Savvy Traveler: Gustatory Augusta!

Savvy Traveler: Gustatory Augusta!

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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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