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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/06 19:09:49 (permalink)
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What a wonderful report! I am salivating over all that pulled pork!
 
I'm fascinated by the photo of the biscuits at Hominy Grill.  They look exactly like the ones I make, and that is not a compliment.  My husband (he's from New York originally, so what does he know?) likes my biscuits very much, but I've never been satisfied with them, because they don't seem truly "southern" to me.  (They are an old recipe from the Washington Post.)
 
I have used a recipe out of Cook's Illustrated for pull-apart biscuits that you mix in a food processor, shape by hand, and then bake nestled in a cake pan, which are similar to the biscuits I used to have at the Loveless in Nashville when I was in law school.  But they are a lot more trouble, so I don't make them that often.
 
 

I assume that the reason I have been disappointed by so many biscuits is because they are so much work to so really right, or at least right for the way the places I really like does them.
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/06 19:10:12 (permalink)
I'm going to have to give AJ's a try soon. It looks sooo good. B's Cracklin will be waiting when you get back. I have been several times now and almost went back today.
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/06 19:31:10 (permalink)
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Oh man

You missed out on probably one of the best bbq joints in South Carolina
Big Boys Original Smokehouse in Columbia
When Michael Stern describes it as "legendary" you know he means business.

I knew that I was going to be missing some great places, and had thought about Big Boys for the night I went to Maurice's, but they were already closed by the time I would have gotten there. And I had planned to go on Sunday evening, but I just couldn't eat any more that day. I hope to do better next time. I was really thrilled with Jackie Hite's, so at least I got that one right!



I hope to hit all three in one day  next year (Jackie Hite's, Big Boy's and Maurice's) and compare
Which Maurice's location did you visit?
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/06 19:46:56 (permalink)
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Oh man

You missed out on probably one of the best bbq joints in South Carolina
Big Boys Original Smokehouse in Columbia
When Michael Stern describes it as "legendary" you know he means business.

I knew that I was going to be missing some great places, and had thought about Big Boys for the night I went to Maurice's, but they were already closed by the time I would have gotten there. And I had planned to go on Sunday evening, but I just couldn't eat any more that day. I hope to do better next time. I was really thrilled with Jackie Hite's, so at least I got that one right!



I hope to hit all three in one day  next year (Jackie Hite's, Big Boy's and Maurice's) and compare
Which Maurice's location did you visit?


Wow, you're a better man than I am, if you can do all of those in one day!
I was at the original Maurice's, at 1600 Charleston Highway.
I can't wait to read your comparison of the three.
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/06 20:46:19 (permalink)
Great report!
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/06 21:02:28 (permalink)
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Oh man

You missed out on probably one of the best bbq joints in South Carolina
Big Boys Original Smokehouse in Columbia
When Michael Stern describes it as "legendary" you know he means business.

I knew that I was going to be missing some great places, and had thought about Big Boys for the night I went to Maurice's, but they were already closed by the time I would have gotten there. And I had planned to go on Sunday evening, but I just couldn't eat any more that day. I hope to do better next time. I was really thrilled with Jackie Hite's, so at least I got that one right!



I hope to hit all three in one day  next year (Jackie Hite's, Big Boy's and Maurice's) and compare
Which Maurice's location did you visit?


Wow, you're a better man than I am, if you can do all of those in one day!
I was at the original Maurice's, at 1600 Charleston Highway.
I can't wait to read your comparison of the three.




Who says you can't do bbq for breakfast, bbq for lunch and bbq for dinner! 
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/07 01:24:31 (permalink)
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Oh man

You missed out on probably one of the best bbq joints in South Carolina
Big Boys Original Smokehouse in Columbia
When Michael Stern describes it as "legendary" you know he means business.

I knew that I was going to be missing some great places, and had thought about Big Boys for the night I went to Maurice's, but they were already closed by the time I would have gotten there. And I had planned to go on Sunday evening, but I just couldn't eat any more that day. I hope to do better next time. I was really thrilled with Jackie Hite's, so at least I got that one right!



I hope to hit all three in one day  next year (Jackie Hite's, Big Boy's and Maurice's) and compare
Which Maurice's location did you visit?


Wow, you're a better man than I am, if you can do all of those in one day!
I was at the original Maurice's, at 1600 Charleston Highway.
I can't wait to read your comparison of the three.




Who says you can't do bbq for breakfast, bbq for lunch and bbq for dinner! 


I just can't seem to control myself and eat smaller portions for bbq for breakfast. I could probably manage it with North Carolina sandwiches and sides, but South Carolina buffets............... that would be a problem for me.
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/07 07:44:35 (permalink)
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Oh man

You missed out on probably one of the best bbq joints in South Carolina
Big Boys Original Smokehouse in Columbia
When Michael Stern describes it as "legendary" you know he means business.

I knew that I was going to be missing some great places, and had thought about Big Boys for the night I went to Maurice's, but they were already closed by the time I would have gotten there. And I had planned to go on Sunday evening, but I just couldn't eat any more that day. I hope to do better next time. I was really thrilled with Jackie Hite's, so at least I got that one right!



I hope to hit all three in one day  next year (Jackie Hite's, Big Boy's and Maurice's) and compare
Which Maurice's location did you visit?


Wow, you're a better man than I am, if you can do all of those in one day!
I was at the original Maurice's, at 1600 Charleston Highway.
I can't wait to read your comparison of the three.




Who says you can't do bbq for breakfast, bbq for lunch and bbq for dinner! 


I just can't seem to control myself and eat smaller portions for bbq for breakfast. I could probably manage it with North Carolina sandwiches and sides, but South Carolina buffets............... that would be a problem for me.



I usually hold back with the SC buffets only getting the Q and the traditional SC accoutrements that go with it.
So normally I would only get the Q ,  ribs and skins (if available) hash and rice, slaw and hushpuppies. Occasionally if banana pudding or cobbler (preferably peach) is on the buffet I'll get that too.
 
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/07 07:57:12 (permalink)
Great report and you are correct. Grady's is the best!
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/07 08:20:35 (permalink)
Fantastic report!
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/07 11:05:39 (permalink)
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Oh man

You missed out on probably one of the best bbq joints in South Carolina
Big Boys Original Smokehouse in Columbia
When Michael Stern describes it as "legendary" you know he means business.

I knew that I was going to be missing some great places, and had thought about Big Boys for the night I went to Maurice's, but they were already closed by the time I would have gotten there. And I had planned to go on Sunday evening, but I just couldn't eat any more that day. I hope to do better next time. I was really thrilled with Jackie Hite's, so at least I got that one right!



I hope to hit all three in one day  next year (Jackie Hite's, Big Boy's and Maurice's) and compare
Which Maurice's location did you visit?


Wow, you're a better man than I am, if you can do all of those in one day!
I was at the original Maurice's, at 1600 Charleston Highway.
I can't wait to read your comparison of the three.




Who says you can't do bbq for breakfast, bbq for lunch and bbq for dinner! 


I just can't seem to control myself and eat smaller portions for bbq for breakfast. I could probably manage it with North Carolina sandwiches and sides, but South Carolina buffets............... that would be a problem for me.



I usually hold back with the SC buffets only getting the Q and the traditional SC accoutrements that go with it.
So normally I would only get the Q ,  ribs and skins (if available) hash and rice, slaw and hushpuppies. Occasionally if banana pudding or cobbler (preferably peach) is on the buffet I'll get that too.
 


I can't resist fried chicken if it's on a buffet (or at Grady's), and I always want biscuits for breakfast. On the other hand, I haven't developed a taste for the hash, but I love when there's rice with sausage. Can't resist the hush puppies, either. 
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/07 12:04:40 (permalink)
Awesome report as usual! My late Dad (from Maine) made biscuits every week and were awesome. He said his key was Bakewell Cream, but it could not be an old can.
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/07 15:06:47 (permalink)
That was truly wonderful! 
They certainly know how to eat in the Carolinas.
Nothin' could be finer.
 
Thank you!
 
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/07 15:41:10 (permalink)
Lovely report. We're planning a trip through South Carolina and Georgia, and this trip will be an inspiration.
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/07 16:26:11 (permalink)
The photos of the treats from Back in the Day are marvelous!  I can almost taste them!
 
Thanks!
 
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/07 22:26:51 (permalink)
Wow! And you even got to eat in my favorite restaurant in the world -- Lizard's Thicket. The food's fine, but you can't beat the name with a two-by-four .
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/08 10:38:01 (permalink)
David I loved everything about this trip. I feel very lucky to live not too far from a lot of these places. Savannah is a gem and if you or anyone ever want a companion or a driver when in the area just give me a shout... I hope you dont mind if I add a  link. Jesse Blanco covers the food scene in Savannah like no other. 
http://eatitandlikeit.com/where-america-eats-savannah/#axzz4JU5ilaAR
 
Watch the video without your mouth watering. You cant do it.
 
PS, I have to get back to Jackie Hite's SOON
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/09/08 11:58:26 (permalink)
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David I loved everything about this trip. I feel very lucky to live not too far from a lot of these places. Savannah is a gem and if you or anyone ever want a companion or a driver when in the area just give me a shout... I hope you dont mind if I add a  link. Jesse Blanco covers the food scene in Savannah like no other. 
http://eatitandlikeit.com/where-america-eats-savannah/#axzz4JU5ilaAR
 
Watch the video without your mouth watering. You cant do it.
 
PS, I have to get back to Jackie Hite's SOON


Thanks for the link. It was fun to watch, and, yes, mouth-watering. I enjoyed seeing places that I've walked through, and wondered why he didn't mention Leopold's! But I understand the focus was on different things. I liked Sandfly when I was there last November, but went to the original one on Sandfly. I think there have been several people on this forum that have said the one in the train car downtown is better. I'll have to try that one on a future visit. It's hard to try new things when I'm going to A-J's for three meals in three days!
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/11/14 12:32:24 (permalink)
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Oh man

You missed out on probably one of the best bbq joints in South Carolina
Big Boys Original Smokehouse in Columbia
When Michael Stern describes it as "legendary" you know he means business.


I'm headed back south in a couple of weeks and I'm planning on getting to Big Boys this time. I wonder what you might recommend there, since it's not a buffet.
 
David
 
 
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/11/14 13:14:01 (permalink)
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Oh man

You missed out on probably one of the best bbq joints in South Carolina
Big Boys Original Smokehouse in Columbia
When Michael Stern describes it as "legendary" you know he means business.


I'm headed back south in a couple of weeks and I'm planning on getting to Big Boys this time. I wonder what you might recommend there, since it's not a buffet.
 
David
 
 




We enjoyed the pulled pork and ribs. Definetely get that along with the hash and rice and their mac n cheese and collards are solid. If you have a big appetite, then check out their gumbo and oxtails. I'd avoid the pigs feet.
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/11/14 14:42:59 (permalink)
Thanks. I was thinking about the ribs and brisket, which I think Michael Stern reviewed. I've never been a big hash fan, so I don't know if I'll do that. I'll most likely get the gumbo for a side. I don't think I saw a ribs and pulled pork combo on the menu.
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/11/14 15:07:25 (permalink)
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Re: August 2016 North and South Carolina and Savannah Trip 2016/11/14 15:40:09 (permalink)
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Thanks. I was thinking about the ribs and brisket, which I think Michael Stern reviewed. I've never been a big hash fan, so I don't know if I'll do that. I'll most likely get the gumbo for a side. I don't think I saw a ribs and pulled pork combo on the menu.



 
I usually avoid brisket when I'm down south. I usually leave that for  Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas City but if Michael Stern says it's good then it probably is. I usually just rely on the traditional in order to compare to other places. I'm not sure if there is a combo, but if you ask for the owner, Eddie, he might give you a sample.
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