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Hildebrant’s is a quiet gem

Hildebrant’s is a family-owned, German-inspired delicatessen in Downtown Augusta. This is a gem for several reasons, but the first is because it was established in the late 1800s as a grocery store and over time transitioned into what it is today – an awesome place for lunch.

Overall Score: 4 stars

Food: 4 stars

Service: 5 stars

Inclusivity: 5 stars

Atmosphere: 3 stars

The Breakdown

This is another place I was able to walk to from work so I’ll definitely be dropping by again. It’s an older restaurant with a lot of vintage vibes. It still gives “grocery store” so I was a little confused when I first walked in. It has a modern-day service structure. You stand in line, order what you want at the counter, and a server brings it to your table. You’re allowed to sit anywhere that’s open, but they don’t have a ton of space so you may want to pass if you’re having a big group – like we did on the day my coworkers and I had a farewell lunch for one of our team members.

I ordered the sausage dog with peppers and onions, and ketchup and mustard. It was perfect. Perfectly seasoned and tasted amazing. They have a few options for sides, but I just chose a bag of chips. The only reason I have to knock them down a star in the food category is that I had to pour my water in a red solo cup. That just took away from the dining experience compared to how awesome everything else was. The service was amazing, I felt welcomed, it was nice and clean, but I couldn’t overlook the fact that I had to use a red solo cup to get my own water. They do have other drink options as well as bottled water, but I assumed they had a drink machine or something in the back (haha). Maybe it was due to COVID restrictions so that won’t stop me from coming back and trying all of their sandwiches.

How to get 5 stars

Besides correcting the red solo cup issue, I would only recommend that they get some updated furniture and seating in their dining area. I love their vibe and don’t want that to change, but there were some chairs that my coworkers and I were a little apprehensive about sitting on. This is minor tho and I think everyone who dines here will have a great experience just like me.

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