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Author: Griffin Nelson

Good Taste November/December 2019

Photograph by John Antaki   Sip – Harlem Java House Coffee is integral to our culture. We drink it when we wake up, we use it as an excuse to get together with friends, we drink it at home and on the go. For Deborah Stickney, owner of Harlem Java House, coffee has been a part of her life since she was a child and her mom would put a drop of coffee in her milk “for flavor.” With a colorful cultural heritage of Ethiopian, Italian and American, coffee is in her blood. After living all over the world, the military...

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Augusta Boucherie

Calling All Foodies Photo: Hank Jackson’s Blood of the River Boucherie, photo my BJ Peart   For millennia throughout the world, people have been butchering and processing their own meat, as an excuse to come together as a community and using it as a way to store up the spoils of the harvest season. The centuries-old Cajun tradition of a boucherie has spread across the southern United States in recent years, picking up influences from other cultures as it goes. Even the Cajun background has a combination of influences, from the Native Americans to the French to the Spanish...

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Good Taste October 2019

Photograph by Wier Stewart   EAT – Noble Jones The name Noble Jones should be recognizable to native Augustans as that of the man who laid out the original streets of Augusta in the early 18th century. Per Gen. James Oglethorpe’s direction, the colonial downtown is designed to mimic that of Savannah. On Cotton Lane, one of those original streets, and thought to be the oldest, we find this modern city’s newest and most anticipated restaurant. Noble Jones, or “NoJo,” as the name is often shortened, is the work of J.D. Wier, a native who brings to the new...

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Good Taste August/September 2019

Photograph by Wier Stewart   EAT – Laziza Mediterranean One of the great things about Augusta is the balance of classic Southern culture and the outside influence from people who move to the area because of Fort Gordon. Many are drawn to the local charm and decide to stay, helping to bring a wider variety of cultures and businesses to the area. We have Air Force veteran Nader Khatib to thank for Laziza Mediterranean Grill. Originally from Michigan, he decided to settle his family here in the Augusta area and, seeing a void in the industry, decided to open...

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Good Taste June/July 2019

Photograph by John Antaki   EAT – SmokeShow Patience is the name of the game when it comes to barbecue and the guys at SmokeShow have it down to a fine art. They somehow manage to find time to smoke the meat, prepare all the sides, and manage three separate food trucks. The team is made up of Jermel Bennett, Will Dunaway,  Jake Wood, and Thomas Booker –four friends who met in high school and shared an appreciation for good food. Though they grew up in Evans, each went their separate way after high school but remained good friends. In...

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