The Steak House That Doesn't Serve Steak

Real Estate Agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner 21498

There is a little town about twenty minutes away called Walhalla –Warther's Original "Too" Furniture Store population 3503. This little town was founded in 1850 and has remained small and quaint since that time. There are several antique shops in Walhalla, where you can find genuine articles of interest that really are antique. There is a barbershop and an art gallery and a self-serve furniture store…that’s right, self serve…you help yourself. Bet you didn’t think places like that existed outside Mayberry, huh?

The Cafeteria LineBut the one thing that keeps us going back to Walhalla over and over again is the The Steak House Cafeteria. It is an old fashioned cafeteria where you go through a line and choose what you want, and the ladies behind the counter serve it on a plate and hand it over to you. You are charged by the item, so you can get as much or as little as you please.

The two things you should know about The Steak House Cafeteria are 1) they do not serve steak and 2) they have the best fried chicken in the galaxy.


I know…The STEAK House that doesn’t serve steak, right? Well, it hasn’tThe Steak House Cafeteria always been that way. When they first opened back in 1973, T-Bone steak and grits were popular items on the menu. Then, things went to fried flounder and burgers and such. And now, Arabian Rooster is the ticket. It is an enormous breast fried in a secret batter that makes converts out of even the most hardened “I don’t eat fried chicken” people. It really is that good. And, if you have a hankering for steak, you can bring your own and Abby will cook it up for you and serve it on a plate; my dad used to do this all the time.

Main Street Walhalla, SCWalhalla is a sleepy little town at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and their town – like their hospitality – is a welcome change from the offerings of our modern day grind. Crime is low. Community is important. And the chicken at The Steak House Cafeteria is legenday.  


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  1. CHARLIE NEWTON 01/27/2011 03:57 PM
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Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Sheila, what a great place to visit and I love antiques.  I must take a drive this spring and check it out including The Steak House Cafeteria.

Jan 24, 2011 12:57 PM #1
Andres Munar
Keystone Alliance Mortgage - State College, PA
Experience The Difference

It's an interesting concept I supposed. But being a steak lover I would have been mad if I went and they had no steak :)

Jan 24, 2011 01:16 PM #2
Don Eichler
Eichler Properties - Granbury, TX

It sound like a great place to spend a lot of time when you don't care about time!!

Jan 24, 2011 01:17 PM #3
Mary-kay Canfield and Chris Canfield
REMAX Premier Realty - The Villages - Summerfield, FL
Homes for Sale in The Villages and Summerfield FL

Sounds like a wonderful town to get lost in one day . . . Thanks for letting the secret out!

Jan 24, 2011 01:34 PM #4
Shawna Green
Keller Williams Realty-Fayetteville - Fayetteville, NC
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Sheila, I love the sounds of this little town...if I ever make it that way I will be sure to tell them you sent me!  I LOVE me some fried chicken...yum!!

Jan 24, 2011 01:58 PM #5
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Hi Judith...I hope you do...and when you're done there, you can take a short ride up to Highlands, NC...everyone seems to like Highlands!

Hi Andres...I feel you! HaHa! I wonder how many people actually do happen in and discover that...funny.

Hi Don...That's about the size of it...HaHa! Only you would have to have something else lined up, because you can throw a rock from one end of Walhalla to the other! It wouldn't take long to see it.

Hi Chris...It is a cool little town, but you would have a hard time getting lost in is tiny.  : )

Hi Shawna...I wish you could just blink your eyes and be there -- every fried chicken lover deserves to experience this place.   : )

Jan 24, 2011 03:37 PM #6
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Sheila, Now I want to try that fried chicken!  Great post!  This sounds like a great community!

Jan 24, 2011 05:13 PM #7
Erby Crofutt
B4 U Close Home Inspections&Radon Testing ( - Lexington, KY
The Central Kentucky Home Inspector, Lexington KY

A Steak House that doesn't serve steak.  Huh.  I guess I'd have to bring my own as your dad did.

Jan 25, 2011 11:38 AM #8
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Hi Tony and Darcy...It's the best! And it is a "sleepy" little town...old timey like.  : )

Hey Erby...Yep -- if you want steak, that's the drill!  : )

Jan 25, 2011 01:01 PM #9
Jason Channell
Diadem Property Inspections - Serving Southeast Michigan - Troy, MI
The House Sleuth

Isn't that false advertising? The Steak House serving no steak? Sounds like a wonderful place, though.

Jan 25, 2011 03:49 PM #10
Lisa Orme
The Master's Key Realty LLC -Windsor, CT - HARTFORD COUNTY - Windsor, CT
Broker/Realtor, ABR, CRS,GRI, PSCS, SFR, Notary Pu

You've just got to love a place like this - something special and quaint in it's own fashion - and a strong local following...Next time I'm down in SC (mom's in Greenville) I'll have to meet you in person over a steak  southern fried chicken meal!

Jan 27, 2011 01:24 PM #11
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Hey's Walhalla, SC. Hello? HAHA!

Hey Lisa...That would be awesome! I'm not a far drive from Greenville at all. (Nor is The Steak House)   : )

Jan 28, 2011 04:08 AM #12
Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Having lived in Brevard NC, etc. I have been through Walhalla ("Hall of the Slain", where the Norse God Odin presides) many times.

But I never saw this restaurant.

Next trip back to Florida from our house in Highlands NC, I am going to check it out!

Jan 31, 2011 04:09 PM #13
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Hello Fred...

So that's what all those slain warriors are doing in Walhalla!! I wondered...

I hope you do get the chance to check it out (remember...keep the bar's just a little country cafeteria! With the best chicken ever! Ha!) They have been there for over 30 years, right on the main street in that small strip of businesses. Easy to miss if you're not looking for it, I suspect. 

Happy Tuesday!    : ) 

Feb 01, 2011 03:35 AM #14
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