Dave’s Grill & Grocery

Bar-b-q | Grocery Store | Hamburgers | Meat-and-Three
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One of the best
Michael Stern | April 24, 2017
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By any measure, South Carolina is more a barbecue state than a burger state, but eaters of Aiken County spend an inordinate amount of time debating where the best hamburgers are served. It was during one such discussion that Dierdre Stoker Vaillancourt directed me to Dave’s Grill & Grocery out in Couchton. Dave’s is an ethanol-free gas station convenience store that also happens to be a butcher shop and cafe. Thank you, Dierdre! While they are in no way aristocratic, Dave Golding’s blue-collar burgers — hand-pattied from freshly-ground beef — are short-order paradigms: rugged-textured, juicy enough, full-flavored, and reaching five-dollar resplendence when fully dressed with mustard, mayo, lettuce, onion, and tomato.

French fries to accompany these worthy wimpies also are extraordinary. Continue reading

By any measure, South Carolina is more a barbecue state than a burger state, but eaters of Aiken County spend an inordinate amount of time debating where the best hamburgers are served. It was during one such discussion that Dierdre Stoker Vaillancourt directed me to Dave’s Grill & Grocery out in Couchton. Dave’s is an ethanol-free gas station convenience store that also happens to be a butcher shop and cafe. Thank you, Dierdre! While they are in no way aristocratic, Dave Golding’s blue-collar burgers — hand-pattied from freshly-ground beef — are short-order paradigms: rugged-textured, juicy enough, full-flavored, and reaching five-dollar resplendence when fully dressed with mustard, mayo, lettuce, onion, and tomato.

French fries to accompany these worthy wimpies also are extraordinary. Hand-cut and fried to honeytone pulchritude in clean oil, they are ideal companions for burgers, sausage burgers (sausage made here, of course), chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, or chopped BBQ with tangy-sweet mustard sauce.

Beyond burgers and BBQ, Dave’s offers breakfast sandwiches and a lunchtime meat-and-3 selection that usually includes pork chops, along with collard greens, mac ‘n’ cheese, southern-style green beans, and intriguing hash on rice.

Much business is takeout, but a coterie of customers occupy bare tables that share floor space with shelves of packaged groceries, local produce, motor oil, Little Debbie snack cakes, and household goods. It’s been my experience that prandial conversations are as much about Dave’s good food as about politics, sports, and weather.

Dishes to try
Dave’s Grill & Grocery, Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger
Must-Try
Dave Golding started as a meat cutter. The goodness of his burgers is testament to that legacy.
Dave’s Grill & Grocery, French Fries
French Fries
Must-Try
Superb, crisp-edged French fries deliver rich potato flavor.
Dave’s Grill & Grocery, BBQ
BBQ
Finely-chopped pork comes dressed with tangy mustard sauce.
Dave’s Grill & Grocery, Hash on Rice
Hash on Rice
Pungent hash, a de rigueur companion for local BBQ, comes upon a bed of rice that tempers its punch.
Dave’s Grill & Grocery, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Mild-mannered mac 'n' cheese always is available as a lunchtime side dish.
Dave’s Grill & Grocery, Sausage Burger
Sausage Burger
Fully dressed with mayo, mustard, onion, lettuce, and tomato, Dave's sausage burger is just barely porky
Dave’s Grill & Grocery, Pickled Peppers
Pickled Peppers
A jar of pickled peppers gets passed around from table to table.
Dave’s Grill & Grocery, Pork Chop
Pork Chop
Dave suggested we pick up the lightly breaded pork chop and eat it by hand.
Dave’s Grill & Grocery, Chicken Sandwich
Chicken Sandwich
Boneless chicken is run through a tenderizer before getting breaded and fried. It's perfect sandwiched in a soft bun with a full complement of condiments.
Dave’s Grill & Grocery, Green Beans
Green Beans
To soft, porky, country-style beans like these, Al Dente is just a guy's name.
Directions and Hours
open now
SundayCLOSED
Monday5am - 7pm
Tuesday5am - 7pm
Wednesday5am - 7pm
Thursday5am - 7pm
Friday5am - 7pm
Saturday5am - 7pm
Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes