Editor’s Note: Wes Hennings never met a meal he walked away from and is an opinionated eater! Each Monday he shares the results of a business lunch he’s had with a colleague as a way to advise our business community on the good, bad and the tasty across the CSRA. He doesn’t let ABD or the restaurant know where he is going and his opinions are his own. He grades the restaurants he visits on a 1-5 scale with “5” being outstanding. We call this our “Real Business Lunch Review”.
Food Quality: 5
Business Meeting: 4
Average Score: 4.5 of 5
I just love our city, and I love to see a good ol’ AUG success story, and that’s exactly what this week’s eatery is. Diablo’s found a quick audience in the cyber city, and is now an export around Georgia and South Carolina.
There are multiple Diablo’s locations around the CSRA, but for this review, we had to hit up the OG on Wheeler road across from the entrance to Doctor’s Hospital. The restaurant was an original tenant to this fairly new strip center, and living close by, I remember the anticipation before it opened. It did not disappoint then nor today.
When you walk in, you can’t help but notice the wood wall (repurposed from a local demo I’ve heard) along with bull horns and head crown protruding above the register. The style of food and service is exactly what you’d find at Chipotle or Moe’s, so you wonder why we need this chain at all. It’s because of the food quality and free chips.
I’m doing some traveling soon and decided that today’s lunch compadres should be my absolute favorites – my twin three year old daughters. I already have no doubt they are the business leaders of Augusta’s future. They had a quesadilla kids meal, with Oreos so good they ended up all over their face. My wife had the quesadilla as well and it was steak tacos for me.
Chips are free with every order, and these are some of my favorite in town. We have a plethora of Tex Mex eateries so it’s a pretty high bar. Steak was on point, along with the fixins that go with it. My wife wished the cheese had been a bit more melty at this visit, but it seems like a one-off mistake.
As far as having a business lunch here, it’s definitely a big open space with loud talking and music. So I wouldn’t bring a high-end prospect, but it’s perfect for a casual chat or time out of the office with colleagues.
I remember the first time I had that experience – and I just happened to be having a meal with clergy from my church. I was raving about how good the food was, when my lead pastor looked at the sign and said, “So what does the name mean, anyway.” Of course we had a good laugh and a great meal.
You can tell I’m a big fan, and anxious to see where this Augusta success lands next. You can get a burrito, bowl, taco and more at numerous locations around the two-state, so if you haven’t already, I suggest you don’t delay!
Diablo’s Southwest Grill