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. 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 blueberry cream cheese cake … 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 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 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.

What to Eat
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Grilled Chicken
Grilled Chicken
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Grill-cooked chicken is crazy-tender, moist and full-flavored.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Buttermilk Pie
Buttermilk Pie
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Buttermilk pie: flaky crust, egg-rich filling, freshly whipped cream. No improvement is possible.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Angry Meat Loaf
Angry Meat Loaf
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'Angry Meatloaf," dressed with spicy-hot jalapeno ketchup, mustard, mayo, pepperjack cheese, lettuce and tomato
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Hash on Rice
Hash on Rice
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Sweet hash on rice is almost like some sort of pork relish.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Peanut Butter Pie
Peanut Butter Pie
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Silky peanut butter pie
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake
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Chocolate strawberry shortcake packs profound flavor.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Sour Cream Coconut Layer Cake
Sour Cream Coconut Layer Cake
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Sour cream in the batter balances the extreme sweetness of coconut cake.
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
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Mac 'n' cheese, sweet potato souffle, ham, & cornbread: square meal extraordinaire!
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Chipotle BBQ Slider
Chipotle BBQ Slider
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Pork shoulder in zesty chipotle-spiked sauce + cole slaw
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Peaches N Cream Cake
Peaches N Cream Cake
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Sunny summer glory: peaches 'n' cream cake
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Mounds Cake
Mounds Cake
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Chocolate coconut Mounds cake, heaped with whipped cream, is sweet-tooth Nirvana.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Blueberry Pound Cake
Blueberry Pound Cake
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Extraordinarily buttery pound cake, crowded with blueberries
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Cabbage Casserole
Cabbage Casserole
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Enriched with sour cream, cabbage casserole is a home-ec classic.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Low Country Boil
Low Country Boil
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Low country boil features spiced shrimp and rugged sausage that are first grilled to char-edged succulence.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Banana Pudding Cake
Banana Pudding Cake
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Banana pudding cake under a cloud of fresh whipped cream
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Mississippi Pot Roast
Mississippi Pot Roast
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Super-succulent Mississippi pot roast with all the fixins
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Egg Salad & Bacon Sandwich
Egg Salad & Bacon Sandwich
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Fabulous fusion sandwich: BLT + egg salad
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Blueberry Cream Cheese Cake
Blueberry Cream Cheese Cake
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Blueberry Cream Cheese Cake: fruity, creamy, tender & tart
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Shrimp & Grits
Shrimp & Grits
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Kaleidoscopic shrimp & grits includes spicy sausage and is here topped with collards.
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 a gimmick. In fact, it's rather stately.
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 is a fine tender companion for any meat.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Super Skip Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Super Skip Pimento Cheese Sandwich
Pimento cheese sandwiches are called Skip, after a customer named Skip ordered "'menter cheese with 'maters."
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Shed Burger Basket
Shed Burger Basket
Hand-pattied burger with the works
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Pig Pickin Cake
Pig Pickin Cake
Pig Pickin cake: buttery sponge cake laced with pineapple
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Pork Barbecue Plate
Pork Barbecue Plate
Fine pulled pork, here dribbled with tangy sauce
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Peach Blackberry Cobbler
Peach Blackberry Cobbler
Crisp-edged peach blackberry cobbler a la mode
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Lemon Blueberry Buttercream Cake
Lemon Blueberry Buttercream Cake
Unbelievably moist, intensely citrusy blueberry buttercream cake
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Apple Praline Cake
Apple Praline Cake
Apple praline cake topped with both ice cream and whipped cream
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Gourmet Chicken Salad
Gourmet Chicken Salad
Gourmet chicken salad includes apples, pecans, and cherries.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Tomato Soup
Tomato Soup
Intensely fruity, chunky tomato soup
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Club Sandwich
Club Sandwich
Club sandwich includes thick-sliced ham and turkey, melted cheese, bacon & tomato.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Fried Bologna Sandwich
Fried Bologna Sandwich
Fried bologna, caramelized onions, melty pepperjack cheese on grilled-in-butter toast. Oinky luxury!
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Carolina Cake
Carolina Cake
Chocolate cake + chocolate frosting + ribbons of white chocolate + whipped cream = Carolina Cake.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Tomato Pie
Tomato Pie
Tomato pie is rich with cheese and bacon.
Red Shed Diner & Produce, Hushpuppies
Hushpuppies
To accompany Friday catfish, hushpuppy batter is griddle-cooked as little pancakes.
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday11am - 8pm
Tuesday11am - 8pm
Wednesday11am - 8pm
Thursday11am - 8pm
Friday11am - 8pm
Saturday8am - 3pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
10 stops | 48 MILES | 1 hr 22 min

Aiken has long been a vacation destination for the horsey set – back in the 1950s, weekly non-stop train service direct from New York served wintering horses, horse owners, and their staff. It remains a destination for horse people of all kind. If riding (or watching) the four-legged athletes conjures up an appetite, there is…

6 stops | 63 MILES | 1 hr 35 min

Road Trip Overview

After moving to Aiken, South Carolina, Michael Stern put together an expertly crafted list of his six favorite local restaurants. This road trip, spanning 63 miles, will take just over an hour and a half of driving to complete. Along this drive expect ice cream that has people driving across the state…

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Price
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Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes
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