If you think you don’t like grits (maybe you’re a Northern transplant), think again. Southbound Smokehouse, located on Central Avenue in downtown Augusta, is known for being a barbecue place. And their barbecue is good! But if you’re looking for something a little lighter, but still satisfyingly savory, check out their Red Fish and Grits Bowl.
The menu describes it as “Gulf-caught red fish served pan seared or fried over creamy cheese grits topped with our signature Louisiana-style bayou cream sauce.” And creamy it is. Once you get halfway through the dish, you’ll probably be wondering how they make their grits taste so good. It’s hard not to want to scoop up every last bite.
In the mood for something a little meatier? The Big Boss Man boasts of pulled pork topped with Cajun slaw, served on a steamed brioche bun. Southbound Smokehouse’s sandwiches are served with one side — and there are plenty to choose from. Some of the choices include a side salad, collard greens, tater tots, and many more.
More than just a place to get good eats, Southbound also has trivia on Wednesday nights, as well as live music throughout the week. Some upcoming shows include Phillip Lee Jr. on Feb. 25; Neon Moon on March 2; Brian Herrington on March 9; and Bethany & the Southside Boys on March 10. (One secret to the music side of the business is that co-owner George Claussen IV is also founder of Friends With Benefits and new co-owner of Sky City. Visit southboundsmokehouse.com/Calendar.html to see more upcoming show dates.)
Co-owner and Southbound founder Brian Brittingham (who also now is a co-owner of Sky City) told the Metro Spirit that he wanted to bring the “neighborhood feel” to Augusta that has been seen in restaurants in other cities such as Charleston, Austin and Atlanta.
Southbound Smokehouse doors are open to customers having a good time over good food.
1855 Central Avenue