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Hildebrandt's

226 6th Street, Augusta, GA - (706) 722-7756
Posted By Keith Mclendon on 3/11/2014 9:38:00 AM
It's hard to describe a business that has been open since 1879 as a hidden gem, but thats what Hildebrandt's is. A grocery store since day one, they eventually added a kitchen and seating in the rear. There are still a few groceries up front, but most of the space has been taken over by antiques, collectibles and more tables. The place has been in Louanne Hildebrandt's family since it started. She grew up there and still runs the kitchen today. They make excellent sandwiches and sides and are open only for lunch 10-4 Monday-Saturday.

It's hard to decide when ordering, as everything sounds so good, but the wife and I narrowed it down to three which we would split. The Louis, which is named after Louanne's father, starts with selecting a type of bread, four meats of your choice and then you get to choose your cheese. Every step of the ordering process is handled slowly and they love offering suggestions on making it special for you. You can also have Louanne make it "her way" also. She chooses and that always works for me.

The grilled pork chop sandwich is unusual in this area and is one of their top sellers. It features two portions of boneless pork loin grilled to perfection. Again your choice of breads, dressings and toppings. It can also be spiced up while grilling with an excellent spice rub or cooked mild. Sourdough, cheddar, mayo, lettuce and tomato were my choices and it is a sandwich I would order again.

The star of the day though, was the reuben. I tend to order reubens before all other choices and this time it really paid off. It is tender corned beef (pastrami is an option), just the right amount of kraut and cheese on soft rye. The side of German potato salad was also a hit. Louanne serves it warm and it contains a generous portion of real bacon bits. I believe I could have made a meal of just the potato salad.

Hildebrandt's is well worth your time for a great lunch.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
German potato salad
Corned Beef Rueben
The Louis
Pork Chop Sandwich on Sourdough
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Loaded with large drifts of good ground beef and enough beans to balance it, Hildebrandt's chili is mild-mannered and tremendously satisfying.
"Loaded with large drifts of good ground beef and enough beans to balance it, Hildebrandt's chili is mild-mannered and tremendously satisfying."
Michael Stern





A little bit pickly and a whole lot porky, the German potato salad in this place is one of the best.
"A little bit pickly and a whole lot porky, the German potato salad in this place is one of the best."
Michael Stern


Luanne's Devil's Food Cake is very moist, very chocolaty, and dotted with large pieces of sweet cherry. A great cake!
"Luanne's Devil's Food Cake is very moist, very chocolaty, and dotted with large pieces of sweet cherry. A great cake!"
Michael Stern


The lunch special, 10/26/15: a plump, juicy bratwurst and sauerkraut (laced with pork), plus, in the background, German potato salad
"The lunch special, 10/26/15: a plump, juicy bratwurst and sauerkraut (laced with pork), plus, in the background, German potato salad"
Michael Stern


Confetti slaw is a kaleidoscopic refresher, tangy and just barely sweet.
"Confetti slaw is a kaleidoscopic refresher, tangy and just barely sweet."
Michael Stern


Corned Beef Rueben and German Potato Salad
"Corned Beef Rueben and German Potato Salad"
Keith Mclendon


I knew the Louis would be my choice as soon as Luanne mentioned it was named after her father.  This would be a really good sandwich anywhere, but the atmosphere elevates it into something memorable.
"I knew the Louis would be my choice as soon as Luanne mentioned it was named after her father. This would be a really good sandwich anywhere, but the atmosphere elevates it into something memorable."
Cliff Strutz


Hildebrandt's is like no other store, anywhere. The food is excellent; the ambiance and the hospitality of the family who run it are an inspiration.
"Hildebrandt's is like no other store, anywhere. The food is excellent; the ambiance and the hospitality of the family who run it are an inspiration."
Michael Stern


Serve-yourself at the beverage station.
"Serve-yourself at the beverage station."
Michael Stern


Luanne is the warm personality behind Hildebrandt's.
"Luanne is the warm personality behind Hildebrandt's."
Cliff Strutz


October, as the weather turns (relatively) cold, is the beginning of Hildebrandt's chili season.
"October, as the weather turns (relatively) cold, is the beginning of Hildebrandt's chili season."
Michael Stern


The German potato salad has a minimum amount of vinegar, but makes up for it by being loaded with bacon.
"The German potato salad has a minimum amount of vinegar, but makes up for it by being loaded with bacon."
Cliff Strutz


The ingredients for each of the Louis sandwiches are listed on a big board, right next to the ordering counter.
"The ingredients for each of the Louis sandwiches are listed on a big board, right next to the ordering counter. "
Cliff Strutz


Love the high arches and marble tabletops in the back dining area.
"Love the high arches and marble tabletops in the back dining area."
Cliff Strutz


Miscellaneous tables in the front room
"Miscellaneous tables in the front room"
Michael Stern


The tips are for a good cause.  No doubt a building this old is expensive to upkeep.
"The tips are for a good cause. No doubt a building this old is expensive to upkeep."
Cliff Strutz


Family photos fill the interior.
"Family photos fill the interior."
Cliff Strutz


There are two separate big rooms for your dining pleasure.  This one is filled with antiques and curios on the shelves.
"There are two separate big rooms for your dining pleasure. This one is filled with antiques and curios on the shelves."
Cliff Strutz


Some vegetables for sale.  While others know Hildebrandt's for their excellent sandwiches, the people in the surrounding neighborhood know it as their local store.
"Some vegetables for sale. While others know Hildebrandt's for their excellent sandwiches, the people in the surrounding neighborhood know it as their local store."
Cliff Strutz


Luanne fills out your ticket and then it is delivered back to you along with your food.  When you are finished eating, take it to the register to pay.
"Luanne fills out your ticket and then it is delivered back to you along with your food. When you are finished eating, take it to the register to pay. "
Cliff Strutz


Since 1879!
"Since 1879!"
Cliff Strutz


A visit to Hildebrandt's is indeed good for the soul!
"A visit to Hildebrandt's is indeed good for the soul!"
Cliff Strutz


Today, Hildebrandt's is mostly about lunch, but it still stocks a small assortment of groceries as well as a huge inventory of interesting and exotic candies.
"Today, Hildebrandt's is mostly about lunch, but it still stocks a small assortment of groceries as well as a huge inventory of interesting and exotic candies."
Michael Stern


Felt place mats seem to be maple leaves.
"Felt place mats seem to be maple leaves."
Michael Stern



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