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Whole Lotta Love in Auburn-100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Tasty Tuesday- Momma’s Love sandwich at the original Momma Goldberg’s Deli in Auburn, Alabama. This was my 51st try or #50 on the countdown of my quest to try all of the dishes on 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.

On the very first day of my Alabama citizenship, I headed south on I-65, crossed the border from Tennessee to Alabama, gave a nod to the “Welcome to Alabama the beautiful”  sign and stopped at the Tourist Center.  There, I picked up a red pamphlet called “100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.” The rest is history; The Year of Alabama Food” had me at hello. Since that time, I have been on a quest to eat as many dishes on this list as possible. There have been updates to my worn red pamphlet and a phone app. Although this dish is not currently listed in the updated pamphlet or on my phone app, I thought I would give a little “look-see.”

Auburn, Alabama is the home to Auburn University and it’s roots are deeply woven into the Auburn community.  Momma Goldberg’s opened its doors in 1976 and has since franchised to many locations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.  I visited the original restaurant located on Magnolia Avenue and Donahue Drive.


Home of the famous Momma’s Love

Lordy Lordy she’s turning 40


Lots of Auburn pride and memorabilia is on the walls.  It is a super casual eatery and hang out spot.


No mistaking whose house you have entered!

“Aubie” is the name of the Auburn Tiger mascot.  His paw prints are all over town.


It’s beer o’clock in Auburn

I followed those paw-prints to the counter area for both order and food pick up.  There is dining available both indoors or an outdoor area.  Televisions play sports games and are within sight in both spots.



Momma Goldberg’s is a stones throw away from The Jordan-Hare Stadium.  Sitting on the outdoor patio offers a nice view.

The star of this restaurant and dish listed in my red pamphlet is called “Momma’s Love.” From the restaurants website, I noticed that the Momma’s Love sandwich accounts for 45 percent of all sandwich sales.  That is a whole lotta love.  In 2008, the restaurant developed “Momma’s sauce,” which is used on their signature sandwiches. I believe that the sauce is similar to a light Thousand Island dressing.


The sandwich begins with a warm-steamed sesame seed bun topped off with; roast beef, ham, smoked turkey, Muenster cheese, lettuce, tomato, brown mustard (I saw Gulden’s spicy brown mustard in the restaurant) and Momma’s Sauce.

I liked this sandwich.  From the sandwich standpoint, it was much tastier than Subway but without the texture of Jimmy John’s or Schlotzky’s.  I liked the warm bun and dark mustard.  From the standpoint of experiencing an Auburn cultural icon, I really enjoyed my lunch outside on that patio.

I give this sandwich 3*** MEGastars!


  1. Grab some friends, a patio seat and taste the craft beers.
  2. Sit outside with above and enjoy the beautiful Alabama weather with a great view.
  3. A visitor to Auburn? Take an urban hike around campus.
  4. Shout out to Led Zeppelin for this title.
  5. Momma Goldbergs Deli This link will take you to Momma Goldberg’s Deli website.  From there you are able to see specific  locations and their hours.
    Address: 500 W Magnolia Ave, Auburn, AL 36832
    Phone:(334) 821-0185
    Hours at this location begin daily at 10 a.m.

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.

ABOUT:  *100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die,” is a compilation of food to chow down on “Bama style.”  Thanks to Tourism Alabama, my Alabama bucket list just became a little easier.  I am going to have some food fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.   From the little old diner to the white cloth setting, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food, with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ smoker to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama.  From this list, I select stops based upon convenience of location and 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. You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York.  

I use a 5 MEGastar system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and these places get one shot at how I view the food and experience.   I will not be taking an average of three visit experiences and I factor this in when I give my star rating. That said, I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the food service industry.  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? or,  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 is a difficult write.
  • ** passable – the food was “ok” but the place  was not “ok” 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 truly highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.


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