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Foodies Tour of Augusta: New and Coming Soon

Augusta is well known for its delicious restaurants and unique local spots, and it just keeps getting better! The Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) has had a boom of growth in the last few years, thanks to developments like Village at Riverwatch, Crane Creek shopping center, Evans Towne Center and a continued push to revitalize downtown Augsuta. Heading into 2021, the development isn’t showing any signs of stopping. Here is a list of some of our favorite spots that are brand new to the area, and some of the places that are coming soon that we can’t wait to try!

I Heart Mac and Cheese

I Heart Mac and Cheese Augusta opened its doors in February 2021 and was met with immediate success. The chain restaurant took up residence on Cabela Drive, right off Riverwatch Parkway. If you’re wondering how an entire restaurant can be made out of only Mac and Cheese, just try their Short Rib Philly Mac and Cheese bowl (pictured), or the Buffalo Fried Mac and Cheese bites, and we think you’ll have your answer! 

Credit: First Watch Cafe

First Watch Cafe officially opens their doors on March 8, 2021. Known for their delicious breakfast and brunch menus, they will be opening soon on Crane Creek Drive. Their made-to-order menu includes things like Million Dollar Bacon (pictured) and Cinnamon Toast Cereal Milk. We never need another excuse to brunch, but if we did, this would be a good one!  

Credit: Emil’s

Emil’s, Augusta’s first self-pour taproom, is making its grand debut at the corner of 9th and Broad. Ranging from beer to coffee, the website’s description of its namesake is enough to pique our interest! “When [Emil] was little, his mom made hooch during the prohibition. His job was putting the caps on the bottle. He ran an entire army mess hall. He taught us to put strong black coffee in gravy because, well, he was just a baller like that. We called him Papa. His legacy lives on.” 

Credit: The Alley Downtown Taproom

And staying with the taproom trend… If you’re familiar with the Alley Downtown Taproom in Aiken, you’ll be excited to learn that they’re opening a second location in downtown Augusta! Boasting 48 taps of beer, cider, kombuchas, coffee and more, coupled with a Bring Your Own Food policy, it’s sure to be a success. No word yet on an official opening date. 

Credit: Frog Hollow Hospitality Group

The Frog Hollow Hospitality Group continues to expand with their newest restaurant, PHO-RAMEN’L , heading to Downtown Augusta on Broad Street! Featuring both homemade Ramen and Pho, this unique restaurant is sure to be a home run, just like all of the group’s other restaurants. This eatery will open its doors in spring of 2021. 

Credit: Frog Hollow Hospitality Group

Tacocat Taqueria, also owned by the Frog Hollow Group, is currently under construction in the same space as PHO-RAMEN’L on Broad Street. While few details have been released about the taqueria so far, if the group’s other restaurants in the area are any indication, we can’t wait to dig in! 

Toki Jr Japanese Restaurant

Toki Jr Japanese Restaurant opened its doors in North Augusta at the beginning of 2021. The restaurant is under the same ownership as the well-known Toki Japanese Restaurants in Evans and Martinez. The affordable hibachi restaurant also serves favorites like poke bowls and bubble tea. It was met with lines out the door on opening day, and business hasn’t slowed down since!  

Credit: Roll On In

Coming soon to Evans Towne Center is Roll On In Sushi Burritos & Bowls, owned by a native Evans couple. According to Facebook, it “offers a unique fusion of classic Asian dishes with a tex-mex twist.” From sushi burritos to sushi donuts and much more, we’re excited to try this unique take on a classic favorite! 

Credit: The Buzzed Bull

Owned by the same husband-and-wife pair, Buzzed Bull Creamery will be located in the same suite as Roll On in Evans Towne Center. Buzzed Bull is a liquid nitrogen creamery, featuring both alcohol-infused flavors and family-friendly options. Their desserts are made using liquid nitrogen, which is a cool -320° Fahrenheit, to flash freeze the ice cream, making the experience of watching your food get made just as enjoyable as eating it!  

What restaurants are coming to the CSRA that have you drooling? Let us know! 

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