Two Maudies – don’t bother
My wife and I were in Columbus, GA, for a few days while I went through the Conus Replacement Center at Ft Benning getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan. While there, we hit the two highest rated barbeque places (as rated on yelp.com).
We were very disappointed in both, the Georgia barbeque wasteland extends to Columbus from our experience. See my earlier post, Is Georgia a Barbeque Wasteland?
Chester’s was the highest rated. It is downtown and a dump. The dumps often have the best barbeque, so that was a plus right away. It was small, with only stool seating along the walls. It was lunchtime and a steady stream of customers, all getting take-out. We both got big chopped pork sandwiches, a bag of chips and sweet tea, perfect combination. Prices were good.
They have a few other things like ribs and chicken. This is the kind of place I want to love, but, frankly, it was some of the worst barbeque I’ve ever had. In Columbus, they seem to like to chop their pork rather than pull it. I don’t mind that as long as the taste is there. The sauce was a sickly sweet mustard based one that was terrible. Note that I am from South Carolina, where mustard based sauces originated. I have never tasted anything like this. Plus, the meat was drenched in it. Next, the meat was full of things that shouldn’t have been there, big pieces of fat (I love fat, but this was overkill) and gristle. I guess some folks like this type of sauce and UFOs in the meat, but don’t say you weren’t warned.