The Ultimate Guide to Augusta

The Ultimate Guide to Augusta


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1102 Broad St., Augusta

Like the best mullets, this place is business in the front (the restaurant) and a party in the back (the bar). Great place to hang out, drink and people watch, and if they open the garage doors on the side of the building, that means the party has really started.

Augustino’s Italian Eatery & Prime Steaks
2 10th St., Augusta

Located inside the Marriott, the pasta bar is a lunch favorite of downtown office workers, but the soothing atmosphere and clubby bar area makes this the perfect spot for happy hour. Stay long enough and the wonderful aromas coming from the kitchen will get to you, making dinner here hard to resist.


Bar on Broad
917 Broad St., Augusta

Dance club with a nice lounge area full of comfortable seating. Word has it that one of the bartenders is from Miami and can put on a Tom Cruise in “Cocktail” type show for you… if you ask nicely.

Beamie’s at the River
865 Reynolds St., Augusta

It may be on the Savannah River, but the great seafood and laid-back atmosphere are more like visiting a beloved beach shack. A local favorite. They have beer, oysters and good service, so it’s no wonder.

The Bee’s Knees
211 10th St., Augusta

Nightly drink specials, eclectic tapas menu, an ever-changing beer and wine list and a menu of unique cocktails in an artsy, cosmopolitan atmosphere. The buffalo tempeh will make you want to become a vegetarian… almost, and Sunday brunch is a must. Even better: All their weekly drink specials are in effect on Sundays.

Blue Sky Kitchen
990 Broad St., Augusta

Southern fusion cuisine featuring eclectic dishes from around the globe. Full bar, friendly wait staff, excellent location. Live music on the weekends, nightly specials and more.

The Boar’s Head Public House
1135 Broad St., Augusta

A traditional English pub run by confirmed Anglophile Chris Anderson and his mother Musa, who serve great dishes like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, steak and Guinness pie and more. And pints are the traditional British 20 ounces instead of the American 16. And they may not be traditional British, but the fried mushrooms are fantastic.


The Boll Weevil
10 Ninth St., Augusta

Voted Best Dessert in Augusta several years running, largely on the strength of their 7th Heaven Cake. The rest of the menu is not bad either, not to mention the charming décor, but definitely save room for cake or pie. A lot of room because the slices are massive.

Brick Pond Market
89 Crystal Lake Drive, North Augusta

Located in the picturesque neighborhood of Hammond’s Ferry, this cafe serves lunch, early dinner and coffee Tuesdays-Saturdays. Food is light and Italian inspired, and they offer a book swap (bring one of your own; exchange for one already there) and a small market. Desserts are rumored to be fantastic, and the market recently added Saturday brunch from 10-11:30 a.m.


The Cotton Patch
816 Cotton Lane, Augusta

Nice patio reminiscent of New Orleans, friendly service and good drink specials. If you’re lucky, or not so lucky, while sitting outside you can be entertained (for better or worse) by the karaoke from Mi Rancho.

Craft & Vine
1204B Broad Street, Augusta

The feel of a Prohibition-era lounge with great food. It’s not surprising the food is so good, since it’s owned by Sean Wight, owner of Froghollow Tavern and Farmhaus Burgers. Look for late-night happy hour specials after 10 p.m. and a surprising array of wines by the glass, thanks to their cutting-edge preservation system. Or, as some people like to call it, the wall of wine.

Eagle’s Nest
640 Broad St., Augusta

A forgotten gem sitting atop The Ramada, the Eagle’s Nest is a bit of a throwback to another era when it comes to decor. There is, however, a great jukebox full of R&B classics, and what a view! Definitely a place to experience while in Augusta.


1204 Broad St., Augusta

The most whimsical restaurant concept to open in Augusta in a long time (or ever), Farmhaus serves burgers, hot dogs and sides with a side of fun in the form of boozy milkshakes and a full bar. Everything is good here, but check the specials board for the burger and shake of the month and, for cocktails, the Texas Mule can’t be beat. Oh, and if you’re wondering about the cans of beer, it’s because the city of Augusta only recycles cans, not bottles.


Fat Man’s Mill Cafe
1450 Greene St., Augusta

Open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Fat Man’s still employs Miss Pearl, who has been cooking great Southern food for the Usry family owners since the late 1940s. They still have Pearl’s famous meat and three plates on the menu but have added much more. The “speshul” wraps of the day and the salads are fan faves.

1145 Broad St., Augusta

Good beer and one of the best jukeboxes in town attracts a very diverse, no-frills crowd. You never know what you might see at the Firehouse.

The First Round
210 11th Street, Augusta

Located behind Metro Coffee House and across the street from 1102, which makes bar-hopping pretty easy. Nightly specials, decent location and a diverse lineup of local live music.

The Fox’s Lair
349 Telfair St., Augusta

Augusta’s best-kept secret, this cozy bar is tucked away in the basement of The Olde Town Inn on Telfair Street but is definitely worth finding. Laid back, comfortable and often has live music on Thursday nights.

Frog Hollow Tavern
1282 Broad St., Augusta

The wine list at Frog Hollow, open for dinner Wednesday-Saturday, is massive. Not only that, but the bar features a diverse selection of scotches, cognacs, bourbons and vodkas… classic and seasonal cocktails, all made with fresh squeezed juices and homemade mixes. Oh yeah… they also serve good food, made using mostly local and regionally sourced ingredients.

The Highlander
133 Georgia Ave., North Augusta

The Highlander (downstairs from Wine World if you’re into multitasking) has a food menu that features a Scotch Egg Plate, Shepherd’s Pie and other traditional pub foods — all that and a full bar to boot. Just watch the steps on your way out. They can be tricky to navigate after a few pints.


Joe’s Underground
144 8th St., Augusta

After a day of eating pimento cheese sandwiches at the Masters, come down to Joe’s and round out your culinary experiences with a fried baloney sandwich. Good food, especially the homemade soups at lunch, and good drinks, with live music many nights.

Kitchen 1454
1454 Walton Way, Augusta

Open for breakfast and lunch, this may look like your average diner, but it’s definitely not. Using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, the management turns meat and three on its head with main dishes like Coca-Cola Braised Pulled pork, braised greens and roasted beets. Be sure to check the board above the counter for daily specials.

Kroc Center Cafe
1833 Broad St., Augusta

The Kroc Center is a fitness facility, pool, community center and more that offers guest passes to use the equipment. But anyone can visit the center to partake in the wonderful food served cafeteria style for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lunch menu changes daily and includes items like Italian meatloaf and shrimp and grits. Grill items are served at lunch and dinner.

La Maison on Telfair
404 Telfair St., Augusta

Fine dining in Olde Town courtesy of Chef Heinz Sowinski, who will make you feel comfortable whether you choose to visit the dining room or Veritas Wine and Tapas Bar. Either way, order the crab tower or anything made with wild game. Their wine list has also garnered acclaim from Wine Spectator magazine.

The Loft
927 Broad St., Augusta

Good selection of beers, decent dance floor, pool tables and good people watching. Good service and reasonable prices, too.

590 Broad St., Augusta

In business since 1949, what can be said about Luigi’s that you don’t already know? This place stays packed during Masters Week so be prepared to wait, or call ahead for reservations. And while the Italian and Greek offerings are favorites, you really should try the chopped steak provolone.

Manuel’s Bread Café
505 Railroad Ave., North Augusta

Open for lunch during the week and all three meals on weekends, this French bistro has an extensive beer and wine menu and uses organically grown ingredients from down the street’s Blue Clay Farms in their ever-changing food menu. Reservations recommended, especially during Masters Week.

Mellow Mushroom
1167 Broad St., Augusta

A wide selection of beer on tap with nightly specials offered. Nice patio at the downtown location makes for great people watching while you wait for your pie. The food is great and don’t forget to pick up the coolest Masters T-shirt in town, available at both locations. This week look for live music on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday, Happy Hour from 3-6 p.m. daily with other drink specials offered as well, and Masters-themed trivia on Tuesday from 8-10 p.m. After the Umphrey’s McGee shows at the Riverwalk on Monday, they’ll also throw an after party with live music from AcostA and will be open until 2 a.m.

Metro Pub & Coffeehouse
1054 Broad St., Augusta

Definitely not your traditional coffee house. More of a bar, really, but a great place to hang out and have a few drinks while playing pool or working on your laptop.

Nacho Mama’s
976 Broad St., Augusta

Great food, excellent prices and good margaritas. Anything you order will be delicious, especially if it includes their mango habanero salsa. The outside tables, if you’re lucky enough to get one, are a great place to sit and people watch. Visit Tuesday night at 5:30 and take a run with the group that meets there weekly before indulging afterwards.

O’Donovan’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
1002 Broad St., Augusta
706- 524-7321

Ireland has come to the corner of 10th and Broad, where customers can find traditional pub fare like bangers and mash, corned beef and cabbage and the Ploughman’s Lunch served in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Live Irish music is featured many nights during the week.

Pauley’s Steakhouse
1022 Broad St., Augusta

A very small spot serving very good food. The menu is old-school continental and features lobster bisque, shrimp cocktail, steaks, fish and lamb. The wine bar offers all the pairings you’ll need.

The Playground
978 Broad St., Augusta

Live music venue showcasing mostly punk and rock bands. They also have drink specials and trivia/open mic/karaoke through the week.


Pizza Joint
1245 Broad St., Augusta

With additional locations in Evans, Aiken and Columbia, S.C., the Pizza Joint has become well-loved for their slices, an impressive beer menu and nightly specials. The sandwiches, however, are worth straying from the norm for — especially the DeVito and the Big Mike.

Sky City
1157 Broad St., Augusta

Named after one of Augusta’s former department stores, Sky City has a little bit of something for everyone Masters Week — Funk You and Kinky Aphrodisiacs on Monday, April 7 and Liddle Ugleez on Friday, April 11; And it’s non-smoking!

Soul Bar
984 Broad St., Augusta

A downtown institution offering good music, an interesting crowd and a great bar. Dance the night away or just hang out and drink. Either way, be sure to pick up a T-shirt.

Soy Noodle House
1032 Broad St., Augusta

Serving a blend of Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine (the Boh Boon Vietnamese noodle salad is great), Soy Noodle House also has a wide variety of beer, wine, liquor and sake. They now serve sushi at night as well.

The Sports Center
594 Broad St., Augusta

If you can’t get a table at Luigi’s, Sports Center has some of the best burgers in town. Beer, burgers and pool tables. Who says entertainment has to be expensive and high-brow?

Stillwater Taproom
974 Broad St., Augusta

A great place to drink. Happy hour specials every day from 4-6 p.m., drink specials every night, laid back atmosphere, live music on the weekends and rocking chairs out front. And they’ll call in an order for you from Nacho Mama’s. What more can you ask for?

Sweet Lou’s Crab Shack
1293 Broad St., Augusta

A beach shack that’s not much on looks (although the brightly painted signs and artwork are kind of cool) but makes up for it with good, cheap food and good, cheap beer. Try the shrimp and grits.

Tipsy McStumbles
214 7th St., Augusta

Open for lunch on the weekdays and the party doesn’t stop until late in the evening. Check out the waitresses on the bar’s Facebook page, and suddenly it makes sense why none of the guys want to leave. For the girls, this is a surprisingly well-ventilated bar, which means you won’t end up smelling like an ashtray. And now that the serve food, there’s really no need to leave.


Whiskey Bar (Kitchen)
1048 Broad St., Augusta

A bar that prides itself on its selection of whiskey, this spot also happens to serve a mean burger. The Elway, Cali and Breakfast burgers are all great, but you gotta try the TCB: beef burger topped with peanut butter, bananas, honey and bacon. If it’s good enough for the King, it’s good enough for you!

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Andrew’s Place
231 Fury’s Ferry Rd., Augusta

A night of entertainment is never far away when Andrew’s Place is open, and Andrew’s is open seven nights a week. Great food is available here, especially on Wednesdays, which is $5 steak night. But there’s also something going on every night, from karaoke to ladies night to live entertainment. Aaron Brock, one of the best bartenders in town, will definitely take good care of you.

Bar West
3631 Walton Way Ext., Augusta

An upscale martini bar and lounge with a great covered patio. That patio is a great place to spend happy hour, which is daily from 4:30-8:30 p.m. and includes specials such as two for one house wines and sangria.

Carolina Ale House
203 Robert C. Daniel Jr. Pkwy., Augusta

Always crowded, this popular sports bar has a great outdoor patio that still includes access to multiple televisions. The menu is what you’d expect from a sports bar, but is updated seasonally.

Chevy’s Niteclub
3328 Washington Rd., Le Pavilion Shopping Center

The former Cadillacs is under new ownership and management, but is the same great place to hear live bands and DJs while dancing and having a few drinks.

The Country Club
2834 Washington Rd., Augusta

A massive club with several bars around the perimeter of an enormous stage and dance floor. It’s a party every night of the week during Masters Week, with live music, DJs and dance lessons. Not to mention drinks, of course.


Crazy Turks Pizza
2910 Washington Rd., Augusta

Crazy Turks has crazy good pizza, calzones and other Italian and Greek offerings. They offer a lunch buffet Monday-Friday and live music and/or karaoke most night.

Cue n’ Brew
2852 Washington Rd., Augusta

Located behind the Taco Bell on Washington Rd., this is a laid-back spot where visitors can drink beer and play pool in peace.

Diablo’s Southwest Grill
3668 Wheeler Road, Augusta

It may look like a chain, but Diablo’s is a locally owned fast-cause take on Mexican and Southwest cuisine. Of course they offer standbys like tacos, burritos, queso and chips, but they also delve into more inventive fare as well. Try the lamb barbacoa, spice rubbed then wrapped in plantain leave and braised for eight hours. Like them on Facebook for frequent specials and chances to win.

DiChickO’s Peri-Peri Cafe
2825 Washington Road, Augusta

Located inside New Life Natural Foods in the Fairway Square Shopping Center, DiChickO’s makes its own peri-peri sauces in house and slathers them generous on lunch offerings, which include salads and sandwiches. Their sweet and just a tad bit spicy chicken salad is amazing, but you can’t really go wrong here. Even better news is that there’s a juice bar nearby to round out the healthy offering offered here.

Doubletree Hotel
2651 Perimeter Pkwy., Augusta

This hotel has a great bar with nightly drink specials, but Friday night is the one not to miss. That’s when the massive restaurant, which spreads out into the lobby by a charming fountain, holds its all-you-can-eat seafood and prime rib buffet. The crab legs and sushi are great, but don’t forget to save room for dessert.

Edgar’s Grille
3165 Washington Rd., Augusta

Since opening a little over a year ago, this upscale, New American restaurant has wowed guests with its dinner menu, cocktails and wine list. Then there’s the décor, which is beautiful and features a chef’s table in the kitchen and a California-inspired patio. Even more impressive is that a portion of the proceeds go to Goodwill Industries and the Helms College Culinary School. A new feature is jazz on Thursday evenings with great happy hour specials on drinks and food.


French Market Grille West
360 Fury’s Ferry Rd., Martinez

What started as an offshoot of French Market Grille in Surrey Center has turned into a restaurant with an ownership and vibe all its own. The Cajun-Creole food is still the best in town, though, and Tuesday’s crab leg special remains a local favorite.

2834 Washington Rd., Augusta

Like all Hooters are around the country during big sporting events, quite the show. The heavy hitters are brought in to separate you from your cash. A real Masters Week headquarters; hang out long enough and we’re sure you’ll see John Daly.


Limelite Café
1137 Agerton Lane, Augusta

A little local secret? Many of those who go to movies across the street start their night here with mild-yaki wings (a mixture of mild and teriyaki) or another bar snack and one (or two) of the many, many beers they offer on tap or by the bottle. We suggest you do the same.

Prime 1079
1069 Stevens Creek Rd., the Sheraton Hotel, Augusta

Located in the Sheraton right off Washington Road, local fans swear that Prime 1079 serves some of the best steaks in town. Also open for breakfast and lunch, every Friday night is Fresh Lobster Friday. The adjacent Sweetwater Lounge offers snacks and drinks.

Rae’s Coastal Cafe
3208 West Wimbledon Dr., Augusta

Hard to find for the newcomer, this neighborhood restaurant (literally) has a menu chocked full of Caribbean and Key West themed seafood items. There’s a putting green in the back while you wait for your coconut shrimp or jerk chicken.

3051 Washington Rd., Augusta

Think you’ve had good fried shrimp baskets at the beach? No comparison to local institution Rhinehart’s. This flagship location actually started out as a small house and has grown to one of the most popular restaurant/bars in the area. Decidedly decrepit (more like purposely) this is one fun place to hang. Picnic tables both inside and out, and all forms of delicious seafood and drinks.

Robbie’s Sports Bar
2834 Washington Rd., Augusta

A true old school pool hall popular with the locals. Good bar food, a dance floor and band during Masters, plus a sea of dimly lit pool tables.


Roadrunner Cafe
2821 Washington Rd., Augusta

Locals who love the Peach Orchard Road original are thrilled that a second location has opened on Washington Road. You will too when you see that their happy hour, from 3-6 p.m., features 50 cent wings and shrimp and $1 domestic draft beer.

300 Shartom Dr., Augusta

Tucked just off Washington Road, this neighborhood bar has been around for longer than most can remember. Intimate, with a fun, cozy feel — It will make you think you’ve stepped into your local pub. Surprisingly great food to go along with the drinks.

Somewhere in Augusta
2820 Washington Rd., Augusta

A bizarre name for a sports bar to be sure. This booming spot started out as a small pub in a crack across from the National. It moved a few years ago and grew up. Big time. Walls of TVs, a great menu and sweet location make this a favorite stop for Masters guests.

The Snug
240 Davis Rd., Augusta

A pretty little restaurant that serves dinner six nights a week. Sure, they serve chicken and seafood, but beef is the real star here and the Black N’ Blue, topped with blue cheese and a blueberry-port sauce, is the steak to order. Don’t forget to order the crab dip, though, and their martinis might be good, but we love their margaritas. Which kind? Doesn’t matter.

Texas Roadhouse
107 Sherwood Drive, Augusta

Located just off Washington Road (just behind Lucy’s Laundry, in case you need an inviting atmosphere in which to do your laundry), Texas Roadhouse recently opened to much fanfare. And why not? They have great steaks, amazing ribs, margaritas to die for and much more, all in a fun but family friendly atmosphere.


TGI Friday’s
2800 Washington Rd., Augusta

Open every day at 11 a.m., Friday’s never fails to satisfy, especially when diners order something from their Jack Daniel’s Grill menu. Going on now: Order one starter, one entrée and one dessert and pay $12.99. In addition, members of the military get 25 percent off on Saturdays.


Wild Wing Café
3035 Washington Rd., Augusta

Just on the other side of I-20 on Washington Road, this mega mega bar restaurant is built for crowds. The parking lot alone is big enough to park all the patrons from Rhode Island. Big is the key word here, with live music seven days a week on two stages. Masters Week isn’t for amateurs here.

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5 O’Clock Bistro
2111 Kings Way, Augusta

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, and this bistro has an impressive wine list and a creative selection of original and classic libations to choose from during cocktail hour. The food menu will not disappoint, either, and changes regularly so everything stays fresh and exciting. Also open for lunch.

Bistro 491
491 Highland Ave., Surrey Center, Augusta

Fancy food with a sense of humor in popular Surrey Center, Bistro 491’s menu is inventive and changes seasonally. Their vegetarian dishes (especially the ricotta gnocchi) are just as good as their steaks, and their drinks and desserts are decadent to say the least. Best of all? They don’t require fancy dress to go along with the fancy food.

Buona Caffe Artisan Roasted Coffee
1858 Central Avenue, Augusta

Augusta’s only local coffee roaster, who has long supplied coffee to area restaurants and caterers, recently opened a coffee and espresso bar that also serves locally made treats.

Calvert’s Restaurant
475 Highland Ave., Surrey Center, Augusta

Calvert’s in Surrey Center has been around for 30 years, so they must be doing something right. Augusta’s go-to restaurant for special occasions, Calvert’s serves continental fare and reservations are highly suggested.

Club Argos
1923 Walton Way, Augusta

Known to area residents as a gay club, Argos strives to be a fun, safe place for those of all lifestyles. Two bars, one upstairs and one downstairs, ensure that there’s always something going on. Be sure to introduce yourself to Daddy Keith while you’re there. He’s sort of the Den Dad of the place.

Crums on Central
1855 Central Ave., Augusta

Lunch during the week, brunch on the weekends and dinner Tuesday-Sunday, Crums is located in the former Le Cafe du Teau. They kept the relaxing front deck and changed the food from French-Creole to upscale Southern with a twist. It’s probably the only place in town that has deviled eggs and boiled peanuts on the menu, and where you can top your pizza with squash casserole. Also keep an eye out for the restaurant’s food truck this week.

Finch & Fifth
379 Highland Avenue, Augusta

Sexy food that’s never heavy, F&F has become know for its cheese and charcuterie plates, roasted Brussels sprouts slaw and delicious cocktails. Try the Gin Jitsu, the homemade ice creams and… breakfast!

French Market Grille
425 Highland Ave., Surrey Center, Augusta

One of the most popular restaurants in Augusta, both during Masters Week and year-round, and owned by local fixtures Chuck and Gail Baldwin. You can’t go wrong with anything on this menu, but be warned: the barbequed shrimp is really spicy. Save room for one of their award-winning desserts and try a martini served in a Mason jar.

Helga’s Pub and Grill
2015 Central Avenue, Augusta

An Augusta institution of sorts, this is the hangout of choice for the city’s medical students. And it’s not difficult to see why. Here you’ll find a wide selection on taps and in bottles, great food (even though it is almost all fried) and a laid-back atmosphere. Trivia here on Saturday nights is a must.

The Indian Queen
2502 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta

This low-key hangout graces the site of the former Gun Cabinet, an Augusta institution. And this bar, which focuses on specialty drinks made with locally made and infused simple syrups, as well as real fruit and other natural ingredients, is quickly becoming an institution in its own right. During Masters Week, the comfortable bar has extended their patio area, will have additional drink stations and will have the Crums on Central food truck waiting out front. They’ll offer beer, Azaleas and Transfusions, but our recommendation is their take on the Arnold Palmer; the delicious JD is made from lemon simple syrup, sweet tea and vodka.

399 Highland Ave., Surrey Center, Augusta

Love the Pizza Joint downtown? Then you’ll be happy to hear that the owners of that popular spot that originated downtown have opened a more upscale restaurant in Surrey Center. Sure, there are pizzas on the menu here, but why not try the pasta, antipasti, entrées or, our fave, the risottos? A comfortable bar has a happy hour that begins at 4 p.m. each day and specialties that include house-made sangria.

The P.I. Bar & Grill at the Partridge Inn
2110 Walton Way, Augusta

This isn’t just any hotel bar… locals hang out here year-round just to grab a spot on the verandah and watch the world go by. Many dishes from the restaurant are available at the bar to snack on while enjoying wine, beer or cocktails, and there’s live music on the weekends. Don’t miss Wine Down Wednesday, which features half off select bottles of wine.

The Purple Cow
1419 Monte Sano Avenue, Augusta

A wonderful neighborhood spot that serves Illy brand coffees and pastries at a great price, and starts up the frozen yogurt machines, complete with a toppings bar, later in the day. The staff is super friendly and though the space is small, no one will rush you out the door.

Sheehan’s Irish Pub
2571 Central Ave., Augusta

Definitely not a traditional Irish pub, but they do have fish and chips and Guinness on tap. Friendly service, great menu (the duck is the best in town), and a full bar in an atmosphere that can get loud and rowdy inside, but is quiet and relaxing out on the enclosed patio.

Surreal at Surrey
469 Highland Ave., Surrey Center, Augusta

A high-energy nightclub and ultralounge which recently opened on the upper level of Surrey Center. Though it has DJs most nights, it also brings in live music on the weekends. Need a place that has bottle service and private VIP parties? Surreal is definitely your spot.


Surrey Tavern
471 Highland Ave., Surrey Center, Augusta

This is one of Augusta residents’ favorite hangouts, probably because it’s been around since 1973 and people who met at the bar and have gotten married now have kids who go there. Known for both for the live local music and the laid-back vibe, the bar as modeled after a traditional pub in Surrey, England. This Surrey Tavern, however, focuses on live R&B, karaoke backed by a live band on Thursdays and a great party atmosphere. This week look for live music from Simplified on Monday, Stewart & Winfield on Tuesday, Tony Williams and the Blues Express on Wednesday and Thursday, Soul Dimensions on Friday, and Playback the Band w/ Tutu D’yvine on Saturday. Wednesday through Saturday, Keith the Piano Man will play on the bar’s back deck.

Tako Sushi
437 Highland Ave., Surrey Center, Augusta

Inventive takes on Japanese and Mexican food. The restaurant is small, loud and totally worth however long the wait is. And the great thing about the wait at this restaurant? Order a drink at the sushi bar and take it out to the sidewalk, where there’s sure to be some fantastic people watching to be had.

Village Deli
2803 Wrightsboro Rd., Augusta

Located in Daniel Village, Village Deli is one of Augusta’s favorite family restaurants that also has a cozy bar in the back for the big kids. The pimiento cheese burger with bacon is a classic, and every single variation of their fries is homemade. The hot chips are especially good, as are the sweet potato fries. Watch out if you decide to introduce yourself to owner Lorna Barrett, though; she’ll probably talk you into ad


Augsburg Haus
4460 Washington Rd., Evans

Open for lunch and dinner, but the lunch portions are still huge. And with entrées such as the Schweinebraten, slow-roasted pork with German potato salad, you won’t be able to stop yourself from cleaning your plate. So just make sure you have a comfy napping spot available.


Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill
4045 Jimmie Dyess Parkway, Augusta

Whether you like ribs, chicken or pork, Big Daddy’s has it and a lot more. They also have steaks, burgers, salads and desserts, not to mention a full bar. And it that wasn’t enough, these award-winning barbecuers also offer daily, and nightly, specials.

Bird Dog Grille
3851 Evans to Locks Rd., Fury’s Ferry Station, Martinez

Tucked away in a shopping center off Fury’s Ferry Road, this locally owned restaurant has a strong local following, who love their hot dogs, paninis, salads and wings. The restaurant has a full bar and offers Wine & Dine Steak Night on Wednesdays and Martini Night on Saturdays.

Cadwallader’s Café
106 Davis Rd., Martinez

One of Augusta’s best kept fine dining secrets, this lively restaurant is popular with the locals. Open for dinner, best-bet entrées include any of the trios, whether they be duck, tuna, lamb, scallop or bison.

Emilio’s Italian Eatery
461 Parkwest Drive, Grovetown

It may be in an unusual location (in America’s Best Suites), but Emilio’s is not what you’d expect from a hotel restaurant. Locally owned and benefiting from a classically trained chef, this spot serves homemade Italian food — and we mean homemade, right down to the mayo they use in the Caesar dressing. In addition to great food, Emilio’s has fantastic bar specials and, if you like them on Facebook, you can sometimes get free desserts on the weekend.

Laura’s Backyard Tavern
218 S. Belair Rd., Martinez

For local flavor, there’s no better spot that Laura’s. It may take some work to find it, but, when you do, you’ll find a bar in what looks like a house… a house that serves up drinks, food, live music, games and more.

Laziza Mediterranean Grill
4272 Washington Rd., Evans

Laziza means delicious, so it’s a fitting name for this fast casual restaurant, where patrons order dishes like chicken shawarma, hummus and other middle eastern delicacies at a counter, serve themselves drinks and eat at one of the many tables. If you like your food enough (and you will) Laziza has many of the ingredients they use for sale.

Mai Thai
4272 Washington Rd., Evans

From mild to hot, this Columbia County spot serves up traditional Thai food and drinks in a charming atmosphere.

Mellow Mushroom
4348 Washington Rd., Evans

The downtown location opened 10 years ago this Masters Week, and the Evans location followed in 2008. Both serve great pizzas, snacks, salads, sandwiches and more, with an impressive beer and wine list in a kitschy atmosphere. The hummus and the cinnamon pretzels are two menu favorites.

Neapolitan Cupcake and Gift Shoppe
106 Pleasant Home Rd., Augusta

Distinctive cupcakes in flavors such as key lime pie, salted caramel (one of their best), chocolate lovers and peanut butter cup, Neapolitan piles the frosting high and takes orders for special occasions. Their unique selection of gifts will make wonderful souvenirs for the folks back home.

Pho Bac
4300 Towne Center, Evans

Authentic Vietnamese food in Columbia County, with dishes like papaya salad, spring rolls and, of course, pho. Deciding what to try might be difficult because of the large menu, but you’ll be rewarded with large portions and a small bill. And instead of Waffle House, fans say pho is the perfect hangover food, so that’s good to know.

Pizza Joint
4301 Washington Rd., Evans

If you like the downtown spot, the Evans location is just as reliable. With a couple of exceptions, it has the same menu and you certainly can’t go wrong with the Sicilian Chef’s Salad, greens and veggies topped with ham, pepperoni, chicken, bacon and broccoli. Be sure to order it with parmesan peppercorn.

The Retreat Tapas Bar
4446 Washington Road, Suite 20, Evans

Chef Christopher Byrd gives customers his take on tapas, which are designed to share but bigger than what patrons might normally expect from tapas. Collard green eggrolls and baked crab dip are favorites, but check for the week’s specials. Homemade desserts and a fantastic bar round out an experience that gains Retreat fans daily. Reservations are recommended, especially on the weekend or for large groups.

305 N. Belair Rd., Evans

If you don’t know what Rhinehart’s is, this must be your first time visiting Augusta. A beach shack plopped down on Washington Road, the original location is by far the most popular, but the Columbia County location is just as good. Daily food and drink specials at both lunch and dinner endear the restaurants to locals, and their burger is one of the best in town.

601 N. Belair Rd., Evans

An Augusta favorite since 1986, this steakhouse recently expanded to Evans. They still serve the same great steaks, wings, seafood, ribs and chicken, though, with beer, wine and drinks to go with them. Want a little bit of decadence? Try the Tommy Fries, smothered in ranch, two kinds of cheeses and bacon.

Taj of India
502-7 Furys Ferry Road, Augusta

Taj of India opened in 2002 near the medical district. They’ve since moved to Martinez and, despite the change of venue, still attract a devoted following. A small but varied buffet gets diners in and out quickly during lunch, and dinner is served from their extensive menu of authentic cuisine.

Tako Sushi
1202 Town Park Lane, Evans

Far East meets Southwest at this eclectic spot that is the restaurant’s second location in the area. Both location feature owner Kevin Goldsmith’s distinctive vision and serve inventive Japanese and Mexican fare. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

South Augusta

2512 Peach Orchard Rd., Augusta

Augusta’s answer to the huge honky tonks in larger cities. Big acts, lots of bars and always packed during the tournament. This week, it’s Wet & Wild Wednesday on April 9; Joe Olds performing on April 11-12. They also offer free dance lessons on Friday and Saturday night from 8-9 p.m., is now a non-smoking establishment and there’s usually no cover before 9 p.m.

Road Runner Café
2508 Peach Orchard Rd., Augusta

A great place to hit up before going to Coyotes (the Road Runner is in front of the coyote… get it?) to grab some food (try one of their burgers). Also open for lunch, but Tuesday and Friday nights are the times to go because that’s when you can catch local favorite Steve Chappell.

Sconyers Bar-B-Que
2250 Sconyers Way, Augusta

You can’t miss the lounging pig sign from Bobby Jones Expressway, but getting to this restaurant at the top of the hill might prove a little more difficult than you thought. The roundabout trip is well worth it, though, when you experience former Augusta Mayor Larry Sconyers’ family recipes. Don’t know what hash is ? That’s okay. This concoction, sort of like Brunswick Stew served over rice, will win you over.

T’s Restaurant
3416 Mike Padgett Highway, Augusta

This seafood joint, straight out of most Georgians memories of childhood beach trips, is a little off the beaten path. But this sprawling restaurant, which locals make a pilgrimage to on weekend nights, is well worth the trip, if for nothing more than to take a gander at their Boat Load Salad Bar (shaped like a boat, of course). Open since 1946 and in its present location since 1952, T’s specializes in seafood but will cater to those who prefer that their food come from land as well. Even then, look for inventive dishes using quail and frog legs.

Villa Europa
3044 Deans Bridge Rd., Augusta

An Augusta institution since 1974, visit Pat for lunch or dinner for some of the best German and Italian food in the city. They also have a great bar area, with parties going on almost every night during Masters Week.

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