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I Went All The Way at Ike’s Korner Grill With A Hamburger

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Having reached my goal of 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die, I’m now on a South Carolina food journey to chow down at the best restaurant in each of the 46 S.C. counties, while seeking the Top 100 Food Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive, Or, Before Dead, Whichever Comes First.

Why This Stop?

Tasty Tuesday – Ike’s Korner Grille in Spartanburg. May is National Hamburger Month and just last week I wrote about Chef Sean Brock’s famous hamburger that I tasted at the ever so gorgeous HUSK in Charleston. How do the two places/burgers compare?

This stop following that at HUSK….

Well, they compare like Yin and Yang, vampires and garlic, dogs and cats.

The Bar at HUSK has a Master Bartenders, Ike’s has a bartender

The Bar at HUSK has a second-floor “lounge” Ike’s has a deck, with umbrellas.

The Bar at HUSK a wine list grouped by terroir and soil type. Ike’s has ice cold Bud.

The Bar at HUSK has their logo on reclaimed wood; Ike’s has Nascar and beer signs.

The Bar at HUSK is on swank street Ike’s is on the tracks.

HUSK has a fine burger; Ike’s has an iconic burger that has had legions of fans for over 50 years.

Described on ZAGAT as what might be considered an understatement. “Compact, lively joint serving burgers, hotdogs, fries, onion rings & beers in unfussy digs.”

I passed this busy house-like bar on a corner many times when I lived in my grown-up Spartanburg loft.

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Ike’s Korner Grill Spartanburg, SC

With a mural that reads the best burger in town, I made a mental note, but, I never stopped.

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Ike’s Korner Grille “THE BEST in Town” Spartanburg SC

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On the deck at Ike’s Korner Grill in Spartanburg SC

And, I regret that I wasted months of my life not eating Ike’s burgers. It wasn’t until I was preparing for a visitor by re-reading Underground Guide To Spartanburg [1] that I realized I needed to check out what is said to be a fine burger.

Twisting my friend Lamar’s arm, we checked the place out. What the ambiance lacks, the food makes up for. I know this because I have now visited and had to return because I craved Ike’s burgers.

The 7 oz., freshly ground, the hand-pressed patty with a bun to match and fixed to my liking, served with my choice of house-made chips was to die for, that chili blew my mind. Explosion.

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The All The Way Burger at Ike’s Korner Grill Spartanburg SC

This may not be appetizing to you but frankly, it never occurred to me to slice a burger in a bar in a refined manner.  But check out the thickness of this REAL cheddar cheese.

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Ike’s Korner Grill with real thickly sliced cheddar Spartanburg, SC

 

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Ike’s chips with ranch and blue cheese. Spartanburg, SC

 

Lamar chose the Pimento Cheeseburger and let me have a bite. The pimento cheese is also house-made and let me tell you this burger was outstanding.

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Ike’s Pimento Cheese Burger, Spartanburg, SC

I have also been able to taste the house-cut fresh french fries, and this chili dog that is cut, grilled and topped with house-made chili. I will be revisiting Ike’s for this dog when I get my next chili dog craving.  Bye Sonic.

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Ike’s chili dog with onions and mustard had me with one bite. Ike’s Korner Grill Spartanburg, SC

What I have not tried was their famous thick cut bologna sandwich, I crave bologna once in a while and might try.  Might, because that All The Way Burger has me.

Also, something that I will never try is the Ike’s “Wall of Fame Burger.” This scandalous sandwich features four burger patties, two slices of bologna, 12 to 16 slices of bacon, six to eight slices of cheese, two eggs, jalapenos, slaw, mayonnaise, mustard, and chili. Complete this in 45 minutes and you get this monstrosity for free, a T-shirt, and your place on the wall of fame. Goodie gumdrops for someone else.  But that challenge may be here for you.

 

 

MEGastars 5 ***** That burger hit it.

MEGatips

  1. There is a small website that does not show menu and other details. However,  Ike’s Korner has a Facebook page.
  2. Location 104 Archer Road, Spartanburg 864-542-0911
  3. The menu may be found on Trip Advisor.
  4. Not the type that can go into a bar and ___ in? Don’t go.
  5. Hours Are Variable.

Closen on Sunday’s.

Mon10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Tue – Fri 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Sat 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM

6. One potato two potato? The hand cut French fries are delicious. Like house-made chips? Ike’s chips are great.

7. It was hard for me to choose my favorite burger.  Although I LOVED the Pimento Burger, I have a crush on the “All The Way Burger.”  That chili on the burger blew my mind.

8. If it is a nice, do hang out on the patio because we all know that everything tastes better outside.

9. That chili dog had me like…

[1] Underground Guide To Spartanburg Vol 2  Edited by Joe Mullinax.

6/8/18 To note, according to The Spartanburg Herald of June,2,2018, Ike’s will be closed for renovation until June 12th.  Right on, can’t wait to see the new digs. This is an edit to the original post. Meg

MEGathoughts. Locals from all walks of life adore this establishment. I imagine the only reason that Ike’s Korner Grill does not have more accolades is that the place is dingy and well a good bit dirty; this fact will not deter me from a return. I notice that they are closing for a vacation in June. Seems like a great time to bring in ServiceMaster, and some painters. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t think that Ike’s should ever, ever, ever, become Husk. I love a burger, in a bar, but a little cleaning would not hurt.

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ABOUT:  This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post and may be helpful if you are new to my food escapades.  Having made it to 100 Dishes on Alabama’s 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die, I began a new quest in South Carolina.

*100 Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive or Before You Die, Whichever Comes First.” is my compilation of food to chow down on “Carolina style.” It is my S.C. Food Bucket List and you may follow as I chow down like Ms. Pacman in another gorgeous state that I call home.  [1] I am loosely following Snacks of Jax 2016 46 County Best Restaurant List as a guide. From the Mom and Pop diner to the James Beard Chef, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food.  From my bucket list, I select stops based on convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  [1] http://www.snacksofjax.com

I use a 5 MEGastar rating system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and generally, the experience gets one shot at how I view the food.   I factor this in using my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes and people behind them. I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the foodservice industry.

  • *Meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can? Or, the place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in South Carolina.   This has happened to me a few times and is always a difficult write.
  • ** Passable – the food was “ok” but the place was not “ok” or vice versa.
  • *** Good but not outstanding or unique.
  • **** Very tasty food with an above average experience.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.

[1] Snacks of Jax Snacksofjax.com 2016 46 Best County Restaurant List

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