5-Maudies – highly recommended
This place is a serious find, completely off the beaten path about a mile off of Highway 25 a few miles north of Greenwood, South Carolina. The only reason I found out about it is because my National Guard unit just moved from Abbeville to near Hodges and Ware Shoals. I was making up a missed drill. When you do a make-up, you work with one of the full-time folks and go out to lunch if you want. They took me to Godfrey’s. Only locals know about it.
Godfrey’s is a restaurant, as well as a small market with a few really high quality meats, including their own country ham and homemade sausage. It turns out the sausage is made by a retired National Guard guy who I knew.
For lunch, I had fried chicken, recommended by my buddies, and fries. The fried chicken was great, the usual southern batter done perfectly. Fries were also cooked properly. You can also get burgers and the usual fare for a walk up lunch counter.
There are also typical grocery items you would find at a small market, mostly necessities, it is the only grocery for probably 10 miles or more. Hodges is tiny. But, the real prize is the meats and pimento cheese. The sausage and pimento cheese are both made there fresh. The sausage is exceptional, ground pork, mildly spiced and very lean. The pimento cheese is the best I have ever had, it has some olive and jalapenos that give it a perfect kick.
Godfrey’s is worth going out of your way to visit. Eat lunch, get 10 pounds of sausage if that much is available and get pimento cheese. If you could freeze pimento cheese, I’d get ten pounds of that, too. If you like country ham, theirs looks good.