Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery

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A week after the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club, waiters were wearing t-shirts that declared the Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery to be a place where “a big slice is a good thing.” The reference is not to the duffer’s banana ball; it is to the cafe’s layer cakes, which are outlandishly tall and portioned out in majestic, icing-laden triangles. Whether simple fresh strawberry cake or Seventh Heaven Chocolate Cake, which includes layers of white chocolate cheesecake and chocolate ganache, these slices are a dessert lover’s dream — the cake fresh and buttery, the icing thick and creamy. Strangely, whipped cream that decorates plates on which slices are served is watery stuff: second rate, not good enough to accompany these fine cakes.

Before tackling the 30-item dessert menu, which includes cheesecakes and pies as well as the lavish layer cakes, customers tuck into meals that range from sandwiches on house-baked bread to such southern icons as shrimp & grits, pimento cheeseburgers, and Cajun gumbo. There are salads galore — healthful as well as hearty, a soup menu that includes hoppin’ john, and several meat-free items for vegetarians. I’ve enjoyed a pimento grilled cheese sandwich with applewood-smoked bacon on toasty slices of house-baked sourdough bread as well as a turkey-spinach dip-provolone sandwich called Curious George. (George Harrison is the guy who opened the restaurant in 1990; his son runs it today.) The Curious George is made on honey-sweetened wheat bread that reminds me of King’s from Hawaii.

Boll Weevil is located along the city’s repurposed riverfront in what began as a warehouse in the heart of Augusta’s cotton row. To set the mood in its comfy-casual dining rooms, a sound system pipes out vintage mid-20th century rhythm & blues tunes from the likes of Ben E. King, Smokey Robinson, Martha and the Vandellas, and Augusta favorite son James Brown. In fact, the brick-paved street on which the restaurant is located, once called 9th Street, has been formally renamed James Brown Boulevard.

What to Eat
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Hummingbird Cake
Hummingbird Cake
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Banana & pineapple & heaps of cream cheese frosting make hummingbird cake crazy-sweet.
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
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Chocolate buttercream icing on banana chocolate chip cake
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake
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A four-layer carrot cake gets loaded with massive amounts of cream cheese frosting.
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Saltine
Saltine
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Saltines brushed with butter, garlic & herbs are memorable soup companions.
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Perfect Chocolate Cake
Perfect Chocolate Cake
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Brownies baked into a five layer chocolate cake thick with buttercream icing is Boll Weevil's definition of 'Perfect Chocolate Cake.'
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Roasted Apple Tomato Soup
Roasted Apple Tomato Soup
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An amazing fruity combo -- fire-roasted apples, carrots, and tomatoes
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Curious George Sandwich
Curious George Sandwich
Curious George sandwich: turkey, spinach dip, & melted provolone on honey wheat bread
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Pimento cheese and applewood smoked bacon on house-baked sourdough: "Grown Up Grilled Cheese."
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes
Buttery fried green tomatoes arrive with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar on their crisp coat.
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Pasta Salad
Pasta Salad
Pasta salad to accompany a sandwich
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Tropical Dream Cake
Tropical Dream Cake
'Tropical Dream': Layers of coconut and pineapple cake overwhelmed by cream cheese frosting
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Shrimp & Grits
Shrimp & Grits
Buff shrimp with bits of ham and cheese-enriched gravy atop pale grits
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, House Salad
House Salad
Optional wasabi vinaigrette has a bright personality on the house salad.
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Jambalaya
Jambalaya
Jambalaya: Chicken, shrimp, andouille sausage, and ham add up to a mighty meal.
Directions and Hours
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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