Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery

Bakery | Eclectic
excellent
Worth a detour.
Michael Stern | April 13, 2017
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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.” Of course, 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. Continue reading

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.” Of course, 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.

Dishes to try
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Hummingbird Cake
Hummingbird Cake
Must-Try
Banana and pineapple and heaps of cream cheese frosting make hummingbird cake crazy-sweet.
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
Banana Chocolate Chip Cake
Must-Try
Chocolate buttercream is the icing on Boll Weevil's immense banana chocolate chip cake. The whipped cream is curiously watery, not up to the cake's high standards.
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Carrot Cake
Carrot Cake
Must-Try
A four-layer carrot cake gets loaded with massive amounts of cream cheese frosting, then will be topped with chopped pecans.
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Saltine
Saltine
Must-Try
Ordinary saltines, brushed with butter & garlic and sprinkled with herbs, become memorable soup companions.
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Perfect Chocolate Cake
Perfect Chocolate Cake
Must-Try
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
Must-Try
An amazing combo -- fire-roasted apples, carrots, and tomatoes -- make this sweet, fruity soup a Boll Weevil best dish.
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Curious George Sandwich
Curious George Sandwich
Boll Weevil's signature sandwich, the Curious George, contains turkey, spinach dip, and melted provolone cheese. The bread is house-baked honey wheat.
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Pimento cheese and applewood smoked bacon on house-baked sourdough is billed on the menu as "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
Potato chips or pasta salad accompanies sandwiches. The chips are boring. The pasta is good enough to be a main course.
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Tropical Dream Cake
Tropical Dream Cake
'Tropical Dream': Layers of coconut and pineapple cake are overwhelmed by a heavy shroud of cream cheese frosting
Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery, Shrimp & Grits
Shrimp & Grits
Buff shrimp with bits of ham and cheese-enriched gravy transcend the pale grits on which they're bedded.
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 and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
No
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