Who doesn’t love good food? It’s seriously one of my favorite things. Augusta, GA its surrounds area is continuing to grow everyday, and with such grows comes the birth of new cafés and restaurants. I do love my comfort foods, don’t get me wrong, but lately, I’ve decided to try some new food joints in the areas.
Finch & Fifth
Location(s): 379 Highland Avenue, Augusta, GA 30909 (At Surrey Center)
One of my friends and I wanted to grab Sunday brunch (mostly for the mimosas), and we decided to head to Finch & Fifth.
Finch & Fifth opened in December 2013, and prides itself on serving creative dishes and cocktails in a laid-back environment. This Americana bistro serves craft cocktails, artisanal cheeses, and puts a creative twist on southern classics.
I ordered from their “Sunday Brunch” menu and got their French toast. My plate came with 3 slices of French toast with whipped butter, syrup, and powered sugar served with thick cut applewood smoked bacon. And of course, I ordered a mimosa as well.
Besides their “Sunday Brunch” menu, they also have a “Meats & Cheeses” menu, which include an array of charcuterie displays and aged cheeses, and a heartier menu under “The Kitchen” with foods from pork belly tacos to chicken orzo to seasonal fish selections. Finch & Fifth also serves amazing signature cocktails, having Happy Hour Monday – Saturday from 3 PM to 6 PM.
If you’re in the area, and want to grab something to eat that’s a bit more on the eclectic side, you should definitely give Finch & Fifth a try.
Click here to view their food and cocktails menus.
Click here to visit their Facebook page, and to stay up-to-date with their restaurant.
Location(s): 1002 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901
I’m going to stay on the topic of brunching, because I obviously love to do it if you couldn’t tell already. I ventured to Downtown Augusta with another friend this past Saturday afternoon to get a quick bite to eat.
“ReFüse boring food. ReFüse bad böoze.” This is their motto.
Füse is a chef-driven, family-owned restaurant and beer bar.
“The concept is simple: an ever-changing menu inspired by what’s in season, the day’s weather or the chef’s latest obsession. You will find Southern dishes as well as other American specialties, renditions of well-known international gastronomy, and some not-so-common culinary experiments. Items will stay or go from the menu according to popularity and availability of the ingredients.
As beer lovers, a great deal of our efforts will go to the selection of the craft beers on tap, and many others in bottle, that again will be regularly rotated. Our beverage list will be complemented by an assortment of wines and liquors, and topped with our home-designed bold and savory cocktails.”
I don’t know what it is with me, but I got their Breakfast Pincho, their version of French toast. I guess that’s just my go-to brunch item. However, this French toast had a different twist: the French toast pieces were battered baguette slices, topped with bacon and served with rum-infused maple syrup and a sour whipped butter cream.
Füse offers a brunch menu, dinner menu, kids menu, bar menu, gluten-free options, and an array of cocktails, beers, liquors, and wines.
From lamb burgers to shrimp and grits to veggie quesadillas, you’re sure to find something that you’ll enjoy.
Another great thing about Füse is that they have special discount nights, like $5 martinis on Martini Mondays and 50% off glasses or bottles of wine on Wine Wednesday. There are several more of these discounts located on their Home page.
If you’re making your way downtown and are feeling adventurous, stop on the corner of 10th and Broad and spice up your (food) life with this creative cuisine. You won’t regret it!
Click here to view their website and food and drink menus.
Click here to view their Facebook page and to stay up-to-date with their restaurant.
Location: 4460 Washington Road, Evans, GA 30809
I talked about Smallcakes in my …And a Vet in the Game blog post, but if I’m ever feeling like a great-tasting cupcake to eat, I stop by this place.
Smallcakes was founded by Jeff Martin in Kansas City. The staff at Smallcakes bake and frost over 30 signature flavors every morning. Smallcakes also features seasonal and special flavors created personally by Jeff. After appearances on the Food Networks “Cupcake Wars” seasons one and two as well as on the hit daytime talk show “The View,” Smallcakes became well known and now boasts 13 locations in eight states with more to come. Smallcakes believes in its slogan of “Maybe a cupcake will help?” and regularly rewards customers through Facebook specials or giveaways.
Every time I go into Smallcakes, I try something different. There’s Cookies & Cream, German Chocolate, Red Velvet, Key Lime, and many other decedent selections to choose from. Though their signature item is the cupcake, they also serve some cookies and brownies.
If you’re looking to serve cupcakes at a wedding or party, they have catering options available. In addition, they have a rewards program that tailors to frequent buyers, so the more you spend, the more rewards you can receive!
If you’re ever out in the Evans area and want a sweet treat to eat, stop by Smallcakes for their award-winning cupcakes!
Click here to view their website and cupcake menu.
Click here to view their Facebook page and to stay up-to-date with their cupcakery.
Location(s): 437 Highland Avenue, Augusta, GA 30909 (At Surrey Center) | 1202 Town Park Lane, Evans, GA 30809 (also in Aiken, SC; Columbia SC, and Greenville, SC)
I was out and about running errands with my sister one afternoon,and decided to try Takosushi for lunch having been recommended this place by a couple of co-workers. This restaurant offers an unconventional mix of Far Eastern and Southwestern foods.
The concept of fresh, fun, and funky all describe Takosushi. The recipes are rustic, the food made by hand. Takosushi comes on strong with inventive but down-to-earth flavors that consistently wow locals and visitors alike.
I ordered from the “East” menu a bowl of Asian Stir Fry with chicken. Inside the stir fry included lots of Asian-style veggies and sauces. My bowl also included a side of their raved-about lightly-battered fried asparagus.
As its name suggests, there are 2 menus: an East (Asian) menu and a West (Southwestern) menu with each having lunch and dinner options. As you can imagine, there are a ton of food selections. The East menu features foods such as sushi a la carte, miso soup, and salmon tartare, while the West menu includes foods like stuffed jalapeños, chicken taquitos, and green chili queso dip.
Find that you love Takosushi so much that you can’t even help it? No problem. At any of their locations, you can purchase a T-Shirt (on Tuesdays, their T-shirts are $5 while supplies last), a tumbler cup, or their oh-so-popular Takosushi sauce.
Whatever your mood, stop by Takosushi today and find something on the menu for you.
Click here to view their food and drink menus.
Click here to view their Facebook page and to stay up-to-date with their restaurants.
Location(s): 4446 Washington Road, Evans, GA 30809
Twisted Burrito features Midwestern cuisine prepared with an American twist. With their specialty crafted burritos, you experience fresh, uniquely infused flavors. Enjoy such things as their slow cooked pork, barbecue aioli, saffron rice, cilantro lime sauce, and more on a whole wheat or flour tortilla. Or just untwist your burrito and have all the fun ingredients in a tasty burrito bowl.
I had their Poncho Villa burrito, which features smoked chicken (or blackened steak), cilantro rice, crispy tortilla strips, fire-roasted corn salsa, black beans, mixed cheese, spicy green aioli in a flour tortilla. Instead of the spicy green aioli, I opted for some queso.
Their menu includes several burrito options and salads, plus a kid’s menu.
Some of you may be wondering if I’d compare this place to Moe’s Southwest Grill. I would say that Twisted Burrito has more creative selections if you’re feeling more adventurous and that their burritos are more savory that those at Moe’s.
If you’re in the mood for some Tex-Mex, stop by and get twisted!
Click here to view their food menu.
Click here to view their Facebook page and to stay up-to-date with their restaurant.
Location(s): 3668 Wheeler Road – Suite B, Augusta, GA 30909 | 1640 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30904 | 4239 Washington Road, Evans, GA 30809
On this day, I was in the process of taking a review course and studying for the NCLEX-RN and took a lunch break with one of my friends. I was looking for a good sandwich spot and decided to get something quick before my lunch break was over.
Little did I know, Which Which first opened its doors in December 2003 in Dallas, TX. Since then, they have expanded their reach to over 350 shops both nationally and internationally.
The concept of Which Which is fun and simple:
1. PICK YOUR WICH.
Select the type of sandwich you want and grab that bag.
2. SNAG A SHARPIE®.
Mark which specific wich you want, the style and size and any ingredients you want to add.
3. IDENTIFY YOURSELF.
Put your name at the bottom of the bag and take your order up to the cashier.
4. LISTEN UP.
We’ll call your name once your wich is ready.
5. SANDWICHFACTION GUARANTEED®.
Which Which stands behind all of our sandwiches. If you’re not 100% satisfied with your wich at the time you receive it, we will replace it, refund your money, or both.
6. DOODLE YOUR HEART AWAY.
After you’ve enjoyed your wich, grab a Sharpie®, doodle on the back of your bag and hang your masterpiece in the art gallery.
As you can see in the slideshow above, Which Wich has tons and tons of ingredients that can combine to make your perfect sandwich. Personally, I’m picky about what I put on my sandwiches, and don’t like a lot of add-ons or condiments, so I kept it relatively simple.
I chose a toasted 7-inch turkey sandwich on wheat with double the Pepper Jack cheese, deli mustard (spicy brown), mushrooms, bell peppers, pickles, crushed red pepper, and oregano.
In addition to sandwiches, they also have bowls, lettuce wraps, and milkshakes.
And if you’re ever in a hurry, download their mobile app (available for both Apple and Android phones) and place an order in a couple of minutes.
Which Which puts a fun spin on creating a sandwich, so go create yours today at any of their locations!
Click here to view their website.
Location(s): 2907 Washington Road, Augusta, GA 30909
Like Which Which, Zöe’s Kitchen is another food chain.
Born in the Mediterranean and raised in the South, Zoës Kitchen is a natural extension of Zoë Cassimus’ lifetime of cooking for family and entertaining friends. The menu is inspired by Zoë’s family recipes and her simple, fresh-from-the-garden sensibility. At Zoës, ingredients are delivered fresh daily. Nothing is fried and there are no microwaves! What you’ll find at Zoës Kitchen is Mediterranean-inspired food, where grilling is the predominate method of cooking along with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, olive oil and lean proteins; all while keeping our guests’ dietary concerns in mind– with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. Zoë means “life” in Greek and this is embraced in all aspects of Zoës Kitchen.
I had never tried Greek food before, so was unsure of what to get, however I ultimately decided upon the Rosemary Ham & Mozzarella Piadina–an Italian flatbread sandwich with grilled ham, fresh mozzarella, mixed greens, calabrian pepper aioli, and a lemon vinaigrette (the latter two ingredients I did not include on my order). I also got a fresh side of rice pilaf.
If you’ve never tried Mediterranean food before, but aren’t looking for something super-authentic, I’d suggest you give Zöe’s Kitchen a try in your area. It’s fun and fresh!
Download their mobile app (available for both Apple and Android phones).
Click here to view their website.
I hope you guys didn’t get too incredibly hungry reading this post! I don’t consider myself a foodie, but I love trying new places with my friends. If you’re in the Augusta, GA area or plan on passing through, I’d love to grab a bite to eat wit you and engage in good conversation.
Stay tuned for more cafés and restaurants that I visit!
Until next time, take care and happy eating!