If you haven't guessed it, Grits and Groceries is a restaurant. It bills itself as "real food, done real good," and, as many "real good" places go, it's a bit off the beaten path. It's located at Saylors Crossroads--the junction of 185 and 284--and you'll know you're there when you see lots of cars parked near a giant rooster. If you're interested in learning more about Grits and Groceries, here's the restaurant's website.
Due to my indecisiveness at the mill, Grits and Groceries was a bit crowded by the time we arrived. (They close at 2 p.m. on Saturday.) But because this kind of food is worth waiting for, we headed to the bar, grabbed a few Thomas Creek beers, and made ourselves at home in the yard.
The wait also gave me time to explore the grounds . . .
and acquaint myself with the
When our table was ready, we headed inside to fill our bellies.
We ordered appetizers--tomato pie, fried cheese grits, and a crabcake--and then we dug into our main courses. (I told you we went there to fill our bellies.)
Welcome to ham and cheese/potato salad heaven.
And honestly, shouldn't every pimento cheeseburger look a little like this?
In all, I'd say that owners Heidi Trull (who is originally from Sumter) and her husband Joe (who was the pastry chef at Emeril Lagasse's Nola in New Orleans for ten years) have a really good thing--a "real good" thing actually--going for them at this hundred year-old white frame former country store. So if you're ever wandering around the upstate with nothing better to do, head for the rooster at Saylors Crossroads. And whatever you do, make sure to order a slice of tomato pie.