Sunday Lunch Blog : The Best Burger I’ve Ever Eaten and Unique Ice Cream

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*Disclaimer: First Baptist Church is not affiliated with, nor does it necessarily endorse any of the restaurants that are discussed in these posts. These are just the personal opinions of the blog writer and are meant only for information and fun.

I’ve had several really good eating days recently. One day that sticks out well in my mind is the day that I had what might have been the best burger I’ve ever eaten. And no, I don’t think I’m exaggerating! I’ve eaten a lot of burgers in my life. Many have been those hockey puck burgers that you get at ministry events (I’ve worked with a lot of ministries and they are often all the same … those frozen patties from Sam’s Club that come in a box of 50 or 60 for about $20 or something like that). They’re cheap and will fill a stomach; you just pray that they have cheese and plenty of condiments there.

I’ve also had some really great burgers. Pawley’s Front Porch, Rockaways, Zesto’s, Five Guys, Smashburger, Henry’s, Burger Tavern 77, and probably many others that I’m leaving off have good respectable burgers. I’ve even fared decently at grilling my own burgers. But not long ago, I had the burger that other burgers aspire to be. Let me tell you the story.

The Root Cellar – 420 Columbia Ave, Lexington, SC 

On one particularly busy day, we didn’t get around to eating lunch until 3:30 or 4:00. So the New Media team decided to head over to Lexington to find something to for lunch and then to get some Thai ice cream from 7 Star Ice Cream, a place that had been on my list ever since Jay Yang, owner of Red Bowl Asian Bistro in Sandhills, told me that he also owned an ice cream shop and showed me pictures of some beautiful, unique ice cream creations. But before dessert, we had to get some sustenance. Then I remembered that the Root Cellar is in Lexington and I wanted to try that ever since it was announced that new owners had bought the old Stephano’s building and were renovating it. (I forget that Lexington is right next to me, ok, sorry!)

This might look unassuming from the outside, but just wait!
This might look unassuming from the outside, but just wait!

Since we arrived late for lunch, but early for dinner (“Lunner,” I like to call it), we had no problem getting a table. The service was great and prompt. I also enjoyed the décor. Design nerd note: They use one of those hipster fonts in their logo (SwistbInk Monthoers to be exact) that I enjoy incorporating into some of my designs whenever the occasion calls for it. But I didn’t come there for decorations and fonts. I came there for the food. And, yes, I was super hungry, so maybe I should go back and try it again just to be sure (ha ha), but the food was awesome. I finally decided on the Root Cellar Burger, which had goat cheese, a fried green tomato, and bourbon bacon jam. None of the flavors overpowered each other, which is important when you use something like goat cheese. The burger was cooked exactly how I asked and was juicy and tender (no hockey pucks here!). To make it even better, instead of a pickle spear on top, they add a pickled okra. Southern hearts, be still!

Take a look on the inside and you've got one amazing burger!
Take a look on the inside and you’ve got one amazing burger!

You get a choice of any side with your burger. It was a difficult decision, but I went with the onion rings and they were no joke either. I cleaned my plate and was plenty full by the end. My only wish is that they were closer to downtown or that I could have teleporting capabilities so I could eat there more often on my lunch break.

7 Star Ice Cream – 500 W Main St, Lexington, SC

Beautiful Ice Cream
Beautiful Ice Cream

Then we went down the road to 7 Star Ice Cream. It’s just fun to watch them make it. You don’t get regular scoops of ice cream here, no, you get rolls of ice cream. This is Thai style ice cream also known as “stir-fried” ice cream or “ice pan” ice cream. They pour an ice cream mix onto a pan or steel grill that’s chilled freezing cold. Then they work the base and put in a mix, like cookies or fruit. Then they flatten out the frozen mix and scrape it into rolls. After that, they put it in your cup and load it up with toppings. At 7 Star, you get three toppings with your order. So many things to like about this place. 1) It’s different. It’s not everyday that you get to eat rolls of ice cream. 2) It’s beautiful. The toppings are thoughtfully arranged, not just dumped on top. 3) The taste. It’s a heavenly dessert. I wish I had some right now! 4) The texture. I love the texture. That’s what sets it apart. It reminds me of this nitrogen frozen ice cream that I got in Florida once. It has a little bit of a chew to it; but a good chew if you don’t think that sounds appealing. It’s an appealing chew. You just have to try it.

Chopping up the ice cream
Chopping up the ice cream

One thing that I wouldn’t suggest is going with a large group or if you are extremely rushed for time. Since the process is unique and requires more than just scooping some ice cream, it will take a little more time to receive your order. I don’t feel like I waited that long, but I was also in no rush and was still digesting the burger that I just ate. Go when you’re with a friend or two that give you good conversation or when you’re in a relaxed mood. If you like unique things, good things, and tasty things, don’t miss this ice cream.

Menu to give you an idea of what's served
Menu to give you an idea of what’s served

Here’s a quick video I took with my phone to show you how they make the ice cream.

SpiritualNuggets

 

In case you haven’t noticed, I love sweets. If sugar was a health food, I’d be one of the healthiest people around. Since it is, unfortunately not, I have to be mindful of my intake and find other things to make me happy. What’s nice is that there are other sweet things in life that don’t contain calories or chemicals to take the place of calories. Proverbs 16:24 says,

“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”

Sweetness that is also healthy? My ears are perked. The point that this proverb is getting to is that words are important; they can be used for good or for harm. When we speak pleasant and encouraging words to each other, we build each other up, spiritually and physically. Our American culture likes to compartmentalize our health. We have physical health in one place. Then over here we have mental health, then spiritual health in a completely different place. I can remember the saying growing up, “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” My dad would tell me to say that when I got upset at something that someone said. The intention was good, but I can remember thinking, “But it still hurts.” Just because my bones weren’t broken didn’t mean that my heart wasn’t.

Just as Esau was devastated by losing his father’s blessing and Jacob was elevated by receiving it, what we say or fail to say can have lasting effects on others, particularly those closest to us. Each day we have the choice to bless or curse by the words and tones that we choose. How are you doing with this? I know I have to constantly remind myself to choose wisely. May we all choose to speak gracious and kind words. They might be the sweetness that someone’s soul and body have been craving.

Have A Seat At Our Table

Let’s chat! Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.  If you are a church member and restaurant owner and would like for us to come visit your restaurant, e-mail me here. Or, if there’s a place you’d like for us to check out before you spend your money, let us know in the comments below. We want to hear from you!

 

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Hi! I’m April. I work on staff here at FIRST designing a bunch of things for print and Web. I believe that world peace can be achieved over a pan of fresh baked biscuits and everyone coming to faith in Jesus. Ok, really it’s just Jesus, but the biscuits help.
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