A World of Flavors Found at Aiken Restaurants

By Hollie Deese on April 26, 2011 at 10:27 am EST
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Dining is no dull business in Aiken. Cuban, Italian, Thai, you name it – residents can have it all. Of course, if it’s down-home cooking you’re craving, that’s on the menu, too.

Delectable locations around the city include Café Monet, Eejay’s and Acropolis, but for the most part, you don’t even have to venture out of downtown.

Papa Russ’s BBQ boasts the only Texas-style barbecue in town, with the tasty and tender “slow-and-low” beef brisket. The menu features family recipes such as cole slaw, hashbrown casserole and spare ribs that fall right off the bone.

Also in section of downtown known as The Alley, Linda’s Bistro will please those looking for something a little fancier. With dishes like the Risotto a la Linda, laden with shrimp, sweet sausage and Asiago, diners relish every flavorful bite, though the wine tastings are another great reason to make a reservation.

Over on Laurens Street, cuiZine offers French-Asian fusion in a funky, distinctive atmosphere and was lauded as the Best Undiscovered Restaurant by Augusta magazine. Nearby Stoplight Deli offers sandwiches of all sorts, from the traditional Reuben or Dagwood to the indulgent crab melt or Andouille sausage dog.

Sweet tooths will savor The Sweet Cow Creamery, a tasty place to cool off downtown. Sure, a single-scoop cone will do, but brave souls (and their friends) can take on The Holy Cow, eight scoops and eight toppings in a waffle bowl.

Beer connoisseurs can find refuge at Aiken Brewing Company, a family-owned and operated microbrewery that serves quite the selection of craft beers. With ambers and dark brews as well as seasonal specialties like the Nut Brown Ale, there’s a pint for any palate.

Despite the warm summers, Aiken is also home to two wineries that offer tours and tastings throughout the year. Montmorenci Vineyards grows all its own grapes used in a variety of white wines, while Aiken Winery is tucked away in a courtyard in the midst of downtown.

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