Friday, August 30, 2019
Pho Bac in Evans is absolutely pho-nomenal By Bri Stanley Saunders Contributor
On rainy days in Augusta, little else cuts through the drear like a thoughtfully brewed, piping hot bowl of veggie stew. During one such day, I decided to drop into the little, unassuming, Vietnamese eatery known as Pho Bac. Nestled on Towne Center Drive near Evens Cinemas, the small building does look a little run down. The smell of fresh dirt and exotic spices hung in the air as the pond outside bubbled with algae. A “Help Wanted” sign was taped to the window. The dining room, while slightly cleaner, was in a similar state of disrepair. The booths, worn with age, creaked and the table was sticky, but all of this could be forgiven if the meal is well worth it. I was greeted by a warm smile by my waiter, who swiftly produced my order of Thai Tea with Boba, which was absolutely delicious. Its tapioca pearls were exactly the right consistency and the tea was perfectly sweetened. My order of shrimp spring rolls was similarly satisfying. The best part of my order by far was the soup. Accompanied by a hearty plate of veggies and herbs, its steam fogged my glasses. After a few stabs with my fork to break up the hunk of noodles at the bottom, I dove at the bowl. The broth was rich and decadent; a flawless base to its neighbors. The long noodles tasted like a grandmother made them with love. By the end of the meal, I was bloated and beyond satisfied. Despite its tattered décor and overall underwhelming atmosphere, the food is wicked good. This place would be great for date night, with or without the kids in tow, as it’s not at all formal and has a T.V. to entertain them. Its prices are more than reasonable. My husband and I each had a Thai tea, full meal and an appetizer to boot, all for under $40. Its four-out-of-five stars review on Yelp and Google is well deserved and maybe even a bit conservative. If you have the time or desire to try something new, I highly recommend stopping by this little hole-in-the-wall.
The noodle soup at Pho Bac in Evans is hearty and delicious. - Photo by Bri Stanley Saunders
4300 Towne Center Drive, Evens, GA, 30809 Open Monday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Featured Dish: Vietnamese Noodle Soup and other traditional dishes Payment: Cash or Card Price Range: $ (706) 945-1981 Pho Bac is located near Washington Road and Riverwatch Parkway in Evan. Courtesy of Google Maps
The good and bad of Bonefish Grill By Aunarey Herbert Jr. Contributor
I recently went with my family to eat at Bonefish Grill. Bonefish Grill is a top-rated seafood restaurant in Augusta. Bonefish Grill, part of a chain, is a restaurant that stays busy every day of the week and usually exceeds the standards of most restaurants. I attended to Bonefish Grill with my family so that we could take advantage of the 6-dollar promotion for their famous top selling item known as Bang Bang Shrimp. If you haven’t had the Bang Bang Shrimp you should definitely try it; the taste is sweet and spicy with a crunch. Also, you can use the lettuce provided in the bowl to make a shrimp lettuce wrap as well. The presentation of the restaurant is nice. It is always clean, and the pricing of the food is affordable. However, while there I experienced some problems. My server was terrible. I’ve never had problems in the past but today was just the worst. The bread came out quickly,
but our glasses of water did not. We asked for another order of bread after finishing the first basket of bread. We received bread when the to-go boxes came out, and we had asked for to-go boxes twice. Our server didn’t notify the people in the back on which table the food would be brought to; so, our food kept
being delivered to the wrong table. Our server didn’t spend much time at our table and at times she was difficult to find. I like the food that they make but the server just made the whole experience terrible today. The temperature of the food was good; the food smelled good. The food was fresh as always and the chefs always
do a good job at the presentation of food, the quality of food, and the quantity of food given on a plate. I will still go to the restaurant in the future. I just hope that I don’t receive the same service that I experienced today. If you haven’t been then you should go and try it for yourself.
Bonefish Grill 2911 Washington Rd, Augusta, GA 30909 Monday- Friday 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.
The sweet and spicy Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill are outstanding. The service, however, leaves something to be desired. - Photo courtesy of Bonefish Grill
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