At Top Notch Express Car Wash, customers can choose their preferred degree of cleaning control. Each of the four locations abides by a flex system, enabling owners to drive by for a full- or express-service scrubbing. Express washes cleanse and jet-dry exteriors before patrons vacuum the interiors themselves, whereas full-service washes employ the staff to vacuum, clean windows, and oversee the application of add-ons such as wax and tire shine. Frequent clients can even sign up for a monthly unlimited wash plan, a prudent asset for autos that are regularly sullied by off-road excursions or ice-cream-truck demolition derbies.
Technicians further primp vehicles with meticulous detailing at all venues, and oil changes at West Augusta and Evans. Their focus on speed and convenience has earned them the Best of Augusta award for 14 years straight in Augusta magazine, and prompted the installment of handy amenities, including auto-pay machines and a fleet account program for company cars.
Rust-colored brick walls and picturesque Italian-village street scenes lend a distinct Old World atmosphere to the dining room of Robolli's Italian Bar & Grill. This eatery isn't actually nestled on a quaint Tuscan hillside, though a disoriented visitor wouldn't be blamed for thinking so after sipping a glass of imported chianti and biting into Robolli's traditional Italian cuisine.
Its chefs drizzle housemade sauces—such as herb-and-garlic-infused marinara and creamy parmsean alfredo—onto pastas and seasonal vegetables. They also crown housemade Chicago-style deep-dish or thin-crust pizza dough with more than 25 toppings, including some unusual offerings, such as house-smoked pork, shaved rib eye, and sunny-side-up eggs. Chefs make the pizza dough gluten-free or shaped like giant Frisbee upon request.
It can take an artist years to apply the right brushstrokes to a canvas, but at Corks and Canvas, it only takes one night. During each three-hour painting session, a professional artist walks classes through every step of duplicating a piece of acrylic art. Made up of participants aged 16 and older, the group classes convene at a public venue such as a restaurant. Students can buy food and drinks to snack on throughout the night or smear onto their canvas if they’re tired of painting. For scheduled sessions and private events for adults or kids, Corks and Canvas supplies canvases, paint, brushes, easels, and aprons.
Jack of Malibu Jack's Surf Grill has always loved the beach. He grew up in the surf—swimming, fishing, sailing—and moved away from it only to go to school. His adult life sent him travelling for work, a time when he sought out the beaches of the world and sampled the diverse foods of the various areas he visited. From these experiences he was able to pull together a menu that features beachy foods from various cuisines, such as caribbean jerk chicken and Maine diver scallops. The Augusta location of Malibu Jack’s Surf Grill boasts six big-screen TVs, which broadcast NFL games in the fall and a video feed of Poseidon scraping kelp off his party boat the rest of the year.
Offering flavors containing two grams of fat or fewer, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt showers customers with a slew of healthy dessert options that scoop and customize for themselves. Rows of self-serve machines wait for inquisitive hands to release an eclectic mix of flavors—such as vanilla, brownie batter, eggnog, chocolate mint, and gingerbread—into waiting cups below. Customers become maestros at work as they conduct a symphony of sweet and candied toppings, dusting heaps of soft-serve with wisps of coconut, mochi, or cocoa pebbles. After finishing their masterpieces, customers can decamp to seating set between the shop's neon-lime walls to eat away, read over the detailed nutritional information of their favorite flavors, and build replicas of the Sydney Opera House out of discarded spoons.
Barberitos assuages stubborn hunger pangs with a zesty mixture of fresh, made-to-order southwestern fare. A popular option on the diverse menu, the Heavy D burritotests tortilla strength with portions of rice, beans, meat, cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and lettuce ($6.79). Because meals, like pacemakers, can be fun to put together yourself, Barberitos serves sizzling fajitas, a platter of meat, three taco shells, and tasty toppings ready for assembly ($8.99–$9.99). On Fridays only, jerk fish tacos prove they're actually quite nice with a medley of grilled tilapia, cheese, guac, cilantro, and lime ($3.59). Meat dodgers can indulge in vegetarian options such as the vegetarian quesadilla, a grilled 10-inch tortilla filled with cheese and beans or a choice of vegetables ($5.39).