Betsy’s Around the Corner

Diner | Meat-and-Three | Small Town Café | Soda Fountain
Worth a detour

Betsy’s on the Corner is a soda fountain, a diner, and a town café, source of square meals with a southern accent and some of the best cakes for miles around.

The big menu offers salads, soups, sandwiches, and rugged burgers with all sorts of toppings (turkey or veggie patties also available), including a “Corner Burger” that is a South Carolina paradigm topped with fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese. All-beef Nathan’s brand hot dogs come nestled in New England-style split-top buns that are griddle-toasted to a crisp. I like one called The Murphy Dog, which is a Dixie dog variation, with chili and slaw plus dill pickle chips. Onion rings are superb: fragile-crusted and fresh, needing only a good sprinkle of salt to attain perfection.

Betsy’s serves a Blue Plate Special every day, a meat-and-two affair that includes the likes of pot roast, fried chicken, or pork chops, plus a couple of side dishes (try the rich, motley-textured mac ‘n’ cheese, ethereal onion rings, or curiously sweet/sharp cole slaw), and a corn muffin — all for $10. On Friday and Saturday only, Betsy’s also is open for breakfast.

Ice cream service is a kick, ranging from cones and cups to sundaes to a top-of-the-line “Heavens to Betsy” that is eight scoops of ice cream, hot fudge, butterscotch, caramel and marshmallow toppings, pineapple, strawberries, bananas, Heath Bar crunch, Oreo crumbles, peanuts, whipped cream, and cherries. I like the Nutty Buddy sundae, which is vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and peanut butter sauce, crumbled Reese’s Pieces, whipped cream and a cherry. There is nothing extraordinary about the ice cream or the fudge, but these concoctions are well-constructed and will satisfy all but the fastidious ice cream epicure.

Since moving from its old location on the main street — where it was Betsy’s on the Corner — the new, two-story enterprise obtained a liquor license. In addition to wine, beer, and cocktails, the menu now melds adult beverages with Betsy’s predilection for ice cream fun in a series of  “Boozy Shakes.” There’s Banana Crème Pie (banana liqueur, vodka, bananas, vanilla ice cream), Mocha Me Dizzy (made with Bailey’s and coffee ice cream), and even PB&J, which is peanut butter, vanilla ice Cream and Jack Daniel’s!

Cakes, lined up on pedestals along the counter, are extraordinary — reason enough to visit Betsy’s. Made by a local confectionery maestro known as Meechee, they are towering, generously frosted beauties that range from mile-high, 5-layer chocolate to dazzling pecan pie pound cake. All welcome an a la mode treatment.

Betsy’s clientele includes visitors, locals, and, at lunch especially, people who work in Aiken’s downtown district.

What to Eat
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Murphy Dog
Murphy Dog
Listed on the menu as a Murphy Dog, this fine creation is in fact a Dixie Dog, combining cole slaw and chili.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Pimento Cheese & Bacon Sandwich
Pimento Cheese & Bacon Sandwich
Pimento cheese, bacon and tomato on sourdough
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Onion rings are fallapart fragile
Betsy’s Around the Corner, German Chocolate Cake
German Chocolate Cake
German Chocolate Cake is powerhouse sweet.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Banana LayerCake
Banana LayerCake
Banana layer cake topped with chocolate ice cream
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Hound Dog
Hound Dog
All beef dog, butter-grilled bun
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Gingerbread Cake
Gingerbread Cake
Pulchritudinous gingerbread layer cake
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Elvis Sundae
Elvis Sundae
The Elvis sundae: is topped with peanut butter cream and bacon.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Pecan Pie Pound Cake
Pecan Pie Pound Cake
Best of both worlds: creamy pound cake topped with ooey-gooey pecan pie.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Italian Cream Cake
Italian Cream Cake
Buttermilky Italian cream cake is layered with cream cheese frosting.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Strawberry Cake
Strawberry Cake
A scoop of chocolate ice cream is just right on a slice of fruity strawberry cake.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Pot Roast
Pot Roast
Tuesday blue plate special: pot roast
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Cole Slaw
Cole Slaw
Cole slaw is sweet, but with a sharp, horseradishy undertone.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Nutty Buddy Sundae
Nutty Buddy Sundae
Nutty Buddy sundae sports peanut butter sauce, hot fudge, and crumbled Reeses
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Mac ‘n’ cheese is comfort-food mild.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Squash Casserole
Squash Casserole
Squash casserole is as luxurious as a vegetable can be.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Lemon Curd Cake
Lemon Curd Cake
Lemon curd cake is a balance of sweet and tart.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Waldorf Salad
Waldorf Salad
"Waldorf Salad" is sweet enough that dressing is not required.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Corner Burger
Corner Burger
The Corner Burger is topped with pimento cheese, fried green tomato, slaw, and 'bistro sauce.'
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Easy Street Burger
Easy Street Burger
The Easy Street burger is a classic with just condiments and garnishes.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf
Vividly seasoned meat loaf is an every-Monday special.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, It’s Greek To Me
It’s Greek To Me
"It's Greek to Me" burger includes feta cheese and tzatziki sauce.
Betsy’s Around the Corner, French Fries
French Fries
French fries deliver spuddy satisfaction.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Monday11 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday11 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday11 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday11 am - 7:30 pm
Friday11 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday8 am - 4 pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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