Savvy Traveler: Gustatory Augusta!

A favorite with many Tour players, TBonz is probably the closest you'll get to dinner with a pro.
Michael Snyder

It's Masters week, and your stomach's starting to grumble. But since it's probably a pretty good bet that you weren't invited to the champions' dinner, we've provided the next best thing: a free culinary caddie to tell you where to find the best food and drink in town.

WHERE TO EAT

TBonz Steakhouse of Augusta
This western-themed steakhouse is popular among players, so don't be surprised if you spot a few. The steaks come in a range of shapes and sizes, from a Zach Johnson-esque 9-ounce filet to a 22-ounce T-bone more suited to the appetite of, say, Craig Stadler. 2856 Washington Rd., 706-737-8325, tbonz.com

Luigi's Restaurant
It's a tradition like a lot of others, but mostly in big cities like Chicago and New York. In Augusta, Luigi's stands out as an old-world Sinatra-era Italian and Greek restaurant, specializing in dishes that have stood the test of time. 590 Broad St., 706-722-4056, luigisinc.com

Rhinehart's Oyster Bar
This super-casual eatery serves what they describe as "moister oysters." But just in case, they also sell lots of whistle-wetting beer. Chowder, chicken wings and fried cheese triangles round out the menu. 3051 Washington Rd., 706-860-2337, rhineharts.com

French Market Grille
This easygoing restaurant brings home the flavors of the bayou, with artichoke soup and oyster po' boys, gumbo and spicy shrimp, done Creole style. Peanut butter pie provides a finish that's as sweet as anything you'll see coming up the 18th fairway. 425 Highland Ave., 706-737-4865, frenchmarketaugusta.com

WHERE TO DRINK
Firehouse Bar
All the fuel comes in liquid form at this local favorite. Attractions include a jukebox, dartboards, a Foosball table — and bartenders who mix strong drinks. 1145 Broad St., 706-826-9955.

The Cotton Patch
This casual bar and restaurant sits along Augusta's scenic riverwalk, with an outdoor patio to accentuate the view. This is your spot for brews and burgers. 816 Cotton Ln., 706-724-4511, eatdrinkbehappy.com

The Bee's Knees
Jumbo Ozaki should never be confused with jumbo sake. One is a big-hitter who competed at Augusta. The other is a large bottle of Japanese rice wine. The latter pairs well with a menu built around eclectic small plates, ranging from Spanish-style tapas to Korean cabbage rolls. As for other wines and spirits, they've got those, too. 211 10th St., 706-828-3600, beeskneestapas.com

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