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The food (and drink) at Augusta National is both extremely tasty and exceptionally well priced
Ranking The Food At Augusta National
A common complaint at live sporting events is the fact that food and drink can be extortionately expensive. The cost of a ticket, coupled with money spent on sustenance, mean it’s sometimes not a viable proposition.
At the US Masters, however, the food and drink is extremely well priced and the the quality is outstanding. Sandwiches cost between $1.50 and $3 and drinks are similarly well priced. How often can you find a pint of lager for less than the price of the Sunday Times?
I arrived in Augusta National on Tuesday morning and, since then, as well as reporting on the best tournament in golf, I’ve been sampling the best food on offer.
Below, I’ve rated all the items I've eaten out of ten…
Pimento cheese sandwich
First of all, the famous pimento cheese sandwich. I must have eaten two of these a day since Tuesday. The bread is slightly sweet and the cheese filling is substantial yet light, and the red peppers inside are an excellent complement.
Rating – 8/10
Breaded chicken bap
The chicken is southern fried in batter and very peppery, but it’s not at all greasy. It sits between two white bap-style pieces of bread, which aren’t too thick, but if I have any criticism it’s that it’s a touch dry.
Rating – 7/10
Grilled chicken wrap
The grilled chicken wrap features pieces of breast, cheddar cheese, lettuce and a ceaser-style sauce tucked neatly inside a white tortilla. It’s nice, but it perhaps lack the flavour of Augusta’s other offerings. Plus, I’ve struggled to work out how best to open the packaging, which means it looses another point.
Rating – 6/10
Egg salad sandwich
A tried-and-trusted classic. A common fault with the egg salad sandwich is overuse of mayonnaise, but the consistency is spot on here. Plus, there are nice chunky bits of egg, which is always a bonus.
Rating – 8/10
Now, this is something special, thanks principally to the quality of the meat, the generous helping of cheese (in the media centre restaurant, you are able to choose from three different types) and the bun. It’s lightly toasted and very lightly oiled – not dissimilar to fried break but much less greasy – and it’s just wonderful.
Rating – 9/10
As spectacular as the cheeseburger is, my favourite food item is probably the sausage ‘biscuit’. I had my first one on Saturday morning and I’m really quite annoyed that I didn’t discover it sooner.
The patty is great – think McDonald’s sausage McMuffin but better quality and infused with bits of red pepper – but what really makes it is the biscuit. Now, in the southern USA, a biscuit isn’t what it is in the UK. It’s hard to describe, but it’s slightly sweeter and harder than a typical breakfast muffin, and better at retaining moisture. The whole offering is delightful and the best thing I’ve eaten on this trip to the USA.
Rating – 9.5/10
I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, but the toffee-infused popcorn is a taste sensation. The popcorn is crispy and there’s just the right amount of toffee, spread evenly.
Rating – 8/10
I’ve tried both the standard glazed and one with pink icing and sprinkles. Naturally, the pink-iced version takes it – how could it not. When you’re feeling a bit tired mid-afternoon, a doughnut and a cup of tea will sort you right out.
Rating – 8/10
So, for me, the sausage biscuit takes the award as the best food item at Augusta National, but all the food is top notch and very reasonably priced – yet another reason why The Masters is the best golf tournament of the year.
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Nick Bonfield joined Golf Monthly in 2012 after graduating from Exeter University and earning an NCTJ-accredited journalism diploma from News Associates in Wimbledon. He is responsible for managing production of the magazine, sub-editing, commissioning and feature writing. Most of his online work is opinion-based and typically centres around the Majors and significant events in the global golfing calendar. Nick has been an avid golf fan since the age of ten and became obsessed with the professional game after watching Mike Weir and Shaun Micheel with The Masters and USPGA respectively in 2003. In his time with Golf Monthly, he's interviewed the likes of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Jose Maria Olazabal, Henrik Stenson, Padraig Harrington, Lee Westwood and Billy Horschel and has ghost-written columns for Westwood, Wayne Riley, Matthew Southgate, Chris Wood and Eddie Pepperell. Nick is a 12-handicap golfer and his favourite courses include Old Head, Sunningdale New, Penha Longha, Valderrama and Bearwood Lakes. If you have a feature pitch for Nick, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Pitch' in the subject line. Nick is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade M1 Fairway wood: TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2 Hybrid: Ping Crossover Irons (4-9): Nike Vapor Speed Wedges: Cleveland CBX Full Face, 56˚, Titleist Vokey SM4, 60˚ Putter: testing in progress! Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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