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Author: Griffin Nelson

Good Taste June/July 2019

Photograph by John Antaki   EAT – SmokeShow Patience is the name of the game when it comes to barbecue and the guys at SmokeShow have it down to a fine art. They somehow manage to find time to smoke the meat, prepare all the sides, and manage three separate food trucks. The team is made up of Jermel Bennett, Will Dunaway,  Jake Wood, and Thomas Booker –four friends who met in high school and shared an appreciation for good food. Though they grew up in Evans, each went their separate way after high school but remained good friends. In...

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Sustainable. Organic. Local. May 2019

Photograph by John Antaki   EAT – Deep South Cheese and Grill Tucked into a corner of quaint, downtown Dearing you’ll find one of the most unique and special grills in the area. Gino Doucet was born in Quebec, Canada and grew up on cheese curds and poutine. After a career in the military that took them all over the world, he and his wife, Tammy, ended up in the area because of her job. Gino tried retirement for a little while, taking time for passions like wood-working and learning to make his favorite home comfort food. Though a few...

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Sustainable. Organic. Local. April 2019

Photograph by Jeannine Rae Steinkuhl   EAT – Salt + Marrow The newest addition to River Region fine dining is Salt + Marrow. Located in the sparkling Crowne Plaza just across the river in North Augusta, the restaurant boasts a stunningly designed dining room, parlor bar with additional indoor and outdoor seating, and Jackson’s Bluff – a rooftop bar with sweeping views of the Savannah River and neighboring SRP Park. With a winning team of Hotel Manager Jeff Brower, General Manager Vince Johnson, and Executive Chef Dominic Simpson, the restaurant boasts a menu inspired by the river and reminiscent of...

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Sustainable. Organic. Local. February/March 2019

Photograph by Jeannine Rae Steinkuhl   EAT – APizza di Napoli Of all of the food I’ve tried in all of the places I’ve lived and travelled, nothing beats an Italian pizza. It is the standard to aspire to reach, it is pizza perfection. And perfection is what Cliff Garzzillo, owner of Apizza di Napoli requires of his staff. This Aiken gem of a restaurant has earned them a spot in the Association Vera Pizza Napolitana, a designation only given to pizzerias that adhere to a strict code of ingredients and cooking stipulations. These requirements include importing high quality ingredients...

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Sustainable. Organic. Local. January 2019

Photography by John Antaki   EAT The first Groucho’s Deli opened in the Little Five Points neighborhood in Columbia, S.C. in 1941 and was named after the owner – Harold “Groucho” Miller – who is said to have looked exactly like Groucho Marx. With a selection of creative dressing and sauce recipes he’d brought from Philadelphia and his background in the deli business, hot subs seemed like a logical next step. Soon it was a Columbia staple and over the years the menu expanded and so did the locations, becoming increasingly popular in the Carolinas. Downtown Augusta now boasts Georgia’s...

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