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Summerton Diner

33 Church St., Summerton, SC - (803) 485-6835
Posted By Richard Moore on 7/19/2011 12:40:00 PM
The diner was sold in 2004, and reopened by the two couples that purchased it in 2005. Apparently it was refurbished during the closed period. However, the food did not survive the refurbishing.

We ordered fried chicken, both white and dark meat. The batter was a faux tempura attempt: greasy, thick, and unseasoned. The breast meat was partially fried, cut down to the bone, then thrown back in the fryer. The result was inedible.

The mac and cheese was a rubble pile of unseasoned overcooked macaroni and cheese and bread crumb crumble, greasy and inedible. The squash casserole was mush, but it was seasoned. The broccoli casserole consisted of overcooked stems, clumped together with a grey tasteless something; unseasoned and unpalatable. Green beans, seasoned with lots of sugar; rice and gravy, unseasoned. Lastly, the ice tea was watery, with no tea flavor.

What a disappointment.

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