Delectable Delight

Sandwich Shop | Small Town Café | Soul Food
Memorable
One of the best
Michael Stern | January 20, 2019
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On Edgefield’s town square in a storefront so small that it’s easy to walk right past without noticing, Delectable Delight is a modest place with a kitchen that is constantly amazing. That’s not to say that the menu is exotic or cutting-edge. On the contrary. This is people’s food, ordinary fare, but ordinary fare made with extraordinary skill.

That’s ordinary by deep-Dixie standards, which for people from other parts of the country can be a culinary adventure. For instance, tomato pie — a rarity in most of the U.S. — is not uncommon in these parts, where produce grows so well and through such a long season. Delectable Delight’s tomato pie is one of the best. Laced with herbs and vividly spiced, it balances sweet tomatoes, creamy cheese, and savory crust in symphonic harmony.

Vegetable casseroles also are a typically southern thing, known for their inclusion of all sorts of luxurious non-vegetable enhancements. The broccoli casserole served here (for Sunday supper) is a powerhouse, rich with cheese and veined with strips of saltine cracker that soften into a wonderful wheaty complement for bite-size green crowns that retains just the right al dente crunch.

On the subject of broccoli, broccoli salad might be the #1 must-eat dish on the everyday menu. For all its ribbons of bacon and an abundance of sweet craisins and bits of red onion, it remains a celebration of broccoli, the flavor and texture of which dominate.

The goodness of broccoli salad signifies what is unique about Delectable Delight food. Even those menu items that don’t promise to be special turn out to be different enough from ordinary versions to be memorable. Every dish has a vivid personality that reveals a fine hand in the kitchen. Examples: peach cobbler with pastry so soft and elegant you want to call it foamy; pulled pork that veritably hums with the perfume of sweet mesquite smoke; brisket spiced with a rainbow of flavors that are reminiscent of Jamaican jerk seasoning; chicken salad sweetened with bread & butter pickle bits; pimento cheese with olive snap; Sunday-supper roast beef so ridiculously tender that even a fork edge seems brutal.

Chef / owner Terrell Bush watches over her little domain with welcoming good cheer. She knows many of the customers who come for lunch and nearly all who stop by for Sunday supper. The Sunday I visited, three different tables were occupied by three separate families, each of which had come to celebrate a birthday.

Delectable Delight is a feel-good place with food in a class of its own.

 

What to Eat
Delectable Delight, Broccoli Salad
Broccoli Salad
Must-Try
Broccoli salad is laced with bacon, cheese, bits of red onion and, of course, mayonnaise.
Delectable Delight, Mesquite-Smoked Pork
Mesquite-Smoked Pork
Must-Try
Hunky pulled pork is suffused with sweet mesquite-smoke flavor.
Delectable Delight, Butter Beans
Butter Beans
Must-Try
Butter beans truly are buttery, also very porky.
Delectable Delight, Pork Chops
Pork Chops
Must-Try
Pillowy pork chops want to be picked up by hand and gnawed with abandon.
Delectable Delight, Tomato Pie
Tomato Pie
Must-Try
Herbs & spices infuse tomato pie with radiant flavor.
Delectable Delight, Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli Casserole
Must-Try
Melty cheese and softened saltines give oomph to broccoli casserole.
Delectable Delight, Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
Must-Try
The pastry in peach cobbler is foam-light.
Delectable Delight, Roast Beef
Roast Beef
Must-Try
Sunday-supper roast beef is too tender for a knife.
Delectable Delight, Cake
Cake
Must-Try
Terrell's lemon pound cake & strawberry cream cake
Delectable Delight, Pimento Cheese
Pimento Cheese
Creamy pimento cheese pops with pickle and pepper crunchies.
Delectable Delight, Chicken Salad
Chicken Salad
Smooth chicken salad is laced with bits of sweet pickle.
Delectable Delight, Brisket & Cheddar Sandwich
Brisket & Cheddar Sandwich
Smoky brisket pairs with cheddar on a griddle-crisped onion roll.
Delectable Delight, Chow Chow
Chow Chow
Collards are great as-is, but chow chow is a nice addition.
Directions and Hours
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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