Hot!Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be...

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chickenplucker
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2014/03/10 16:06:06
Rodney Crowell wrote the song. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band made it a hit but I am here tell you it just isnt true. LOL. Augusta is the 2nd biggest city in Georgia and barely has a footprint on Roadfood. I live less than hour away so usually if we go to eat Augusta is the place. Hopefully its okay if I post sort of an extended roadtrip here and give my ideas of some Roadfood worthy stops between Atlanta and Columbia. First is my favorite pizza joint which goes by the name The Pizza Joint. They have been tossing pies by hand since 1996 in downtown Augusta and now have 2 GA locations and 2 in SC. They also have a great selection of bottle and draft brews for the beer lovers(me). http://thepizzajoint.net/common/content.asp?PAGE=390 
Cool Location in the old Antoploski Hardware building on Broad Street.

And The Big One.

chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:19:09
Next up Hildebrandt's Grocery. In business in the same location since 1879...Originally a grocer that added a small kitchen out back years ago and now its primarily a very good sandwich shop/antique store with a few groceries mixed in as well. Louanne Hildebrandt is the current proprieter. She has been there her whole life and is a joy to chat with. https://www.facebook.com/groups/394821847298607/#!/hildebrandtsaugustaga
Front view today.

Front view back in the day.

Louanne manning the kitchen last Saturday.

post edited by chickenplucker - 2014/03/10 16:20:11
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:25:17
A few interior shots. I could stay in here for hours exploring. Place your order at the front counter. They write your order on a sheet of paper with your name on it and you take it to the kitchen in back. Order here.
 

Take it to the kitchen.

Explore while you wait.

 
post edited by chickenplucker - 2014/03/10 16:43:51
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:30:16
These community tables have ancient marble tops.


Serve yourself tea and lemonade.

I love this old delivery bike.

 
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:37:53
chickenplucker

A few interior shots. I could stay in here for hours exploring. Place your order at the front counter. They write your order on a sheet of paper with your name on it and you take it to the kitchen in back. Order here.

Take it to the kitchen. 
 
Explre while you wait.
 
Is the service really that slow? 
 
Seriously, though, Hildebrant's looks like the kind of place you can only read about it. I would love to explore it. Good start to the report, chickenplucker!

chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:41:09
But what about the sandwiches? I havent had one yet that wasnt a hit. The best seller is the grilled pork chop sandwich. Boneless pork loin grilled on a flattop and with your choice of bread,dressings,and cheeses it can be made however you like. This one was done with Sourdough,cheddar,and mayo. You can get it spiced up with Louannes "spicy" rub also. Its adds a nice kick.

Next up The Louis. Named after her father. You get 4 deli meats and 2 cheese of your choice as well as a choice of bread. Most folks just let Louanne make the choices and go with it. The cole slaw was very good with a nice pepper kick to it.

The corn beef rueben was my favorite though. Served nice and warm on toasted rye. The star of the day was the German potato salad served warm with bits of real bacon folded in. I could have eaten a whole bowl of it.

And washed down with Blenheim Ginger Ale. The regular,havent tested the hot yet.
post edited by chickenplucker - 2014/03/10 16:45:29
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:44:44
Thanks.  I feel like I should pack my bags and head there for lunch :-)
 
Southern Fried
Hamburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:48:42
Chickenplucker, I was doing a web search for a photo of  a scrambled dog. I found the photo you took at the Cordele Pool Hall.

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/m708043-print.aspx
 
You take some good pictures. I wish that you would do some reviews. You get to some places in Georgia that are not well covered on Roadfood. I would imagine that buffetbuster would be happy to work with you on getting your reviews approved if you could do some. Hint, hint. Ha!
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:54:22
Thanks Southern Fried. I am practicing on my writing skills. They and my photo skills will never match my eating skills sadly.
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 17:50:05
Are Hildebrandt's and The Pizza Joint close enough to have a sandwich and a slice?
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 18:13:46
About 6 blocks chicken. A couple of good places in between also.
eruby
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/11 07:02:57
That Louis sandwich looks delicious.  And the chopped coleslaw is the kind I prefer.
 
Nice job chickenplucker
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/11 08:04:48
Southern Fried

Chickenplucker, I was doing a web search for a photo of  a scrambled dog. I found the photo you took at the Cordele Pool Hall.

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/m708043-print.aspx

You take some good pictures. I wish that you would do some reviews. You get to some places in Georgia that are not well covered on Roadfood. I would imagine that buffetbuster would be happy to work with you on getting your reviews approved if you could do some. Hint, hint. Ha!
100% agreed!  And that Cordele Pool Hall looks like a natural for a review. 
 
I am looking forward to keeping an eye on this thread.  There are a few cousins who live in the area and this may give me a reason to go visit them!

chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/11 10:22:53
Buffetbuster, Thanks for adding my 1st review to the site. Hopefully I can add to it soon. I travel through Cordele quite a bit so a review will be coming soon..
OxDawg
Hamburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/11 10:40:21
Chickenplucker have you ever been to Sconyers BBQ and if so what is your opinion of it?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/11 10:43:52
chickenplucker

Buffetbuster, Thanks for adding my 1st review to the site. Hopefully I can add to it soon. I travel through Cordele quite a bit so a review will be coming soon..
It was my pleasure.  And keep the reviews coming!

chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/11 11:54:30
OxDawg I have been to Sconyers BBQ many times. I enjoy all of the items there except the hash over rice. It has a good taste but for some reason doesnt agree with me. Larry cooks over hardwood coal so the smokiness is on the light side. He also uses hams which is really lean and he has a pulled pork item which they call T-Loin. Its pulled from the ham and is incredibly lean. I will eat there again for sure. My favorite? No but I will keep looking. If you have never been there it is like the Taj-Mahal of BBQ. LOL. Its a 2 story log structure that seats probably 300. They have been in business since 1956 and not many Q joints can brag that they catered at The White House which they did more than once when Jimmy Carter was in office.
http://www.sconyersbar-b-que.com/history.htm
post edited by chickenplucker - 2014/03/11 12:06:47
OxDawg
Hamburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/12 11:14:17
 Chickenplucker,
 
Thanks so much for the info on Sconyers BBQ, I saw it off of Bobby Jones on the way home to Oxford from Statesboro last month. Almost stopped there but wanted to make it home before I ate will try it next time.  Also great review of Augusta, I always pass through it on the way to places I am traveling to. Now, I have some reasons to stop and eat. Also Cabela's is opening a store there soon. So my trips to Augusta may become more frequent.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/04/26 20:18:42
Chickenplucker-
I visited Hildebrandt's today and it was every bit as good as you described. And Luanne is charming! I will be adding some of my photos to your fine review when I return home.

Thanks so much for tipping us off to this great place!
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/04/26 23:18:28
That sounds great. I am glad you got to visit with Luanne and cant wait to see your photos and hear about what you ate......
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/04/27 03:22:07
With Augusta being the home of the Augusta National Golf Club, AKA "The Masters" I'm surprised that we haven't heard more about all the Eateries that Augusta has to offer?
Thanx for the education! 
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/09 15:07:19
Now that you mention Augusta National Golf Club directly across the street is the home of some heavenly foods. The Whole Life Ministries Church purchased the shopping center on Washington Road several years ago and uses it for a multi-purpose campus including a country food cafeteria operated as a fund raiser for the church. The name is Honey From the Rock and it is a fitting name. Food is served cafeteria style with a menu that changes often. They also churn 4 flavors of ice cream in-house daily. I opted for the banana pudding though and it was very good. I also chose fried pork chops,mac and cheese,and fried green tomatoes. Cant wait to get back and try the fried chicken and catfish.



buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/09 16:22:47
Chickenplucker-
So glad you posted this. Honey From a Rock would have been at the top of my hit list, except they are only open Monday-Friday. I meant to ask you if you knew of the place and you are way ahead of me. If the food is that good, it looks like a natural for a review. Please let us know if you get to try that fried chicken.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/09 16:23:07
Chickenplucker-
So glad you posted this. Honey From a Rock would have been at the top of my hit list, except they are only open Monday-Friday. I meant to ask you if you knew of the place and you are way ahead of me. If the food is that good, it looks like a natural for a review. Please let us know if you get to try that fried chicken.
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/16 16:35:23
Made it back to Honey from the Rock today and still no fried chicken. I'm gonna have to catch them on a day other than Friday. I didnt leave though. LOL. Today I had a very nice piece of fried catfish,collard greens,and sweet potato cassarole along with a cornbread muffin. Everything was hot,fresh tasting and cooked perfectly. As I mentioned before they churn ice cream fresh daily and usually have 4 flavors. I chose strawberry which I am told sells out quickly everytime its on the menu. Easy to understand why. I hope to write a review after another visit.


chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/16 16:42:16
My next stop just a couple of miles away was another church that has a restaurant attached. The United House of Prayer for All People. This church is also affiliated with the church on Bay Street in Savannah,GA of the same name. This is my first visit and the food was good although it will have to impress me more next time before comparing it to the Savannah location. I had fried chicken,stewed squash,and cabbage/collards cooked together. The greens cooked that way was new to me but it was a nice surprise.



Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/16 20:09:02
Mrs. Chicken is a big fan of fried catfish and I do believe she'd approve.
Heartbreaksoup
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/18 18:22:10
Don't know how I've missed this thread, but I'll have to see about Hildebrand's the next time I'm in the area.  Thanks!
will_work_4_bbq
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/18 20:04:07
Don't know how I have missed the wonderful places!  I have a friend I visit in Augusta, and I had given up hope of finding good road food there.  Guess I didn't look hard enough!
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/19 22:05:01
Here is one for you Heartbreaksoup. I know you like researching and finding these old chain stores that are trying to survive. On lower Broad St in Augusta is one of a few surviving Maryland Fried Chicken stores in Georgia. There is no franchise agreement to enforce but the merchandise and seasonings are still available. You will see almost anything sold in some of these stores but this location sticks to just what the original sign says. Chicken,Fish,and Shrimp.

 
They still buy whole chickens and cut them on a circular saw which gives you that prized "pulley breast". The chicken is marinated in a salt brine which gives you a lovely flavor with a kick of saltiness. In south Georgia if it isnt salty enough the customers will let you know about it. The taste goes well with the creamy cole slaw that Maryand Fried was famous for.


I used to work in the area and have been eating here since 1987. I wish it was closer as this is probably my favorite chicken anywhere.  That is saying a lot. On a side note this store was opened years ago and is still owned by Theron Sapp. Running back on the 1960 NFL Championship Philadelphia Eagle. Hell of a nice guy.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/20 08:12:17
chickenplucker-
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? 
Heartbreaksoup
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/20 13:42:08
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
 
 
Southern Fried
Hamburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/20 15:40:59

 
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?
post edited by Southern Fried - 2014/05/20 16:16:56
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/20 21:40:41
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.
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/23 16:06:12
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.




 
Payment terms on the mirror.

post edited by chickenplucker - 2014/05/23 16:34:58
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/08/28 22:07:20
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.



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


And Bar-B-Que inside and on the menu. Anything goes I guess.
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/09/21 15:59:59
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.





 
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/09/22 08:08:46
Aren't you worried about burning in Barbecue Hell for putting mustard sauce and red sauce on the same plate?
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/12/23 09:21:11
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.


Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/12/23 10:23:44
The Italian and Hot look great as is, but I'll skip the German unless I can get it without the braunschweiger!
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/12 20:34:10
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


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




buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/12 20:42:39
That looks really good CP, especially the custardy mac and cheese. Have you ever tried their pies?
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/12 21:10:38
Cliff I have tried the pecan and the coconut custard. Both winners.
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/13 08:01:25
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.
Heartbreaksoup
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/14 14:53:04
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.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/14 15:19:33
Question for chickenplucker & Heartbreaksoup.....  Have either one of you been to Ivery's Restaurant in Thomson, GA?  If so, what did you think?
Large Man
Hamburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/15 20:22:18
SWEET Ts is pretty good if you are in Thomson.
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/15 22:48:39
I have been meaning to hit Ivery's up Buffetbuster and now Large Man has given me another reason to visit Thomson.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/16 05:59:23
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!

Heartbreaksoup
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/01/19 14:32:39
I haven't been there myself.  I need to do a better job covering that side of the state, honestly.
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/02/17 23:25:00
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.

 
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/02/17 23:28:40
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.

 
chickenplucker
Cheeseburger
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/02/17 23:41:46
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
 
Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2015/02/18 08:40:01
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...
 

 

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