Laurenda’s Family Restaurant
300 South Line Street Greer, SC 29651
Hours: 11 AM-8 PM, Sat: Closed, Sun: 11 AM-3 PM
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Perfect for: A casual lunch, food for your soul, big portions
Menu: Meat and three classics
Bar/Drinks: Sweet tea/soft drinks
Good to Know: Can’t get enough of the meats and veggies from Laurenda’s? Visit their website for details.
Parking: There is a parking lot in front of and to the side of the restaurant.
Bathroom: It’s a bathroom, what do you expect?
Full disclosure: when someone comes to me and wants to go to a meat and three, I could be called a skeptic. I generally think of food that has been sitting under a warmer, waiting for someone to order it. I am, personally, not a fan of lukewarm food. However, when my coworker told me of all the glowing recommendations she had gotten for Laurenda’s Family Restaurant in Greer, I was down to give it a try.
When we arrived, it was slightly after the usual lunch hour, but there were still quite a few cars in the parking lot. In fact, there was still a line almost to the door. With this number of patrons, my skepticism started to wane. As you enter, the day’s menu is displayed on the wall. I find myself frequently trying to decide between menu items only to make a snap decision when it is time to order.
I used this philosophy for lunch at Laurenda’s and ended up ordering chicken fingers (always a safe bet), macaroni & cheese, and creamed corn. Before you say anything, yes, I am aware this isn’t the healthiest lunch I could have ordered, but it was good for my soul. We were also informed that since it was our first time eating at Laurenda’s, we were privy to a free piece of cake. When it comes to cake, you don’t have to tell me twice, and free cake? I need not say more. I grabbed a large slice of coconut cake and was on my way to our table.
When you order chicken fingers, there is a fifty-fifty chance that you’ll get pre-packaged, frozen chicken fingers. That definitely wasn’t the case with Laurenda’s. These chicken fingers were crispy, and the breading was flavorful, but this wasn’t your average chicken finger breading; it had the taste and texture of what you would find on fried chicken. Needless to say, I was thoroughly pleased. The mac & cheese was cheesy and moist. Some pie-style mac & cheese dishes can be dry and spongy, but this was not the case at Laurenda’s. The mac & cheese had its textural integrity and was packed with flavor.
There is one dish that my coworker ordered that deserves special note. That is the fried zucchini, small fried disks of deliciousness. They were crisp, the batter was light, and the zucchini wasn’t overpowered by the breading. In fact, I am not a chef, but I am pretty sure this was cornmeal breading like what you would find on most traditional fried okra. After trying one piece of this fried zucchini, I was sad that I hadn’t ordered any of my own.
Then came the final portion of the meal…the cake. I had picked the coconut cake, and it was divine. The cake itself was moist and packed with coconut flavor. It almost tasted as if the cake had been soaked in coconut water. The icing was rich, but not cloying. You can’t have coconut cake without shaved coconut, and this did not disappoint.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by my visit to Laurenda’s. The food was flavorful and tasted fresh. Everyone I met there was super friendly and added to the experience. Laurenda’s may just make a meat and three fan out of me yet!
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