The French Market Grille, Surrey Center, Augusta, GA.

Posted by Paul Farrow - Under: Personal

So my outlaws invited me and the wife to go down to The French Market Grille last week. My initial impression was good, it was busy, fairly noisy which I like in a restaurant.

Service was a bit slow initially with it taking a long time for the drinks to come out.

The food was excellent. I ordered the seafood gumbo (delicious), followed by the crab chop (again excellent) and finished off with some sort of cream pie (out of this world).

One thing that was odd was the waitress asked if we wanted the dessert menus when we basically had just started eating our main course !!

CONCLUSION: The food was excellent and I would definitely go back.

There is a twist though, the next day checked the bank account and for some reason they had put another check through for 72 bucks on my card. The extra amount was nothing to do with us. Rang them up and they weren’t really that apologetic but did take it off.

Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, Washington Road, Augusta, GA

Posted by Paul Farrow - Under: Personal

One of my work colleagues put me onto this place, Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, Washington Road, Augusta, GA. It serves what I thought was excellent Mexican food and I liked the place very much. So much my wife and I made it a regular visit every week, as we loved the Patron chicken salad which is on special for lunch on Tuesdays.  We have been going there every week for about a year when this week (Tuesday 24th January, 2012) we ordered two Patron salads and the meals arrived. I tucked into mine and commented that it tasted slightly different. My wife told me that it was me, it was fine as always. Then about ten minutes into the meal my wife spat out some chicken stating it was rotten. On closer inspection it smelt like the worst trash can you had smelt. The chicken was clearly rotten. I was nearly sick when I smelt it.

We got the waiters attention and he got the manager. The manager looked at us like we were mental and didn’t really say anything about it. We paid for our drinks and left. It was one of the most disgusting things that I have experienced in my life, it has really put me off going back there.

Neal’s BBQ, Thomson, GA

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Neal’s BBQ, Thomson, GA

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Popped out to the states last weekend for Paula and Ben Herz’s wedding and what a lovely event it was. They looked so happy. While I was out there though visited Neal’s BBQ in Thomson, Georgia. Now the reason that we took ourselves out there was because it had recently been featured on Jamies American Road Trip. It was the recent series from Jamie Oliver and he visited Neal’s on the show.

It was the best BBQ that I had ever tasted. And Olivia our little girl went straight in and started talking to a couple of guys at a table which one of them turned out to be the owner. They were so hospitable and the prices are so reasonable – all children 8 and under eat for free and the main prices are about 7 dollars per plate.

I had to try a bit of everything, so had the chicken, pork, ribs, beans, green beans, potato salad and a glass of tea. Oh and the lovely hash which was one of the things that Jamie helped make while he was there.

It was delicious and will definitely go back. Completely recommend it and think the locals love it too as it was really really busy.

Thanks guys for your hospitality it was great talking to y’all. Cant wait to come back and try your fish.