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dale | Jun 5, 200104:14 PM

went to harold's country club in yemassee, sc for dinner saturday evening. Yemasee is a wide spot in the road (route 17, a mile or so off I-95). haven't been there for about five years. harold's, of course, is a lowcountry institution housed in a rehabilitated (somewhat) gas station cum repair garage. when you call for a reservation (mandatory) (843 589 4360) you are asked three questions: how many in your party? which seating, 6:30 or 8:00? how do you like your steak? i believe that my wife and i were the only nonsmokers in the place. even harold, at 70+, puffed away. two pool tables, a smallish bar (without draft beer),rustic memorabilia and junque pretty much describes the place. as one nears the appointed hour, the crowd swells into the hundreds (all smoking). you give the lady at the card table $12 a head, line up for your steak (unknown cut), proceed into the dining rooms for foil wrapped baked potato and huge plastic salad bowl, find your place, perhaps at a fifty foot long picnic table, and chow down. not super great grub, but a singular experience. one you should do at least every five years.

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