Purple Hull Market

Cafeteria | Meat-and-Three | Roadside Stand | Sandwich Shop | Seafood | Small Town Café | Vegetarian
Worth a detour

Family-run and as relaxed as a country picnic, The Purple Hull Market is a source of Deep South square meals, exemplary fried seafood baskets, and — weekends only — hand-cut ribeye steaks.

The family behind it also operate the BBQ Barn next door, and they do know a thing or two about meat. In fact, there is a butcher counter on premises where you can buy steaks, cold cuts, liver pudding, sausage, and hoop cheese to take home.

Carnivorous expertise shines brightest on weekend “steak nights,” when gorgeous aged, hand-cut ribeyes are char-cooked in sizes that range from 10 to 22 ounces. “The bigger the steak, the better,” advised staff member Julie; so I went for the 22-ouncer. It is a mammoth reef of beef, so magnificently marbled that even the lightest press with utensil causes juice to flow. It’s not a toothless-tender steak, but that is a good thing because its chew elicits torrents of succulence. Steak nights also feature prime rib and pork chops.

The rest of the week, the menu is less a splurge and more a good old southern plate-lunch repertoire: chicken pot pie, pot roast, meat loaf, fried chicken, and Friday catfish accompanied by such traditional sides as mac & cheese, rutabagas, squash casserole, turnip or collard greens, sweet potato souffle, cheesy broccoli casserole, and okra & tomatoes. Meals are procured at the hot bar, where you see what’s available and the server plates it for you.

At the order counter around from the hot bar, customers order sandwiches: crisp-fried thick bologna (wonderful topped with chili, onions, and mustard), shrimp po-boys, Philly steaks, and sausage dogs. A fried pork chop sandwich is almost comically thick … and the pork chop itself is seriously succulent. Expertly prepared seafood baskets always are available.

For dessert: house-made fruit cobblers (blackberry, loaded with fresh fruit, is a standout), pecan pie, apple pie, and brownie/ice cream pileups.

Purple Hull Market really began as a roadside produce stand and only subsequently morphed into a restaurant. It continues to offer a selection of seasonal vegetables and fruits, butcher-block offerings, peanuts, and locally-made jellies, syrups, sauces, and preserves.

What to Eat
Purple Hull Market, Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie is gentle comfort food.
Purple Hull Market, Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli Casserole
Southern lunch classic: broccoli casserole with plenty of cheese
Purple Hull Market, Braised Cabbage
Braised Cabbage
Tender cabbage is infused with rich pork flavor.
Purple Hull Market, Shrimp Basket
Shrimp Basket
Shrimp basket
Purple Hull Market, Ribeye Steak
Ribeye Steak
22-ounce ribeye: maximum juiciness
Purple Hull Market, Peanuts
Pre-dinner munchies: fried, then roasted peanuts
Purple Hull Market, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Good and cheesy mac
Purple Hull Market, Blackberry Cobbler
Blackberry Cobbler
Blackberry cobbler is crowded with whole berries.
Purple Hull Market, Sweet Potato
Sweet Potato
Sweet potato comes with buttery spread & a ramekin of brown sugar.
Purple Hull Market, Pork Chop Sandwich
Pork Chop Sandwich
Open wide for the extra-thick pork chop sandwich.
Purple Hull Market, Fried Bologna Sandwich
Fried Bologna Sandwich
One happy mess of a sandwich: crisp-fried bologna topped with chili, onions & mustard
Purple Hull Market, Apple Pie
Apple Pie
Fragile apple pie falls apart when touched with a fork.
Purple Hull Market, Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf
Meat loaf gilded with South Carolina-style mustard sauce
Purple Hull Market, Pound Cake & Peaches
Pound Cake & Peaches
Springtime: pound cake & peaches
Purple Hull Market, Ambrosia
Ambrosia contains segments of fresh orange.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 2pm
Tuesday11am - 2pm
Wednesday11am - 2pm
Thursday5pm - 8:30pm
Friday5pm - 8:30pm
Saturday5pm - 8:30pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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