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Note: I recently ran across this article I wrote in 1998. I have intentionally not revised it and offer it now (2017) as an historical document that is much more relevant today than it should be. 20 years ago, genetically engineered food was a threat and, today, it still is, and continues to be a […]

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Bobby’s Bar-B-Q Buffet & Catering, Warrenville, SC     One Maudie – run away Not the worst BBQ I’ve ever had, but pretty close. I went to Bobby’s back in the 2000 timeframe a few times because a group I was a member of met there. I recall not being impressed. I am a huge […]

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Virgil on November 12, 2012

We have a great wine shop here in North Augusta, South Carolina. It has been around for many years and the owners really know wine. Not like the mega liquor stores with their discount prices. Now, don’t get me wrong, I shop at the mega liquor store near us for hard liquor, which is cheaper […]

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Three Maudies – good This is a place one wants to see succeed, but it will be an uphill battle. They are in an old fast food restaurant that changes hands on a continuous basis. It is in an obscure and not great area for a restaurant of this kind. I do hope they can […]

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Virgil on January 11, 2011

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 […]

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Three-Maudies – good Best fast food sub place in the Augusta area (there are multiple locations), far superior to Subway and lots of interesting selections. The varied hot sauces are an added attraction. This location is in a strip mall by Walmart, such an area I normally avoid like the plague, but if we want […]

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Virgil on December 18, 2010

I wrote a previous article about Travel Channel getting it completely wrong about the history of barbeque in the United States. I am watching Chopped on Food Network and just saw an ad spot with Paula Deen saying that the technique of smoking meats, bacon in particular, was originally taught to the settlers in Smithfield, […]

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Virgil on December 12, 2010

Four-Maudies – recommended For the Augusta area, this is among the best Chinese food I’ve had. My rating is based on the food only. The actual restaurant is a dump, but I have had lots of great food from dumpy places all over the world. Get take out. Totally obscure in a North Augusta strip […]

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Virgil on November 12, 2010

Five-Maudies – highly recommended Before the BBQ Barn arrived in North Augusta four years ago, there was no really exceptional barbeque in the Augusta, Georgia, area. North Augusta is right across the Savannah River from Augusta. I can easily walk to Augusta from my house via the 13th Street bridge. Augusta has Sconyer’s BBQ. It […]

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Virgil on October 28, 2010

The State of the American Palate Part 2 read The State of the American Palate Part 1 I had a great lunch today with my good friend Lake High, president of the South Carolina Barbeque Association. I have been bugging him for months to try out the Central Savannah River Area’s (CSRA – Augusta GA, […]

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