The Best Places to Eat in Augusta, Georgia

by Michael Stern
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Like the city itself, the restaurants of Augusta, Georgia, are astonishingly diverse. From cutting-edge dinner at award-winning Frog Hollow Tavern to an old-time family barbecue at the legendary Perry’s Pig, and from a pool hall with fantastic hamburgers (Sports Center) to a church-supper cafeteria (Honey From the Rock Cafe [just across from the Augusta National Golf Club]), the dining options are boundless. No food-focused visit is complete without a sandwich at Hildebrandt’s, a German deli that’s been around since 1879; and it’s a must to partake of a BBQ feast at the veritable smoke-house theme park known as Sconyer’s. If you’re vegan, there’s one-of-a-kind Humanitree House; if you’ve got a raging sweet tooth, no cakes are more magnificent than those at Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery; and for the best Mexican food in Dixie, astound your mouth at Taqueria el Rey.

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Honey From the Rock Cafe

Serving Dixie cafeteria fare with spiritual purpose, Augusta's Honey from the Rock is known for baked chicken, crispy corn fritters, and peach ice cream.

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Frog Hollow Tavern

Local, seasonal, organic: Augusta's Frog Hollow Tavern does it right. Shrimp & grits are kaleidoscopic; strawberry shortcake is topped with fresh whipped cream.

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Perry’s Pig

At this hidden Augusta BBQ, chopped pork sandwiches are garnished with succulent bits of crisp cracklin: one of the great smoke-pit sandwiches anywhere.

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Sports Center

Half-pound hamburgers and hand-breaded onion rings are excellent edibles in the Sports Center, a timeworn billiards parlor / bar on Augusta's Broad Street.

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Hildebrandt’s

Hildebrandt's is a charming a 19th century Augusta grocery store that makes tall sandwiches and carries many hard-to-find candies, sodas, and nick-nacks.

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Sconyer’s

In Augusta's landmark BBQ theme restaurant, well-mannered BBQ is served by friendly waitresses in peasant garb. Sconyer's is huge, as are its portions.

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Humanitree House

Humanitree's vegan menu includes sandwiches as well as cold-pressed juices & smoothies with superfood add-ins. Its vibe is laid-back, artistic, counter-culture.

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Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery

Huge layer cakes rule at Boll Weevil, a stylish cafe by Augusta's waterfront where fine southern fare shares menu space with modern salad, soup & sandwiches.

Taqueria El Rey
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Taqueria El Rey

A splendid taste of Mexican food in a ho-hum shopping center, Taqueria El Rey does it all from scratch, and does it brilliantly. It's also a butcher shop.