Rise and shine, Augusta! While we’re all for sleeping in during the summer, here are 10 must-wake-up-for breakfast spots throughout Augusta’s River Region that will have you up and out of those PJs faster than you can say "sunny-side up."
Pro tip: It's always their turn to make the coffee.
With locations in both downtown Augusta and Aiken, New Moon Cafe is a local favorite on both sides of the river. For a unique (and delicious) spin on a traditional, southern favorite, we recommend the Grits Bowl, featuring pimento cheese, avocado, and Sriracha. Oh, and did we say bacon?
Feeling a little adventurous this morning? Bodega Ultima in Surrey Center mixes culinary trends of the Mediterranean with a dash of Indian technique, enticing even the most curious of diners. For a fresh start, we'd recommend the Whole Grain Garden Toast, garnished with fresh ricotta, sliced tomato, avocado, cracked pepper, sea salt, and house olive oil.
3. Kim's Donuts
For those of us with an early morning sweet tooth, Kim's Donuts (and apple fritters!) are heaven-sent. I mean, freshly made donuts sprinkled with your favorite breakfast cereal... how much more convincing do you really need?
Manuel's seasonal menu features a twist on exquisite, time-honored French dishes artfully curated from organic produce plucked from their very own Blue Clay Farm, just minutes away from your table. The Goat Cheese Scramble is one of our many favorites, featuring scrambled eggs with fresh local goat cheese and chives, on a slice of delicious artisan bread, with your choice of applewood smoked bacon, home fries, or fruit salad.
5. Sandwich City
For those mornings when you're missing the charm of grandma's kitchen, try Sandwich City's homestyle diner, a go-to southern breakfast stop since 1972. With a one egg breakfast complete with grits, toast, and choice of bacon, sausage, or city ham for under $5, not even our grandma can beat their prices.
6. Buona Caffe
Who doesn't want a dang good cup o' locally roasted joe in the morning? Paired with one of Buona's pear, asiago and rosemary scones, or one of their gooey, homemade cinnamon rolls, this cafe tucked quietly away on Central Avenue is one of Augusta's best kept breakfast secrets.
One of our favorite, quaint Aiken eateries has you covered for all three meals of the day. But since breakfast is the most important, we recommend the classic from scratch biscuits and sausage gravy, sure to keep you going, until lunchtime that is.
8. Olde Town Diner
A recently reopened downtown favorite, Olde Town Diner is a revitalized blast from the past serving up hearty breakfast classics with unique twists. We recommend the corned beef with scrambled eggs and bacon to ease those morning hanger pains.
The heir to the Evans Diner legacy has opened up a new breakfast joint in Columbia County, serving up the same great food to their devoted regulars. With AM options such as chicken and waffles, it's easy to see why this is a new breakfast favorite. However, we recommend the South of the Border Benedict when you need a little extra "kick" to get you going.
10. Sunshine Bakery
Last, but certainly not least, Sunshine Bakery is a downtown Augusta staple. Known for having "Augusta's Best Soup," the bakery has also been a favorite breakfast stop for many business men and women over their last 70 years in Augusta. Stop in and get a fresh baked croissant or danish pastry. We promise they'll be carbs well spent!