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Virgil on January 16, 2013

Mateo tapas Five Maudies – Highly Recommended My brother-in-law and his wife, Anastasia, introduced me to this unbelievably wonderful restaurant in downtown Durham, North Carolina. I was passing through on my way to Washington, DC. Mateo is a fairly new restaurant and it was packed on a Sunday evening. Reservations are a must any night […]

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Virgil on December 4, 2012

I made this the other night and it was incredible. I will make this one again. Pan-Seared Salmon with Shiitake Cream Sauce 4 salmon steaks, skin on 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (not canola because all US and Canadian canola oil is from genetically engineered rape seed, unless you get organic) 3 tablespoons salted butter 1/3 […]

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Virgil on October 24, 2012

Frog Hollow Tavern Five Maudies – Highly Recommended I just got back from 18-months in Afghanistan and Iraq and, when I come home from places like that where the only food is normally lousy mess hall swill, one of the first orders of business is good food. So, for my birthday, Lynn, daughter Caitie and […]

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Now, I normally wouldn’t be ordering barbeque from  Hard Rock Cafe. But this one is in Kuwait City. No alcohol or pork, of course, those are illegal here. I did see camel meat in the local Carrefour here though, no joke. From the cuts, you get a lot of meat out of a camel. But […]

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Virgil on March 22, 2011

One Maudie – Run Away! I’ve been living  in a hotel in Fayetteville, North Carolina, since Jan 13th. NO ONE in this town can cook meat properly, including the steakhouses. I’ve never seen anything like it. Usually, if anything, restaurants overcook meat. Not here. It reminds me of France in the late 1970s, where you […]

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Virgil on February 21, 2011

Two Maudies – don’t bother This O’Charley’s is bizarre. The only reason I gave it two stars is the staff is friendly and really tries, even if they get everything wrong in my experience. Not sure if there is more than one of these franchise restaurants in town, but this one is at: 1498 Skibo […]

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Virgil on December 13, 2010

Five-Maudies – Highly recommended Without a doubt, the best restaurant in Augusta. Very upscale, you actually get sorbet before the main course. You can wear a shirt and slacks. I would not recommend jeans or t-shirts. This is the ideal place for a romantic dinner. Wine list is exceptional, has been commended by Wine Spectator […]

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