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Eventers... Where to eat in Aiken?

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  • Eventers... Where to eat in Aiken?

    When you're wintering in the south in Aiken, where are the best places to eat after you're done in the barn??????

  • #2
    Taco Sushi! Mexican and sushi in the same restaurant, the steak tacos last year were just amazing, and the sushi rolls were huge.
    http://thoughtfulequestrian.blogspot.com - My Ventures Into Eventing


    • #3
      I was totally going to suggest takosushi!!


      • #4
        Oh, does anyone remember the name of the brewery where all the beers are named for horses? Right near Hotel Aiken. Good bar food, and I liked the Thoroughbred Red.
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        • #5
          Aiken Brewing Co. I love that place too. I haven't been since 2007, but I also really like Up Your Alley, Davor's or Malia for a fancier night and now they have some of the standards like Panera, which are nice to just grab soup and use Wi-fi.

          Breakfast and lunch at New Moon Cafe.
          Is there a new restaurant in the Hotel Aiken? 100 Laurens? Anyone have thoughts about that. I liked the prior 2 or 3 restaurants there, but apparently they don't last long
          OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!


          • #6
            New restaurant in The Alley called Soiree, next door to Davors.
            Tapas, great drinks - Chocolate Martinis are VERY addictive They have a fun room with sofas great for drinking wine with friends.

            Atlanta Bread Company on Whiskey Road, near Walmart has wifi, fireplace is nice when it's chilly out.

            New Moon has great soups and coffee.

            Really, just park downtown, lots of choice!
            You're entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts!


            • #7
              Tako Sushi, hands down! I also love Atlanta Bread - best white pizza you'll ever have.


              • #8
                Good Food.... hmmm...

                Fajitas mexican off of richland on the way down town. I like the food, service, and location better than marias. But Maria's has the laundry mat next door. I think I drag my husband there once every few weeks or so- but if you are from TX, definitely doesn't compare to Texas mexican food.

                Pat's which has fantastic stick to your ribs southern food. Never had a bad meal -except for the salad (don't expect anything fancy) but the hamburger steak is awesome on the cold/ wet days when you need something to warm you up. Pat's also becomes a martini bar at night.

                Rio Blanco ( I think that is the name) it is on the main road in aiken a few shops down from the Aiken Brewery. Has great fantastic Cuban food. The brewery is good food, but a lot of it is fried.

                Also the Bowery has good food, it is down the alley in downtown. I'm not a fan of tacosushi, just never got into the whole sushi/ mexican thing because it is not really either just a combo meshed together and very "new ageish" in my mind....

                A more sophisticated night would be at the Wilcox, Malias, and Oliva's. But I was not impressed with Oliva's food for the prices. Also there is a fantastic steak house down town (Chop?). At the intersection of Richland and Laurens.

                There is a new deli that opened up downtown too, can't recall the name, but definitely incorporates a lot of "yankee" sandwhiches... i'm only teasing about the yankee comment . It is a few shops down from 100 laurens.

                If you are looking for a great equine artsy shop- Equine divine is downtown and great place to at least walk through.
                And ladies if you need to get your hair "did" while down here for the winter, there is a small hair gallery down the alley called gallery j, which is a great place to get your hair cut or highlighted.

                It is Atlanta Bread at Whiskey and Pine Log.

                For a night out, there is 100 laurens, and the tiki hut behind the aiken hotel. Or you can cross the river into augusta and go to the country bar?

                Oh, if you are a pizza fanatic (like me) the best pizza and breadsticks are at Russell's pizza in Williston and I think they have locations in Wagner and Blackville too.


                • #9
                  City Billiards isn't so bad... Then of course, I am usually just as happy sitting at the bar at O'Charley's for a cedar-salmon and a glass of wine..
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                  • #10
                    Travinia: it's a chain but probably the best Italian chain I've ever been to.
                    And if you want non-chain, casual, homemade pizza and pasta, there is the Acropolis west of town.
                    Has anyone mentioned Teresa's Mexican yet?
                    Taco Blog
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                    • #11
                      Agree with Tako/Sushi -- I think it's my fave! That and the Aiken Brewery.
                      -Debbie / NH

                      My Blog: http://deborahsulli.blogspot.com/


                      • #12
                        Tako-sushi is way expensive and one of our pals got wicked food poisoning there! I'm done with it, decided last year.

                        Don't forget the Track Kitchen for early breakfast.

                        I cannot WAIT to get there!
                        Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                        • #13
                          Theresa's is my fave!!! They have yummy cheese dip, huge pitchers, and.. the BEST veggie taco salad ever! It's warm, smothered in cheese dip, and has yummy veggies like zucchini, squash, beans, onions, tomatoes, etc. TO DIE FOR!!!

                          And yum... now I'm craving it... Drats! no Aiken for me til the 15th.....


                          • #14
                            The Stable restaurant at Rose Hill is really good,go when the weather is good[if it ever gets warm again!] and walk around the grounds.It was a former Winter Colony home,the home is now a B&B,and the stables have been converted into a restaurant.

                            The Prime Steakhouse is my husband's favorite,and we went to Casa Bella last week for the first time,really good Italian.


                            • #15
                              I ate at Rose Hill this week and loved it. Live music on Thursday nights. If you get a pitcher at Maria's, the Texas Margaritas are good AND strong.
                              Hindsight bad, foresight good.


                              • #16
                                For the best pizza, wings, and beers on tap - PIZZA JOINT! There is one near Augusta, too, and both always win annual awards for best pizza in the CSRA.

                                New Moon for a hipster vibe, sweet roll or sandwich, and coffee.

                                TakoSushi for sushi!
                                Final Furlong Racehorse Retirement


                                • #17
                                  There's a nice place downtown, too... fancy and can be a little pricey, but has appetizer sized dishes, so you get to order several. Anyone know which I'm talking about?


                                  • #18
                                    Yet again Taco Sushi; and I prefer Teresa's Mexican over Maria's. Teresa's is across from Atlanta Bread Co.


                                    • #19
                                      Do not eat at the Mi Ranchero on Whiskey Road. It's awful. And don't rent a car from Enterprise on Aiken if you want good customer service.

                                      Those are the only non-glowing things I can say about Aiken. Everything else in this town rocks.

                                      100 Laurels in great for tapas. Don't miss the avocado and crab salad!
                                      Hindsight bad, foresight good.


                                      • #20
                                        Up (the/your) Alley for more formal food...mmm

                                        what's the name of the bakery/sandwich shop in downtown Aiken run by the group of ladies....on the opposite side of the road from the Alley, about 1 or 2 blocks down?