The hottest ticket for sports may be the Masters, but the hottest restaurant in Augusta is by far, Edgar’s Grille on Washington Road.
Located at the end of an unassuming retail center next to Helms College and an enormous Goodwill store, you might pass it by until you see the outdoor patio and the modern façade.
The location is no accident, as the restaurant is named after Edgar Helms, who founded Goodwill Industries over 100 years ago. It is an extension of Helms College, a private, independent post secondary school sponsored by Goodwill Industries. Students from the School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts of Helms College receive experiential learning opportunities through service at Edgar’s Grille.
Aspiring chefs work alongside some of the South’s leading chefs, and learning is not limited to just cooking but to every facet of the hospitality industry. In fact, your server may have worked the week before as a chef or a bartender.
The service is first class without being stuffy; the atmosphere is modern, elegant and sophisticated. Relaxed outdoor dining is available year-round in the spacious courtyard.
Craft cocktails and martinis in the bar feature top shelf spirits and inventive drinks such as Georgia Peach Martini or a Grapefruit Margarita. The wine list is well chosen and extensive.
Edgar’s Grille offers New American cuisine with a Southern flair. Locally sourced ingredients are used in preparation of the dishes from more than a dozen local farm partnerships. The menu is a delightful journey – of down-home foods with a twist, alongside sophisticated cuisine – from appetizers to dessert.
The Augusta Roll on the appetizer menu combines braised pork shoulder with creamy collard greens wrapped in a crispy wonton served with a jalapeno jam dipping sauce. Brick oven pizzas and a variety of salads are great for starters or as a whole meal.
For the main event, don’t miss the slow-smoked fried pork chop; the spinach stuffed chicken breast or the shellfish and grits. Additional sides of smoked Gouda stone-ground grits or maple chili Brussels sprouts are a meal in themselves.
Edgar’s Grille is unlike any other restaurant in the Augusta area not only because the food is an unexpected delight, but also you feel good knowing that a portion of every dollar you spend goes toward education.
Edgar’s is located at 3165 Washington Rd, about a mile north of I-20, at the intersection of Washington Road and Furys Ferry Road. Open for lunch and dinner, reservations during Tournament week are required. Call for Tournament Week hours and reservations: 706-854-4700 or book online at OpenTable.
Curious? See a virtual tour Photos and tour courtesy of Edgar’s Grille website.