Originally Published: February 4, 2016 7:26 p.m.
Just as you pull into Frontier Village at 1721 E. State Highway 89, look for the big moustache on the building and you will have found Augie's Restaurant, and you'll be glad you did.
Augie's is a good-sized restaurant and bar with a very pleasant atmosphere, and its menu is primarily American. There are steaks, salads, seafood, soups, burgers, pasta dishes and comfort plates. It's not a huge menu, but there's plenty to choose from.
Appetizers range in price from $6.95 to $11.95 for won ton nachos with lobster and there are 10 selections to choose from. An interesting variety of entrées range in price from $12.95 for a Town Burger to $28.95 for an 8-ounce filet. There are also daily dinner specials and prime rib on Saturday night. Augie's has a nice lunch menu, a good selection of desserts, a Sunday brunch menu and numerous gluten free items.
A small but good wine list, full bar, draft and bottle beers, soft drinks, coffee, tea and 18 signature martinis comprise the drinks menu with nice discounts on drinks and appetizers during happy hour. Wine prices are reasonable, ranging from $5 to $12 per glass and $18 to $46 per bottle. Or you can choose a Wine Flight and sample three of your favorites for $12. The desserts range in price from $4.95 to $7.95, and there were nine delectable choices.
We began our meal with a very interesting appetizer called negimaki. It looks like sushi but is anything but. It consists of sliced New York steak cut thin and then flattened and rolled around carrots, scallions, and asparagus. It is grilled and served in a cast iron skillet on a butcher block in a delicious teriyaki sauce covered with sesame seeds. There are eight pieces, so it was plenty to share.
My dinner selection was pot roast from the "Comfort Plates" section of the menu and it was delicious. Fork-tender beef with a light sauce served with baby carrots and either garlic mashed potatoes, rice or risotto. It was an excellent and filling combination. My wife chose the beer-battered fish and chips - three huge pieces of cod fried perfectly in a light beer batter with jalapeno tartar sauce and broccoli slaw, served with a very large portion of chips (French fries) and baby carrots. Augie's portions are very generous.
While we were getting full, our knowledgeable server, Tammy, recommended we try the Snicker Bar Pie, and we were not disappointed. It is a large chunk of vanilla ice cream, flourless chocolate cake, caramel sauce and peanuts shaped like an enormous piece of pie. We shared one order and still brought some home. It was delightful and I would highly recommend it.
Augie's is a great dining experience for lunch or dinner and I suggest you give it a try. The atmosphere is very comfortable and you do not feel crowded by other diners. There is an outdoor patio for summer dining and they are open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner. And, don't forget to join the Moustache Club.