The lunch line

Here's a sampling of some restaurants Lunch Money visited in the past few months, rated on a scale of 0 (horrendous) to 5 (excellent):


Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery

Where: 10 Ninth St. at Riverwalk Augusta

What: Sandwiches, soups, salads, some entrees

ambience: Old warehouse chic

reason to go: Incredible desserts

Service: 4

Value: 4

Eats: 4 for sandwiches and salads, 5 for desserts


beat the clock: Seated, served and out of there in less than 45 minutes

Call: (706) 722-7772, or

The Garlic Clove

Where: 4461 Washington Road, Evans

What: Italian fare

ambience: Intimate cafe, with Dean Martin playing in the background

reason to go: Great food served up fast and cheap

Service: 4.5

Value: 4.5

Eats: 4


Call: (706) 364-7377, or

Hunan Cafe

where: 403 Furys Ferry Road in Martinez

what: Oriental fare

ambience: Austere and intimate

reason to go: Best hot and sour soup in Augusta

service: 4.5

value: 3.5

eats: 4 for main dishes, 5 for soup


beat the clock: Out in less than 45 minutes

call: (706) 869-1480

Monterrey Mexican Restaurant

Where: 4018 Washington Road, Martinez

What: Mexican food served fast

Ambience: Earth-toned and comfortable

Reason to go: Fast, efficient service

Service: 4.5

Value: 4.5

Eats: 3


Call: (706) 790-9411

Rhinehart's Oyster Bar

Where: 3051 Washington Road

What: Seafood shanty favorites

ambience: About as funky a restaurant as you will find this side of Tybee Island

reason to go: Perfect place to hang out, talk and chow down

Service: 4

Value: 4

Eats: 4.5


Call: (706) 860-2337, or

Vallarta Mexican Restaurant

where: 2808 Washington Road

what: Mexican fare

ambience: Recently remodeled dining room, clean and comfortable

reason to go: Massive helpings of Mexican favorites, served fast and fresh

service: 4.5

value: 4.5

Eats: 4


beat the clock: Out in less than 45 minutes

call: (706) 733-5584

Veracruz Mexican Restaurant

where: 3216 Peach Orchard Road, at Bobby Jones Expressway

what: Mexican fare

ambience: It's a Mexican restaurant in Augusta. There's a dark-wood bar, faux adobe walls in pastel colors, and Mexican-theme knickknacks.

reason to go: Fast, attentive service; a southside favorite

service: 4.5

value: 4.5

eats: 3.5


beat the clock: Out in less than 45 minutes

Call: (706) 772-9303

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