But to be fair, they can eat fish fry any dang day of the week.
What’s up with Meg?
I am on a South Carolina food journey to chow down at the best restaurant in each of the 46 counties while seeking the Top 100 Food Dishes To Eat In South Carolina While Alive, Or, Before Dead, Whichever Comes First.
Why This stop?
This stop falls in the category of seeking the best food dishes SC has to offer.
Located in Landrum, S.C. pop. 2,625, the Hare and Hound serve the locals and the many visitors that stay in this picturesque area.
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. with a mild climate, nature activities in abundance, and an equestrian lovers paradise, this area attracts many people…and horses!
I had to buy a new phone and my photos are less than usual. I mean, the innards are not even visible in this chicken salad sandwich called “Honey Child.” Their signature homemade chicken salad with crunchy toasted almonds and a honey sauce served on a toasted croissant. Normally, I wouldn’t order potato salad as my side but I have a quirky way that I judge restaurants. Anyway, this sandwich was fantastic.
My friend ordered this Guinness Beef Pie, which was great because I also wanted to taste this. He gave me a few bites, I mean sirloin steak marinated in Guinness beer, slow-cooked with celery, carrots, mushrooms & onions topped with mashed potatoes & spicy onion straws. What’s not to love?
I could begin to rant but in the spirit of short blogs, I will just say that rhubarb and rhubarb dishes are difficult to find in S.C. I planted several plants and they did o.k., I even made strawberry rhubarb jam, it usually takes a few years to get a decent amount of rhubarb. Anyhow, The Hare and Hound Pub has rhubarb pie. Of course, I needed this back in my life. The whipped and ice cream balanced the tartness of the pie.
I have to say that sitting in this outside spot, chatting with my friend and watching the world go by and eating this above par pub food was on point.
- The Pub has a really tasty dinner menu including burgers, ribs, steak, oysters, and seafood, including this pecan-crusted & pan-seared trout, vanilla rum sauce, mashed potatoes & seasonal vegetables. Which I must taste on another visit. The dinner menu begins after 5 p.m.
- Hare and Hound Pub
This is an updated post.
Spartanburg peeps, Chicken-Salad-Chick is in the house. For those of you who have followed me, you may know that I have a thing for Chicken salad. I.love.it!
What seems like forever plus one year ago, I lived in Alabama and wrote about my visits and experiences trying each of the foods selected by the Alabama Tourism team in a pamphlet called “100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die.”
Yes, Alabama has some of the most glorious food and food scenes that I have encountered as I meander around this earth. Not just my opinion, Frank Beard stuff. (Link above.
Without a doubt, I miss many of my favorite Alabama foods and foodie visits, but time and space have brought me to beautiful South Carolina and I am having so much fun seeking the best dishes in this state that I now call home. However, I was thrilled to see that one of my Alabama faves has come to my SC neighborhood.
Chicken salad, what’s the deal? An adorable success story that began with an Alabama woman and her husband to-be, became a team. The woman makes some killer chicken salad in her kitchen, invited her friends to taste it, perfected many variations of chicken salad, naming some after her friends, and with the help of her husband/co-founder making big, like 100 restaurants big.
IMHO, what makes this chain a great lunch spot is a varied and interesting menu. Things like pimento cheese BLT, turkey clubs, and turkey pesto. I remember when I visited this chain; the broccoli and grape salads were just as famous and interesting as the sandwiches and they seemed to fly out of the door. They also have a great salad menu, soup, and an adorable kiddie menu. Of course, there is chicken salad for people like me. Choices range from categories such as classic, fruity, savory, and spicy.
Plus, the place is cute, dang cute!
Modern, clean, fresh,
and marketing smart. Kudos to those graphic designers!
Great marketing and a grab-and-go!
I put together a little to-go sampler platter of some of my favorites starting at 12:00 Baked potato soup, grape salad, *Dixie Chick* chicken salad, broccoli salad, pasta salad.
Since I am the village skeptic, there are a few things that bug me.
- I am getting older and simply don’t need as much food. I want a sandwich. That is it. I don’t want a side item, I do not want a cookie, hell, I do not even want the dang pickle.
- Plus, the add-a-drink is $1.99. This is not the only place that upcharges for the beverage, but it bugs me.
- They are closed on Sundays.
But, the things that are positive, far outweigh any negatives.
- I would have to say that what I love most about the food served from CSC is that it always seemed to be fresh, cold, and crisp. There are so many ways to order combinations of the menu items.
- Their menu does have so many healthy options, I mean I go straight to that croissant but the choices are there.
- The locations are new, clean, cute as in bright colors, modern lighting, great graphics, décor, and flower cookies for the kids with bright frosting colors.
Price point: I have already heard from local friends who feel the price point for the chicken salad is too high. I mean FFS, it’s not. Some people eat at Chick-fil-A, so let’s compare it to a Chick-fil-A combo which is $5.99-$6.19. Or, a Wendy’s meal item such as Dave’s Hot n Juicy ¼ lb combo which is $6.19.
MEGastars 4* Love it for a lunch spot. This restaurant is going to be successful here in the Upstate. Mark my words.
MEGapick Like my pizza, I’m into the classics and I choose the “Classic Carol.” If I’m in a walk on the wild side mood, I’ll choose the onion lover’s “Dixie Chick.”
Link to the grape salad recipe. You have to dig through this article a bit and listen to them talk about how this is for ladies luncheons. Note* Dudes live this stuff.
Give this chicken salad recipe a whirl. Chicken Salad Chick attempt at recipe
I hadn’t planned to take an extended vacation from blogging and it seems like it was only a month, but it was January, January for heaven’s sake. But life gets bumpy and there were two weddings and a funeral.
For the upcoming weddings, I had decided to write a family heritage cookbook. It sounds “cooler” than it was, but still, it was pretty cool.
Gathering recipes from three families and putting them into a modern cookbook was fun and interesting. Designing the cover, learning the nuances of the software, and finding help with the editing wasn’t as much fun but the finished product was well worth it.
I chose to work with “Create My Cookbook” because of the ease of their program. I was super happy with the finished product. I wished that I could have figured out how to use my own photos on the cover and in the future, I want to change the photos but I spent a ridiculous amount of time on that subject and simply had to move on. Shout out to my Alyssa Harms for her skills on that cover!
Not a graphic designer, an editor, nor a very good writer, I was successful in so many other ways. For example, I had always wanted to make a pretty cake. So, I used a recipe from my niece’s grandmother, watched a bunch of YouTube, shopped on Amazon for cake decorating tools, and the result was this delicious number.
I learned more about heritage and regional recipes such as making a different Tortiere recipe from her Quebec family line.
Or, paczki’s from her Polish heritage made every year by her father and two uncles.
I learned that when your niece marries a Kearney, you dig through your Ireland photos looking for Kate Kearney’s Cottage and Kearney’s Castle.
Not realizing how important this photo of Grandpa would be by the end of this summer month.
Preserving handwritten recipes, photos, and stories became a labor of love, a gift from the heart, and a new realization of traditions.
Carrying the genetic trait of fiercely proud Wisconsinite often results in my trying to explain my standards. So, let's go to Wisconsin, Belgium, Netherlands, and Germany today to document what is truly great about my favorite Italian sub sandwich.
A Monster, A Stupid Sandwich And A Classic Italian Sub Sandwich Seeking The Best Food In South Carolina
It’s not that I need to see a psychiatrist about this disorder, I just really love that sub. Every Italian sub that I eat compares to this one sub.