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Fried Cornbread as Big as Your Head

I am a big fan of the “meat and three” type of place. If you are not from the South that means – you have your entrée plus three side dishes. Today I went to Honey from the Rock for my meat and three. As you walk in the door, you are greeted by a smiling face, which was great because she handed me a menu and explained how to order. Okay – it is not that difficult, but it is always nice in a new place to have a little help. I got the fried pork chop (the meat) and squash, sweet potato casserole, and fried cornbread (the three).

It was funny, when they asked what bread – I asked about my choices. I was floored when she mentioned my final choice as fried cornbread. What?!? Since anything fried is my favorite food, I thought I would give it a try. Look at the photo, that thing was as big as my head! However, I do look forward to my next visit to try the jalapeño corn bread.

The food was excellent. The squash tasted super fresh. The fried pork chop was juicy and a little crunchy. I saved the sweet potato casserole for dessert and it hit the spot. However, next time I really want to try the homemade ice cream for dessert. That would be meat and three plus one.

 

From the website: “A favorite of families, serving real southern cooking prepared fresh daily. Specialties include fried chicken tenders, pork chops, sweet potato casserole, mouth-watering meat loaf, specialty desserts, homemade ice cream – churned on location and much more! A family friendly atmosphere ; where the presence of the LORD abides.”

OPEN for Lunch – Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Honey From The Rock Cafe

2621 Washington Road

Augusta, GA 30904

Phone: 706.434.1098

www.honeyfromtherockcafe.com

Cheddar’s Casual Cafe
Last weekend some friends and I went searching for great tasting food offered at an affordable price. Where did we end up? Cheddar’s! The restaurant is fairly new to the Augusta area. It has only been open for a little over a year, but it’s fantastic food and reasonable prices keep this restaurant packed.

Cheddar's

Cheddar’s is a casual dining experience. They have inside and outside seating available, a full bar with inexpensive drink options (my favorite is the Sangria Margarita) and an extensive food menu offering: appetizers, soups, salads, chicken, burgers, steaks, cold and hot sandwiches, desserts and a kid’s menu for the little ones. And you MUST try their flakey, honey-buttery croissants!

side salad with a honey buttery croissant

We started the night off with some of their tasty appetizers. We choose the Santa Fe Spinach Dip, it’s a mix of spinach, sour cream, a blend of Southwestern spices and fours cheeses. It’s served with their homemade salsa and crispy tortilla chips.

Santa Fe Spinach Dip

We also ordered the Texas Cheese fries, made with A large portion of crispy golden French fries loaded with melted  cheeses and crispy bacon. Perfect for dipping in their homemade buttermilk ranch dressing.

Texas Cheese Fries

Then it was finally time for the main course! I decided to try their Grilled Chicken Alfredo with fresh garden vegetables. I followed my server’s recommendation and ordered a side of marinara sauce and it was delicious!

Grilled Chicken Alfredo with a side of marinara sauce

My friend Sarah ordered the chicken tender and steak combo, center cut top sirloin with hand-breaded chicken tenders, and for her sides she choose a baked potato and a bowl of rice and beans. It was all fantastic!

Steak and Chicken Tenders Combo

I will definitely be going back to Cheddar’s very soon! The portions are large enough that we were able to take some home for lunch the next day. Large portions, fabulous food and low prices? It’s a no brainer! Try it for yourself.

Cheddar’s
Address: 3609 Walton Way Extension, Augusta, Georgia 30909
Tel: (706) 738-7831
Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday  11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday and Saturday  11:00 am – midnight

WifeSaver

The commercial says, ‘WifeSaver you’re a life saver…Put a little South in your Mouth!’. And it is so true! The other day my friends and I were craving some good Southern food for lunch, so we headed down the street and picked up WifeSaver for lunch. WifeSaver is a local chain in the Augusta area, known for comfort food, fried chicken and banana pudding.

Stacey and I both had kid’s meals with chicken strips, which was more than enough for lunch and Iman tried the fried chicken combo.  Everything was really delicious! The chicken strips are my favorite in town, because they are so fresh tasting and flaky.  The tea is also to die for, sweet and ice cold!

WifeSaver also has plenty of options if you need food catered for an event, or even if you’re just taking home food to your family for supper. Everything is tasty and quick!  Next time you’re in town, stop by the nearest WifeSaver for some chicken and banana pudding. You can thank me later!

And if you have a few extra minutes, click here to see how WifeSaver got its start in Augusta.

100 Years of the Partridge Inn in Augusta

One of the most unique places to stay in Augusta is the Partridge Inn. Originally built as a private residence and eventually renovated to be the hotel that it is today, the Partridge Inn displays true Southern Hospitality.  Their Sunday brunch is raved about nearly as much as their attention to detail and feeling of ‘home away from home’ that they offer each and every guest.

Last week, we had the opportunity to take part in the 100 Year Celebration Luncheon of the Partridge Inn. It is amazing to think that this Augusta landmark has been around an entire century.  Everyone at our table was saying how much they wished the walls could talk, since there’s no telling what they have seen in 100 years including many Masters weeks and numerous weddings and celebrations.

Lunch was delicious! We enjoyed their famous fried chicken along with some sweet tea and bread pudding for dessert, which is always a treat. As a part of the celebration, various organizations in Augusta were invited to bring an item for the Partridge Inn time capsule to be opened after the next hundred years.  Each person who had something to put in the box explained what they were putting into the time capsule  was and told everyone their favorite Partridge Inn memory.  There were all sorts of items put into the box: a declaration from the Mayor, vintage photographs from the earlier days of the hotel, and  a copy of the April issue of Augusta Magazine, which always features the Masters Tournament.  The CVB decided to place a visitor guide and a few  other local brochures in the box.  Maybe in another 100 years the folks who open the box will be curious to see what tourists were interested in during 2010!

The 100 Year Celebration will be ongoing throughout all of 2010 at  the hotel. If you have never stayed at the Partridge Inn you are missing out.  Even if you are a local and aren’t looking for somewhere to spend the night, you should stop by for lunch or Jazz Night sometime-you won’t regret it!

Surveys from Facebook Fans

Every Monday we survey our Facebook Fans. Here are some of the results of the surveys from this month.

Where can you find the best dessert in Augusta?

The Snug’s Bourbon Pecan Pie

Casa Blanca Café

Calvert’s

Villa Europa

O’Charley’s Caramel Crème Pie

The Boll Weevil Café (3 votes)

And the winner is French Market Grille, Surrey Center with 4 votes

Where is your favorite place to take out of town guests when they visit Augusta?

Beamies

First Friday Festivities

The Boll Weevil Café

Petersburg boat tour on the Augusta Canal

1102 Bar & Grill

And the winner is Somewhere in Augusta with 2 votes

Where can you get the best glass of sweet tea in Augusta?

Daddy O’s Steak Subs

Blue Sky Kitchen

Chic-fil-A

French Market Grille

S&S Cafeteria

Wife-Saver (2 votes)

Zaxby’s (2 votes)

Sunshine tea from the Sunshine Bakery (3 votes)

And the winner is Sconyers BBQ with 5 votes

Who serves the best fried chicken in Augusta?

Stonecrest Steakhouse

Fat Man’s Café

Ryan’s Steak House (2 votes)

Café 209 (3 votes)

Harvest Table (4 votes)

And the winner is Wife Saver with 6 votes

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