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      A tasty New Year's tradition

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - Lizard's Thicket may serve up southern favorites all throughout the year, but on New Year's day, they take part in a New Year's tradition that is all about the country cooking.

      That tradition is what is known around Lizard's Thicket as "The New Year's Special".

      "It's a fried porkchop, black eyed peas and collard greens. It's a southern tradition. The porkchop for luck. The black eyed peas for wishes and the collard greens for money." says Robert Williams, the Operations Manager for Lizard's Thicket.

      And this tradition is nothing new for seasoned customers like Fred.

      "I have been coming here for 27 years, which is how long I've been in Columbia." Fred says.

      Fred loves the meal so much, he had a hard time picking a favorite item.

      "The pork and the collards." states Fred.

      And as to whether the meal has ever brought Fred it's fabled good luck...

      "I keep hoping." Fred laughs.

      But for Lizard's Thicket, there is no hoping.

      This New Year's tradition definitely brings good luck to their restaurant.

      "It's our largest day of the year. We'll serve about 5,000 porkchops, 8,500 orders of collard greens and black eyed peas." says Williams.

      With that many good luck meals being served up, Columbia is right on target for a fantastic 2014.