Eat Local

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

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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Bottom Line Bakery
Bottom Line Bakery

Imagine a delicately designed and crafted cake making its grand debut at your wedding, birthday, or event. Envision the treat of sitting down to a warm fresh croissant on a Sunday afternoon. This and more is reality at Bottom Line Bakery & Café. A boutique bakery nestled in the heart of Evans, owned and operated by Food Network award-winning Chef Kelsey Lucius. This local gem is [...]

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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. 8595 Restaurant & Bar is an upscale establishment where you can dine on contemporary Southern cuisine on the hotel’s second floor. Six South, located on the rooftop of the Partridge Inn, provides spectacular views of the city with the added benefit of delicious dining and a full service bar. [...]

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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 awards for its delicious menu, refined yet relaxed atmosphere, and outstanding service. [...]

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Boll Weevil
The Boll Weevil Café and Sweetery

There is really no place else like the Boll Weevil. And it’s been that way for nearly 30 years. For instance, if you’re walking around downtown or on the riverwalk, and you are seized by the desire for something sweet, just pop in and get a gigantic dessert fresh from the case. It’s one of the best little treats of pedestrian life downtown. [...]

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Brinkley’s Chop House

When a steak is what you want, and you are particular about quality, the Augusta area has a new place that will change your dining habits. Founders Terry and Cim Brinkley had the goal of bringing a fine dining steakhouse to North Augusta. Thus Brinkley’s Chop House was created. Brinkley’s Chop House is a curated New American steakhouse: multiple lines of beef which have been tried and evaluated [...]

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Cantina Locale
Cantina Locale

If you love Mexican-style food, but are growing weary of the usual places, why not give yourself a real treat, and add a new place to your restaurant rotation? Conveniently located in Daniel Village, the Cantina Locale offers an extensive selection of delightful tastes. Ghost pepper cheese nachos, smoked brisket tacos (which must be tasted to be fully appreciated), pork belly, and mahi fish tacos are just a sampling of the taste-bud-exploding menu items. It is all part of Cantina Locale’s commitment to a “fresh-mex” spin on the fare found in most restaurants. [...]

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Doc’s Porchside
Doc’s Porchside

Let’s look at a sampling of the menu: Redneck Egg Rolls; NOLA Baked Oysters; Pork Belly Burnt Ends; Crawfish Dip; Shrimp and Grits; Mac and Cheese Skillets. You may well be on your way to either of Doc’s Porchside locations already. There are many other choices—southern-inspired dishes, shareable appetizers, burgers, flatbreads. Options are not a problem at Doc’s. They have a popular brunch, [...]

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Dolce Darlin’
Dolce Darlin’

Since Dolce Darlin’ opened in late 2020, it has been named “Best Cupcakes in Georgia” in 2021 and 2022 by Georgia Business Journal. Originally opening in Vicenza, Italy, in 2012 as a hobby business, they have flourished in Augusta. After a family tragedy left Cat Musgrove and her children with no income, they took a leap of faith and opened Dolce Darlin’ bakery. [...]

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

The Usry family’s business roots run deep in Augusta. In the 1940s, Horace Usry—the original “Fat Man”—took over his father’s grocery store and changed the name to Fat Man’s Corner. This eventually became the wellloved Fat Man’s Forest which sold gifts and seasonal decor. Horace’s son, Brad, drove Fat Man’s Forest and Fat Man’s Chow to success in the ‘80s, and this eventually led him to open his first of many restaurants, Cotton Row Café. [...]

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Goat Kick Coffee
Goat Kick Coffee

“Is this heaven? No, it’s Goat Kick Coffee.” The Goat Kick concept began twelve years ago. Natalie Jacobs was working from home, while her husband, Jeremy, trained at Ft. Gordon with John Bojescul. She missed a coffee shop back home in Ohio. It wasn’t the moment to act, but the idea was born. [...]

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Inner Bean Café
Inner Bean Café

When they went on their second date at Inner Bean Café, 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 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

For the unusual human being who likes chocolate (just kidding!), La Bonbonnière is home base. Since opening in 2005, BeBette Smith’s devoted following has grown steadily. She has been located in the same center at 231 Fury’s Ferry Road, but has moved twice to accommodate space needs. Draw your own conclusions from that fact. [...]

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Laziza Mediterranean Grill
Laziza Mediterranean Grill

Laziza—an Arabic phrase meaning “delicious”—is a local eatery serving Mediterranean-style lunches and dinners. Now serving at two locations—its original in the heart of Evans on Washington Road, and its newest on Broad Street in downtown Augusta, Laziza is pioneering the way for greater diversity on the local restaurant scene. Pleasing customers since 2011, this family-owned and operated Mediterranean Grill has been warmly received by the community, and its popularity continues to grow as more people enjoy its authentic approach to fresh food, fast. [...]

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McNeely’s Place Restaurant
McNeely’s Place Restaurant

Nestled in a 108-year old charming home in smalltown North Augusta, right across the 13th Street bridge, you will find McNeely’s Place. Owner Julie McNeely wants you to feel like you have walked back in time to grandma’s house, where she is in the kitchen cooking up your favorite southern staples with love. You will immediately be greeted with friendly smiles and amazing smells from the kitchen. McNeely’s Place has a welcoming family feel, that you don’t find at many places anymore. [...]

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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 coffeehouse is a prominent feature of downtown, occupying the corner of 11th and Broad Streets. 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 front and center. [...]

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Nacho Mama’s
Nacho Mama’s

If you are not new to Augusta, no introduction is necessary for Nacho Mama’s. It is one of the dining institutions of the CSRA. After nearly three decades at the same location in Augusta, “Nacho’s” has been central to the downtown renaissance. Owner Barry Blackston believes two things have allowed this Tex Mex restaurant to flourish: fresh, inexpensive food bursting with flavor; and a diligent staff that makes you feel like a regular on your first visit. Of course, you already knew that, unless you have only recently arrived, or have not been eating out for the past 25 years. [...]

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Noble Jones
Noble Jones

Named to honor the English carpenter who plotted the first 41 lots and center square of fledgling Augusta, Georgia in 1736, Noble Jones is a mainstay of downtown fine dining establishments. (It should be noted that Jones became Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives, and eventually played a significant role in the Revolutionary War.) [...]

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Pineapple Ink Tavern
Pineapple Ink Tavern

In 2022 Pineapple Ink Tavern was reimagined, paying homage to the Cuban heritage of owner Allan Soto. With bright colors, Instagram-worthy features, and artwork of important places from Soto’s life, the team transformed the space along with the menu. Now the tavern has a decidedly Little Havana vibe. “Being in Augusta, it’s a good two-to-three hour drive to go anywhere for decent Cuban food, unless my family and I are making it. So we said, let’s bring that Cuban cuisine here,” Soto says. [...]

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Rooted Coffeehouse
Rooted Coffeehouse

After relocating to Evans, GA from rural central Illinois in 2016, Heather Needles + Ali Kocher (mother + daughter, and co-owners of Rooted Coffeehouse) were eager to plant roots in their new community. “In Illinois, we did a lot of life in locally owned coffee shops. It’s where we connected with our people. Many of life’s joys and sorrows have been shared with a coffee in hand and tucked around a table at our favorite local shops,” says Heather. “In Evans, we were looking for a way to personally connect and offer a place for others to foster relationships in this ever-growing and diverse community. [...]

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Salt + Marrow Kitchen
Salt + Marrow Kitchen

Salt + Marrow Kitchen’s Executive Chef, Dominic Simpson, prepares his signature entrèes 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. Throughout the meal, enjoy your favorite cocktails and their selection of fine wines by the glass or bottle. Start your dining experience with a savory selection of small plate appetizers. Then, relish mouth-watering main course options such as steak, seafood, lobster, pork chops and more. For small groups, Salt + Marrow Kitchen offers a private dining room that seats up to 20 guests. [...]

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Señor Mezcal
Señor Mezcal

When Abimael Lagunes and Roller Velázquez decided to bring their dream to a reality, they knew they had to create something different than Columbia County had ever seen in other Mexican restaurants. It’s apparent that they did just that with Señor Mezcal. The restaurant embodies new ideas about Mexico and its culture. The interior boasts a black and white theme with large bright, bold and colorful murals created by local young art students. [...]

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

This retro diner in North Augusta, SC 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, the diner has recently enjoyed a refreshing facelift, bringing it back to life as a vibrant family drive-in and much loved local destination. You’ll even find renovated 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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The Solfood Kitchen
The Solfood Kitchen

Melanie Harvey is on a mission to make people fall in love with farm fresh soul food, or SolFood, which means food from the sun. The SolFood Kitchen fulfills her vision of establishing a community-driven, all-encompassing wellness café. From its name and concept to the seasonal 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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Southbound Smokehouse
Southbound Smokehouse

Southbound Smokehouse is an Augusta institution. When the opportunity arose to open a location in North Augusta, the owners 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. It was a perfect match. Excellent drinks and award-winning food to go with an evening of baseball, revelry and all other kinds of riverfront fun. When the doors opened, the customers flooded in. [...]

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Village Deli
Village Deli

Located in Daniel Village, one of the oldest shopping centers in the south, 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. 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 and spirits. 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, the full service bar appeals to any discerning taste. [...]

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Wild Sugar
Wild Sugar

Mother of two, realtor and now small business owner, Haley Smallwood, knows the importance of family. So when given the opportunity to buy Wild Sugar in April of 2022 she couldn’t say no. Haley wanted a place for families to enjoy the sweeter side of life. After a degree from UGA, a career in real estate and a husband and two kids, Haley found herself back where her roots were meant to be, in Columbia County, where she herself grew up. [...]

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