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Lekker de Amsterdam Cafe’- 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

My #47th try or #56 MEGabite on my quest to try all 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die. Crab cake and avocado sandwich at Amsterdam Café in Auburn.

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Who doesn’t love (lekker) when your expectations are exceeded? I don’t know about you but it is refreshing to walk into a restaurant and not feel intimidated by the atmosphere. I love (lekker) this movement toward casual dining with access to top notch food. Note the art on the walls of the photo on the right.

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Unless, of course you are dressing up for a special occasion, in that case, the Amsterdam Café has you covered with an upscale dining area. This café located near  Auburn University offers brunches, lunches and dinners.

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Swank! There is also a small bar area with a full cocktail, wine and beer list.  There is additional outdoor seating in a quaint side garden.

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Winter in Alabama will be warming up soon-fantastic outdoor cafe!

With a varied and interesting menu that reads “…Our chef focuses on local, seasonal and farm fresh ingredients; therefore, our menu is subject to limited availability.” Expect to find daily specials, creative dishes and fresh market seafood. I would be proud to bring any visitor to this fantastic restaurant.  I also tasted the delicious turkey wrap and this number-Lobster egg rolls. Lobster chunks, smoked gouda, zucchini, carrots, sriracha sauce, orange horseradish-marmalade. Holy moly, this was tasty!

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But of course, the star was my sandwich. Made of lump crab cake, avocado, creole remoulade, mango pico de gallo, inside of a lightly toasted croissant. This sandwich is served with a pickle and a choice of kettle chips or house made sweet potato chips.

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Lekker, just lekker. Sometimes, I have to work through my criteria to decide on how many stars I want to award. On this visit, there was no work involved. The crab cake was THE best crab cake that I have ever eaten. Perhaps the fact that the crab is fresh Gulf lump crabmeat, or that it was served on a perfectly buttery and flaky croissant, which truly complimented this sandwich, or perhaps that the cake was only lightly battered and fried meaning that I was able to truly taste the combination of ingredients. Whatever the reason, with each bite, I was able to really taste the delicious crabmeat.    As you can see in the photo, the delicious creole remoulade and pico de gallo is served on they side, along with honey mustard.  The condiments were so delicious but I loved the crabcake just as it was.  I did put the pico de gallo on my sandwich. I would alternate trying the remoulade and I loved that equally.

This will now be my standard for crabcake. Good luck anyone else trying to woo me with crabcake ever. Also, I really loved the house-made sweet potato chips. I am usually not a huge fan but they were really delicious, crisp and NOT oversalted-hurrah! Lekker, lekker,lekker!

I give this dish 5 MEGastars ***** 

What’s the Amsterdam connection? This café opened in 1991. The original owners had a handmade Shulbok tables (Sjoelbok.) This Dutch game is similar to shuffleboard but the tables are compact, made with wooden discs that are slid into compartments for points. The bar became quite popular with the University crowd. Although the tables are no longer there, there is a nod to the era over the front door with the word “Schulbok” in stained glass. There is also some super fun van Gogh esque paintings on the walls. Art students and local artists were commissioned.

 

 

I will call the second photo “Starry Samford Hall.”

MEGatips:

  1. Auburn is the home to the Two Times National Championship NCAA Auburn Tigers Football Team. If you are visiting the restaurant on a game weekend, you likely will need reservations.
  2. Here is the link to the website! Amsterdam Cafe’
  3. Their daily specials may be found on their facebook page.  When I opened this page, I wanted to jump in my car for-Oyster’s Three Ways | pickled oysters with diced cucumbers & smoked trout roe | raw oysters with kumquat mignonette | grilled oysters with “mojo” butter & scallions | Enjoy Today! Facebook Page with daily specials
  4. Lekker is the versatile Dutch word for love,like,tasty….
  5. Just minutes from the city center you are able to hike this fantastic Stat Park called Chewacla State Park Chewacla SP.jpg
  6. —————————————————————This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post. If you are new to my 100 Dishes in Alabama escapade, this may be helpful information.  *100 Dishes to eat in Alabama before you die is a compilation of food to chow down on “Bama style”. Thanks to Tourism Alabama, www.alabama.travel my Alabama bucket list just became a little easier. I am going to have some fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.   You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York. From the little old diner to the white cloth joint, it is an opportunity to explore and experience pride in the food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ cook to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama. From this list, I select stops based on convenience of location. They are in no particular order but I already have a few favorites. Perhaps when I finish this list, I will rank my favorite dishes.I use a 5 MEGastar system. I am not a paid food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on the experience. I try to follow my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes on this list.
    • *meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can. The place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in Alabama.   This has happened to me a few times and it is a difficult write.
    • ** passable – the food was ok and above happened but the place or vice versa
    • *** good but not outstanding or unique
    • **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/OR highlights Alabama Pride.
    • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. OR, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.
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