Iron Horse Bar & Grill

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Iron Horse Bar & Grill is not a restaurant. It is a club, albeit not an exclusive one. I don’t know exactly what the rules are, but I was able to walk in and buy a membership ($20 per year or $1 for a day) with less screening than it takes to join Sam’s Club. Member benefits include not merely being able to eat and drink here, but to drink on Sunday, to smoke in a dedicated outdoor area, and to dine on the pet-friendly patio.

Iron Horse boasts that it has the coldest beer for 200 miles, and its Martinis, poured tableside from the silver beakers in which they’ve been mixed, are legendary. It definitely is a place to imbibe; but even a teetotaler will enjoy coming for a meal, providing that teetotaler likes bar food … which raises the question: What exactly is bar food? Generally, it is food that goes well with drinks. Specifically in this restaurant it is very well-dressed half-pound hamburgers; it’s wings by the pound; it’s a plate of thick, warm Yukon Gold potato chips loaded with cheese and bacon and jalapenos (nacho style); it’s beery beer-battered onion rings; it’s fried-fish baskets, heroic sandwiches, and a kitchen-sink dish called the Iron Horse Mess, which is roast beef or grilled chicken with onions, peppers and mushrooms topped with melted mozzarella cheese. No, this is not cordon bleu cuisine. But when mighty appetite demands appeasement (with or without adult-beverage thirst), Iron Horse is up to the challenge.

Much of the appeal  of the restaurant (er, club) is its out-of-the-way location, at a crossroads not far from the Savannah River in the unincorporated community of Beech Island (once where soul man James Brown lived, now his final resting place). It has an extremely relaxed personality, with plenty of seats outside for pilgrims who come by car and motorcycle to linger before or after a meal; and the interior decor is, to put it mildly, eclectic. All in all, it’s a fun place to dine. I am proud to be a member.

What to Eat
Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Loaded Yukon Gold Potato Chips
Loaded Yukon Gold Potato Chips
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Loaded Yukon Gold chips support cheddar & blue cheese, bacon, and jalapeno chips.
Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Pimento Bacon Cheeseburger
Pimento Bacon Cheeseburger
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A half-pound hamburger, smothered by pimento cheese, bacon, grilled onions, lettuce, & tomato.
Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Reuben
Reuben
Must-Try
Mountainous Reuben is a house specialty.
Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Ghost Rider Burger
Ghost Rider Burger
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Bacon, ghost pepper and boom-boom sauce make this burger sing.
Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Lemon Drop Martini
Lemon Drop Martini
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Sweet/sour/potent lemon drop martini
Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Chili
Chili
Chunky chili is loaded with meat and only barely spicy.
Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Onion Rings
Onion Rings
Onion rings are more about batter than onion.
Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Shrimp & Grits
Shrimp & Grits
Sunday brunch shrimp & grits (+ bacon)
Iron Horse Bar & Grill, Hummingbird Cake
Hummingbird Cake
Sweet, nutty hummingbird cake is clad in massive cream cheese frosting.
Iron Horse Bar & Grill, House Salad
House Salad
Lettuce is a bit player in the copious house salad.
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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