With a menu full of southern specialties, Local Dish is serving up some local flavor in downtown Fort Mill. The new restaurant on Main St, owned by John Colwell, opened last month to great fanfare. Prior to opening, word about them had spread throughout the community and they had gained 100s of likes for their Facebook Page before they even served a single meal.
The yellow building that Local Dish is calling home still lacks a sign, except for a barely noticeable easel in the window. But still, lunch and dinner crowds have been good most days of the week.
The interior space has been drastically changed since the days of the Gametime Grill. Gone are the booths, replaced with tables covered in burlap and topped with glass and surrounded by chairs painted bright green. The walls are neutral with white beadboard extending halfway up. Strung across them are beautiful local farm photographs attached to twine with clothespins.
Don’t miss the map of the United States made out of old license plates that’s hung on the wall in the hallway leading towards the back door. I smile every time I see it.
Chef Neil Bratton , formerly of The Fishmarket in Baxter, has created an eclectic collection of southern favorites including a few dishes that are innovative and creative interpretations of everyday foods. Take for example the sweet potato hummus, a local ingredient served in an unexpected way. Or the braised pork belly, a food that is making a debut on more and more menus throughout the area. Served with grilled corn and poblano aioli for $7, it might be my favorite thing on the menu. Having a high fat content, pork belly virtually melts in your mouth.
Other appetizer choices include deviled eggs, pimento cheese fondue, and Fried Green Tomatoes with pecan smoked bacon and Hollandaise Sauce ($7).
Among the entrée standouts are Meatloaf wrapped in bacon and served with mashed potatoes and peas and the very popular Shrimp and Grits served on SC cheddar grits ($16.50). The Local Dish meatloaf is comfort food at its best and I can’t quite put my finger on what all of the seasonings are, but it sure does taste good. Salmon and scallops are also menu choices
Other options on the menu are Chicken and Waffles with bourbon syrup ($13), Chicken Pot Pie flavorfully seasoned in a parmesan sauce and topped with puff pastry, and the PLT-braised pork belly, bibb lettuce, fried green tomato, and garlic aioli (my second favorite thing on the menu).
Local Dish aims to give the local economy as much support as they can and foods are sourced locally when possible. Try a bottle of Ginger Gold Hard Cider, produced by Windy Hill Orchard in York, SC, as a light, refreshing accompaniment to your meal
Local Dish is open Monday-Saturday 11:30-10pm.
Same menu served for lunch and dinner.
217 Main St
Fort Mill, SC 29715