Excellent | Worth a Detour
Beamie’s at the River | Seafood & Drinks | Augusta, GA
Review by: Michael Stern
Riverside Jewel in the Rough
Find Beamie’s just where its name says — at the Savannah River. Broad Street (downtown Augusta’s main drag) and the waterfront book-end it. Don’t dress fancy to come here. Roll up your sleeves. Take a seat in the easy-going dark-tavern interior or on a broad enclosed patio with picnic-style accommodations. Prepare to enjoy southern seafood and drinks with abandon.
As befits the location, seafood dominates. Just about any piscatorial craving will find satisfaction. Shrimp, flounder, oysters, catfish, grouper, scallops, crab cakes, and snow crab legs populate the menu. All but legs come as platters (with two side dishes) or baskets (with one side). Or ask to have your chosen fish po-boy style in a hoagie roll with lettuce and tomato. The kitchen fries, grills, or blackens just about everything it serves. I especially enjoy grilled shrimp, which are double-mouthful plumpies. They make a great companion for a half-pound sirloin steak to become a Sunday surf & turf special. Grouper is good grilled, as blackening tends to dry out the meat and overwhelm its mild flavor.
Oyster lovers sit down for raw ones by the dozen. They are among the best around. Fried oysters are judiciously seasoned and marine-sweet — especially good in season, somewhat flavor-bashful in the summer.
Fish frowners avail themselves of burgers, Cuban sandwiches, pulled pork, Philly steaks of beef or chicken, or wings. If you seek something complex, spoon into Beamie’s gumbo. Its spices sing a bright Cajun melody of chicken, sausage, shrimp, okra, and spice.
Those who like seafood with drinks — or just drinks — find Beamie’s most hospitable. The beverage menu boasts a nice population of domestic and imported beers as well as balls-out cocktails. The Beamie’s special, for instance, delivers a swirl of vodka, gin, rum, tequila, Triple Sec, Amaretto, pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, sour apple, and grenadine! Coconut rum powers funky monkeys. Augusta lemonade derives its kick from peach tea vodka. If you love oysters, gulp a zesty oyster shooter. For that one, a large, spice-rimmed shot glass holds a raw one, Zing Zang bloody Mary mix, hot sauce, and vodka.
Don’t come for great dessert. You can have an acceptable cheesecake. But if you leave Beamie’s with a nagging sweet tooth, I advise you walk around the corner to The Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, where outlandish layer cakes set records for height, butteriness, and sweetness.
Directions & Hours
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|