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I-85 GA, SC, NC - Trip Report

Milt | Sep 8, 200504:10 PM

We spent Labor Day weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina and had occasion to eat three meals along I-85 between Atlanta and Raleigh.

On Saturday, we stopped for lunch at Beacon Drive-In, 255 John B White Sr Blvd, Spartanburg. They reminded us of Atlanta's Varsity Drive In, except the focus at Beacon is on cheeseburgers. My wife ordered a Cheeseburger with everything on it. I ordered the same Cheeseburger A-Plenty - which includes fries and onion rings. The cheeseburger alone was $2.25 and the Cheeseburger A-Plenty was $6.25. In assembly line fashion, the order is yelled to the kitchen while we slide our trays along - picking up our sandwiches from among those being prepared. Drinks are stacked up waiting for customers also. We had lemonade and sweet tea @ $1.25 each. Beacon has been in business since 1946. Check them out:

We returned on Labor Day, and planned to have bbq for lunch in Lexington, North Carolina. We found most places were closed except for fast food chains and Shonto Japanese Steakhouse & Seafood, 17 North Main Street. My wife ordered Lemon Garlic Chicken ($5.99) and I had Sesame Scallops ($7.99), which came with fried rice, mixed vegetables and a small salad or soup.

Dinner was at La Esmeralda Mexican Restaurant, 6072 Hwy 53, Braselton, Georgia - just west of I-85 on the north side of GA 53 in a shopping center. I had Pollo Fundido (bite sized pieces of chicken with a cheese sauce) for $6.50 and my wife ordered Quesadilla Rellena for $4.95 - the two daily specials. When we prepared to leave, my wife asked for a "to go" cup for her drink. The waiter brought us two large styrofoam drinks with lids and straws completely filled with fresh Diet Coke.

All three places were quite good - not great - places to eat. They were much better than the fast food chains we were afraid we would have to patronize.

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