Well, I did it...after years of saying "I oughta go there", I went an hour or so out of the way of this past weekend's roadtrip and went to Spartanburg to eat at the Beacon. Well, now I can say I've been there.
Very disappointed. I got the chili-cheese with bacon a-plenty and tea, having heard that's the "thing" to get. Burger was so-so, chili wasn't so good, fries and onions had no special qualities, and the tea had too much lemon for my personal tastes. On the upside, there was TONS of bacon on it, and it was really good. If I'm ever there again, I'll get a BLT.
Atmosphere was what I thought it would be, but it was a bit more rundown that I had expected. Apparently not too much has been reinvested in the building lately. The blind guy "JC" was there taking orders, and it was an experience to sit and eat and watch him work...until I saw some college-age kids doing the same thing, except they were obviously making fun of him...and I wondered if I was, too, on some level.
I love the varsity, and I love nu-way, and I love a greasy spoon diner. It's not that it was greasy, it just wasn't as good as I expected it to be. Maybe I had hyped it too much to myself, I don't know. I really wanted to like this place; I got the feeling I should have gone there 20 years ago.
anyone w/ similar experiences?