The other night “S” and I both wanted burgers, and after naming every burger place in town I thought about a small locally-owned restaurant in Fountain Inn, just off of exit 22 of I-385 that I visited over the summer, The Railhouse Restaurant.
The Railhouse Restaurant received a renovation after the change of owners in April of 2016. With walls decorated in railroad memorabilia and live music every now and then, The Railhouse Restaurant has become quite a spot with Fountain Inn and Simpsonville locals. I can attest to the restaurant’s atmosphere on the weekend, but after my two weeknight visits, it is definitely a spot for a nice quiet dinner.
The decor was not the only thing updated with the new owners. There was also an update in the menu. The Railhouse menu features southern staples such as fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese as an appetizer option, as well as fried catfish and shrimp and grits. A variety of burgers, wraps, salads, and steaks are also offered.
The Southern Fellow’s Experience
“S” and I had a very quiet dinner at The Railhouse. There were not a lot of patrons for a Thursday night, but this gave the server time to make sure every one of her tables were taking care of. The entire staff was very friendly and genuine in greeting and checking on us throughout our experience.
For an appetizer, “S” and I shared the fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese. It was a very delicious dish and I would highly recommend it. The tomatoes were fried perfectly!
As I stated previously, we went in search for burgers. “S” had the Black and Blue burger with bacon- a blackened burger with blue cheese, lettuce, tomato and the locally made Duke’s mayonnaise. He said he really enjoyed it. I had the Railhouse Burger with bacon and swiss cheese. This burger wasn’t anything fancy, just a burger with lettuce, tomatoes, and mayonnaise (yes, Duke’s), but that’s what I wanted- a solid burger.
In my previous experience, I had the “Hot Southern Mess Burger”- an 8oz Angus beef burger with pulled pork (smoked by the owner himself), slaw and smoked cheddar. (basically deliciousness between a bun)
So, if you find yourself looking for a solid burger or in Fountain Inn looking for lunch or dinner, check out The Railhouse Restaurant.