Boots’ & Sonny’s is a family-run drive-in with a sterling reputation earned primarily for its chili. Oh, the hot dogs and hamburgers and bologna sandwiches and French fries all are just fine in their short-order way, but a spill of chili atop of any of them is transformational. It is a meaty, no-bean brew with creamy texture and complex spice profile that includes enough pepper to snap taste buds to attention.
Beyond chili dogs and such, the menu includes an array of hot and cold sandwiches, chicken tenders and wings, BBQ and hash, 8 different milk shake flavors, and lovely strawberry shortcake.
Many customers avail themselves of drive-through window service, but I highly recommend coming in to eat. An enthusiastic staff who really seem to enjoy what they do add upbeat personality to the meal.
Boots’ & Sonny’s has been a locals’ favorite since 1962. The original store is in Spartanburg. Landrum is the second location. And by the way, kudos for the proper use of apostrophes!)