Good Eats in Augusta, GA
If you're ever in Augusta, GA, for a *cough* golf tournament or otherwise, here are a couple of places I highly recommend you try out:
Somewhere in Augusta Bar & Grill - has some of the best chicken wings around. With over 20 different flavors, including quite a few dry rub specialties, you can't lose with SIA. (Their Cajun wings are absolutely awesome!) They also have a good selection of burgers, wraps, and other items. http://somewhereinaugusta.com/ has more information.
The Cotton Patch - located in downtown Augusta, the Cotton Patch has a pretty diverse menu. My personal favorite is the Big Bacon Classic: quite possibly the best burger conceived by man. http://eatdrinkbehappy.com/ has more info.
Blue Sky Kitchen - located in downtown Augusta, Blue Sky has an awesome, eclectic menu with everything from a Cuban Sandwich to Red Neck Stir-fry. It's one of our favorite places to eat here at the office, partly due it being right across the street... but the food is quite excellent for lunch OR dinner. http://www.downtownaugusta.com/bluesk...
Also, lets talk about Rhinehart's. Good place for a very casual meal.
Good shrimp and crab legs and I like most things on there menu. They have a special every day. It's one of those sit at picnic tables places. If only one couple is sitting at the table and it is croweded you just ask if you can sit at
the other end. Very unconventional but fun!! Price are good too!
I've gone down to Augusta for the last four years to attend the Masters Tournament. As you can well imagine every place in town is packed. These are some of our local favorites:
Rae's Coastal Cafe - nestled in a residential area, Rae's serves up good food at a good price. Perhaps a hidden gem because of its location, I've actually seen participants from the tournament eating there. Not expensive (prices DO go up Masters week), but not a burger joint either.
French Market Grille - again fairly inexpensive, but decent food. The place is usually packed.
Villa Europa - I remember being in kind of a shady area. Noisy small spaces, but decent food.
Public House - an upscale steak house that serves good food. It's a little pricier, but we ended up coming here to escape the wait at French Market Grille. I liked it quite a bit, but is a fancier place.
Calvert's - I feel the prices are a little steep for what you get. My boss likes it. I don't.
Bistro 491 - one thing my boss and I agree on: this is our favorite spot in Augusta. Awesome food, diverse menu, smart decor, and good wine. We typically eat here on Sunday night. It is on the more pricey side, but if I had to pick a favorite, there's nothing close to this place. Reservations a few days in advance typically aren't a problem.
My husband and I have been in Augusta for a couple of days. We have eaten two places -- Beamies and The Cotton Patch. The Cotton Patch was reasonable, albeit over priced for the quality. It has a great atmosphere of a downtown pub, but the food of an applebee's. Beamies is a dirty little "seafood" joint. The crab cakes are 5% crab and 95% ????? My husband sad his steak was deplorable. If anyone from management or the health department reads this, I hope you will have the grease in french fryer changed. It also took our waitress 10 minutes to bring me another beer 10 feet when we were her only customers. I can see by our experience why we were the only customers.
OK....Old School here.
French Market Grille- the best soft shell crabs I have had anywhere; fried in corn flour... and the Crab Chops a la Charles- made with applejack brandy- best she-crab soup this side of Charleston.....great marinated shrimp- fresh oysters (clamped shut and opened right before serving) on the half shell,and deserts to die for- and the blackened fish- the real deal, not shook on out of a can but burned on, black and hard.
Villa Europa- best German I have ate anywhere- Best Scallopini Picatta and a darn good Prime Rib also.....and the Prince Regent Cake; plus a great bar (the real deal liquors from around the world).
Kudo to Calverts and The Telfare Inn. Aiken also has some really good cutting edge food downtown (Cuzine, Malias, etc).....and do not forget La Cantina (not mexican) near Clarks Hill; best chunk of beef in S.C..
If you like German food, visit the Augsburg Haus just up the street from MCG on Walton Way. It is smaller and more intimate than Villa Europa's multiple rooms and noisy crowd.
There is no match in Augusta for the French Market Grille.
Bonefish Grill on Washington Road has a great bar and wonderful fish.
The White Elephant downtown has an eclectic menu and good service. Their Wind Down Wednesday tapas and wine are one of the best deals in the city.
Speaking of Tapas, The Bee's Knees at 10th and Broad is a tapas and bar place that is open later with indoor and al fresco dining. Wonderful place to take a date.
Augusta has great food! My personal favorites are....
Blue Sky Kitchen---soo good. Most of the places downtown have a great food. I love the tuna!
Shangri-La-- awesome chinese food. Best in Augusta.
Bee's Knees--a funky restaurant which serves tapas. A great place to hang out and grab a glass of wine with friends.
The Fresh Market--yes, it is grocery store BUT their deli is awesome and their wraps are fabulous.
Dunkin' Donuts-- I just love their coffee :)