Memorable | One of the Best
Review by: Michael Stern
The good old Summerton Diner is relaxing and reliable. Since it opened for business in 1967, this little cafe on the outskirts of town has been a favorite of locals and a beacon for travelers along I-95. It has the feel of an ageless eatery: well-worn Formica counter, blond wood-paneled walls, each table set with bottles of hot vinegar peppers for brightening up orders of collard greens.
There’s a full menu; and such items as fried chicken or steak & quail are always available, but at lunchtime the thing to order is the special: an entrée, three vegetables, dessert, and tea. Plus cornbread and biscuits. One Monday when we stopped in, the meats included calves liver with onions and gravy, baked ham, beef stew, and baked chicken supreme. We love that chicken! It is crusty and fallapart tender; the waitress asks if you want white or dark meat. Like all entrees, it comes on a partitioned plate along with two of the vegetables you choose. (The third vegetable, for which the plate has no room, comes in its own bowl.) As you might expect in a true-South café such as this, the side dishes are superb: earthy fresh rutabagas, spicy stewed apples, porky sweet greens that still have an al dente oomph to their leaves, mashed potatoes blanketed in gorgeous, beef-shred gravy, hefty blocks of macaroni & cheese with crusty edges and creamy insides, rice infused with soulful gravy. Et cetera!
The serving of pudding is small but classical: pale yellow custard in which sliced bananas and softened vanilla wafers are suspended, all under a Kewpie-doll spiral of whipped cream.
NOTE: The Summerton diner is closed Thursdays. It is open for three meals a day the rest of the week.
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|