Red Shed Diner & Produce

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After cleaning one’s plate at the Red Shed, it is customary to get up from the table and saunter into the room next door to choose from among all the desserts on display. There are too many for the waitress to enumerate, and the array of them is too beautiful not to browse. That’s the worst thing about eating in this happy little roadside stand and diner: no appetite is big enough to sample even half of everything that looks good. Buttermilk pie with its lightweight, eggy custard and big dollop of freshly whipped cream on top is a must. Continue reading

After cleaning one’s plate at the Red Shed, it is customary to get up from the table and saunter into the room next door to choose from among all the desserts on display. There are too many for the waitress to enumerate, and the array of them is too beautiful not to browse. That’s the worst thing about eating in this happy little roadside stand and diner: no appetite is big enough to sample even half of everything that looks good. Buttermilk pie with its lightweight, eggy custard and big dollop of freshly whipped cream on top is a must. But so is opulent tuxedo cake, which is a dense chocolate brownie topped with cheesecake. And the triple-layer strawberry cake, loaded with fresh berries … and the Key lime cake … and the pig pickin’ cake … and the sour cream coconut cake … and the peanut butter pie … and the peach cobbler … and the Moon Pie banana pudding … and, and, and …

Not that the meals preceding dessert aren’t terrific in their own right. I love “Angry meatloaf” — a sandwich that contains a half-pound slab of juicy, full-flavored loaf topped with melted pepperjack cheese, jalapeno ketchup, mustard, mayo, lettuce and — in season — slices of garden-fresh beefsteak tomato. Chicken, cooked on a grill out in front of the restaurant, is is so tender that it is difficult to pick up a piece without the meat and bone separating. Chef L.J. rubs it with a spice mix that enhances but does not overwhelm the meat. Side dishes are such southern cafe classics as braised cabbage, collard greens, rutabagas, mac ‘n’ cheese, field peas, and a spectacularly flavorful hash on rice. The cornbread that comes alongside meat-and-three meals is extraordinary — not the sweet, cakey stuff that is typical of this region, but rather a tender block of buttermilk-tweaked, earthy savor that is too tasty to be thought of as a merely peripheral breadstuff. It is cooked in a big cast iron skillet, meaning its edges get wickedly crisp.

Such a fun place: ramshackle in the extreme, decorated floor to ceiling with vintage memorabilia both culinary and otherwise, staffed with friendly git ‘er done waitresses. Out front, customers browse tables of produce: tomatoes, peaches, watermelon, squash, and cucumbers. All, of course, are South Carolina-grown.

Dishes to try
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Grilled Chicken
Grilled Chicken
Must-Try
Glory be, what a meal! The grill-cooked chicken is crazy-tender, moist and full-flavored, some of the best anywhere. The mac 'n' cheese is soft comfort food; the collard greens are plenty porky but only barely bitter. The cornbread is shockingly unsweet but huge-flavored with a buttery buttermilk tang.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Buttermilk Pie
Buttermilk Pie
Must-Try
Buttermilk pie: one of the great dessert discoveries of 2016. For one thing, I got this slice still slightly warm from the oven. For another, the crust (bought elsewhere) is crisp and flaky, as good to eat as an elegant cookie. The filling is egg-rich and beguilingly tangy. Oh, and the topping? That is whipped cream, as in cream that has been whipped. No improvement is possible.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Angry Meat Loaf
Angry Meat Loaf
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The item listed on the menu as 'Angry Meatloaf," is dressed with spicy-hot jalapeno ketchup. Also, mustard, mayo, pepperjack cheese, lettuce and garden-fresh slices of tomato. The meat loaf itself is very juicy and expertly seasoned. It is great on a plate with nothing but mashed potatoes on the side.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Hash on Rice
Hash on Rice
Must-Try
Hash on rice, a South Carolina staple, is here very sweet, almost like some sort of pork relish. Soft, meaty, deeply intriguing, the hash is made by chef L.J. in a big cauldron out front and sold by the pint and quart to customers who take it home to put on rice at dinnertime.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Peanut Butter Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
Must-Try
Silky peanut butter pie sits on a crisp chocolate cookie crust and is topped with a thick layer of dark chocolate. Atop the chocolate is a mound of freshly whipped cream. So smooth, so rich, so tremendously satisfying!
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
Must-Try
Chocolate strawberry shortcake packs profound flavor, but it is light and tender, the cake itself surprisingly delicate. Of course, the berries are fresh.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Sour Cream Coconut Layer Cake
Sour Cream Coconut Layer Cake
Must-Try
Sour cream in the batter beautifully balances the extreme sweetness of coconut layer cake, which comes topped with a massive amount of freshly whipped cream.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Meat Loaf Blue Plate Special
Meat Loaf Blue Plate Special
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Meat-and-three perfection: meat loaf with fruity tomato sauce, mashed potatoes, FRESH rutabagas, FRESH collard greens, and crisp-edged buttermilk corn bread
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Ham Dinner
Ham Dinner
Must-Try
From the top: buttery mac 'n' cheese, nutty sweet potato souffle, tender ham, and cornbread with a buttermilk twang. Square meal extraordinaire!
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Chipotle BBQ Slider
Chipotle BBQ Slider
Must-Try
Pork shoulder in zesty chipotle-spiked sauce is crowned with cool, sweet cole slaw and accompanied by slices of pepperjack cheese in a slider that demands knife and fork.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Peaches N Cream Cake
Peaches N Cream Cake
Must-Try
Summer glory: peaches 'n' cream cake made with fresh, sunny, ripe peaches.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Mounds Cake
Mounds Cake
Must-Try
Inspired by the candy bar, chocolate coconut Mounds cake, heaped with whipped cream, is sweet-tooth Nirvana.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Tuxedo Cake
Tuxedo Cake
Tuxedo cake is a dense chocolate brownie with a cheesecake-like topping that is made with white chocolate chips. Intense!
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Strawberry Cake
Strawberry Cake
Big pieces of locally-picked strawberry give triple-layer strawberry cake an extraordinary fruity character.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Banana Split Cake
Banana Split Cake
Banana Split Cake isn't nearly as jejune or saccharine as I suspected it might be. In fact, it's somewhat reserved and rather stately -- a well-crafted, layered blend of all the flavors in a banana split, but with the satisfaction of a truly forkworthy cake.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Barbecue Sandwich
Barbecue Sandwich
Red Shed shredded barbecue is moist and porky with nice hickory flavor.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Cabbage
Cabbage
Cabbage at the Red Shed is no afterthought. It is rich and luxurious, a fine tender companion for any meat or a notable member of an all-vegetable plate.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Tea
Tea
When I asked for unsweet tea (as opposed to the more customary sweet tea), the waitress picked up the cup and wrote on it. "Ain't means you ain't drinking sweet tea," she advised.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Super Skip Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Super Skip Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Red Shed pimento cheese sandwiches are called Skip, after a customer from Georgia named Skip who came in a few years back and ordered "'menter cheese with 'maters." The tomatoes that grace this Skip are peak-of-summer flavorful. Actually, this sandwich is a Super Skip, meaning it also contains bacon.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Shed Burger Basket
Shed Burger Basket
Unless you say otherwise, all burgers (hand-pattied, natch) come festooned with garden-fresh lettuce and tomatoes, bread and butter pickles, grilled onions, mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise. They share their basket with a large order of French fries
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Pig Pickin Cake
Pig Pickin Cake
Pig Pickin cake, which is buttery sponge cake laced with pineapple, delivers light, tropical satisfaction. On a hot day, there are few desserts so refreshing.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Barbecue Sauce
Barbecue Sauce
Barbecue sauce is an interesting regional hybrid that is a little bit sweet with a sharp mustard twist.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Pork Barbecue Plate
Pork Barbecue Plate
Fine pulled pork, here dribbled with Red Shed tangy sauce, is accompanied by cole slaw and a medley of green beans and potatoes. Not shown is the chunk of fantastic cornbread that accompanies all dinner plates.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Peach Blackberry Cobbler
Peach Blackberry Cobbler
Peach blackberry cobbler includes not only plenty of fruit, but reefs of pastry that provide nice crunch and chew. I got this one a la mode. Whipped cream is the other topping option.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Lemon Blueberry Buttercream Cake
Lemon Blueberry Buttercream Cake
Unbelievably moist, intensely citrusy, and topped with fresh whipped cream, Red Shed's lemon blueberry buttercream cake is a knock-out.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Apple Praline Cake
Apple Praline Cake
Apple praline cake, an inspired swirl of different kinds of sweetness, comes topped with both ice cream and whipped cream.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Gourmet Chicken Salad
Gourmet Chicken Salad
Deluxe chicken salad is made with freshly-roasted white meat, apples, pecans, and dried cherries.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Tomato Soup
Tomato Soup
Intensely fruity, chunky tomato soup is rich with cream and laced with fresh basil.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Club Sandwich
Club Sandwich
Like just about everything else on the menu, Red Shed's club sandwich goes the extra mile: hefty toast, thick-sliced ham and turkey, lots of melted cheese, and -- barely visible below the beefsteak tomato slices -- plenty of sweet, piggy bacon.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Fried Pie
Fried Pie
Fried apple pie arrives so warm that the whipped cream on top immediately begins to melt.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Fried Bologna Sandwich
Fried Bologna Sandwich
Fried bologna is accompanied by caramelized onions and melting pepperjack cheese on thick bread that is grilled in butter to a golden crisp. Oinky luxury!
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Carolina Cake
Carolina Cake
Chocolate cake + chocolate frosting + ribbons of white chocolate + fresh whipped cream = Red Shed Carolina Cake.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Tomato Pie
Tomato Pie
An occasional special, tomato pie is rich with cheese and plenty of bacon.
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Information and Policies
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Reservations Accepted
No
Delivery Available
No
Takeout Counter
Yes
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