Edgefield Billiard Parlor

Hamburgers | Hot Dog | Pool Hall | Tavern
Worth a detour

In the Central Savannah River Area, billiard parlors and burgers go well together. Downtown Augusta has the raffish Sports Center pool hall with its mighty half-pound patties; across the river in Aiken, City Billiards touts “The Best Cheeseburger You’ll Ever Eat”; and just recently, I learned to love the burgers at the Edgefield Billiard Parlor in the historical town that has been the home of ten South Carolina governors.

It really is a billiard parlor, its walls covered with images of pocket-game practitioners and cues held in racks. Seating is either at a low counter up front, where customers have a view of the open kitchen and carry on conversations among themselves and the staff, or at tables back in the gaming area.

The menu is minimal: burgers, double burgers, cheeseburgers, double cheeseburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, chili dogs, and chicken tenders. Burgers, which are the kitchen’s pride, are fairly thin, making doubles a good idea; and they are cooked well enough that melted cheese and a full complement of condiments add welcome juiciness. For what they are — pool room burgers, which I would call a subset of lunch counter burgers — they are wonderful: beefy, greasy, crusty-edged, and satisfying in a mischievous way that the finest kobe beef cannot touch. No, they are not in the same league as pillowy gourmet burgers or even the semi-gourmet burgers that have become popular in trendy urban areas; but when the itch for one of these bad-ass boys strikes, Edgefield Billiard Parlor scratches it to a fare thee well.

Hot dogs are less wonderful, although they, too, have a wicked appeal when configured with chili, mustard, and crisp onions in a spongy soft bun. I wouldn’t likely come to this place just to eat hot dogs, but when I do come to eat burgers, I’ll always want a chili dog on the side.

What to Eat
Edgefield Billiard Parlor, Double Cheeseburger
Double Cheeseburger
Double cheeseburger with the works
Edgefield Billiard Parlor, Chili Dog
Chili Dog
Pool-hall chili dog
Edgefield Billiard Parlor, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Onion rings are all about the unctuous batter coat.
Directions and Hours
open now
Tuesday10:30am - 7pm
Wednesday10:30am - 7pm
Thursday10:30am - 9pm
Friday10:30am - 9pm
Saturday10:30am - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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