Waterwheel Road Grocery

Bar-b-q | Grocery Store | Soul Food
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Biscuits are ready every morning by 7, Monday through Friday, at this farmland market. Saturday — and only Saturday — it becomes a barbecue destination. Just across the road from the little grocery store is an iron pit in which in which pitmaster Roland Brown smoke-cooks ribs, pork shoulder, and chicken. Rib meat is slick and soft, booming with porcine luxury; chicken is less wanton but utterly without tooth resistance, especially benefiting from an application of Waterwheel’s zesty-sweet sauce.

South Carolina barbecue is hogcentric but does usually include significant side dishes. Here you find hash on rice, of course, the area’s traditional smoke-meat companion, delivering complex visceral satisfaction. There’s mac ‘n’ cheese, natch, cooked in a regular home-kitchen oven at the back of the grocery store until the big panful develops a chewy skin on top and a crunchy edge, all the while staying molten within. Sharing space in the oven are porky barbecued beans and a broad pan of peach cobbler. Arrive any time mid-day and everything will be served oven-hot. (Prior to noon, some items might not be quite ready.) The one exception to the hot-is-good rule is Ms. Rosa’s egg-enriched potato salad, so cool and refreshing.

Waterwheel’s memorable, true-country meals are all sold in Styrofoam take-out containers and the only on-premises dining is at a few picnic tables out front by the side of the road.

(Thanks to Betty and Bob Alexander for tipping me off to this irresistible Roadfood gem.)

What to Eat
Waterwheel Road Grocery, Ribs
Ribs
Must-Try
Yes, there are bones secreted beneath this great sheet of succulent rib meat.
Waterwheel Road Grocery, Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
Must-Try
Soft, savory pastry part of peach cobbler, delicious drenched with syrup
Waterwheel Road Grocery, Barbecued Chicken
Barbecued Chicken
Must-Try
Dark-meat chicken is velvet-soft.
Waterwheel Road Grocery, Hash on Rice
Hash on Rice
Must-Try
Hash on rice is more beefy than porky.
Waterwheel Road Grocery, Potato Salad
Potato Salad
Waterwheel potato salad is egg-rich.
Waterwheel Road Grocery, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Mac 'n' cheese is so uncomplicated, so fully satisfying.
Waterwheel Road Grocery, Pork Sandwich
Pork Sandwich
Chunky pork makes an unwieldy sandwich.
Directions and Hours
closed now
SundayCLOSED
Monday7am - 7pm
Tuesday7am - 7pm
Wednesday7am - 7pm
Thursday7am - 7pm
Friday7am - 7pm
Saturday7am - 7pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
Yes

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