Old Edgefield Grille

New American
Memorable
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In a 1909 Victorian home in the historic town of Edgefield (“Home of 10 Governors”), the Old Edgefield Grille is a felicitous harmony of old South and new American cuisine. It’s a gracious setting with well-accoutered dining rooms lit by crystal chandeliers.

For all its politeness, there’s nothing staid about the flavors of the food, which can be thrilling.

Shrimp and grits, for instance, is a flamboyantly spiced kaleidoscope of peppery andouille sausage, black tiger shrimp, onions and tomatoes in Cajun sauce with a crown of crisp-fried onion hay and a bed of rich, rugged-textured yellow grits. It’s a dazzling rendition of the South Carolina signature dish.

The Old Edgefield burger is a hail of flavors, too, including a thick slice of tangy fried green tomato, pimento cheese, bacon and bacon remoulade. The hamburger is itself a prize: a half-pound of juice-oozing ground chuck with a well-charred crust, cooked to your specifications.

If South Carolina were to have an official State Cheese, it would be pimento, which is a featured element of several Old Edgefield Grille dishes. This kitchen’s version is a thick paste with sharp cheddar flavor. It is ideally suited for a powerhouse appetizer in which little balls of it are coated in panko breadcrumbs and deep fried to a point where the rugged coat turns brittle-crisp and the cheese within fairly weeps unctuous dairy richness. An appetizer portion is five such balls, along with a cup of bacon remoulade. That’s a lot of cheese: hors d’oeuvre for at least two.

Dessert: In-season peach cobbler is a beguiling harmony of fruit and pastry; Derby pie is like the gooiest, most chocolaty chocolate chip cookie ever imagined; crème brûlée is svelte, with a fine fragile crust on top and 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 for anyone who believes maximum dairy-product consumption is salutary.

 

What to Eat
Old Edgefield Grille, Shrimp & Grits
Shrimp & Grits
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Andouille sausage and Cajun wine/butter sauce make shrimp & grits sparkle.
Old Edgefield Grille, Edgefield Burger
Edgefield Burger
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House pimento cheese & bacon burger sits upon fried green tomato and bacon remoulade.
Old Edgefield Grille, Crè­me Brûlée
Crè­me Brûlée
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Fragile-crusted crè­me brûlée is svelte and easy to eat.
Old Edgefield Grille, Deep Fried Pimento Cheese
Deep Fried Pimento Cheese
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Big appetizer: 5 mounds of deep-fried pimento cheese.
Old Edgefield Grille, Seafood Chicken Bog
Seafood Chicken Bog
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SC coast classic seafood chicken bog glows in buttery Cajun sauce.
Old Edgefield Grille, Wedge Salad
Wedge Salad
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Crisp iceberg lettuce is ready to be chopped and mixed with bacon, blue cheese, and tomatoes.
Old Edgefield Grille, Fried Shrimp
Fried Shrimp
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Big, buff shrimp in a crisp coat
Old Edgefield Grille, Derby Pie
Derby Pie
Must-Try
If you like chocolate chip cookies, you will love Derby Pie.
Old Edgefield Grille, Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
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Peach cobbler is a beautiful duet of fruit and pastry.
Old Edgefield Grille, Wedge Salad with Crawfish
Wedge Salad with Crawfish
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Fried crawfish add extra crunch to a fine wedge salad.
Old Edgefield Grille, Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie
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Sweet/tart Key lime pie is a creamy denouement.
Old Edgefield Grille, French Fries
French Fries
Clean-oil fries are burgers' best friends.
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday11am - 2pm
Wednesday5pm - 9pm
Thursday5pm - 9pm
Friday5pm - 9pm
Saturday5pm - 9pm
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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