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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/20 08:12:17 (permalink)
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That's too bad they didn't have the fried chicken on the day of your visit to Honey From a Rock, but that catfish looks like a nice consolation prize.  Are those nuts in the sweet potato casserole? 
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/20 13:42:08 (permalink)
Original cube building, too!  Check that out.  And li'l ole me needing to stop in Augusta on my way back from eastern NC later this year.  Unfortunately, I will not be in Augusta until after sunset on that trip.
 
If you check out this very good video from the "Discover South Carolina" tourist campaign, centered on barbecue, you can see an original Maryland Fried Chicken building providing a home for the quite excellent True BBQ in West Columbia:
 
http://bbq.discoversouthc...e-to-roadside-barbecue
 
 
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/20 15:40:59 (permalink)

 
Chickenplucker, what are the items in the front of the line in this photo? If desserts, what kind?

If I get the chance, I  will have to try Honey From the Rock. I have passed thru the area many times, but always late on Friday or Sunday night. Food options were slim.

I will always remember one radio station by its catchy call sign: WBBQ in Augusta.

I have never had a cabbage and collards dish before. I wonder if this something new or perhaps a black thing?
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/20 21:40:41 (permalink)
Buffetbuster, those were pecans in the sweet potato casserole. Very good too.
Heartbreaksoup, thanks for the cool video. There are several Maryland Frieds in south Georgia including Blackshear,Waycross,Albany,Dublin,Swainsboro,Thomasville,and Cairo.
Southern Fried, At the front of the line was a good looking selection of pies and cakes but I failed to ask if they were homemade. My eyes were drawn on that trip to the pan of banana pudding behind them. That collard and cabbage dish was a mystery to me also especially since there were collards on the line as well. That was a first for me.
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/23 16:06:12 (permalink)
If you arent full after leaving Hildebrandt's just walk around the corner to Sports Center. Its a pool hall/bar/ hangout that cooks a mean hamburger and onion rings. That meat is patted daily and the rings are cut fresh and coated. The fries are cut fresh also. This is a smoking establishment so be prepared. The smell of the flat top grilling burgers and onions overpowers it for the most part. There is a really good Italian restaurant next door called Luigis that has been there for decades. They are the favorite of a lot of the golfers during The Masters. Legend has it that back in the early days Jackie Gleason would be in town for the tournament, eat dinner at Luigis and then hit the Sports Center afterwards hustling on the pool tables.




 
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/08/28 22:07:20 (permalink)
Its been awhile so lets give this one a bump. Just across the river from downtown Augusta on GA 28 is Beech Island,SC. Adult home of James Brown until his death. Its also the home of a really good Bar-B-Que pit. I spelled it like that because that's the way they prefer it at Freeman's Bar-B-Que. This was my 1st visit and I am already planning the next. Whole hogs are cooked on a tin covered pit in the back room of this tiny but comfortable pit. I ordered the chopped plate which also is served with hash over rice and a choice of potato salad or cole slaw. Mr Freeman added a touch of his vinegar and pepper sauce and there was also more on the table. I only noticed 1 sauce choice. My meat was moist,well chopped,almost all inside meat with no bark. Next time I will ask for a little bark. The hash was very representative of this region. I cant wait to get back and sample the ribs and chicken.



 
 
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/08/29 07:53:41 (permalink)
Very nice chickenplucker!  Wish I had known about it when I was in Augusta a few months ago.
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/08/29 09:23:40 (permalink)
...but it was spelled " bar-B-Q" on their sign???????
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/08/29 09:34:45 (permalink)
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...but it was spelled " bar-B-Q" on their sign???????


And Bar-B-Que inside and on the menu. Anything goes I guess.
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/09/21 15:59:59 (permalink)
We were visiting family in the downtown area Friday and were craving BBQ at dinner. The closest place was just across the river in North Augusta,SC. BBQ Barn has been open 4 years or so and this was my 1st visit. I wont hesitate to revisit. The chopped pork was moist and smoky and the hash and rice was very good also. The side of mac&cheese was of the baked variety which is my favorite. The ribs however were overcooked and must have been stored under moist heat. You couldn't pick them up without the bones sliding out. The remaining meat had a good flavor though. There was a selection of 4 sauces with the Hot Carolina Gold being my favorite. There was also a Mild Carolina Gold and Georgia Red in Hot and Mild versions.





 
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/09/22 08:08:46 (permalink)
Aren't you worried about burning in Barbecue Hell for putting mustard sauce and red sauce on the same plate?
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/12/23 09:21:11 (permalink)
I saw on FB yesterday that Luanne and the crew at Hildebrandt's had a fresh pot of chili made. It was cold and rainy so that sounded perfect for lunch. I had the Italian Louis and a side of chili. If you are heading down I-20 this is really worth a trip downtown for lunch.


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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/12/23 10:23:44 (permalink)
The Italian and Hot look great as is, but I'll skip the German unless I can get it without the braunschweiger!
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/12 20:34:10 (permalink)
If you have lived in or visited Augusta at all you undoubtedly know about Wife Saver Restaurants. Started in 1965 by George Cunningham and still operated today by his son Chris. This is the go to place for fried chicken in the area. There are 7 locations currently in the metro area. Chicken, fish and vegetables are the core of the menu along with the best sweet tea in the area and really good banana pudding.
http://www.wifesaverrestaurants.com/#locations


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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/12 20:36:30 (permalink)
Now to the meat of the matter. Fried chicken,mac and cheese,black eyed peas,corn muffins,sweet tea,and banana pudding. Incredible lunch.




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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/12 20:42:39 (permalink)
That looks really good CP, especially the custardy mac and cheese. Have you ever tried their pies?
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/12 21:10:38 (permalink)
Cliff I have tried the pecan and the coconut custard. Both winners.
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/13 08:01:25 (permalink)
That's a nice-looking tray!  I've given it some thought and believe this is the first I've ever heard of Wife Saver.
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/14 14:53:04 (permalink)
You know, I saw a Wife Saver somewhere on my last circumnavigation, probably the one in North Augusta, and told myself to look that up when I got home because it appeared to be a curious chain I'd never heard of.  Then I promptly forgot all about it.  Thanks for the reminder!!  This'd also make a good chapter at our blog.
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/14 15:19:33 (permalink)
Question for chickenplucker & Heartbreaksoup.....  Have either one of you been to Ivery's Restaurant in Thomson, GA?  If so, what did you think?
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/15 20:22:18 (permalink)
SWEET Ts is pretty good if you are in Thomson.
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/15 22:48:39 (permalink)
I have been meaning to hit Ivery's up Buffetbuster and now Large Man has given me another reason to visit Thomson.
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/16 05:59:23 (permalink)
Chickenplucker-
Please report back if you make it over to Ivery's.  It was one of the few places I could find open on a Sunday, which is how I ended up there.  Warning:  it is a buffet!

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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/19 14:32:39 (permalink)
I haven't been there myself.  I need to do a better job covering that side of the state, honestly.
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/02/17 23:25:00 (permalink)
Last Friday I visited a restaurant that I haven been to in quite a while mainly because of the location. It's in an industrial park area out close to the airport. Just a little off my normal routes. T's restaurant has been in this location since 1952 and has morphed from a small drive up shack to a multi dining room restaurant with a full service bar. Always owned and managed by the Fulcher family. Fried seafood is the bulk of the menu with a nice selection of steaks also. The item they are most famous for though are hush puppies. Served in large baskets with tarter sauce. I could make a meal of them probably. Best I have ever tasted.
http://www.tsrestaurant.com/

 
There is a beautiful salad bar built into the original Mr. Fulchers fishing boat which is the centerpiece of the restaurant.

 
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/02/17 23:28:40 (permalink)
The hush puppies arrived with my drink and I had to take the picture quick before they were gone.

Very good cole slaw took the place of the salad bar at lunch for me.

Whole catfish and fried shrimp along with steak fries finished up my lunch.

In Georgia this means the catfish were cooked perfectly.

 
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/02/17 23:41:46 (permalink)
Buffetbuster thank you thank you thank you for reminding me that I needed to visit Ivery's Restaurant in Thomson,Ga which is just a few miles from Augusta on I-20. It will be a frequent stop for me from now on. I stopped for lunch on a Friday 2 weeks ago and didn't take any pictures but can assure you that the fried chicken,fried pork chops,mac and cheese,turnips,and broccoli casserole were well worth a repeat visit.
https://www.facebook.com/IverysRestaurantThomson?rf=111502902223477
Today my wife and I visited and she scolded me for holding out on her. The chicken was just as good as before as were the turnips,cabbage,rutabegas,and peas. The star of the meal though was perfectly fried beef liver in gravy. WOW. We don't see it served a lot here in middle Georgia so I am glad I found this gem.

So I had to have a second helping of liver and gravy over rice along with dessert. I don't always eat several desserts but remembering the cobblers from my first visit I had to sample everything. The banana pudding was very good as was the peach cobbler but the sleeper was apple cobbler. I have had fried apples,baked apples, but never cooked into a cobbler. Incredible.

 
Thanks again Buffetbuster. Ivery's is a winner
 
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/02/18 08:40:01 (permalink)
chickenplucker
In Georgia this means the catfish were cooked perfectly.
I'm pretty sure that's the universal sign of perfectly cooked fish.
 
Now fried liver in gravy, on the other hand...
 

 

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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/02/18 09:01:45 (permalink)
I would have loved the liver in gravy! And, everything else sounds great. Thanks for sharing!
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Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/02/18 11:30:41 (permalink)
The liver sounded good to me
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