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Business Lunch Review: Tbonz

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
Service: 5
Business Meeting: 5
Value: 4

Best steak in Augusta for 30 years running. That’s the sign that greets all who travel down Washington Road in our fair city. And while the claim is bold and controversial amongst my steak-loving cohorts, it’s definitely one of the best lunches you can get in town at one of the best and most central spots, and that doesn’t look to change anytime soon.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

TBonz is one of those Augusta staples. I’ve heard the wait for a table during tournament week often exceeds 3 hours. Luckily, when you go for lunch, usually there’s a table waiting with a smiling server. Our visit on a Friday found us a seat right away. They also have an Evans location if that’s more convenient for you.

Before the pandemic changed the world and namely food availability, TBonz would have received the highest value marks as they had $7.99 lunch options. Those are long gone, but you can often find a special for $10.99 and sandwiches and wings less than $15.

If you like something to start your meal, the Tommy Fries are one of the best (and least healthy) around. These fried potatoes are covered in cheese and bacon, and swimming in ranch. If you can spare the calories, you gotta try them. For lunch, we just opted for the free bread and butter (which also changed because of coronavirus) – a tasty start to the meal.

Chicken Sandwich

Because of the claims of best steak, I decided that should be this reviewer’s meal on the official visit. My wife opted for her typical, and plain chicken sandwich. While the Ribeye would typically be the poison I pick, I spent a dollar more for prime rib, and sadly, it wasn’t that great a choice. It came at least one temperature step below what I ordered and was a tad too chewy for me. However, I didn’t take off marks because usually the steaks are spot on, so I’ll let you decide if they’re the best in town or not. My wife was fond of her sandwich and the sides hit the spot.

TBonz is tradition. I’d be surprised if you, my faithful reader, had not had an experience there as we often end up there for lunch and date nights regularly. It’s usually where our family asks to go when they’re in town. But if for some reason you’ve missed it, get yourself to Washington road for the best(?) steaks in town.

2856 Washington Road

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