Everyone who has grown up in Paris remembers the saying ”It good for the Money” coined by a local Parisian on behalf of Johnnie’s Recap. Now we bring you the Best of Paris voted on by our staff. We encourage everyone to live the culture of Paris and we hope we can direct you to some old favorites as well as some new ones.

2009 Winners
best overall restaurant: French Market Grill
best runner-up: Bistro 491
best new restaurant: Crums on Central
best downtown restaurant: Cafe 209
best hill area restaurant: French Market Grill
best columbia county restaurant: TakoSushi
best restaurant when someone else is paying: The Public House
best wait staff: French Market Grill
best caterer: Very Vera
best meat & 3 vegetables: Hot Foods by Calvin
best atmosphere: TakoSushi
best outdoor patio: Partridge Inn
best restaurant for children: Any Mexican
best appetizers: Bonefish
best japanese restaurant: Miyabi
best chinese restaurant: Shangri La
best thai restaurant: Thai Jong
best french restaurant: La Maisan
best italian restaurant: Luigi's
best mexican restaurant: Nacho Mamas
best greek restaurant: Luigis
best cheap meal: Barbaritos
best oysters: Rhinehart's Oyster Bar
best Sunday Brunch: Partridge Inn
best breakfast: Mally's Bagels & Grits
best late night meal: Waffle House
best hamburgers: Sportscenter
best french fries: Bistro 491
best sweat tee: Fat Man's
best pizza: Roma's
best subs: Subway
best wings: Wild Wing Cafe
best seafood: French Market Grill
best salad: Bistro 491
best steak: The Public House
best shrimp and grits: Rae's Coastal Cafe
best ice cream: Cold Store Creamery
best bbq: Firehouse
best hotdogs: The Hotdog House
best she crab soup: French Market Grill
best bagels: Mally's Bagels and Grits
best chain restaurant: Mellow Mushroom
best deli: My Friend's Place
best bakery: Sunshine Bakery
best desserts: Boll Weevil
best boiled peanuts: Fat Man's Forest
best mac & cheese: Wife Saver
best crab legs : Rhinehart's Oyster Bar
best appetizers: French Market Grill
best Waffle House: Wheeler Road
best chicken gizzards and livers: Wife Saver
best lasagna: The Boll Weevil
best crawfish: French Market Grill
best sushi: TakoSushi
best cafeteria: S&S Cafeteria
best rack of lamb: La Maison
best hawg chef: Gary Bittle
best gator chef: Scott Benjamin
best tuna: Cadwallader's Cafe
best fingers: Wife Saver
best jerk: Rae's Coastal Cafe
best salmon: Bistro 491
best pork chops: Blue Sky Cafe

best overall bar: The Soul Bar
best runner-up: Stillwater Tap Room
best new bar: Vur Lounge
best coffee house: Metro
best wine selection (retail): Wine World
best wine selection (bar or restaurant): Bistro 491
best beer selection (retail): Harvard Wine & Beverage
best beer selection (bar or restaurant): Soul Bar
best happy hour: Wild Wing Cafe
best neighborhood bar: Helga's
best upscale bar: Partridge Inn
best downtown bar: Soul Bar
best authentic pub: The Highlander
best dance club: Modjeska
best pool hall: Robbie's Sports Bar & Grill
best sports bar: Somewhere in Augusta
best underground bar: Joe's Underground
best pick-up joint: Wild Wing Cafe
best interior design in a bar: Stillwater Tap Room
best view from a bar: Ramada Plaza Hotel Bar
best strip club: Discotheque Lounge
best bartender: Karen (French Market Grill)
best bartenders (group): The Soul Bar
best cold beer: Soul Bar
best martinis: The Bee's Knees
best margaritas: Nacho Mamas
best shots: The Soul Bar
best DJs: Modjeska
best fishbowl margaritas: Vallarta's
best liquor store: The White Horse
best bar stools: Partridge Inn
best juke box: Cue & Brew
best (most) TVs in a bar: Wild Wing Cafe

best bar to hear good music: The Soul Bar
best bar to hear rock: Sky City
best bar to hear jazz: The Bee's Knees
best bar to hear bluegrass: Stillwater Tap Room
best bar to hear cover bands: Wild Wing Cafe
best bar to hear Motown songs: Surrey Tavern
best sound system in a bar: Wild Wing Cafe
best local band: Fried Goat
best local band runner-up: The Cubists
best DJ: DJ Buddha
best concert: The Soul Generals - Soul Bar
best drummer: Chris Carrick (The Cubists)
best guitarist: Marcus Barfield (The Cubists)
best bassist: Iordan (Dan) Atanassov (Fried Goat)
best singer: Shaun Piazza (Shaun Piazza Band)

News, Media, & Personalities
best parisian: Ronnie Strength
best news story: The launching of www.parisofthesouth.com
best TV anchor: Jennie Montgomery
best investigative reporter: George Eskola
best weatherman: Bob Smith
best sports anchor: Chris Kane
best TV station: WJBF channel 6
best newspaper columnist: Bill Kirby (Augusta Chronicle)
best local website: www.parisofthesouth.com
best website runner-up: www.dawgbone.net
best new local website: www.augustarealtors.com
best local web designs: Boiled Peanut Wed Designs
best radio station: WGAC 580 AM
best talk/news: WGAC 580 AM
best local radio show: A.B. Sportsline
best radio personality: Harley Drew
best radio agitator: Austin Rhodes
best city commissioner: Joe Bowles
best democrat: Ed Tarver
best republican: Charles Norwood
best community activist: Scott Benjamin
best stock broker: Cord Kilpatrick
best lawyer: Lee Brigham
best law firm: Garrett & Gilliard
best plumber: Brian Wheeler (Hardy Plumbing)
best mind reader: Readings by Angel

Sports, Recreation, Health, & Beauty
biggest local sports story: Ken Whisenhunt named Arizona Cardinals Head Coach
best SEC football player: Marcus Washington (Georgia)
best professional athlete: Vaughn Taylor
best professional wrestler: Hulk Hogan
best place for family fun: Fort Discovery
best park: Golf and Gardens (RIP)
best sporting goods: Sports Academy
best outdoor outfitters: American Wilderness Outfitters
best place to buy a boat: Lakeside Marine Inc.
best public golf course: River Course
best private golf course: Augusta National
best health club: The Muscle Factory
best physician: Dr. Jim Wynn
best tanning salon: Coco's Cabana
best dentist: Dr. J. Perry Davis
best hospital: Medical College of Georgia
best place to give birth: St. Joseph's Hospital
best hospital cafeteria: University Hospital
best sex shop: Xmart
best massage therapist: Fredrica's
best hair salon: Elements
best hotel: Partridge Inn
best bed and breakfast: Perrin Guest House
best veterinarian: Dr. Gary Wilkes

Attractions & City Living
best neighborhood: Murray Hills
best downtown living: Enterprise Mill
best tourist trap: Discotheque
best tour company: Cotton Exchange Welcome Center
best old building: Old Medical College
best new building: Richmond County Board of Education
best public school: Richmond Academy
best private school: Episcopal Day School
best place to walk a dog: Augusta Canal
best museum: Morris Museum of Art
best theatre: Imperial Theatre
best historical site: Sacred Heart Cultural Center

best shopping area: Surrey Center
best department store: Richs'/Macy's
best women's clothing: The Village
best men's clothing: Barksdale's
best children's clothing: Posh Tots
best spa: Tuscany
best jewelry: Ravens Hoard
best shoe store: Shoe Studio
best thrift store: Uturn Thrifty Store
best art gallery: Mary Pauline Gallery
best flea market: South Augusta Flea Market
best antiques: Merry's Trash & Treasures
best furniture: Merry's Trash & Treasures
best pet store: Monoca's School of Tropical Fish
best paint store: Benjamin Moore
best frame shop: Michael's
best car stereo store: Norton Car Stereo
best shutters: Plantation Shutters
best grocery store: Fresh Market
best health store: The Jamaican Herbalist
best tobacco shop: Tobacco Land
best liquor store: The White Horse
best dry cleaners: Tudor's
best florist: Fat Man's Forest
best Dawg paraphernalia: Aace Flags/Dawg House
best pawn shop: Guns & Things Pawn Brokers
best casket shop: Caskets & More
best bowling alley: AMF Masters Lanes
best sign shop: AAA Signs
best place to meet women at 10:00 am: Publix
best funerals: Poteet's
best kennel: Suggs
best store sign: Dawg House
best tire store: Washington Road Tire & Auto
best place to get you car fixed: Washington Road Tire & Auto
best motorcycle shop: Augusta Harley Davidson
best bookstore: Borders
best musical instruments: Rock Bottom's
best use cars: Catfish Used Cars
best new cars: Gerald & Andy Jones
best car wash: Bubba's Car Wash
best guns: The Gun Cabinet
best cab company: Radio Cabs
best limo company: Garden City
best realty company: Blanchard & Calhoun
best insurance agency: State Farm
best bank: SunTrust
Best Overall Restaurant:
French Market Grill
Best Meat & 3 Vegetables:
Hot Foods by Calvin
Best Chain Restaurant:
Mellow Mushroom
Best Mac & Cheese:
Wife Saver
Best Gator Chef:
Scott Benjamin
Best Overall Bar:
The Soul Bar
Best Authentic Pub:
Best Sports Bar:
Dawg House
Best Juke Box:
Cue & Brew Pub
Best Bar to Hear Jazz:
The Bee's Knees
Best Bar to Hear Bluegrass:
Still Water Tap Room
Best Local Web Designs:
Boiled Peanut Web Designs
Best Tourist Trap:
Discotheque Lounge
Best Historical Site:
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Best Shopping Area:
Surrey Center
Best Art Gallery:
Mary Pauline Gallery
Best Bank: