Born and raised in Columbia, SC and never have I heard of the Kingsman Restaurant, but this Cayce staple has been building quite the reputation over the years. You can imagine our reaction when we pulled into a strip mall located on the Cayce side of the Gervais St. bridge and spotted our destination flanked by a bowling alley. Luckily, I now associate bowling with food after the “turkey” I got on my last bowling outing.
While savoring that fond memory, the lights of a CVS sign captured the attention of my peripheral vision and politely reminded me about the redbox dvd sitting in the back seat, waiting to be returned. Moneyball. Good movie.
Tables were a luxury at 7:30 on a Thursday night so we settled for a surprisingly comfortable spot at the bar. After a few friendly words with the barkeep, we put in our order for the ribeye dinner. Our salads came out quickly; a combination of iceberg lettuce and dark greens, tomatoes and cucumbers. A few generous splashes of oil and vinegar finished the preparation. Light and fresh. An appetizing beginning to our meal.
Twenty minutes and a few refills later we each had our entrees in front of us, and with knife and fork in hand, started to carve out our first bite of steak.
Presentation was a bit lacking, but I suppose speed trumps visual appeal when you are churning out food to a polite yet hungry mob of Thursday night regulars. Our tender steaks and the warm atmosphere combined to form an enjoyable dining experience among friendly company.
Located on Axtel Drive, right across the Blossom St. Bridge, the Kingsman Restaurant boasts some delicious Southern classics. Come on in and try what “Garden and Gun” calls one of the top 100 Southern foods you must try before you die, the “Famous Pimento Burger,” or perhaps the “Kingsman Famous Ribeye,” their specialty for 30 years.