News & ToursApril 7, 2011

The pimento cheese sandwich is not for the meek

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- They say if you go to the Masters, you must have a pimento cheese sandwich. They're on sale all over the grounds. When I first came here, a hundred years ago, I tried a pimento cheese sandwich. Then I retired from pimento cheese sandwiches and as time passed I'd forgotten exactly why I'd retired from the Georgia delicacy.

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"If you grew up in Georgia," said the Miami Herald wordsmith Edwin Pope, who grew up Georgia and lived to tell about it, "you had to eat pimento cheese sandwiches. I still eat 'em."

               So today I tried one more.

Let me say I now remember why I retired from pimento cheese sandwiches.

They're the consistency of wallpaper paste with none of wallpaper paste's good taste.

-- Dave Kindred

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