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Beacon Drive-In

255 John B. White Sr. Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC - (864) 585-9387
Posted By William Evans on 1/12/2009 11:08:00 PM
The entertainment factor is high with the order taking: the "AAA-Plen-Tee" call out was killer. However, this is the single worst meal I've ever been served.

I had the fish platter: two kinds of fried fish, fries, onion rings, and hush puppies. I tried a bite of everything. I wanted it to be good; I was rooting for these people. Then it went straight into the trash. I tried half of my mom's burger, which was cold, and then decided to stick with my lemonade (corn syrup, yellow food dye, your basic concentrate from a jug; you can forget fresh anything here).

Listen, the primary reviewer was either outed or lucky. My parents had seen this on Guy F's show on the Food Network, which is how we ended up here. Maybe they can at least serve a meal hot and fresh for the cameras. But the food was shameful, and the dining area and kitchen were a cesspool. This tastes like low-grade frozen foodservice truck drek that's not even being deep-fried correctly. This is beneath the standards of your basic fast-food chains by a long shot. I love good Roadfood. This is not it. The low price point does not excuse the shoddy standards in the kitchen.

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The Beacon's tea is lemony, very sweet and just might be the best in the entire South!  They sell the regular and peach tea in gallons and half-gallons to go.
"The Beacon's tea is lemony, very sweet and just might be the best in the entire South! They sell the regular and peach tea in gallons and half-gallons to go."
Cliff Strutz





A syrup-and-whipped-cream topped banana split that is big enough for at least four pigs!
"A syrup-and-whipped-cream topped banana split that is big enough for at least four pigs!"
Michael Stern


Notice there are two buns on the bottom!  A great design to keep the sandwich from getting soggy.  I was surprised there was cole slaw on the meat but what a great complement.  I loved it!
"Notice there are two buns on the bottom! A great design to keep the sandwich from getting soggy. I was surprised there was cole slaw on the meat but what a great complement. I loved it!"
Brian Piper


Great side dishes!  Hush puppies, baked beans and cole slaw.  Even the baked beans had a little cole slaw in it and it tasted great!
"Great side dishes! Hush puppies, baked beans and cole slaw. Even the baked beans had a little cole slaw in it and it tasted great!"
Brian Piper


For a true taste of the South, try the pimento cheese-a-plenty.
"For a true taste of the South, try the pimento cheese-a-plenty."
Cliff Strutz


The outside pork-a-plenty features a fine chopped pork sandwich with just a small amount of sauce.  Extra sauce is available on request.
"The outside pork-a-plenty features a fine chopped pork sandwich with just a small amount of sauce. Extra sauce is available on request."
Cliff Strutz


Uhhh... A-Plenty!  One of the things they are most known for.  A HUGE stack of homemade onions rings and french fries.  I had to dig my way down to get to my Outside Pork sandwich!  WOW!
"Uhhh... A-Plenty! One of the things they are most known for. A HUGE stack of homemade onions rings and french fries. I had to dig my way down to get to my Outside Pork sandwich! WOW!"
Brian Piper


A-plenty, as in this chili cheese-a-plenty, means that it comes with onion rings and fries, doled out in generous portions.
"A-plenty, as in this chili cheese-a-plenty, means that it comes with onion rings and fries, doled out in generous portions."
Cliff Strutz


Fried nearly instantly when ordered, this hot catfish is whole and soulful (although headless), the way true catfish devotees like it.
"Fried nearly instantly when ordered, this hot catfish is whole and soulful (although headless), the way true catfish devotees like it."
Michael Stern


This newer sign, located at the front of the ordering line, is there to help newcomers with the Beacon's distinctive lingo.
"This newer sign, located at the front of the ordering line, is there to help newcomers with the Beacon's distinctive lingo. "
Cliff Strutz


One of the many signs above the order counter, where patrons are encouraged to CHOOSE FAST and WALK THE LINE
"One of the many signs above the order counter, where patrons are encouraged to CHOOSE FAST and WALK THE LINE"
Michael Stern


Local legend JC Strobel has been 'calling out' customer's orders for over 50 years!
"Local legend JC Strobel has been 'calling out' customer's orders for over 50 years!"
Cliff Strutz


Found in the small middle dining room, this nostalgic mural shows the Beacon Drive-In from olden days.
"Found in the small middle dining room, this nostalgic mural shows the Beacon Drive-In from olden days."
Cliff Strutz


This evocative print of the Beacon in 1946 is available for sale at the restaurant and at the Beacon's web site.
"This evocative print of the Beacon in 1946 is available for sale at the restaurant and at the Beacon's web site."
Michael Stern


This lighthouse stands at the far corner of the Beacon's immense parking lot.  A helicopter pad for airborne approach is across the street.
"This lighthouse stands at the far corner of the Beacon's immense parking lot. A helicopter pad for airborne approach is across the street."
Michael Stern


Souvenir of excellent pork and sweet tea
"Souvenir of excellent pork and sweet tea"
Michael Stern



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