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Pimento cheese is a spread that’s popular in the South. It can be used on crackers, vegetables, and sandwiches. While it’s not a spread that’s limited to a certain time of year, the demand for pimento cheese in Augusta increases during a certain week in April.

Some people go all year without a pimento cheese sandwich but around golf week, that’s when they’ll go out of their way to get one. Of course, they’re available at the Augusta National throughout that week.

But for those who won’t make it out to the course, there are plenty of local places serving up the cheesy spread to enjoy at the restaurant or to take home.

If you’re looking for somewhere to grab some pimento cheese any time of the year, we’ve got 7 local places listed below.

History Of Pimento Cheese

Despite being a popular spread in the South, pimento cheese didn’t originate in the South. Instead, it started in New York, according to SeriousEats.com. It started with cream cheese and canned pimentos. Throughout the years the combination changed and evolved.

SeriousEats references a Good Housekeeping article from 1908 that suggested a combination of cream cheese, mustard, chives, and minced pimentos. Cheese manufacturers soon would start adding flavors to the cheese during production, saving a step for consumers.

Even though pimento cheese originated in New York, the South eventually became a big part of pimento growing and canning. In fact, Griffin, Georgia played a big role in the pimento industry.

By 1938, there were 25,000 acres of land under cultivation for pimentos, and the largest packer, Pomona Products Company in Griffin was producing 10 million cans of pimentos each year.

Because of the massive pimento production in Georgia, many believe that’s why pimento cheese seems to be more popular in the South. But pimento cheese saw a large boom across the country from the 1920s through the 1940s. The pimentos grown and canned in Georgia were shipped throughout the country.

Pimento Cheese In Augusta

When it comes to Tournament food, the pimento cheese sandwiches and egg salad sandwiches are iconic. Those are the two you’ll hear most about during golf week. The sandwiches have been served at the Masters for years. For years, the recipe came from a caterer out of Aiken, SC.

The food preparation would eventually be turned over to WifeSaver based in Augusta. After months of testing, they finally mastered a recipe that was close to the original. Through the years, the popularity of the sandwiches continued.

Eventually, the National decided to handle food preparation in-house. From there they had to re-create the recipe again, since the previous chef refused to share it. While it may not match the original, there’s no slowing down on demand from patrons for the sandwiches at the course.

Pimento Cheese Recipe

Pimento cheese is a combination of shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, and pimentos. So, how could the recipes taste that much different? When searching for recipes online, you’ll find that some recipes add in cream cheese.

To really spice it up, some recipes use different combinations of spices to change the flavor. One recipe even suggests adding in some form of hot sauce.

If you’re looking for a “Masters Pimento Cheese” recipe, Golf.com has one you can see HERE.

And now other places you can find pimento cheese in Augusta:

  • WifeSaver

    Address: Mulitple Locations

    • 1501 North Leg Road, Augusta, GA
    • 3316 Washington Road, Augusta, GA
    • 5123 Wrightsboro Road, Grovetown, GA
    • 1100 Furys Ferry Road, Evans, GA
    • 414 East Martintown Road, North Augusta, SC

    For many years, WifeSaver was the vendor supplying the Augusta National with pimento cheese sandwiches. Eventually, the National decided to move food preparation to an in-house job. But WifeSaver didn’t give up the recipe. So, from the sound of it, the pimento cheese at WifeSaver is the iconic recipe that many patrons loved for years.

    Not only can you get pimento cheese at Wifesaver… they also have egg salad, which is another popular sandwich from the Tournament. Both are available now. On top of that, the Furys Ferry Road location also announced they have those coveted peach ice cream sandwiches too!

  • Dolce Darlin'

    Address: 404 Telfair Street, Augusta, GA

    Dolce Darlin’ is a local bakery with a menu that changes weekly. They are open Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or until sold out. While they do a lot of baked goods, pimento cheese is an item that is available each week. The pimento cheese is made with sharp cheddar cheese and real pimentos. It’s available in 8 or 16 ounce containers. Dolce Darlin’ also has a white cheddar version on the pimento cheese availabe in the same sizes as the original.

    Visit the website HERE.

  • Frog & The Hen

    Address: 466 Flowing Wells Road, Suite 4, Augusta, GA

    At Frog & The Hen, they have a pimento cheese plate as an appetizer that comes served with saltine crackers. On their list of sandwiches, you’ll find The Big Cheese. The sandwich has their pimento cheese, along with bacon and lettuce.

    Frog & The Hen is part of the Frog Hollow Hospitality Group. They proudly source the highest quality ingredients and have a passion for utilizing regionally sourced, fresh foods. At Frog & The Hen, you’ll find a delicious mix of breakfast and comfort foods. Their signature chicken is all-natural, hormone and antibiotic-free. They also have signature Hen’s Cheddar Biscuits, candied bacon cinnamon rolls, and more made-from scratch selections.

    Visit the website HERE.

  • The New Moon Café

    Address: Two Locations

    • 936 Broad Street, Augusta, GA
    • 116 Laurens Street NW, Aiken, SC

    At The New Moon Cafe, you have a couple of pimento cheese options. They have the Colbert, D.F.A. with naturally smoked bacon, house-made pimento cheese, and fresh tomato.  There’s also the Steak, Egg, and Pimento Cheese Wrap. The wrap includes London Broil roast beef with house-made pimento cheese and scrambled eggs.

  • Fat Man's Café

    Address: 1450 Greene Street, Suite 600, Augusta, GA

    At Fat Man’s Café, you can get a deli pimento cheese sandwich on white or wheat bread or a hoagie roll. Prefer it warm? You can get the Pimentoly Grilled Cheese. This has their homemade pimento cheese on wheat bread with bacon and tomato and grilled.

    Fat Man’s Café is open Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Fat Man’s also has catering options too.

    Visit the website HERE.

  • Lil' Dutch Bakery

    Address: 3830 Washington Road, Suite 5, Augusta, GA

    Lil’ Dutch Bakery doesn’t just specialize in cupcakes and custom cakes. They also make homemade pimento cheese and chicken salad.  Not only can you get the spread, but you can even get the rolls to put it on.  And you’ll want to pick up some of their sweet treats for dessert too!

    Visit their Facebook HERE.

  • Roots Produce

    Address: 703 North Belair Road, Evans, GA

    Roots Produce is a family, veteran-owned and operated business here in Georgia. They have over 20 years in the produce business and only secure the best produce at its peak. In addition to produce, Roots sells various local fare, including homemade pimento cheese, cheese straws, boiled peanuts, and more.

    Roots Produce is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are closed on Wednesday and Sundays. Keep up with their inventory and any changes in their hours on Facebook.

    Visit them on Facebook HERE.

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