove into Opelika's historic district for a dinner at Cafe 123. Oh my. I don't think a restaurant in Charlotte or Atlanta could beat that meal. And the service was impeccable...no begging for a glass of water or refill! We went back Saturday after the game and it was just as good. According to the server, the chef never went to culinary school, he just knows how to cook. A tiny little storefront on historic Opelika's main street. Heaven.