Grill Reign

Hamburgers | Pool Hall | Soul Food
Worth a detour
Michael Stern | January 01, 2019

It is easy not to notice The Grill Reign when you drive past it on the old two-lane to Augusta. It’s set back from the road, signage is minimal, and the building itself is plain. But if you seek a good hamburger, crisp-edged and gravy-smothered pork chops, or fried chicken made to order and served with extraordinary hospitality, this is a place you want to find.

One step in the door and the forlorn location is forgotten in a large room arrayed with six well-kept pool tables, a long bar (for eats, not drinks), and table napery suited for a posh wedding. You have entered a restaurant with a unique personality and a menu full of promise.

Full of promise? Yes, consider French fry opportunities. The fries themselves are good ones — irregular cuts that vary from crisp to creamy. There are umpteen ways to get them: topped with chili, chili & cheese, cheese & bacon, shrimp & cheese, Philly steak, jalapeno peppers, or bacon, lettuce & tomato. Loaded fries come smothered with some of everything, including clumps of hamburger and a scattering of sauteed peppers and onions.

Likewise, hamburger options are an epic roster that includes a dozen different cheeses, grilled vegetables, eggs, BBQ sauce, and even pancakes. The shrimpburger is a tour de force in which texture is as provocative as as flavor, the svelte shrimp contrasting so dramatically with rugged beef, the two separated by silky cheese and slippery caramelized onions. Bun choices include white, wheat, a French roll, and a taco (hard or soft).

The burgers themselves are thick, hand-pattied rounds cooked through but still juice-oozing — excellent even without any of the outlandish toppings. When you ask for one all the way, it comes with a virtual salad of crisp lettuce, tomato, and onion, plus mustard and mayo. On a bun that’s impeccably fresh, it’s a winning package.

The Grill Reign’s stretch of road is not a merry one, but chef and proprietor Pam Hall infuses her restaurant with charm that makes coming here and eating here the highlight of a day. “I know we’re a hole in the wall,” she tells me. “That’s why I do what I can to make it special. A clean business, a friendly smile, and good food are what really matter.”

What to Eat
Grill Reign, Cheeseburger
Piled-high cheeseburger, all the way
Grill Reign, Bacon Cheese Fries
Bacon Cheese Fries
Good fries, smothered under cheese & bacon
Grill Reign, Loaded Fries
Loaded Fries
Loaded fries with cheese, bacon, shrimp & veggies
Grill Reign, French Fries
French Fries
All the toppings are great. But plain French fries are swell, too.
Grill Reign, Shrimp Burger
Shrimp Burger
Grilled Shrimpburger. Fried or BBQ shrimp also are available.
Grill Reign, Smothered Pork Chops
Smothered Pork Chops
Pork chops, crisp fried and smothered with potent onion gravy
Grill Reign, Sweet Tea
Sweet Tea
(Very) sweet tea comes with Flexi-straw.
Grill Reign, Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes hum with cinnamon.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday11am - 8pm
Tuesday11am - 8pm
Wednesday11am - 8pm
Thursday11am - 8pm
Friday11am - 8pm
Saturday11am - 8pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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