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Good Mexican Food in Augusta

I have lived in New Orleans, Orlando, Dallas, Nashville and Gainesville, Florida – but for some reason it is Augusta, Georgia with the best Mexican Food. There are a dozen places in Augusta that I categorize as “Cheap Mex.” Today my husband and I had lunch for $10.00 tax and tip included. So it might not be cheap on everyone’s standards, but for some reason that is just the name that has stuck with me. No disrespect meant.

The Mexican restaurants in Augusta include – Vallarta’s, Monterrey, Salsa’s, Mi Rancho and Teresa’s. Every restaurant includes free chips and salsa. Awesome. I am usually full by the time my entrée arrives, but who cares. Tonight it will be nuggets for the kids and no dinner for adults, because I will still be full from lunch. No lie.

These restaurants are common meeting places for me and my friends. The Augusta Mexican restaurants are all very fast and very kid friendly. They have a separate lunch menu and always have entrée and drink specials.

I have talked about my family before – but you should know my sister from New Jersey and my mother from Miami always want to get “Cheap Mex” when they come to Augusta, Georgia.

Rooster's Beak

I recently ate at the Rooster’s Beak with a group of people who were visiting Augusta from various places in the Southeast.  They were intrigued by the different taco options, which Rooster’s Beak is known for, and pleased with the wide variety of cocktails and beer selections.  They have over 30 specialty beers, and some standard favorites for those who aren’t as adventurous.

We started off with an appetizer of chips and three different salsas – fresh, roasted and green.  They were all delicious, but the green salsa had a little something different that gave it great flavor.

For our meals my group all went with tacos.  The favorite at my table was the Veggie which has roasted cauliflower, roasted potatoes, roasted green peppers and pumpkin seed pesto.  I ventured into the specials territory though, and was not disappointed.  My sashimi grade tuna, served on a bed of green tea soba noodles and topped with crab meat and a white curry sauce, was out of this world.  And it was presented beautifully.

Not only does the Rooster’s Beak have great beer, great tacos and great specials, they also have fantastic homemade desserts.  Ice cream options for us that night were Cheez-It, Blueberry Bacon and Smoked Plum, in addition to some more traditional options.  We tried them all and, although they may not sound it, they were good!

One of our guests tried the wine cake, complete with grape glaze and ice cream on top. It was delicious!

Be sure to check out Rooster’s Beak sometime soon.  They are open Tuesday – Saturday for lunch and dinner.  Find out more at www.feedyourbeak.com.

Rooster’s Beak
215 Tenth Street
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 362-2260
Tuesday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Nacho Mama's, Downtown Augusta


One of my favorite places to venture to on my lunch break with co-workers is Nacho Mama’s, located in downtown Augusta. If you find yourself downtown and hungry make sure to find your way to this atypical Mexican eatery for either lunch or dinner. What establishes Nacho Mama’s from its competitors are their large serving sizes, fresh and delicious ingredients, and its prime location to downtown shopping and attractions.

Nacho Mama’s menu looks much like a menu should look for a typical Mexican dining establishment. The hunger-stricken guest can find nachos, burritos, hard and soft shell tacos, quesadillas and taco salads. But, each dish is larger than one would expect and has an authentic taste unlike anything I have ever tasted. My favorite is the chicken and black bean taco, loaded with fresh, all white meat chicken, black beans, Monterey-jack cheese, lettuce and pico. Also, add an order of the nacho cheese and the Nacho Mama’s house salsa, mango habanero salsa, which makes the perfect appetizer while you are waiting for your taco, burrito, etc. to be prepared fresh to order.

There is plenty of seating upstairs or downstairs and they are happy to accommodate larger parties of families, friends, co-workers, whomever. They offer a great selection of beer, both domestic and imports. Drop by for happy hour daily from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. They also make an excellent top shelf margarita and also serve several well drinks.

After you are nice and full, take a stroll down Broad Street and enjoy the authentic shops that can only be found in Downtown Augusta. Most are open later in the evening, especially during First Fridays.

Nacho Mama’s

976 Broad Street
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 724-0501

Cirque du Soleil in Augusta!

What a fun night out. No kids this time. My girlfriend, Miriam, and I went to see Cirque Du Soleil – Alegria at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. We met at Nacho Mama’s in downtown Augusta for dinner first. The place was hopping for a Wednesday night. In line in front of us to order was the owner of a great art shop just a block down – Art on Broad. Kristen was with her sister and nieces, also heading to the show. At Nacho Mamas, you order at the counter because they “don’t need no stinkin’ waiters.” My fish tacos were fantastic and I am guessing Miriam’s spinach and mushroom quesadilla was not bad either, because neither of us left a crumb on the plate.

The James Brown Arena is just two blocks off the main street in Augusta, so we were there just in time to make the 7:30 show. We did stop for two seconds to say hello to the arena general manager, Monty Jones, Jr. He was in the box office just making sure things were running smoothly for the opening night. I do love that about Augusta. Seeing people you know – and seeing people caring about their job.

At any rate, the show was fantastic. If you haven’t seen a Cirque show – you should. It is amazing what they train these humans to do. It’s just a testament to human athleticism, endurance and choreography-plus some fabulous costumes!  Miriam said it made her feel like she needed to work out. Please… Miriam is tiny and in great shape. For me, not in shape or tiny, but they made it look so easy that I thought for sure “I could do that.”

It was a great night out in downtown Augusta, Georgia – a fabulous dinner and great show at the James Brown Arena. I can hardly wait for the next fun show to come to town.

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