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Summerton Diner

33 Church St., Summerton, SC - (803) 485-6835
A three-meal-a-day destination specializing in the Southern lunch ritual of meat-and-three, the Summerton Diner makes especially good fried chicken, served on a partitioned plate along with good southern vegetables.
80% Approval Rating (10 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Collard Greens
Stewed Apples
Fresh Rutabagas
Macaroni & Cheese
Sweet Tea
Baked Chicken Supreme
Lima Beans
Baked Ham
Banana Pudding
Pancakes

Highlighted Reviews

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Michael Stern - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
"The good old Summerton Diner is relaxing and reliable. Since it opened for business in 1967, this little cafe on the outskirts of town has been a favorite of locals and a beacon for travelers along I-95. It has the feel of an ageless eatery: well-worn Formica counter, ..."   [Read More]
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Angela Mitchell
December 15, 2007
"We stopped by for breakfast on a motorcycle trip to Savannah. After witnessing several people walk in and get pieces of the coconut cake to go (at 9am), we decided to take a piece with us for our next stretch/gas stop. WOW. Best coconut layer cake I have ever had. ..."   [Read More]
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Richard Moore
July 19, 2011
"The diner was sold in 2004, and reopened by the two couples that purchased it in 2005. Apparently it was refurbished during the closed period. However, the food did not survive the refurbishing. We ordered fried chicken, both white and dark meat. The batter was a ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

33 Church St., Summerton, SC
(803) 485-6835

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:No
Alcohol Served:No
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
That's a crisp breast in the foreground on the partitioned plate, rutabaga to the left, a block of mac & cheese in back. Not pictured: lima beans.
"That's a crisp breast in the foreground on the partitioned plate, rutabaga to the left, a block of mac & cheese in back. Not pictured: lima beans."
Michael Stern





This meat and three plate shows baked ham in the foreground, collard greens on the left, and mashed potatoes with cream gravy in back. The third side dish was pickled beets, in their own little bowl.
"This meat and three plate shows baked ham in the foreground, collard greens on the left, and mashed potatoes with cream gravy in back. The third side dish was pickled beets, in their own little bowl."
Michael Stern


Soft and spicy, stewed apples are a good companion for any savory lunch (or for breakfast ham, too!).
"Soft and spicy, stewed apples are a good companion for any savory lunch (or for breakfast ham, too!)."
Michael Stern


Southern ice is colder than northern ice ... or so it seems when you get a tall tumbler of good sweet tea in a place such as the Summerton Diner. The glass is loaded with shaved ice; the tea is sweet, but not TOO; and of course, refills keep coming as long as you keep drinking.
"Southern ice is colder than northern ice ... or so it seems when you get a tall tumbler of good sweet tea in a place such as the Summerton Diner. The glass is loaded with shaved ice; the tea is sweet, but not TOO; and of course, refills keep coming as long as you keep drinking."
Michael Stern


When you get off I-95, you'll see this old sign by the side of Route 301 ... pointing the way to a classic Roadfood meal.
"When you get off I-95, you'll see this old sign by the side of Route 301 ... pointing the way to a classic Roadfood meal."
Michael Stern


Balmy banana pudding. It's a small serving, part of the $6 lunch special, but it is a Dixie paradigm: soft and sweet.
"Balmy banana pudding. It's a small serving, part of the $6 lunch special, but it is a Dixie paradigm: soft and sweet."
Michael Stern


Known on the menu as the ''Diner's Special,'' you get two thick pancakes, one egg, and your choice of meats for $5.00.
"Known on the menu as the ''Diner's Special,'' you get two thick pancakes, one egg, and your choice of meats for $5.00."
Cliff Strutz


Lima beans are drab in color but bright in flavor.
"Lima beans are drab in color but bright in flavor."
Michael Stern


Part of the country charm!
"Part of the country charm!"
Cliff Strutz


Although it was expanded and remodeled a while ago, the Summerton diner is still a very small place, and is often full-up at lunch time.
"Although it was expanded and remodeled a while ago, the Summerton diner is still a very small place, and is often full-up at lunch time."
Michael Stern


Meat & Three * 2 (Meatloaf & Chicken Pit Pie) and Fried Chicken
"Meat & Three * 2 (Meatloaf & Chicken Pit Pie) and Fried Chicken"
Eric Males



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