Peaches ‘n’ Such

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

Peaches ‘n’ Such is a roadside stand and casual-cafe destination for breakfast, lunch, ice cream, and grand layer cakes as well as an especially hearty Sunday after-church supper.

It is surrounded by orchards in the heart of peach-growing country, and as you might expect, its menu features peach ice cream, hot peach cobbler, and sweet peach tea; its shelves are packed with jars of pickled peaches, peach preserves, and cider. The Watson family who operate this enterprise don’t only grow peaches. Their organic fields also yield strawberries, apples, asparagus, broccoli, and squash. Most of these items find their way to the menu, and many are for sale at a makeshift produce stand just outside the cafe.

Peaches ‘n’ Such is tiny, its five or six tables often 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 ice cream. I loved it, but have returned for so much more.

Fried chicken is a must-eat. 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, of course, you want some 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. Another winning choice is fried eggplant, the vegetable turned ethereal inside a jacket of salty, delicious breading — like the best fried okra, but half its weight.

A couple of other must-eats from the side-dish menu, when they’re available, are fried green tomatoes with zesty horseradish dipping sauce, and creamy mac ‘n’ cheese.

Burgers, made from beef attained from Yon Farms a few miles away, are exemplary, especially when ordered all the way (lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, mustard, mayo). Topped with good house-made pimento cheese and bacon, one of these fully-dressed half-pound jumbos is almost impossible to neatly hoist from plate to mouth.

If you are a fan of Sunday supper, it will be your lucky day when the menu board lists turkey. It’s the real stuff, freshly carved and served with classic sage dressing and gravy. Tuesday’s specialty usually is the local favorite, chicken bog.

Dessert layer cakes are monumental: red velvet, strawberry (made with fresh berries), triple-layer Neapolitan cake (yes, three flavored/colored layers), banana pudding cake, sweet banana pineapple cake offset by great ribbons of barely sweet cream cheese frosting. For any of these cakes, a serving of house made-peach ice cream is always the right companion; and alongside warm peach upside-down cake, it’s divine.

What to Eat
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli Casserole
You don’t have to be a broccoli lover to enjoy this cheesy, breadcrumb-enriched broccoli casserole.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Cider
Cider is just one of the many peach products for sale.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Fried Eggplant
Fried Eggplant
Nearly weightless eggplant sings with spice.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
Fried chicken packs terrific crunch and the dark meat delivers outrageous amounts of juice.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Hummingbird Cake
Hummingbird Cake
Hummingbird cake is sweetened by bananas and pineapples.
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
Peach ice cream is more peachy than creamy.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Pimento Bacon Cheeseburger
Pimento Bacon Cheeseburger
Local beef stars in pimento bacon cheeseburger, all the way.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
Warm peach cobbler loves cool peach ice cream.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Green-veggie collard greens are balanced by plenty of fatback.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Strawberries
In the Spring, just-picked strawberries are sold at the counter.
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, Banana Pineapple Layer Cake
Banana Pineapple Layer Cake
Thick, barely-sweet cream cheese frosting balances very sweet banana pineapple layer cake.
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Butter Beans
Butter Beans
Butter beans are fresh and flavorful, real farm food.
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
Peaches ‘n’ Such, Country Fried Steak
Country Fried Steak
Peppery gravy & caramelized onions add pizzazz to country fried steak.
Directions and Hours
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
3 stops | 44 MILES | 1 hr 4 min

Did you know that South Carolina produces more peaches than Georgia? Route 23 through Aiken and Saluda Counties takes you alongside endless orchards where the sunshine-sweet fruit thrives and is harvested from May through August. In the midst of the bounty is Peaches N Such, a farm stand diner that not only sells them by…