Open for 23 years, Augustino’s is a fusion of Italian cuisine and an American steakhouse, with a twist of Southern flavour. The menu is designed by Chef Laponzina, whose Italian background influences his choice of ingredients, which are sourced from local, regional and emerging producers to guarantee freshness and quality. He has also introduced in-house preparation of cured meats and pickled vegetables. Steak is one of the highlights of the menu, with their beef undertaking a 21-day aging program, resulting in great flavour and tenderness. However, there are other options for diners, such as appetisers of fried calamari or lobster and artichoke fonduta, main courses like stuffed manicotti, and chicken and broccoli alfredo, all finished off with desserts such as flourless chocolate torte, and Augustino’s famous ‘Road to Augusta’ ghiardelli double-chocolate brownie, with bourbon and burnt sugar ice cream. Topped off with an impressive wine and cocktail list, Augustino’s is definitely one to visit in Augusta.
Located in Augusta’s riverfront area, near the Riverwalk park and Amphitheatre, Boll Weevil is a cosy and eclectic café with an extensive menu of over 30 desserts. The name derives from a boll weevil, which is a cotton-eating bug, and is a reference to the building’s original function as a cotton warehouse in the 1870s. Nowadays, Boll Weevil is renowned for is sumptuous desserts and cakes, washed down with a cup of hot coffee or tea. All the sweet treats in this café are baked in-house, resulting in fresh and quality eats, and a number of awards and accolades, including ‘Best Desserts’ by Augusta Magazine. Popular choices include the classic red velvet cake, and the glutinous Seventh Heaven cake, comprising layers of dark chocolate and butter cream icing. Sweet eats are not the only food on the menu: Boll Weevil also serves up meals for lunch and dinner, such as fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, all accompanied by a vast selection of wine by the glass or bottle.
Boll Weevil, 10 South Ninth St, Augusta, Georgia, USA, +1 706 7227772
For an ambient and upscale dining experience, the place to visit is Craft and Vine, one of Augusta’s newest restaurants. A sister venue to Farmhaus Burger and Frog Hollow Tavern, Craft and Vine exemplifies a similar level of quality and success as its counterparts. Freshly oven-baked wood fired pizzas, perfectly grilled meats, and delicious shaken and stirred cocktails are the staple of this cultural eatery. Tucked away on Broad Street in downtown Augusta, Craft and Vine mixes old with new, with their décor a fusion of antique wood, sleek chrome and art deco. There are also a number of house rules, including the mantras ‘Be adventurous’ and ‘Don’t even think about asking for a Cosmo … try something new’. With their impressive selection of cocktails, beers, wines and liquors, it is no surprise that Craft and Vine is growing in popularity due to its relaxed and speak-easy style.
Craft and Wine, 1204 Broad St, Augusta, Georgia, USA, +1 706 4968442
No ordinary burger joint, Farmhaus Burger is the home of delicious gourmet burgers in Augusta. Made from local, fresh and organic ingredients, the menu features a wide variety of unusual and unique burger feasts, such as a bison burger with cabernet grilled onions, an organic turkey burger with spicy sriracha sauce, and, for vegetarians, the organic Sea Island red pea veggie burger. Furthermore, Farmhaus Burgers can be served on gluten-free buns, meaning everyone can enjoy a distinctive burger experience at this eatery. There is a wide range of sides and snacks to accompany your patty, from haus red bean chilli with shredded Georgia red cheese, to sweet potato tater tots, and hotdogs made with humanely raised beef. This burger boutique also serves draught beers and craft cans, as well as shakes and floats with booze, for an added kick. For burger-lovers everywhere, Farmhaus Burger is the place to try in Augusta.
Farmhaus Burger, 1204 Broad St, Augusta, Georgia, USA, +1 706 4968771