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Casual Seafood at Rhinehart’s

If you love seafood, Rhinehart’s is the place for you! When you first pull into the parking lot and walk into the restaurant, you won’t see your typical restaurant decor.

Instead of your typical tables and chairs, you have picnic tables which have been signed by many of the customers that have eaten at Rhinehart’s (if you’ve got a pen, sign your name too!). The atmosphere is very laid back and  is one of Augusta’s hidden treasures. For an appetizer, or as they call them “Serious Snacks”, you must try the Fried Cheese Triangles. They are to die for.

If you like spicy foods then you should try the Spicy Boiled Shrimp, which you can get with or without the spice, and is served with hot butter. One of my favorites is the shrimp basket, there are also combo baskets if you like to mix and match. If you’re in town on a Tuesday or Saturday night, go and get fresh Alaskan Snow Crab legs for $8.99 a pound! They have a variety of seafood and will cook to order.

Rhinehart’s is a must for locals and visitors!

Rhinehart’s Website

Two locations:

3051 Washington Rd.
Augusta, Ga. 30907
706-860-BEER (2337)
Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – Midnight
Sunday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

305 North Bel Air Rd.
Evans, Ga. 30809
706-868-6850
Sunday – Thursday 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday and Saturday – 11 a.m. – Midnight

Family Reunion Planning Workshop

Family reunions are great fun, and great for family relationships. We know, because Augusta has played host to reunions large and small for generations.

And over the years, we’ve learned a lot about what makes them work—from hotel proposals to welcome packets to ideas for activities.

Join “Cousin” Michelle Bovian from the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau for a workshop that will help make your reunion in Augusta the best ever. The workshop is free, but reservations are required.

Watch Video to learn what you’ll get to do during the 2012 family reunion planning workshop.

To register, call the Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau at (706) 823-6600 ext: 226

Family Reunion Planning Workshop

Saturday, February 4 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

at the Kroc Center: 1833 Broad Street

Soul Food & Sweet Tea

I don’t know about you, but I get so tired of having lunch at the same places every day. I need something different than the daily grind of drive-thru windows and fast food. So today, I decided to take a friend’s advice and try somewhere different; a place that I was told had heart and soul. Soul food that is!


Cafe 209 on the River cannot be beat. They have authentic, southern style dishes that are made fresh to order, no fast food found here! I started out by ordering a glass of sweet tea. While sipping on my sweet tea and scanning the menu of delicious choices I realized that this was the best sweet tea I’d ever had! It was sweet, ice cold and the perfect strength. It was amazing, but be careful, a little addictive as well!


Among all the delicious choices of fried or baked chicken, fried fish, meatloaf, smothered or fried pork chops the choice was a difficult one. I decided to try the fried pork chops, and I was blown away. It was a large, boneless pork chop with just the right amount of breading. With my meal I was able to choose two sides among the choices of fried okra, mac-n-cheese, collard green, candied yams, lima beans. rice and gravy and more. I chose the mac-n-cheese and the collard green, both scrumptious!

If you have not tried Cafe 209 by the River yet, I highly recommend it. It is affordable – you can eat a daily special and also order a drink for under $10. They also have indoor and outdoor seating by Augusta’s beautiful Riverwalk!

Cafe 209 by the River
4 Eighth Street
Next to the Bulkhead entrance of Augusta’s Riverwalk
(706) 722-9692

Is that a Pink House?

Comfort food – we all crave it when the weather gets cool. For me, comfort food is classic Southern dishes like a super cheesy mac n’ cheese or crunchy fried chicken.

I found all this and more at the Chef’s House. When you drive down Walton Way, you can’t miss the bright pink house-turned-restaurant.

This small (cozy small, not cramped small) restaurant is dripping with Southern charm. The owners and their son (who is absolutely the brightest and best server I’ve ever had) greet you like family. After you’ve been taken to a table, you head straight for the buffet.

This is not your average chain buffet – you know, the kind that offers 150 ho-hum dishes that all taste the same. There’s no frills – just straightforward, well seasoned, perfectly cooked dishes. True to my comfort food cravings, I got the fried chicken with green beans, mac n’ cheese and cornbread- and it was all delicious! And you can’t leave without trying the peach cobbler!   

The Chef’s House

Hours of Operation: Mon – Fri. 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. By reservation on Saturday

1729 Walton Way 

(706) 771-1132

I heart New Moon (No, not the movie)

Once upon a time, a hippie fell in love with a foodie. They had a baby and called it the New Moon Café. OK—maybe that’s how I like to picture it in my head. But seriously, if you have never tried what The New Moon Café has to offer, you’re leading a deprived life.

When I started working in Augusta, I didn’t have time to eat much more than cereal before work. That got real old, real quick. Enter New Moon Café. My first time there was the end of May, and even though it was only 8 a.m., it was already warm outside, so I didn’t exactly want a steaming bowl of grits. Thankfully, they offer build your own smoothies. Now, I’m not going to say that they put crack in those smoothies to reel you back in for more, but I WILL say that I was at New Moon almost every morning for the next two weeks to get one.

What I love the most is the atmosphere. It’s really laid back and the art that covers the wall is made by local artists and is all for sale, so it rotates pretty often. I love going in to see what’s up and who made it and listen to people argue over what they think it is or isn’t. Sit outside and people watch, sit inside on the couch in the window and let people watch you or do the normal thing and sit at a table.

The kitchen staff loves fresh local produce, so there’s a pretty good chance that whatever you get will be grown regionally. They also bake cookies (Chocolate Chip and Bacon will change how you feel about ordinary chocolate chip cookies), bread, quiches and muffins. And they make all the soups and specials daily.

My latest addiction is the Uncle Junior. They say it’s a Panini made with fresh tomato, pesto and provolone cheese. I say it’s the best melt-y Italian-y sandwich you’ll ever eat. But that’s just me. (p.s. The picture above is NOT an Uncle Junior, I ate all of it before I could take a picture. That’s a La Fawnduh – it’s a grown up grilled cheese that also happens to be delicious with a cup of hot soup.)

You can roll your eyes and say I’m exaggerating. Or you can go see for yourself. Just be careful, or you might end up with me at some “anonymous” meeting introducing yourself: “Hi, my name’s Ashton and I’m addicted to smoothies and Uncle Juniors from New Moon Café.”

New Moon Café

1002 Broad Street, Augusta Ga

(706) 823-2008

http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-New-Moon-Cafe/461891810716

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