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.
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.
Diners at Rhinehart's Oyster Bar are commonly seen slurping oysters ($10.40 for 12 on the half shell) off paper plates, accompanying each bite with a slice of ice-cold beer. Other edibles on the menu include a variety of sandwiches ($5.25+), seafood ($7.95+), chicken ($7.99+), and more. The beyond casual atmosphere is overseen by a dedicated and friendly staff that serves clients indoors and out back in the expansive picnic-tabled backyard.
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.
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).