The Best Places to Eat in Augusta, Georgia

by Michael Stern

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Must Eats


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.



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.


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.


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

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.