Dandelion’s Cafe

Eclectic | Pizza | Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café
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*** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ***

Serving food in a cast iron skillet conveys rustic charm. It also creates fantastic textures. Dandelion’s Cafe’s Mac ‘n’ cheese, for instance, is crunchy at the edges, creamy in the center, and a little bit chewy along the bottom. It is made “southern style” (simple, basic comforting), “taco” (with ground beef, jalapenos, and salsa), “Philly” (steak [or chicken], onions, peppers, mushrooms), and “Mediterranean” (spinach, feta, olives).

Dandelion’s sizable single-serving skillets also are the medium for several kinds of poutine, the Quebec snack-bar staple that is French fries topped with gravy and melting cheese curds. With second-rate ingredients and bland processed cheese, Poutine can be very bad; but here the cheese is real (Wisconsin cheddar curds), the gravy packs potent beef flavor, and the fries are crisp-edged and creamy-centered. The mix of those three elements is brilliant. Like mac ‘n’ cheese, poutine comes in several variations, including taco, Buffalo, Southwestern, veggie, and traditional.

Mention must also be made of beef on weck, a sandwich once found only in Buffalo taverns and still extremely rare anywhere else. Here it is on Dandelion’s menu, and it’s the real thing: a kaiser roll spangled with coarse salt and caraway seeds (kummelweck in German, hence “weck”) sandwiching a thick sheaf of  roast beef. It’s a magic combo, and with a ramekin of delicious au jus for dipping and hot horseradish on the side, it is one of the best sandwiches for miles around.

The menu is broad and eclectic and a little eccentric: sandwiches, hot subs, salads, wings, and a soup of the day. Among soups, I have relished chicken ‘n’ dumplings, French onion soup, borscht, Italian wedding soup, and one merry vegetable jumble called hodge podge.

There’s good pizza, too: thin-crusted and absolutely mounded with whatever ingredients you choose. I am fond of the round-the-world Mediterranean pizza (mozzarella, feta, sausage, beef, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, peppers, tomato, olives) and the white steak pizza on which slices of banana pepper play a fantastic duet with great reefs of thin-sliced steak.

North Augusta, South Carolina, isn’t really a small town, but Dandelion’s Cafe has a small town vibe. It’s cozy and comfortable, but also stylish (note the graffiti-painted floor); and a git-er-done staff takes care of customers with unflappable good cheer.

What to Eat
Dandelion’s Cafe, Mac N Cheese
Mac N Cheese
Must-Try
Thanks to the iron skillet, mac 'n' cheese is a festival of texture, from crisp edge to creamy middle.
Dandelion’s Cafe, Poutine
Poutine
Must-Try
Flavorful Wisconsin cheese curds and quality gravy give poutine pizzazz.
Dandelion’s Cafe, Beef on Weck
Beef on Weck
Must-Try
Beef on Weck is salty, beefy, impossible to stop eating.
Dandelion’s Cafe, Steak & Dandelion Sandwich
Steak & Dandelion Sandwich
Must-Try
Steak, sauteed dandelion greens, and mozzarella on garlic bread: heaven!
Dandelion’s Cafe, French Fries
French Fries
Must-Try
Crisp edge and creamy center make Dandelion's fries the #1 side dish.
Dandelion’s Cafe, Meat Pizza
Meat Pizza
Must-Try
Carnivore's delight: bacon, ham, hot sausage, pepperoni, and ground beef
Dandelion’s Cafe, Buffalo Poutine
Buffalo Poutine
Must-Try
Brilliant Buffalo poutine is fries topped with blue & cheddar cheeses, chicken, hot sauce & celery.
Dandelion’s Cafe, Hodge Podge Soup
Hodge Podge Soup
Must-Try
Daily special Hodge Podge soup: so, so motherly
Dandelion’s Cafe, Philly Poutine
Philly Poutine
Must-Try
Philly poutine: steak sandwich ingredients atop French fries
Dandelion’s Cafe, Borscht
Borscht
Must-Try
Borscht, loaded with beef & beets, is an occasional special.
Dandelion’s Cafe, Mediterranean Mac & Cheese
Mediterranean Mac & Cheese
Must-Try
Mediterranean mac & cheese includes tomatoes, olives, spinach, and feta cheese.
Dandelion’s Cafe, Chicken & Dumplings
Chicken & Dumplings
Must-Try
On a rare chilly day in North Augusta, Dandelion's chicken & dumplings is welcome relief.
Dandelion’s Cafe, White Pizza
White Pizza
Must-Try
White pizza: mozzarella & feta, artichokes, spinach, tomatoes and plenty of garlic
Dandelion’s Cafe, Italian Wedding Soup
Italian Wedding Soup
Must-Try
Italian wedding soup: a beautiful marriage of greens and meatballs
Dandelion’s Cafe, White Steak Pizza
White Steak Pizza
White steak pizza includes banana peppers, spinach, mozzarella, and mushrooms.
Dandelion’s Cafe, Mediterranean Pizza
Mediterranean Pizza
Mediterranean pizza is crowded with meats, veggies, and feta cheese.
Dandelion’s Cafe, Bananas Foster Cheesecake
Bananas Foster Cheesecake
Cheesecakes dominate the dessert menu. A bananas foster slice is quite rummy.
Dandelion’s Cafe, French Onion Soup
French Onion Soup
When it's cold outside, the warmth of French onion soup is divine.
Dandelion’s Cafe, Hawaiian Pizza
Hawaiian Pizza
Piggy, fruity, creamy Hawaiian pizza
Dandelion’s Cafe, Pink Lemonade
Pink Lemonade
Pink lemonade
Dandelion’s Cafe, Taco Poutine
Taco Poutine
The French fries give taco poutine immense avoirdupois.
Directions and Hours
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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