Wife Saver

Chicken Dinner | Meat-and-Three | Seafood
Worth a detour

Not to slight the fried chicken and fried shrimp, both of which are excellent, but half the fun of visiting a Wife Saver restaurant is everything else. In this legacy eatery from the mid 20th century, choosing a meal is delectable torment: so many tough decisions to make! First, there’s the basic choice of white or dark meat and how many pieces (not to mention gizzards or livers); or if you are going for shrimp, do you want bite-size or large? (I say large, by the dozen.)

Of course, it’s only right to begin with dense, salty pimento cheese. (For 15 years, Wife Savers pimento cheese was what made sandwiches at the Masters Tournament special.) The cheese is grand schmeared on buttery biscuits, but even if you do eat biscuits, it would be wrong not to also have some of the crunch-coated hushpuppies.  If you get the hushpuppies, which are deep-fried, does that preclude fried okra, fried onion rings, and French fries? I love what’s billed as broccoli casserole but is, in fact, cheese casserole with just enough broccoli to qualify as a vegetable. Likewise,  mac ‘n’ cheese not only includes an abundance of orange cheese clinging to the macaroni; it comes topped with grated cheese that is melting from the noodles’ heat. Turnip greens are smoky and intense; cinnamon apples are supersweet. And when it’s time to choose dessert, banana pudding is a must. But, then, so is lemon meringue pie.

Wife Saver is not really Roadfood. It is an efficient fast food operation of which there currently are six in the Augusta area. But I don’t hold that against it. When I find myself with a hankering for crisp-crusted fried chicken or summer-vacation fried shrimp or four-star pimento cheese and a plethora of classic southern side dishes served with alacrity at a fair price, a meal here makes me happy.

For addresses of the other Wife Savers, visit www.wifesaverrestaurants.com.

What to Eat
Wife Saver, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
A nice, under-$7 meal
Wife Saver, Pimento Cheese
Pimento Cheese
Legendary pimento cheese is a take-home item.
Wife Saver, Fried Shrimp
Fried Shrimp
Shrimp are sweet with a frail sheath of well-seasoned breading.
Wife Saver, Roast Chicken
Roast Chicken
Fried chicken stars; but roast chicken is comfort-food supreme.
Wife Saver, Banana Pudding
Banana Pudding
Banana pudding is forthright
Wife Saver, Broccoli Rice Casserole
Broccoli Rice Casserole
Broccoli-rice casserole, so richly infused with cheese
Wife Saver, Turnip Greens
Turnip Greens
Greens are potent veggies with a smoky undertone.
Wife Saver, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Noodles are plastered with cheese.
Wife Saver, Biscuits
Meals come with a choice of breads: cornbread, hushpuppies, or (pictured here) biscuits.
Wife Saver, Hushpuppies
Hush puppies have a wickedly crunchy exterior and moist, onion-sweet insides.
Wife Saver, Sauces
Wife Saver red sauce is slightly sweet with vinegar snap. Tartar sauce reminds me of curry (but likely is not).
Wife Saver, Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Stout, chunky mashed potatoes with flecks of skin
Wife Saver, Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli casserole, really is cheese casserole with broccoli.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday11am - 9pm
Monday11am - 9pm
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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