Creekside at the Old Mill

Meat-and-Three | Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café
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A big, airy dining room in a vintage, stone-wall mill building, Creekside exudes country charm in the Columbia suburb of Lexington. I sought it out because I was told that the kitchen makes liver pudding and corned beef hash — two dishes that all too often are pretty bad but at their best can be heavenly. My tip was wrong. The kitchen does offer these things, but does not make them. Having little desire to eat canned hash or pudding; I decided to order more typical southern breakfast fare.

A sampler plate gets you three kinds of breakfast meat: bacon and a sausage patty that are standard-issue and country ham that may indeed be standard issue, but nonetheless delivers the rank satisfaction of this most aristocratic of pig meats. The ham would be especially good in concert with a warm, creamy buttermilk biscuit, but, alas, Creekside’s biscuits are a desiccated yawn.

Side dishes to accompany eggs include grits (merely functional), chunky hash browns that deliver good potato flavor and are especially tasty when woven with a measure of still-crisp onions, and warm, sweet skillet apples (great with ham).

I won’t be rushing back to Creekside for breakfast (there are better morning meals in and around Lexington), but I do want to return for a promising meat-and-three lunch of country fried steak, pork chops, flounder, or ham with a choice from a roster of well over a dozen Dixie side dishes.

 

What to Eat
Creekside at the Old Mill, Sampler
Sampler
The Creekside Sampler includes 3 forms of breakfast meat. Country ham is best; the sausage patty and bacon are forgettable.
Creekside at the Old Mill, Skillet Apples
Skillet Apples
Skillet apples are an alternative to grits and home fries. They are warm, tender, and sweet -- a nice companion for country ham.
Creekside at the Old Mill, Hash Browns
Hash Browns
Billed as hash browns, soft-centered potato chunks are available with or without crisp, sweet onions.
Creekside at the Old Mill, Biscuit & Sausage Gravy
Biscuit & Sausage Gravy
There's a lot of sausage in the sausage gravy. It feels like a patty, cut into pieces and added to the fairly glutenous emulsion.
Directions and Hours
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Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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