Old Edgefield Grill | New American Dixie

Review by: Michael Stern

Fine Dixie Dining

In a 1909 Victorian home in the historic town of Edgefield (home of 10 South Carolina governors), the Old Edgefield Grill harmonizes old South tradition and new American cuisine. Well-accoutered dining rooms lit by crystal chandeliers set the scene. But for all its southern charm, the food delivers a serious taste buds wallop. Call it New American Dixie cuisine!

Is Shrimp and Grits the South Carolina State Dish?

Consider shrimp and grits. South Carolinians think of this as a signature dish. Sometimes, as the name forewarns, shrimp and grits can lapse into two-note boredom. Not here. Flamboyant flavor combinations make it a sensation. Black tiger shrimp sing harmony with peppery andouille sausage. Cajun sauce veritably hums as it seeps into rugged-texture yellow grits. Crown this kaleidoscopic gallimaufry with crisp-fried onion hay and be dazzled with every forkful. It’s classic southern, but modern, too: That’s why we call it New American Dixie.

Even the Hamburger is Something Special

The Old Edgefield burger is a hail of flavors. It is no everyday hamburger. Its accoutrements include a thick slice of tangy fried green tomato, pimento cheese, bacon and bacon remoulade. They’re great companions, for sure. But the hamburger itself deserves a blue ribbon. This half-pound of juice-oozing ground chuck with its well-charred crust, cooked to your specifications, defines burger satisfaction.

Hail Pimento Cheese!

If South Carolina were to declare an official State Cheese, it would be pimento. Old Edgefield Grill pimento cheese, a thick paste with sharp cheddar flavor, ranks among the good ones. On a cracker, it glows. Coat a little ball of it with panko bread crumbs and deep fry it to a point where the rugged coat turns brittle crisp. The cheese within fairly weeps unctuous dairy richness. Five small balls of this invention come as an appetizer: a lot of cheese. Add to that a ramekin of bacon remoulade. You’ve got hors d’oeuvre for at least two. (If coming to Edgefield on a pimento cheese hunt, be sure also to check out the cheese at Park Row Market #1, around the corner from the Old Edgefield Grill.)

Don’t Skip Dessert

Dessert: In-season peach cobbler beguiles taste buds with a brilliant duet of fruit and pastry. Derby pie outdoes the gooiest, moistest, chocolatiest chocolate chip cookie ever imagined. Crème brûlée says, “Hello, I am Mr. Svelte” with its fine fragile crust on top. Below lurks custard that is smooth and creamy and yet not nearly as corpulent as so many over-the-top crème brûlées. It makes me think of health food for Wisconsinites. Or health food for anyone who believes maximum dairy-product consumption is salutary.

 

Directions & Hours

11am - 2pm
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, 5:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

What To Eat

Shrimp & Grits

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Edgefield Burger

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Crè­me Brûlée

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Deep Fried Pimento Cheese

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French Fries

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Seafood Chicken Bog

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Wedge Salad

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Fried Shrimp

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Derby Pie

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Peach Cobbler

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Wedge Salad with Crawfish

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Key Lime Pie

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