New Moon Cafe

Coffee House | Health Food | Sandwich Shop | Vegan-Friendly | Vegetarian
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Praise be to New Moon’s Low Country Gritz! Thick and creamy, flavored with a measure of chicken broth, infused with pimento cheese, and topped with coils of thinly-sliced ham, this warm bowl of breakfast – so rich, so comforting, and so utterly delicious – is reason enough to visit Aiken when you’re hungry. Another lure is New Moon’s Ricotta Jammy Toast, which is thick slices of baked-here bread toasted to fragile-crusted crispness spread with ricotta and topped with peach preserves. Also, there are muffins and croissants and wonderful cookies, including one bacon-chocolate chip cookie that is silly-savory-sweet delish.

At lunch, house bread is used for paninis with celebrity names. A sandwich of basil pesto, fresh tomato, and provolone is the Uncle Junior (from “The Sopranos”); Cajun turkey, cheddar and muenster cheeses with tomato and spinach leaves is the Dr. John; I am especially fond of the Cuban sandwich  named Tony Montana (Al Pacino in Scarface): pork, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard inside a length of hot, pressed-flat Cuban bread.

For a cadre of early bird customers, the New Moon Café is really more a coffee house than it is a restaurant. Starting at 7am (9 on Sunday), locals line up to drink four-star coffee (roasted at the MoonBeans storefront next door), including inky espresso and icy Mason jars of cold brew.

A friendly, laid-back place with a well-worn feel: countless bumper stickers, posters, and brochures for wallpaper; a bus-your-own table policy; staff that actually makes eye contact and sincerely interacts with customers; and diverse clientele that includes ladies and gents both dressed up and dressed down. At tables inside and out on the sidewalk, coffee hounds from all walks of life come to sit and sip, chat and chew, and take advantage of the fact that downtown Aiken offers free wi-fi to all.

Note: there are two other New Moon Cafes, one in Augusta, GA, at 936 Broad St. (706-823-2008), and at University Hospital in Augusta: 1350 Walton Way (706-288-3057).

What to Eat
New Moon Cafe, Low Country Grits
Low Country Grits
Must-Try
Creamy Low Country grits are hot enough to melt pimento cheese on top.
New Moon Cafe, Peach Ricotta Toast
Peach Ricotta Toast
Must-Try
Ricotta toast under a blanket of bright peach preserves
New Moon Cafe, Avocado Toast
Avocado Toast
Must-Try
Whole wheat toast is topped with avocado, sesame seeds, red pepper flakes, and a ribbon of sriracha
New Moon Cafe, Downtown Mess Augusta-Style
Downtown Mess Augusta-Style
Must-Try
Downtown Mess, Augusta-Style = pimento cheese grits, bacon, avocado, salsa, and hot sauce
New Moon Cafe, Beet Monster Smoothie
Beet Monster Smoothie
Must-Try
For all its fruit & local honey, the Beet Monster is surprisingly not too sweet.
New Moon Cafe, Quinoa Hash Browns
Quinoa Hash Browns
Must-Try
Kitchen-sink hash browns include quinoa, sausage, eggs & hot peppers.
New Moon Cafe, Smoked Salmon Bagel
Smoked Salmon Bagel
New Moon everything bagel sandwiches lox, cream cheese, red onion, dill & capers.
New Moon Cafe, Breakfast Bar
Breakfast Bar
New Moon's breakfast bar: oats, corn flakes, sunflower seeds, almonds, coconut, craisins, raisins, orange juice, butter, and maple syrup.
New Moon Cafe, Green Monster
Green Monster
Monstrous it may look, but the ‘Green Monster’ is as rich and satisfying as a milk shake.
New Moon Cafe, Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookie
Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookie
Chewy, chocolaty, cookie haloed by a bacon infusion
New Moon Cafe, Dixie Dog
Dixie Dog
Carolina Slaw Dogs are all beef with great chili.
New Moon Cafe, Tony Montana
Tony Montana
The Tony Montana is New Moon's Cuban sandwich.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 4pm
Monday8am - 4pm
Tuesday8am - 4pm
Wednesday8am - 4pm
Thursday8am - 4pm
Friday8am - 4pm
Saturday8am - 4pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
3 stops | 44 MILES | 1 hr 4 min

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Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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