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2014/03/10 16:06:06 (permalink)

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

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.

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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:19:09 (permalink)
    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
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:25:17 (permalink)
    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
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:30:16 (permalink)
    These community tables have ancient marble tops.


    Serve yourself tea and lemonade.

    I love this old delivery bike.

     
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:37:53 (permalink)
    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!

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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:41:09 (permalink)
    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
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:44:44 (permalink)
    Thanks.  I feel like I should pack my bags and head there for lunch :-)
     
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:48:42 (permalink)
    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!
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 16:54:22 (permalink)
    Thanks Southern Fried. I am practicing on my writing skills. They and my photo skills will never match my eating skills sadly.
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 17:50:05 (permalink)
    Are Hildebrandt's and The Pizza Joint close enough to have a sandwich and a slice?
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/10 18:13:46 (permalink)
    About 6 blocks chicken. A couple of good places in between also.
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/11 07:02:57 (permalink)
    That Louis sandwich looks delicious.  And the chopped coleslaw is the kind I prefer.
     
    Nice job chickenplucker
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/11 08:04:48 (permalink)
    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!

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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/11 10:22:53 (permalink)
    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..
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/11 10:40:21 (permalink)
    Chickenplucker have you ever been to Sconyers BBQ and if so what is your opinion of it?
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/11 10:43:52 (permalink)
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    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!

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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/11 11:54:30 (permalink)
    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
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/03/12 11:14:17 (permalink)
     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.
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/04/26 20:18:42 (permalink)
    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!
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/04/26 23:18:28 (permalink)
    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......
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/04/27 03:22:07 (permalink)
    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! 
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/09 15:07:19 (permalink)
    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.



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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/09 16:22:47 (permalink)
    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.
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/09 16:23:07 (permalink)
    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.
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/16 16:35:23 (permalink)
    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.


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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/16 16:42:16 (permalink)
    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.



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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/16 20:09:02 (permalink)
    Mrs. Chicken is a big fan of fried catfish and I do believe she'd approve.
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/18 18:22:10 (permalink)
    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!
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/18 20:04:07 (permalink)
    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!
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    Re:Augusta,Georgia just aint no place to be... 2014/05/19 22:05:01 (permalink)
    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.
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