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32. Best Restaurant (Overall)

Frog Hollow Tavern

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37. Best Wine List
74. Best Cocktails
77. Best Bathroom

Craft & Vine

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51. Best Hamburger

Farmhaus

Farmhaus-2To say that Sean Wight is setting the standard when it comes to providing an elevated dining experience in Augusta is an understatement.

As owner of three enormously successful restaurants in downtown Augusta — Frog Hollow Tavern, Craft & Vine and Farmhaus — Wight has raised the bar by offering guests impeccable service and incredible food made with local, organic ingredients.

Whether it is an elegant meal of wild caught shrimp and grits at Frog Hollow Tavern, a night of classic cocktails at Craft & Vine or a casual lunch of hand cut fries, a double patty burger and a pint of Harpoon Summer beer at Farmhaus, Wight’s restaurants deliver quality at every level.

“Attention to detail is important in anything you do,” Wight said, as he was driving back from a local farm in South Carolina where he buys some of his organic ingredients. “The old saying is true: you only get one chance to make a first impression. You start evaluating a place before you even walk in the door. So, it’s important to be met by a friendly face and everything you do needs to be consistent. That way, people know what to expect when they come through the door.”

When someone walks into Craft & Vine on Broad Street for the first time, many locals have said they instantly feel like they’ve been transported to a larger metropolitan city like New York or Chicago.

The tapas-style bar offers incredible cocktails such as the “French Caribbean” made with rhum agricole, Benedictine, Velvet Falernum, lemon, grapefruit and egg white or guests can try “The 1718” made with bourbon, Yellow Chartreuse, agave nectar, Peychaud’s Bitters, acid phosphate and absinthe rinse.

While the descriptions of the cocktails may sound intimidating, the atmosphere and the bartenders in Craft & Vine invite guests to be a little more adventurous.

“I think people enjoy the cocktails because they are watching the skill of doing these classic drinks the old fashioned way,” Wight said. “Our bartenders have taken it to another level. They really get into it. They spend a lot of time researching and experimenting.”

Wight believes it is important to allow the bartenders at Craft & Vine some leeway playing with different cocktails, as long as they meet his standard of quality.

“We make most of our own bitters and extractions and our bartenders do a lot of seasonal drinks,” Wight said. “Guests really enjoy watching the bartenders work. It is kind of like a mad scientist.”

While the cocktails often draw people in the door, Craft & Vine also has an extensive beer and wine list available for guests. And in order to ensure that each glass of wine is perfection, Wight invested in a sophisticated wine preservation system that allows Craft & Vine to offer about 50 wines by the glass.

“People have the opportunity to taste different amounts of the wine,” Wight said. “They can choose from a full glass to a half of a glass to a third of a glass. And the way that we have the wine system at Craft & Vine, it keeps the wine fresh for a long time. Not that we really need it because they go through wine pretty fast.”

Just up the street at 1282 Broad Street, Frog Hollow Tavern offers a local and regional “farm to table” menu consisting of exquisite, yet affordable, cuisine.

“At Frog Hollow, I think we just filled a niche that needed to be filled,” Wight said. “We have consistent, fresh, seasonal food that is locally sourced. And our service has always been a key element. I’ve always told everybody that we are not in the restaurant business, we are in the customer service business. It all comes down to taking care of people.”

One of the biggest rules at Frog Hollow, or any of his restaurants, is simple: If it’s not right, don’t send it out, Wight said.

“You take care of people by providing them a fresh, quality product,” Wight said, adding some of the more popular items on the menu are the seasonal fish dishes and the smoked gouda mac and cheese. “Of course, shrimp and grits is a staple because we make all of our sausages homemade, in house and we cure and smoke our own bacon in house. And we always use wild caught shrimp. I never use farm-raised shrimp. As a matter of fact, we don’t use any farm-raised seafood and I think people really appreciate that because, I’m not going to tell you how they grow farm-raised stuff, but it’s not pretty.”

As for Farmhaus located right next to Craft & Vine at 1204 Broad Street, its delicious burgers, hot dogs, salads and sides have become so popular in downtown Augusta that Wight has decided to open a second location in Columbia County on the corner of Mason McKnight Parkway and Wheeler Road.

“We should open sometime early in the New Year,” Wight said. “Hopefully, before Masters Week.”

With all that is on Wight’s plate right now, it is hard to imagine what else this talented chef and restaurateur has in store for Augusta.

“I foresee one day having our own butcher shop and bakery,” Wight said. “So, that is something I’m working towards. But we are not going to change a whole lot at Frog Hollow or Craft & Vine because I think we are providing great customer service and delivering a fresh product at the level that we need to do it at.”

Visit froghollowtavern.com, farmhausburger.com or craftandvine.com.

33. Best Breakfast

Sunrise Grill
We love Sunrise Grill and Metro Spirit readers agree. It’s difficult not to love a locally owned breakfast and lunch spot with two locations (in Martinez and North Augusta) that is inexpensive, consistently good and offers great service. Sunrise has soups, sandwiches and a wide variety of breakfast options, but the real star of the show is the egg. Whether they’re in a Patty O’Sullivan omelet with corned beef hash or are served on top of Canadian bacon and English muffins with Hollandaise sauce as part of Eggs Benedict, the eggs will always be cooked perfectly — no easy feat when the folks in the kitchen serve as many customers on the weekends as they do. If you absolutely have to have something sweet at breakfast, though, don’t worry: Sunrise does pancakes, waffles and French toast equally well. Looking for something different? We recommend the sweet potato pancakes with cinnamon cream syrup. Decadent and delicious.

Visit thesunrisegrill.com.

34. Best Brunch

53. Best Onion Rings

Whiskey Bar (Kitchen)
Don’t let the name fool you: “kitchen” may be in parentheses, but the food here definitely isn’t an afterthought, as Metro Spirit readers can attest. After perusing the extensive whiskey menu and deciding on a burger, you may be tempted to order the sweet potato fries. They’re not a bad choice, that’s for sure, but apparently you don’t want to miss the onion rings. Huge, crunchy and piping hot, you’ll want an entire plateful. Try them with the remoulade sauce. On the weekends, our readers also say that you should visit Whiskey Bar (Kitchen) for brunch. In addition to the regular menu, they have a small selection of dishes like bacon-battered French toast, Graceland chicken and, our personal favorite, shrimp and grits benedict. Pair that with a mimosa or a bloody mary and you’ve got yourself a pretty good start to the weekend.

Call 706-814-6159 or visit whiskeybarkitchen.com.

35. Best Place to Go for a Date Night

41. Best Asian Food

TakoSushi
Far East meets Southwest in TakoSushi’s totally fresh take on Asian-southwest fusion food. Take your pick of three locations in the CSRA; each one has a funky, eclectic vibe that really makes for a special date night. Ingredient-driven recipes, friendly service and always some great tunes playing in the background, TakoSushi wows its customers with its creative approach to fusion food. The sushi is simply out of this world, but then again so are the tacos, and the green chili pork… It’s never easy to make your choice, so we’re thankful TakoSushi is sticking around because we certainly will keep coming back for more.

Visit tako-sushi.com.

36. Best Dessert

The Boll Weevil
The Boll Weevil makes cakes. Really big cakes. With delectable treats like the restaurant’s Coffee Toffee cake and Turtle Crunch cheesecake, these desserts are too good to resist. Everybody in Augusta has their favorite, but nobody can go wrong with the 7th Heaven Cake ― two layers of dark chocolate cake surrounding a layer of cheesecake, covered in butter cream and topped with ganache and chocolate chips. It is the definition of delicious.

Visit thebollweevil.com

38. Best Beer Selection
70. Best Trivia Night
75. Best Draft Selection

The Pizza Joint
Mike Schepis has a lot to be proud of. Sure, the Pizza Joint is known for its pizza, strombolis and calzones, but each of its four locations has a vast selection of domestic and draft beers, microbrews and imports. And as if that’s not enough, each location has daily specials and Beer Me Tuesday. Trivia Night takes place Thursdays at both Evans and the downtown Joint and it’s free to join. Trivia Night covers all the stuff you never knew you needed to know, from history to TV, to sports and more and winners win cash prizes and pizza. Woot woot!

Visit thepizzajoint.net.

39. Best Outdoor Dining

Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar
If outdoor dining means a fancy patio to you, Rhinehart’s ain’t that kind of place. If, however, you prefer beach shack chic, this is definitely the spot. We doubt if anyone would give you a second look if you wore a bathing suit and flip flops to sit at one of their picnic tables, but you might want to at least wear a cover-up. Even if you’re coming from work, though, the food and atmosphere will evoke that kind of relaxed, waterfront vibe. So sit on down, grab a bottled beer or a mixed drink in a plastic cup and prepare to have some of the best seafood around.

Visit rhineharts.com.

40. Best Place to Grab Coffee

Metro Coffeehouse & Pub
One of downtown Augusta’s most well-established spots has kind of a split personality. During the day, you’ll most likely walk into Metro and find the place filled with loners typing away on laptops while they drink coffee and tea. In fact, that’s one of the greatest things about this place is that you can sit as long as you like and no one will say a thing. As the afternoon wears on into evening, however, the laptops are put away in favor of pool cues and coffee and tea turn into beer and drinks. Many nights there’s live music and sometimes you’ll find members of the local rugby team in there raising hell. Whatever time of the day or night, however, if you want coffee, you’ll get some of the strongest and best around.

Call 706-722-6468.

42. Best German Food

Villa Europa
Oktoberfest wouldn’t be the same without schnitzel, bratwurst, sauerkraut and a boot full of Yuengling at Villa Europa. Opened in 1989, Villa Europa on Deans Bridge Road has been serving all of the CSRA traditional German fare such as its famous jaegerschnitzel, beef rouladen, rahmschnitzel and Bavarian platters for more than 25 years. One trip to Villa Europa will make you want to break out the lederhosen and celebrate Oktoberfest all year long.

Visit villaeuropa.com.

43. Best Indian Food

Taj of India
Whether you are craving traditional Chicken Makhani with tandoori diced chicken in a rich creamy tomato gravy with a side of naan bread or crispy, golden vegetable samosas that are bursting with flavor, Taj of India on Furys Ferry Road is home to incredibly authentic Indian cuisine that will leave you craving for more. Serving loyal customers since 2002, Taj of India provides customers with incredibly delicious food and friendly service in a nice, relaxing environment.

Visit thetajofindia.com.

44. Best Italian Food

Giuseppe’s
Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Saturday, Giuseppe’s on Wheeler Road near Bobby Jones is a family trattoria open since 1993. Folks comes from all over the area for their weekday lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., but we prefer the extensive menu offered at dinner. On that menu, patrons will have a hard time deciding between a variety of pizzas and sandwiches or traditional Italian dinners like mussels marinara, chicken marsala or eggplant parmigiana. Their combination of tomato and alfredo sauces are customer favorites, but the combo platters are, in our opinion, the best bet. Whatever you choose, you’ll leave Giuseppi’s stuffed and smelling of garlic, and that’s a very good thing.

Call 706-855-0527 or visit gpizza.net.

45. Best Mediterranean Food

Zoe’s Kitchen
Although it hasn’t been open long, Zoe’s Kitchen and it’s dedication to the benefits of the Mediterranean diet has already won over customers in Augusta. In case you’re unaware, the Mediterranean diet focuses on fruits, vegetables, healthy fats like chickpeas, avocados and olive oil, lean proteins and healthier grains to control weight and promote heart health. Their menu certainly reflects that dedication, with hummus, kabobs, salads, and pita sandwiches all making appearances. And you won’t find any French fries on the sides list; instead you’ll find salads, roasted vegetables and fresh fruit. Don’t feel like eating in? Try one of their family meals or tubs of hummus or other items to go.

Call 706-867-5429 or visit zoeskitchen.com.

46. Best Mexican Food
49. Best Burrito

Nacho Mama’s
When your slogan is “We roll ‘em fat,” there’s really only two things you could be talking about. Lucky for those who love this downtown institution, Nacho Mama’s is talking about burritos… and they’re not lying. Whether you order a House or a Basic Burrito, the dish you pick up at the counter after they yell your name weighs about five pounds and is enough to feed at least two, although you’ll be surprised to find that you can finish it off in one sitting. Don’t like burritos? Just ask the person in line in front of you what they always get when they visit; everyone has a favorite that they’ve probably tweaked to suit them. The staff is very accommodating that way. For newbies, a few notes: sit at the bar and you won’t have to wait in line, order extra mango habanero sauce because it is the elixir of the gods and no amount is ever enough, and always indulge in a Top Shelf Margarita. Be careful, though: their unofficial motto is “We Mix ‘Em Strong,” which is why we love Nacho Mama’s so much.

Call 706-724-0501 or visit nachomamasaugusta.com.

47. Best Southern/Homestyle Cuisine
50. Best Fried Chicken
57. Best Sweet Tea

WifeSaver

pic-18Fifty years ago, an Augusta tradition was born.

Back in 1965, native Augustan George Cunningham founded WifeSaver as a way to help take care of the mounting medical bills related to his son’s childhood battle with polio.

Today, that son, Chris, is now president of the company that has six local WifeSaver locations.

Built by the Cunninghams and family friend “Hambone”, the original WifeSaver on Milledgeville Road was constructed in the front yard of George’s home, according to WifeSaver’s website.

Over the years, the restaurant has become known as the place to go in Augusta for the best fried chicken and sweet tea in town.

Whether you prefer white or dark meat, thighs or wings, or even livers or gizzards, WifeSaver will satisfy any hungry crowd.

But it’s not all about chicken.

WifeSaver also offers bite-size shrimp, fried fish fillets, steak sandwiches and pork chops along with a variety of sides including broccoli and rice casserole, onion rings, black eyed peas, potato salad and cole slaw.

After all of that, if you still have room for dessert, WifeSaver’s menu includes Southern classics like banana pudding, pecan pie, hot apple turnover, red velvet cake and chocolate cream pie. You can purchase them by the slice or take a whole cake or pie home with you.

In order to help celebrate the restaurant’s long history in Augusta, WifeSaver decided to turn back the clock on Saturday, Aug. 8 and offered the community and their loyal local customers special prices that day.

For that one day, an 8-piece mix meal, regularly priced at $13.49, dropped to an astonishing $5.99 and an 8-piece legs and thighs dark meat meal, regularly priced at $7.99, was only $3.99.

“We’ve been here for 50 years…which is kind of mind boggling when you think about it,” Chris Cunningham announced in an Aug. 8 press release celebrating the anniversary. “When we started, an 8-piece family meal was $2.89, a cup of tea was a dime, a 2-piece chicken dinner with two sides and bread was 85 cents and a gallon of gas was a quarter. That just goes to show how long we’ve been around…and, I think we are going to be here for 50 more years.”

While a lot has changed in the past 50 years throughout the Augusta area, WifeSaver’s famous recipes have remained the same.

WifeSaver seems to understand the old saying: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Over the years, WifeSaver’s food has become a beloved tradition for family meals after church, staples at football tailgaters and perfect for family reunions.

The truth is, you’ll feel like a real southerner when you eat WifeSaver’s fried chicken and you can’t get any sweeter than their famous sweet tea.

After 50 years, Augustans know that you can’t push away from the table when WifeSaver’s food is served.

Visit wifesaver.biz.

48. Best Barbecue

Sconyers Bar-B-Que
Everyone knows that barbecue is a Southern tradition. But at Sconyers Bar-B-Que, it is also a family affair. Founded in 1956 on Peach Orchard Road, Sconyers’ barbecue has been served to presidents, members of Congress and generations of Augustans. Known for its old-fashioned, oak and hickory, pit-cooked barbecue, Sconyers is all about good food, a comfortable atmosphere and a staff that will treat you like family. Whether you are hankering for tender ribs, lean tenderloin or flavorful hash, nobody does pig better than Sconyers Bar-B-Que.

Visit sconyersbar-b-que.com

52. Best Milkshake

Steak ‘n Shake
When the word “shake” is in your name, you’d better be good at making them. And Steak ‘n Shake definitely is. In addition to the classics (van, choc, straw, etc.) and the side by side milkshakes, this ‘50s-themed diner really puts a lot of effort into their seasonal milkshake offerings. Right now, for instance, you may have a hard time deciding between the caramel apple milkshake or the salted caramel one. Or the cookie butter milkshake versus the Nutella one. Whatever you decide, know this: you can always come back for another.

Visit steaknshake.com.

54. Best Pizza

Mellow Mushroom
Pizza lovers have been worshiping at the Mushroom for years, and for good reason ― with specialty pizzas like Funky Q Chicken, Holy Shitake Pie and Kosmic Karma, Mellow Mushroom is not your average pizza place. It specializes in creating mind-blowing pizzas that keep patrons coming back for more. While the specialty pies are out of this world, guests can also develop their own pizza from the many choose-your-own ingredients offered on the menu. With each and every visit, Mellow Mushroom always keeps pizza new, exciting and delicious.

Visit mellowmushroom.com.

55. Best Steak

The Snug
The local steakhouse recently changed hands, but the new owners vow they won’t be changing what they know we love — the steaks. Certified Angus Beef is what’s on the menu and The Snug knows just what to do with their ribeyes, filets and New York strips. Melt in your mouth goodness in a comfortable intimate setting; you can’t get much better than this. Want to really blow your mind? Try them with one of The Snug’s delicious sauces, like the Drunken Blueberry Sauce or Neptune’s Cow Sauce. You won’t be sorry.

Call 706-863-1118 or visit thesnug.net

56. Best Subs

Firehouse Subs
So the legend goes Firehouse Subs was created by former firefighters and brothers, Chris and Robin Sorensen so its food should be filling enough to feed the men and women who work up an appetite as our first-responders. Right? Yes. We especially love their hot subs, firehouse-themed décor and the convenience of their online ordering service. The fact Firehouse Subs also supports our hometown heroes through its Public Safety Foundation simply endears them to us even more.

Visit firehousesubs.com.

58. Best Vegetarian

The Bee’s Knees
Whether you’re hardcore vegan or would just rather not include any meat in your meal, The Bee’s Knees has got you covered. Downtown’s favorite tapas place doesn’t serve red meat or pork and has a lot to choose from, even if you don’t want chicken or seafood. Our favorites are the citrus-ginger salad, the buffalo tempeh small plate, the cheese board, the sweet potato hummus and the coconut curry panang with tofu. The only item we miss is the Buddha salad with fried tofu cubes in place of croutons. Please bring it back! Enjoy it all in a charmingly funky restaurant where you can even get fruits and veggies in your cocktails. Don’t believe us? Try summed mulled wine with fresh cranberries or a Sriracha bloody mary at brunch.

Call 706-828-3600 or visit beeskneestapas.com.

59. Best Wings

Wild Wing Café
We know they have wings — bone in and boneless. But is it the wings we love or is it the vast array of insanely delicious sauces that keep us going back for more? Oh Wild Wing Café, you satisfy our craving for that tender chicken and sticky marinated goodness — sweet, tangy, spicy or a mix of all three, it doesn’t matter because it’s all good. Eat them while watching the game, listening to some great local music, or hanging with family and friends.

Visit wildwingcafe.com

60. Best Cheap Grub

Cook Out
Augusta only recently became home to outposts of this North Carolina chain and, boy, are we glad they’re here. Why? Because there’s no place else where you can get a tray of food that includes one main order, two sides and a drink for less than a fiver. And those sides not only include the usual fries and onion rings, but you can get wraps, corn dogs and quesadillas. It’s rare these days that you can feed two people at a fast-food place for under $10, but you can definitely do that here. Our fave? The barbecue sandwich with hot sauce and slaw, the steak style burger, and almost any one of their 40-plus varieties of shakes… although we haven’t worked up the courage to try the watermelon shake available in the summer.

Visit cookout.com.

61. Best Caterer
62. Best Food Truck

Fat Man’s

pic-12Anyone who has lived in Augusta for any significant amount of time knows the deep love locals have for the long legacy of Fat Man’s in the Garden City.

Back in the early 1940s, Horace “Fat Man” Usry, took over his father’s grocery store and renamed it, Fat Man’s Corner.

Not long after, Horace Usry opened a restaurant called The Pit featuring classic Southern cuisine like crispy fried chicken and delicious squash casserole.

The Fat Man’s Corner, which was located along Laney-Walker Boulevard near Paine College, thrived for years and eventually produced another one of Augusta’s landmarks: Fat Man’s Forest, a seasonal store that included everything from Christmas trees to Halloween decorations and costume rentals.

This time of year, Augustans can’t go a week without hearing locals talk about how much they miss the Fat Man’s Forrest which closed in 2008.

But since that time, Fat Man’s food service has continued to grow and thrive in a new location, the historic Enterprise Mill.

And to the thrill of many longtime Augustans, Fat Man’s Mill Cafe & Catering is still a family affair.

Horace Usry’s son, Brad, is the president of Fat Man’s Mill Cafe alongside his own son, Havird, who serves as both the executive chef and vice president of the business.

“When I came back from college, my dad was kind of in a transition after selling the retail store with the rest of our family and we just saw the mill location and the catering business as an opportunity to kind of make something our own, but also continue on the Fat Man’s name, so we jumped on it,” Havird Usry said. “For me, it is just an awesome opportunity and honor to take something that your grandfather created 67 years ago now, with the food service component, and continue on with it.”

While Fat Man’s Mill Cafe continues to serve its fabulous Southern classics dishes such as tasty fried catfish, pot roast, smothered chicken, collard greens, mac and cheese and fried okra, the menu has expanded to include a variety of lighter options such as sandwiches, salads and wraps.

About two years ago, the Usry family also decided to take Fat Man’s on the road.

“We started the food truck two years ago in November and we’ve been really excited about it,” Havird Usry said. “In fact, starting this week, we have a regular schedule for the food truck. We will be going to North Augusta in Jackson Square and we will also be going to University of Phoenix off Scott Nixon Drive. Along with that, we will be doing a food truck night at the new Residence Inn off Marks Church Road.”

Fat Man’s has also been negotiating with the new information technology company, Unisys, about setting up regular hours near the company for food truck service.

“We are getting to the point where we have a regular schedule for the truck, which I feel is kind of what a food truck is all about,” Havird Usry said. “I don’t think a food truck should just be about events and catering. It’s about having a cool presence that is consistent and just kind of being seen all over the city.”

The Fat Man’s food truck has quickly become one of the local crowds’ favorites choices at festivals.

“It is all about having the guys on the truck who are going to take the pride to put out a good looking basket,” Havird Usry said. “For example, we have a Carolina pulled pork sandwich with our creamy slaw on top. And it is tossed in a sweet chili Asian sauce. You can have it with seasoned fries or mac and cheese. That’s always a crowd pleaser.”

Along with the success of the food truck, Fat Man’s catering business has also exploded over the past few years.

“Catering is probably the most significant part of our business model,” Havird Usry said. “I would say, if you looked at our sales, we are about 80 percent catering.”

Fat Man’s hosts at least one or two weddings a weekend at the Enterprise Mill location, as well as having several civic and corporate parties throughout the week.

“We have a really good group of folks as far as our banquet chefs and our servers right now,” Havird Usry said. “And having that team in place is really what makes your catering work because the kitchen has to take pride in really cooking quality food in bulk quantities like that.”

It is clear that the Usry family is dedicated to continuing its long legacy of quality food and friendly customer service here in the Augusta area.

“We’ve gone 67 years without our doors being closed on a business day,” Havird Usry said. “While you feel like it is somewhat of a family responsibility, you also take a lot of pride in it because that’s a tough thing to do these days. But we’ve done it.”

Call 706-733-1740 or visit fatmans.com.

63. Best Grocery Store

Kroger
Ahhhh… Kroger. You may not be as fancy as some other grocery stores in town, but you get us. You really do. From your create-your-own six-packs for $10 to your “managers special” deals section to the Starbucks outpost, you really know how to make shopping fun. But even if we don’t have all day to tarry in the cheese section (as much as we wish we could), we know that we can always count on you for great deals, huge selections, quality meats and a friendly staff. And that’s really what we want.

Visit kroger.com.

64. Best Place to Find a Recipe Ingredient You’ve Never Heard of Before

Whole Foods
Nutritional yeast? Check. Hemp hearts? Got it. Braggs Liquid Aminos? There it is. Coconut flour? Yes. Matcha powder? Sure. Whether you’re trying to impress someone or just picked up a healthy food cookbook, if you can’t find what you need, chances are Whole Foods will have it. Watch out, though. While looking for all these odd things, you’ll have to walk by Whole Foods’ great pizza and gelato. Better ask someone; they’re more than happy to help.

Call 762-333-0259 or visit wholefoodsmarket.com.

65. Best Place to Pick Up Something When You Forgot You Were Going to a Friend’s House

The Fresh Market
A bit of a niche grocery store, The Fresh Market sells fresh everything; food, coffee, flowers — you name it, it’s there for the taking. It also has one of the best selections of foreign foods and hard-to-find ingredients. Need to grab something eclectic, unique or ready-made? Their bakery and deli sections are to die for! Have you had their chicken salad sandwiches? No? Go buy one. Like, now. We’ll wait… thefreshmarket.com

66. Best Place to Pick Up Lunch or Dinner When You Don’t Feel Like Eating Out

Zaxby’s
Some of the most popular items on Zaxby’s menu are simple, but indescribably good such as the chicken finger plate served with crinkle fries, Texas toast, coleslaw and the one and only, Zax sauce. Or how about the “Wings & Things Plate” with boneless wings, chicken fingers, crinkle fries, Texas toast and ranch sauce. If you are in the mood for something a little lighter, Zaxby’s salads are always fresh and delicious. The entire menu is perfect for a family who wants to enjoy a nice dinner, but doesn’t feel like eating out.

Visit zaxbys.com