Excellent | Worth a Detour
Edgefield Pool Room | Pool Room Hamburgers
Review by: Michael Stern
Burgers + Billiards in the CSRA
In the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA), billiard parlors and burgers go well together. Downtown Augusta boasts the raffish Sports Center pool hall with its mighty grilled patties and four-star onion rings. Across the river in Aiken, City Billiards touts “The Best Cheeseburger You’ll Ever Eat” and Rack & Grill III promises hand-pattied half-pounders. Up in the historic town of Edgefield (home of 10 governors), the Edgefield Pool Room has delivered beautiful pool room hamburgers for more than half a century. Just recently, new owners spiffed it up, added new sidewalk tables for al fresco dining and a sidewalk take-out window. If anything, the burgers — made from Ole Edgefield Butcher Shop ground chuck — surpass what they used to be.
What Makes this Pool Hall Burger Special?
The burgers are pattied thin. That makes doubles a good idea and triples not completely insane. The grill chef cooks them well enough that melted cheese and a full complement of condiments add welcome juiciness. For what they are — pool room hamburgers, which I would call a subset of lunch counter hamburgers — they earn high marks. Beefy, greasy, and crusty-edged, they satisfy in a mischievous way. No, they don’t compete with pillowy gourmet burgers. And they stake a place very different from the semi-gourmet burgers selling for about $10 in trendy urban areas. They inhabit a league of their own. When the itch for one of these bad-ass boys strikes, Edgefield Pool Room scratches it to a fare thee well. The finest kobe beef cannot touch it.
Don’t Forget the Chili Dogs
Beyond pool room hamburgers, doubles and triples, you will find chicken tenders and BLTs. Hot dogs pack wicked appeal when configured with chili (house made), slaw (also house made), mustard, and crisp onions in a spongy soft bun. Even if you’re not a burger fan but you do like Dixie dogs, put these well-constructed wieners on your eating itinerary of the Deep South.
Yes, you really can play pool here. The new management removed two of three pool tables to make room for more seating. TVs now hang overhead. The one remaining pool table generally opens for play after the lunch rush. Decor now includes clippings and photos that document the pool room’s history as well as odes to local teams. To eat like a regular, find a seat at the low counter up front. Here, enjoy a view of the open kitchen and carry on conversations with other eaters and staff. For more secluded meals, head back to tables in the gaming area.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 7:00 PM
- Thursday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|