Gone are the days where the world only turns their attention to Augusta, Georgia when the greats tee off on Augusta National Golf Course. If you haven’t heard by now, Augusta Georgia has much more to offer these days than just America’s favorite past time. Nowadays, Augusta is touted as a foodie’s paradise and inevitably is bursting at the seams with local fare, craft cocktails and micro breweries. We've rounded up a few of our favorites and you’d be remised not to experience them for yourself.

Fare with Flair

Edgar’s Above Broad: Edgar's Above Broad brings a rooftop dining and entertainment experience to downtown Augusta, Georgia. Complete with life-sized games and Instagrammable views and drinks, this place is an adult’s playground. Come hungry, leave fulfilled.

Laziza Mediterranean Grill: For some time now, Augusta's River Region has been missing a place that would cater to those who yearned for more exotic cuisine; those who wanted to step outside the box of burgers and fries or burritos and tortilla chips. Laziza Mediterranean Grill was born with that in mind. When you first walk into Laziza, you’ll discover a huge skewer of flavorful, marinated chicken rotating slowly on a vertical broiler. They slice it thin, wrap it in a warm pita, and top it with fresh toppings. Or, perhaps you’d prefer kebabs of seasoned ground beef or flame-broiled chicken served on a bed of steamed rice. At Laziza, the important thing to remember is that whether you choose the juicy shawarma, crispy falafel, or one of the four flavors of homemade hummus, everything is made fresh when you order, with only the freshest ingredients.

Noble Jones: New and incredibly noteworthy, Noble Jones brings the culinary vision of chef J.D. Wier to the awesome, outdoor-friendly location of the old Cotton Patch a former downtown staple. Right off the corner, Nojo (as it’s already affectionately called) brings together influences of the chef’s career which span from roadside dives to high-end Charleston eateries to private clubs from Augusta to Texas. A must try is the restaurants, low country shrimp risotto served with blackened shrimp in an irresistible red pepper sauce, complete with sausage and bell pepper risotto – chef’s kiss!

Vance’s Bakery: If you have a sweet tooth, Vance’s is the place for you. A spin on the average bakery serving up sweet treats that will make your mouth water, Vance’s bakery is a 21-and-over, mid-century modern bakery and cocktail lounge featuring local craft beers and spirits, paired to create top-shelf signature cocktails, coffee drinks, and luxe dessert drinks. The menu includes a variety of decadent, alcohol-infused desserts all prepared in-house.

Abel Brown: This southern kitchen, located in surrey center, is a local oyster bar that supports local and regional farmers, oystermen, and producers while providing the freshest seasonal ingredients. The menu changes daily to ensure that they are serving pure food and quality dishes every night. A must-try is the Imperial Oysters, which includes plump oysters topped with Stoli vodka, crème fraiche, caviar and watermelon, this delectable dish is perfectly complimented by the refreshing signature Tea Hive cocktail. Those lucky enough might end up dining on a day where the special Champagne Pound Cake is featured for dessert. It is worth every calorie!