Edisto River Creamery & Kitchen

Drive-In | Hot Dog | Ice Cream Parlor
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**** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ****

Artisan ice cream is a rarity in the Deep South, and while Edisto River Creamery is no exception to that rule, I make a point of enjoying some licks here whenever I pass by. The product is plebeian– from a mix, I’m sure — but becomes a happy treat when configured in a milk shake or as the foundation for an enthusiastic sundae. Top of the line is a banana boat: three large dollops (preferably vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) set upon a bed of halved bananas and topped with hot fudge, butterscotch, pineapple chunks, strawberries, chopped nuts, whipped cream, and a Maraschino cherry. Unless you are really, really hungry, it’s enough for two.

While the ice cream is fine in its modest way, the foot-long hot dog really is special. It’s all-beef, dense and garlicky, bisected and cooked on a grill until its edges begin to crisp. I like it topped with meaty (no bean) chili, chopped raw onions, and yellow mustard; sauerkraut and other condiments also are available. Hot dog accompaniments include pasta salad, potato salad, or cole slaw as well as hand-cut French fries. Cooked in clean peanut oil, the fries are thick enough to offer brittle edges and creamy middles. They’re a best dish. The menu also lists a short selection of cold sandwiches and pulled-pork BBQ.

Located on a main road heading into (or out of) the city, Edisto River Creamery & Kitchen is a homey place infused with its proprietors’ personalities. Decor includes professions of Christian faith, expressions of gratitude, and general life encouragement to those who crave it.

What to Eat
Edisto River Creamery & Kitchen, Hot Dog
Hot Dog
Must-Try
A long, well-muscled all-beef wiener, griddle cooked, is a fine bed for meaty chili and crisp onions plus mustard.
Edisto River Creamery & Kitchen, French Fries
French Fries
Must-Try
Thick, hand-cut French fries, cooked in peanut oil, are a must-eat.
Edisto River Creamery & Kitchen, Banana Boat
Banana Boat
There's some of nearly everything on this giant-size banana boat.
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes

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