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Author: Griffin Nelson

Good Taste August/September 2019

Photograph by Wier Stewart   EAT – Laziza Mediterranean One of the great things about Augusta is the balance of classic Southern culture and the outside influence from people who move to the area because of Fort Gordon. Many are drawn to the local charm and decide to stay, helping to bring a wider variety of cultures and businesses to the area. We have Air Force veteran Nader Khatib to thank for Laziza Mediterranean Grill. Originally from Michigan, he decided to settle his family here in the Augusta area and, seeing a void in the industry, decided to open...

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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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