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Augie's Front Burner

109 S 5th St, Springfield, IL 62701-1208
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Ranked #16 of 433 restaurants in Springfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, International
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: E Washington St
Description: Augie’s Front Burner is a locally owned, owner operated dining establishment that has served the Springfield area since 1997. Owner August Mrozowski is committed to offering all of his guests an exceptional, casual yet elegant, dining experience. A proud supporter of local businesses and local farmers, Augie’s Front Burner also offers catering for parties and special events.August Mrozowski, owner and chef of Augie’s Front Burner, started his culinary career in Springfield at the age of 13. Following in his father’s footsteps, he developed a passion for the culinary arts and worked at the Cafe L'Europe in Sarasota Florida for 19 years. In 1992, August opened his own restaurant, and in 1997 he returned home where he opened Augie’s Front Burner in Springfield. Augie’s overriding desire is to present his guests with the freshest and most interesting products available on the market. A strong supporter of other local businesses, Augie can be spotted weekly in the local farmers’ markets; he makes a point of knowing the best seasonal items that are available and creates his menus around those products. August’s creative flair can clearly be seen when it comes to his food presentation. He believes that fine dining is a multi-sensory experience, and he ensures that each plate is constructed and garnished beautifully so that when it arrives at the table, diner’s are ready to take in a flavorful, texture-filled culinary delight.
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Providence, Rhode Island
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014 NEW

This is a very good restaurant in the middle of a very austere city street. There is nothing else around, and if it wasn't for the tables and chairs outside, we would have missed it. The menu is varied and the food is excellent. Several vegetarian choices - I had a fancy grilled cheese with pesto and other ingredients that... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

I was a solo diner this trip and could not have been happier with my meal. The scallops and short rib were out of this world good and the the bread pudding was incredible. Great evening.

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Eureka, Illinois
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45 reviews 45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We visited Springfield with the intent of seeing the Lincoln museum. Stayed at the State House Inn and decided to come here because it was a short walk from the hotel. Overall the food was really good. The food items had unique handmade flavors. Since we were there on a Thursday, we had the opportunity to choose from the Thrift... More

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Chicago, IL
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330 reviews 330 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Augie's has a gourmet air about it. The wine list is very nice, even the by the glass selection, but there is a great disparity in the volume of the white vs red wine pours. The cocktails were somewhat lacking in subtle flavors. The food was very tasty and had a good variety of flavor profiles. The service was somewhat... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We went here while on vacation because my husband was in the mood for a steak. The food was good, but it wasn't worth it for the cost in my opinion...we actually were debating about picking up something extra on the way back to our hotel because of how small the portion sizes were. You're looking at $20-$35 per person.... More

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Ate here the other night while in town for business. My fiancé came with this trip and we stumbled upon Augies. Our waitress described each special and assisted us in our choices. Appetizer: crab cake. Delicious. Crispy outside. Full of flavor. Didn't taste fishy at all. Main course: me..pasta of the moment...shrimp, asparagus, creamy garlic sauce. Smaller portion the. I... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Four of us went to Augie's Front Burner for dinner when we were passing through Springfield. It was the most expensive disappointing meal I have ever eaten. I actually had buyer's remorse after dining at Augie's.. My husband had the $34.00 steak dinner. It was the special that evening. It had no flavor, and it was accompanied with boxed mashed... More

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Western Springs, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Lunch at augies was good as always. Waiter was nice and knowledgeable. Interesting menu and good options. Favorite place to go in Springfield. Wish they were open for lunch on Saturday.

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Decatur, Illinois
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110 reviews 110 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Went to Augie's in February . This is a regular place for me to visit and it is always good. I had the roasted chicken. So delicious. The chicken was perfect. My husband had the salmon. He really enjoyed it. The service is always good and they have a great wine selection. One of my favorite places.

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Waukegan, Illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Augies' was great. There were 7 of us with a reservation. Seating was quick and the wait staff were very professional. I enjoyed the eclectic decore and the fact that the tables were not too close togeather (a common problem I've found with small restaurants). We were there for Thrifty Thursdays which meant a 3 course meal at a fantastic... More

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