Memorable | One of the Best
Elliston Place Soda Shop
Review by: Jane & Michael Stern
Little changed since it opened in 1939, Elliston Place is a soda shop and more. Yes, you can get wonderful milk shakes, malts, and sundaes, but this also an opportunity to enjoy the ritual midday meal known as “meat and three.” Choose sugar-cured ham, salt-cured country ham, southern-fried chicken (white or dark meat), a pork chop or liver ‘n’ onions, then select three vegetables from a daily roster of at least a dozen. If you want to skip the meat altogether, have a four-vegetable plate, accompanied by hot bread. The vegetable repertoire includes whipped potatoes, turnip greens, baked squash, fried bite-size rounds of okra, black-eyed peas, baked squash, and congealed salad (the local name for Jell-O).
For dessert, if you can resist a banana split, there is silk-smooth chess pie or a frosty wedge of the simple and nearly breathtaking Dixie classic, lemon icebox pie. Banana pudding is outstanding.
Breakfast at the Elliston Place Soda Shop is good, too. Expertly made biscuits are a given, and the country ham is superb. Many apparently blasé locals ignore the ham and choose fried bologna as their meat of choice!
A handsome, well-weathered place: green upholstered booths, red and white décor, and a crisp-outlined tile floor. Tables are equipped with their own juke boxes, and the musical selections are, suitably enough, country classics.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 6:30 AM – 8:30 PM
- Tuesday: 6:30 AM – 8:30 PM
- Wednesday: 6:30 AM – 8:30 PM
- Thursday: 6:30 AM – 8:30 PM
- Friday: 6:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch, Dessert|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|