We tried Augies for the first time in June because we like to give new local restaurants a try once they work out the kinks. We went on a Tuesday night around 6:30 pm so Augies was fairly empty. My husband had the scallops and I had the rack of lamb. The food was delicious no doubt because of their new chef who I heard used to be at Murphys. On food alone I would have rated Augies a 4.5 but there are a few things that get in the way.
1. The atmosphere in the restaurant is lacking in a major way. First their is a very wierd smell in the entrance lobby where the hostess station is located. I think it may be from the flooring - smells rubbery almost.
2. Next the restaurant lights were on full blast so I felt like I was having this great meal in a fast food joint.
3. Finally while the service was good we weren't served by a waitress - I think she might have been a hostess or owner. Normally in restaurants the wait staff has some type of uniform whether a t-shirt or white shirt .... here the woman had on regular clothes so we felt like we were being waited on by another patron.
Our final bill was about $90 and to spend that much money for dinner I'd like to have a great atmosphere and not just great food. I know I'm picky about these things and it might have been an off night for the restaurant but if you're open you should never have an off night. I'd recommend Iron Springs Cafe, the Rose or Murphys over Augies considering the price of the dinner.
I hope they improve the atmosphere because their food deserves it.
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