Peaches ‘n’ Such

Ice Cream Parlor | Meat-and-Three | Roadside Stand
One of the best

Peach ice cream, hot peach cobbler, peach cider, pickled peaches, and peach preserves are a few good reasons to come to Peaches ‘n’ Such, aka Watsonia (after the Watson family that runs it). But Watson doesn’t only grow peaches. The fields here (all organic) also yield strawberries, apples, asparagus, broccoli, squash, and more. This is a wonderful place for breakfast, lunch, ice cream, and spectacular cakes as well as an especially hearty Sunday after-church supper.

Located on Highway 23 and surrounded by orchards in all directions, Peaches ‘n’ Such has a tiny dining area where tables are shared by strangers when necessary; and there is a limited menu of sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, and hot meals. I first came out here thanks to a tip by Aiken sages Tom Bossard and Len Cherry, who waxed rhapsodic about the peach ice cream. I loved the ice cream, but stayed for a meal of fried chicken.

O, what fine chicken! Hugging pieces of indulgently moist meat is a seasoned crust poised perfectly between crunch and chew, oozing its own full-flavored juices with every bite. On the side come two vegetables. The one I won’t ever neglect is broccoli casserole, the home-ec classic that presents well-cooked stalks and florets in a melted web of chewy orange cheese and bread crumbs. Butter beans are simple and just-right al dente with real legume earthiness. A third choice this Friday was fried eggplant. Not being a big eggplant fan, I was shocked to like it so much, the vegetable itself turned ethereal as it cooked inside a jacket of salty, delicious breading. It reminds me of the best fried okra, but half its weight. A few other must-eats from the vegetable menu, when they’re available, are fried green tomatoes with zesty horseradish dipping sauce, and creamy mac ‘n’ cheese. And if you are a fan of classic Sunday supper, it will be your lucky day if the menu board lists turkey. It’s the real stuff, freshly carved and served with classic sage dressing and gravy.

Dessert layer cakes are monumental: red velvet, strawberry (made with fresh berries), triple-layer Neapolitan cake (yes, three flavored/colored layers), and banana pudding cake. The fruity-sweet Dixie delight known as hummingbird cake, loaded with bananas and pineapple, is so yummy that one must remind oneself  to also spoon up some of that grand soft-serve peach ice cream on the side. Speaking of peach ice cream, it’s a marvelous companion for fruity-moist peach upside down cake that is best served warm.

What to Eat
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli Casserole
I admit that I even like plain broccoli, but you don’t have to be a broccoli lover to enjoy this cheesy, breadcrumb-enriched broccoli casserole. You just have to like southern-style vegetable casseroles.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Cider
Cider is just one of the many peach products for sale.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Fried Eggplant
Fried Eggplant
Transcendent eggplant. Nearly weightless, each piece of aubergine has a bright consistency; the thin crust around it sings with spice.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Friday special: fried chicken with rice and gravy plus two side dishes. The chicken packs terrific crunch and the dark meat delivers outrageous amounts of juice.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Hummingbird Cake
Hummingbird Cake
It is said that hummingbird cake actually originated in Jamaica and was named for the island’s Doctor Bird, which was the inspiration for a local banana cake. As made now in the South it also contains crushed pineapple and chopped pecans. It is wildly sweet.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Neapolitan Cake
Neapolitan Cake
The three layers of Neapolitan cake are crowned with massive amounts of unctuous frosting.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Peach Ice Cream
Peach Ice Cream
Sometimes the peach ice cream is very peachy. Other times, like mid-summer, it is unbelievably so.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
Warm peach cobbler loves a big dollop of peach ice cream.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
The intense vegetable character of collard greens is here balanced by a generous allotment of fatback, including pieces as lean as ham and some that are nothing but melting-soft fat.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Strawberries
In the Spring, freshly-picked strawberries are sold at the counter, and they are magnificent.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Strawberry Cake
Strawberry Cake
Cake and icing are packed with field-fresh strawberries.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberries hereabouts are at least as excellent as the peaches; ice cream made from them is heavenly.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Turkey Dinner
Turkey Dinner
Sunday supper: freshly-carved turkey & dressing plus plenty of veggies
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried green tomatoes come with nose-tingling horseradish dip.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Butter Beans
Butter Beans
Butter beans are fresh and flavorful, real farm food.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Pimento Cheeseburger
Pimento Cheeseburger
Local Angus beef has nice beefy flavor that is, of course, well complemented by a thick, chalky crown of mayonnaise-rich pimento cheese.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Buttermilk Pork Chops
Buttermilk Pork Chops
Buttermilk pork chops sport an impossibly luxurious crust.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Peach Lemonade
Peach Lemonade
Not ordinary sweet tea. PEACH-flavored sweet tea.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Chili Dog
Chili Dog
All-beef dog topped with chili
Directions and Hours
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
3 stops | 1 hr 4 min total driving
6 stops | 1 hr 38 min total driving
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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