Eat Local

Little Guide promotes local businesses and introduces people to the best places to dine, shop, have fun and find local culture.

Augusta To Go
Augusta To Go

Augusta To Go is a locally-owned and operated restaurant delivery platform with a community-focused mission of “locals helping locals.” Owners, Trevor Dow and Lindsey Teague, are passionate about excellence in customer service and fostering partnership throughout the Greater Augusta Area. This passion is reflected in their company’s friendly, reliable service and in the relationships Augusta To Go builds with customers and restaurant partners, alike. Leveling the playing field, Augusta To Go makes it possible for customers to easily order delivery from beloved locally-owned [...]

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8595 & 6 South
8595 & 6 South

Chosen in 1923 to host Augusta’s welcoming banquet for President Warren G. Harding, the restaurants at the Partridge Inn boast a centuries-long legacy of culinary excellence. The newly redesigned 8595 is an upscale establishment where you can dine on contemporary Southern cuisine on the hotel’s main floor. 6 South, located on the rooftop of the Partridge Inn, provides the spectacular views of the city with the added benefit of a raw bar. [...]

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Abel Brown
Abel Brown Southern Kitchen & Oyster Bar

Renowned for its authentic approach to Southern cuisine, Abel Brown is a Southern kitchen and oyster bar located in Surrey Center. Originally a traditional folk ballad about the everyday man, Abel Brown has now become synonymous with modern cuisine delivered with the charm and tradition reserved for high company. Owner and chef Todd Schafer chose the name as a celebration of the restaurant’s blended cultural roots. [...]

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Augustino’s
Augustino’s

A truly unique establishment offering fine dining, a casual menu and bar, Augustino’s is located next to the Savannah River in the Augusta Marriott, with easy to access parking and within easy walking distance of downtown Augusta. Offering Prime steaks and Classic Italian cuisine with Southern inspiration, Augustino’s has received multiple rewards for its delicious menu, refined yet relaxed atmosphere, and outstanding service. [...]

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Boll Weevil
The Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery

The Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery is a cozy café known for its eclectic menu of more than 30 homemade desserts, homemade soups, as well as its Southern-inspired appetizers and entrees. The Boll Weevil offers an array of regional and Southern dishes for lunch and dinner, such as the fried green tomatoes, and shrimp and grits. Pair your meal with one of the Boll Weevil’s many wines, one of over 70 beers, or choose from a selection of Meads. [...]

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Buzzed Bull Creamery
Buzzed Bull Creamery

Buzzed Bull Creamery and Roll On In (check them out on page 40) are two unique brands rolled into one store. They focus on promoting a family friendly environment, a distinctive selection of ingredients and fast service. At this two-in-one restaurant, everyone can find something they like. Owners, Tracy and Ben Frey, are dedicated to creating a fun atmosphere where the community can come together and enjoy an exceptional experience. [...]

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Cantina Locale
Cantina Locale

The newest restaurant located in Daniel Village has a fresh new take on tacos with everything from Barbacoa, tuna, pork belly and may even feature grasshopper from time to time. Owned and operated by Heather Chancey, owner of Village Deli, Cantina Locale is opening its doors in late spring of 2020. [...]

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Doc’s Porchside
Doc’s Porchside

Jan Scholer, affectionately known by many as “Doc,” came to the States when he was 14. Following in the footsteps of his father, he worked as an endocrinologist. When he retired, he wanted to create a place for people to gather…and now we have Doc’s Porchside! For nearly 20 years, Doc and his family have provided gathering places for locals and vacationers alike. Doc’s son Daniel, who worked his way up in the business from bartender to owner, has now taken over for his parents. To say Daniel knows the place inside and out is an understatement. [...]

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Fat Man's Cafe and Catering
Fat Man's Cafe and Catering

The Usry family’s business roots run deep throughout Augusta. In the 1940’s, Horace Usry, The Fat Man, took over his father Darnell’s grocery store, changing the name from Sanitary Curb Market to Fat Man’s Corner, which eventually became the beloved Fat Man’s Forest. Brad Usry helmed the success of Fat Man’s Forest, and eventually opened Cotton Row Cafe, Fat Man’s Riverwalk, and Fat Man’s West. Havird – now the Vice President of Operations and Development – grew up in the Cotton Row Café and The Pit helping his dad or Grandmother, Carolyn Usry. The hands-on exposure to life in the kitchen fueled Hav’s passion of business and culinary arts. [...]

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Hey Honey! Cakery
Hey Honey! Cakery

Kelsie Mellott is a wife and a mom to three beautiful children. She’s also the owner of Hey Honey! Cakery. Kelsie began like many bakers—making goodies for friends and family. After expanding into parties and weddings— with complimentary reviews—she decided to turn her hobby into a business. She now works with an excellent team in her brand new bakery. [...]

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Inner Bean Café
Inner Bean Café

When they went on their second date, Fiona and Shane Lysse never suspected it would one day belong to them. The couple, who met in Augusta, fell in love with Inner Bean Café for its welcoming atmosphere, freshly roasted Batdorf & Bronson coffee, and home-baked goods. So, when the original owners put Inner Bean Café on the market in 2017, the couple decided to take the leap into the local coffee culture. [...]

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La Bonbonnière
La Bonbonnière

Belgian chocolate is among the finest chocolate in the world, and Augusta is lucky to have had its own artisan Belgian chocolatier since 2005. Opened by the wonderful Marie-Hélène, better known by her customers as Bébette, La Bonbonnière is the best smelling shop in Augusta and it houses some of the most delicious chocolates in the region. [...]

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Metro Coffeehouse & Pub
Metro Coffeehouse & Pub

Metro Coffeehouse & Pub is a perfectly quirky, endearing establishment, with an extensive track record of inviting all to enjoy its sweet treats, hot drinks and adult beverages. The much loved coffee house is a prominent feature of downtown, occupying the corner of 11th and Broad Street. Metro serves up high-end espresso and coffee based drinks (non-alcoholic or fully leaded), desserts, and of course, a full bar. The coffee selection is fantastic, as are the hand crafted blends, teas and more. Metro is not only a contemporary Coffeehouse & Pub, but it also puts its delicious baked goods at front and center. [...]

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Namaste Indian Street Food
Namaste Indian Street Food

Manoj Parameswaran has enjoyed more than 20 years progressively sharpening his skills in the kitchen, including time as chef for the Augusta National. A passion for great food, and developing a desire to manage the business behind serving food made the progression from chef to restaurant owner a natural one. While looking for a location to share his Indian heritage, Manoj realized the Evans area was ready for more ethnic flavors, and pursued the path to own his own place. Driving his need to succeed is his wife, Sujitha Manoj and their children, Nayan and Neha. [...]

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New Moon Café
New Moon Café

New Moon first opened its doors in Aiken in 1995. Since then, this family owned café has kept it fresh, funky and local. Seven days a week they serve up creative comfort food using fresh, honest ingredients from around the southeast. [...]

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Noble Jones
Noble Jones

Understated, elegant, welcoming and very Southern, Noble Jones is a nod to an English carpenter from Herefordshire. The original Noble Jones commanded Georgia’s Northern Company of Marines, became a Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives and eventually played a prominent role during the Revolution. Our Noble Jones, under the careful guidance of J.D. Wier, is located by the site of the Saturday Market at the river, a predominantly pedestrianized area – private, yet conveniently close to downtown. [...]

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Roll On In
Roll On In

Roll On In and Buzzed Bull Creamery (check them out on page 18) are two unique brands rolled into one store. They focus on promoting a family friendly environment, a distinctive selection of ingredients and fast service. At this two-in-one restaurant, everyone can find something they like. Owners, Tracy and Ben Frey, are dedicated to creating a fun atmosphere where the community can come together and enjoy an exceptional experience. [...]

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Rooted Coffeehouse
Rooted Coffeehouse

“Back home in Illinois, we did a lot of life in coffee shops. It’s where we built relationships,” said Heather Needles, who co-owns Rooted Coffeehouse with her daughter, Ali Kocher. “When we moved here almost five years ago, we were missing that aspect of daily life. We also saw that we were living in an ever-changing and diverse community that was used to doing daily life independently. [...]

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Salt + Marrow Kitchen
Salt + Marrow Kitchen

Salt + Marrow Kitchen’s Executive Chef, Dominic Simpson, prepares his signature entrees on a unique, artisanal, wood-fired grill, praised by top chefs throughout the country. The wood-fired grilling technique brings out a deliciously unique flavor to food prepared on it. T [...]

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Sno-Cap Drive-In
Sno-Cap Drive-In

This family-owned retro diner in North Augusta has been a part of the local community for more than 50 years. Now owned by the Usry family and part of the Fat Man’s Café Hospitality Group of restaurants, the diner has recently enjoyed a refreshing face-lift, bringing it back to life as a vibrant family restaurant and much loved local destination. The face-lift included renovating the drive in boxes, which can be used by customers who want to pull in and order from the comfort of their vehicle. [...]

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Soul City Pizza
Soul City Pizza

Where can you get pizza with soul? Only here in Augusta at Soul City Pizza. Located in a historic building where Mr. James Brown actually once performed, the very walls of the restaurant vibrate with his funky energy. The menu offers traditional pizzeria fare, like wings, salads, and pizza pies. [...]

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Southbound Smokehouse
Southbound Smokehouse

Southbound Smokehouse is an Augusta institution. When the opportunity arose to open a location in North Augusta, owners George Claussen and Brian Brittingham jumped at the chance. This wasn’t just any location… this was the new Riverside Village, literally on the banks of the Savannah at SRP Park in North Augusta. [...]

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The Solfood Kitchen
The Solfood Kitchen

Melanie Harvey is on a mission to make people fall in love with farm fresh soul food, or Sol Food, which means food from the sun. Opening The SolFood Kitchen fulfils her vision of establishing a community-driven, all-encompassing wellness café. From its name and concept, to the plates set in front of customers, The SolFood Kitchen promises a mosaic of global comfort foods in a cozy cafe setting that tends to the mind, body, and soul. [...]

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Ubora Coffee Roasters
Ubora Coffee Roasters

At Ubora Coffee Roasters, coffee is not intended to be casually consumed, but to be savored as a special experience. Ubora means excellence, as such, at Ubora excellence is brewed in every cup. This specialty coffee, roasted from imported, green coffee beans, is the freshest in town. [...]

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Village Deli
Village Deli

Located in one of the oldest shopping centers in the south, Daniel Village, The Village Deli is a neighborhood favorite and iconic Augusta hometown diner owned and operated by Heather Chancey. Heather, a longtime employee, purchased the Village Deli after devoting several years to the establishment. Its spacious dining areas and friendly bar offer a range of seating suitable for everything, from intimate dates to larger family dinners, and the atmosphere is always welcoming and friendly. [...]

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Whiskey Bar Kitchen
Whiskey Bar Kitchen

Founded by brothers Kenny and Bobby Morrison, Whiskey Bar Kitchen is deeply rooted in their rich family tradition of food spirits. Opening onto Broad Street, authentic Japanese cuisine and craft burgers anchor the menu of this casual restaurant. In addition to its flavorful food menu, Whiskey Bar Kitchen also offers an extensive array of hard-to-find whiskeys from the seven whiskey regions around the world. Featuring over 200 whiskeys and a full service bar, appealing to any discerning taste. [...]

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