Beamie’s really is where its name says — at the River, just yards from the water and a block off Broad Street, which is downtown Augusta’s main drag. It is a sleeves-up, easy-going eatery with a dark-tavern interior as well as a broad enclosed patio with picnic-style accommodations.
The menu is mostly seafood, a familiar roster of shrimp, flounder, oysters, catfish, grouper, scallops, and crab cakes, plus snow crab legs. All but the legs are available as platters (with two sides) and baskets (with one side). Or you can have your chosen fish po-boy style in a hoagie roll with lettuce and tomato. Just about everything can be had fried, grilled, or blackened. I’ve especially enjoyed grilled shrimp, which are double-mouthful plumpies that go very well with a half-pound sirloin steak to become a Sunday surf & turf special. Fried Apalachicola oysters are big, judiciously seasoned, and marine-sweet. Grouper is best grilled, as blackening tends to dry out the meat and overwhelm its mild flavor.
For fish frowners, there are burgers, Cuban sandwiches, pulled pork, Philly steaks of beef or chicken, and wings.
Beamie’s is a particularly good place to drink, its beverage menu including plenty of domestic and imported beers as well as balls-out cocktails. The Beamie’s special, for instance, is vodka, gin, rum, tequila, Triple Sec, Amaretto, pineapple juice, orange juice, cranberry juice, sour apple, and grenadine! There are funky monkeys made with coconut rum, Augusta lemonade made with peach tea vodka, strawberry peach sangria, and a zesty oyster shooter that is a raw one, Zing Zang bloody Mary mix, hot sauce, and vodka in a spice-rimmed oversize shot glass.
The dessert menu is minimal — a few cheesecakes — but if you leave Beamie’s with a ravening sweet tooth, be aware that you are right around the corner from The Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, where outlandish layer cakes are a specialty.