I think the Beacon is open late? I know I’ve been there at 8 or maybe a little later. My recommendation would be to split your food at the Beacon, or just do sandwiches. The sandwiches are usually far superior to the rings and fries. Just my take though. Have a great weekend!
Thank you gentlemen. I don’t need a thread derail about Asheville; our itinerary is already set for that city and the Bele Chere festival. Does anybody else have any experiences with Dad’s or Green Acres in case we’re too late for the Beacon?
The best dining experience I’ve had in recent memory was had at The Admiral in West Asheville. Highly recommended. Looks a tad like a dive bar, but the food was sublime. Not crazy expensive either. pb
Did you make it to the Beacon on your way back or did you go through Clayton.
If you want lunch early stop at Exit 164 at Green Acres Restaurant in Carnesville for some good road food. Take a right off I 85 and go S on 320 a couple of minutes. They open at 11AM and closed on M/T/W.
Green Acres Restaurant @ 160 Highway 320, Carnesville, GA 706 – 391 – 8982.
The Asheville itinerary for this trip includes Ed Boudreaux’s, the Noodle Shop, the Soda Fountain at Woolworth for a snack and Jack of the Wood. We’ll consider Dad’s if we can’t make the Beacon, thanks very much… and no, as mentioned in #3, we’re coming back through Clayton after all the restaurants are closed.
Youll have to come thru Greenville Sc also correct ?
Promise you – if you eat at the Beacon, youll not need
food for a day or two !
Coming into downtown will be out of your way, your really cutting it close on time wise.
If you cant get to the Beacon on the way there, came you make it on the way home ?
Thanks for the tip on Sonny’s. I stopped at one on I 95 that was OK.
Go up to Exit 177 at Lavonia, GA just E of GA Welcome Center and go to Dad’s over on the S side of the I 85 just off highway for good Breakfast/Lunch but they close at 3 PM. Where are you eating in Asheville?
Dad’s Restaurant @ 5061 Whitworth Road, Lavonia, GA 706 – 356 – 4442.
I am indeed going out of my way to Spartanburg, deliberately so, to try the Beacon! If we have to skip lunch at the Beacon, we’ll just take US-25 around Greenville. We will be coming back via Clayton and Tallulah Falls, but well after supper late Saturday night.
Strangely enough, that very Sonny’s is the first and only time I ever set foot in that chain, and won’t again. Banks Crossing is indeed full of mall food to go with all those outlet stores… hoping for something different there. Thanks though!
Sonny’s BBQ is a chain but I have always found their food to be outstanding. There’s a Sonny’s at Exit 149 at Commerce, GA. If Sonny’s doesn’t suit you there’s Outback, Ruby Tuesday, Cracker Barrel, KFS and others.
Sonny’s BBQ @ 30975 U.S. 441, Commerce, GA 706 – 335 – 4741.
Have you considered coming back by Clayton, GA through Tallulah Falls. There are some nice restaurants in that area. You are going out of your way through Spartanburg.
We are making a trip from Marietta GA to Asheville NC for Bele Chere this weekend, and are planning to stop along the way(ish) in Spartanburg to try the Beacon Drive-In for lunch. Unfortunately, my wife’s work has a VIP meeting right at the time we planned to leave. If she gets done in time, we still plan to stop at the Beacon, but if it drags on, as meetings do, well, I don’t want to have lunch at 3 in the afternoon when we have supper plans at 6 in Asheville.
So what I’d like is a back-up plan for something new to us that we can hit along I-85 just in case. I don’t want to get far off the highway this time at all, but I’m thinking some sort of roadfood around the towns of Pendergrass/Jefferson, Commerce/Banks Crossing (it’s all mallfood there, I think), Carnesville, Lavonia or Fair Play SC must surely exist. Does anybody know of any good places in these towns? Thanks!
Follow-up: we did indeed go to Green Acres and really enjoyed it, so thanks again, Littleman. It’s a great family-owned place – the latest in a series of restaurant outings in northeast Georgia going back fifty years – with good burgers and sides. It’s in a delightful middle-of-nowhere getaway in front of a nice field without a golden arch or gas station for miles, but only about two minutes from the interstate. I can imagine even the locals of Carnesville speeding right past the place, but I fully imagine roadfooders in the area would enjoy stopping in. The menu of the original Green Acres (from 1951) is a must-see!
Through Clayton, well after supper. We’ll do the Beacon another time.
Need an I-85 Georgia/SC “plan B” for Friday…
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