Tuesday, May 7, 2013

The Beacon Drive-In

A few weeks ago I tried the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg for the first time.  The Beacon is iconic to the upstate area.  They are known for their Beacon Iced Tea (which they claim to sell more of than any other single restaurant in the USA) and their burgers served "a-plenty" which means they come with a heaping pile of onion rings and french fries.

The ordering process can be a bit intimidating if it is your first time. You have to know exactly what you want when you go up and place your order. And you don't just go up to a cashier and tell that what you want either. There's a guy standing at the end of the counter, you tell him what you want, and he shouts out some rendition of that back to the kitchen. They have their own language that they use.  Its quite interesting to hear them "call it".

I decided on the Pimiento Cheese Burger A-Plenty.  When I got my plate I could barely even see my burger because it was covered with so many fries and onion rings. 

The burger was great, and the pimiento cheese was a tasty addition.  The breading on the onion rings is very light, just the way I like it.  To me there's nothing worse than biting into an onion ring with thick breading and ending up with the entire onion part in your mouth and the breading still in your hand.  We've all experienced it and you know it's terrible.  The fries were good too, nothing to write home about though.  I wouldn't be surprised if they came frozen.  They just looked a little too perfect in shape to be cut in-house.

Overall I was very pleased with everything.  We definitely got our dose of vitamin G, which is great on a Sunday when you're still recovering from Saturday night.  Next time I go back, T and I may share a plate.  That is just too much food for one person!

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  1. I'm SO glad that you loved it!! Since I grew up in Spartanburg, The Beacon is a definite staple in our family. If you go again, try their chicken stew. It's so good! Their banana split is definitely worth trying too.

  2. OH MY GOODNESS.I have not been there in ages. YUM!


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