Iron Horse Grill | Beech Island Bar Food and Potent Drinks

Review by: Michael Stern

Join the Club

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 walked in and bought a membership ($20 per year) with less screening than it takes to join Sam’s Club. As a member, I can host all the guests I want. Benefits include not merely being able to eat excellent bar food and potent drinks, but to imbibe on Sunday and to dine on a pet-friendly patio.


Iron Horse boasts that it serves the coldest beer for 200 miles. Its Martinis, poured tableside from the silver beakers in which they’ve been mixed, earn legendary status. Tipplers will feel right at home.

Hearty Eats

But even a teetotaler will enjoy coming to the Iron Horse 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 means extraordinarily well-dressed half-pound hamburgers. You can fork into a plate of thick, warm Yukon Gold potato chips loaded with cheese and bacon and jalapenos (nacho style). Savor fried-fish baskets, heroic sandwiches, and wings by the pound. One section of the menu, titled “Messes,” describes the Iron Horse Mess as roast beef or grilled chicken with onions, peppers, and mushrooms topped with melted provolone cheese.

No, you will not be eating dainty cordon bleu cuisine when come to the Iron Horse Grill. But when mighty appetite demands satisfaction (with or without adult-beverage thirst), the Iron Horse more than meets the challenge.

Cool Destination

An out-of-the-way location adds much to the appeal  of the restaurant (er, club). At a crossroads not too far from Roadfood favorites, Freeman’s BBQ and Crossroads Cafe, you will find it in the unincorporated community of Beech Island. (Godfather of Soul, James Brown once lived here; it is now his final resting place.) It has an extremely relaxed personality, with plenty of seats outside for pilgrims who come by car, pickup truck, and motorcycle to linger before or after a meal. The the interior decor is, to put it mildly, eclectic. A virtual forest of decor hangs from the ceiling. A year-around Christmas tree gleams with ornaments. All in all, it’s a fun place with best-in-class bar food and potent drinks. I am proud to be a member.

Directions & Hours

4:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 4:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 4:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 4:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 4:30 – 8:30 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 8:30 PM

What To Eat

Loaded Yukon Gold Potato Chips

Pimento Bacon Cheeseburger


Onion Rings

Shrimp & Grits

Hummingbird Cake

House Salad


Ghost Rider Burger

Lemon Drop Martini


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