If you, and your Ironman, need a break try these pit stops

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Maybe you can barely run a 5K, your best stroke is the doggy paddle, and biking’s not your speed. But no matter your athletic prowess, that doesn’t stop you from cheering on the elite athletes who will participate in the annual ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta this weekend.

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Cruise away from the action on by taking a Petersburg Boat Tour on the Augusta Canal.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/FILE
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/FILE
Cruise away from the action on by taking a Petersburg Boat Tour on the Augusta Canal.

It’s a grueling race that combines a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run. And it’s a long day for the athletes’ family members and many supporters. Whether this is your first time in Augusta or you’re a local, here’s your reference guide to some of the best downtown “pit stops” to try during your personal Ironman journey.

  • JUST ENJOY

PLAYGROUND AT RIVERWALK AUGUSTA, 6th St. – Burn off the antsies, then take a stroll along the scenic Savannah River

AUGUSTA MARKET AT THE RIVER, 8th Street at Riverwalk – Open-air market with coffee, food; shop for fresh bread, fruits and veggies, and arts and crafts. Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; theaugustamarket.com

MORRIS MUSEUM OF ART, 1 10th St. – Get your culture on at the first museum focused on Southern art; themorris.org

BOOK TAVERN, 1026 Broad St. – Lose yourself among the stacks; booktavern.com

PETERSBURG BOAT TOURS, Augusta Canal, 1450 Greene St. – A relaxing cruise down one of Augusta’s well-known waterways; augustacanal.com

EAST CENTRAL GEORGIA REGIONAL LIBRARY, 902 Greene St. – Browse some fresh reads to entertain the little ones; www.ecgrl.public.lib.ga.us

  • SHOP

ARTISTS ROW, Downtown Augusta – Wander a mix of funky galleries, eclectic shops and more; artistsrowaugusta.com

  • CARB UP

1102 BAR & GRILL, 1102 Broad St. – Casual atmosphere bar where you can carb up on pasta alfredo and other favorites; (706) 364-4075

LUIGI’S, 590 Broad St. – An Augusta tradition with Italian and Greek specialties; (706) 722-4056; luigisinc.com

  • GROCERY

SUNDREES URBAN MARKET, The White’s Building, 930 Broad St. – Grab the basics, plus coffee, growlers, cupcakes; (706) 945-1310, sundrees.com

  • CELEBRATORY DINING

BEES KNEES, 211 10th St. – Enjoy post-Ironman tapas with sangria; open for dinner; (706) 828-3600, beeskneestapas.com

ROOSTER’S BEAK, 215 10th St. – A taqueria that’s far from normal; (706) 364-2260, feedyourbeak.com

SOY NOODLE HOUSE, 1032 Broad St. – A blend of Asian cuisines, plus sushi; (706) 364-3116, soynoodlehouse.com

FROG HOLLOW TAVERN, 1282 Broad St. – Regionally grown ingredients, an upscale experience; (706) 364-6906, froghollowtavern.com

PAULEY’S STEAKHOUSE, 1022 Broad St. – Downtown’s only steakhouse; (706) 364-3512, pauleyssteakhouse.com

CASA BLANCA CAFé, 936 Broad St. – European-style café, plus delectable desserts; (706) 504-3431, casablancatime.com

  • KID-FRIENDLY EATS

PIZZA JOINT, 1245 Broad St. – Local pizza bakers with unique toppings, specialty pies and sandwiches; WiFi; (706) 774-0037, thepizzajoint.net

MELLOW MUSHROOM, 1167 Broad St. – Salads, calzones and, of course, pizza. Vegetarian options; (706) 828-5578, mellowmushroom.com/augusta

NACHO MAMAS, 976 Broad St. – Rolled-fat burritos and other eclectic Mexican; (706) 724-0501, nachomamasaugusta.com

MI RANCHO, 2 8th St. – Popular Mexican fare and karaoke nightly; (706) 724-3366

BLUE SKY KITCHEN, 990 Broad St. – Global cuisine in a casual atmosphere; (706) 821-3988

BEAMIE’S, 865 Reynolds St. – Fried seafood specialties in a casual atmosphere; (706) 724-6593

COTTON PATCH, 816 Cotton Lane – One of the best burgers in town. Later, live music in the scenic courtyard; (706) 724-4511, eatdrinkbehappy.com

  • LATE-NIGHT DINING

KNUCKLE SANDWICHES, 1149 Broad St. – Serving til 3 a.m. Don’t miss the PBR-B-Q.

  • CAROUSING

METRO COFFEEHOUSE AND PUB, 1054 Broad St. – Funky atmosphere, with coffee, drinks, seating areas and pool; (706) 722-6468

SKY CITY, 1157 Broad St. – Live music venue, plus bar with a laid-back vibe; skycityaugusta.com

SOUL BAR, 984 Broad St. – DJs and live music that’s always danceable; (706) 724-8880, soulbar.com

BAR ON BROAD, 917 Broad St. – Dress up and get down; (706) 955-7954

THE LOFT, 927 Broad St. – Huge, neon-lit bar with pool, music and more; (706) 828-6600, myspace.com/theloftaugusta

GREENE STREETS, 402 11th St. – Augusta’s original karaoke bar; (706) 432-8870

THE PLAYGROUND, 978 Broad St. – Rock out at this game-themed bar; (706) 724-2232

STILLWATER TAP ROOM, 974 Broad St. – A wide selection of beers, plus live music and pool; (706) 826-9857

JOE’S UNDERGROUND, 144 8th St. – A true smoky dive that rocks; (706) 724-9457

FOX’S LAIR, 349 Telfair St. – Intimate setting with live music; (706) 828-5600, thefoxslair.com

  • PAMPER

MODISH SALON & SPA, 1018 Broad St. – Hair, nail and spa services; (706) 722-1518, facebook.com/modishsalon

HALO SALON, 1122 Broad St. – Hair, nail and spa services; (706) 828-4856, haloaugusta.com

LA DOLCE VITA SALON & SPA, 1141 Broad St. – Hair, nail and spa services; (706) 724-0040, http://ladolcevitasalonandspa.net

  • BREAKFAST, ETC.

AUGUSTINO’S IN THE AUGUSTA MARRIOTT AT THE RIVER, 2 10th St. – Featuring a full buffet breakfast, plus menu options; (706) 823-6521, www.augustinos.net

NEW MOON CAFé, The White’s Building, 936 Broad St. – Grab a quick breakfast, caffeine up, and plug into free Wifi; newmoondowntown.com

BOLL WEEVIL, 10 9th St. – Go for the huge slices of cake, baked on-site; (706) 722-7772, thebollweevil.com

SUNSHINE BAKERY, 1209 Broad St. – “Sunshine” tea, cookies and sandwiches; (706) 724-2302

  • WHERE IT’S AT

AUGUSTA COMMON, Broad Street between Eighth and Ninth – Finish line and the heart of the ESi Ironman, plus vendors


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