Miller’s Bread Basket

Bakery | Meat-and-Three
Worth a detour

The best-known feature of America’s Anabaptist cuisine is its bakery repertoire, and on that score, Miller’s Bread Basket, which bills itself as a restaurant serving “Pennsylvania Dutch with a southern touch,” earns high marks. Rolls and breads are outstanding, their fresh-baked aroma permeating the Main Street storefront bakery/cafe. Fine fresh loaves, bags of buns, and whole pies are available for the take-home trade, but what will bring me back is meat-and-three lunch.

Getting one’s food is an interesting proposition. Towards the back of the airy restaurant is an area that looks like a buffet. But service is more cafeteria-style. In other words, customers do not help themselves. They peruse what’s available — it’s a beautiful array — and the server piles the food on plates. Entrees are classic hot-lunch fare: fried fish, meat balls, lasciviously moist fried chicken, and even moister meat loaf that is absolutely magnificent when topped with sweet stewed tomatoes. Side dishes have a more distinctly southern accent: fried okra, braised cabbage, plush mac ‘n’ cheese, broccoli-rice casserole (a must-eat!). Ice tea and lemonade are dispensed at a separate station in the dining room. Tote your own food to a table.

Choose dessert from a wide selection of pies and cakes that reflect both Amish and Dixie taste, from shoofly pie and coconut cream pie to apple crisp and cheesecake with cherry topping.

Miller’s is a welcoming place. Operating-room clean and staffed with guys and gals who are genuinely helpful and always polite, it is an unexpected treasure in South Carolina’s Barnwell County.

What to Eat
Miller’s Bread Basket, Shoofly Pie
Shoofly Pie
Shoofly pie: sticky and intensely sweet
Miller’s Bread Basket, Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf
Sweet stewed tomatoes top gentle-tempered meat loaf.
Miller’s Bread Basket, Broccoli Rice Casserole
Broccoli Rice Casserole
A Dixie standard, best vegetable: cheesy broccoli-rice casserole
Miller’s Bread Basket, Butter-Nut Bread
Butter-Nut Bread
Butter-nut bread is slightly sweet with very sweet frosting.
Miller’s Bread Basket, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Under tender fried chicken crust is succulent meat.
Miller’s Bread Basket, Cabbage
Cabbage in the South is better than cabbage elsewhere.
Miller’s Bread Basket, Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni 'n' cheese goes with everything.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Tuesday11am - 2pm
Wednesday11am - 2pm
Thursday12pm - 8pm
Friday12pm - 8pm
Saturday7am - 2pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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