Somewhat hidden away on Savannah Highway is Boxcar Betty’s, a simple enough place that means to take a stand on the lack of good fried chicken sandwiches. Because owners Ian MacBryde and Roth Scott, formerly of Magnolias, staked their claim as a niche kind of joint, the menu confidently boasts only a few items. Despite serving only three sandwiches, it’s still hard to choose between the Boxcar with peach slaw and pimento cheese, the Chicken Not-So-Waffle with bacon jam and maple syrup, and the spicy Buffalo sandwich with blue cheese and farm-fresh tomatoes. They’re all pretty messy, the true sign of a good sammie. The super-casual restaurant also serves one salad with chopped fried (or grilled) chicken or a battered-and-fried pimento cheese-stuffed portobello mushroom. Sides include hand-cut sweet potato fries, fried pickles with ranch, and peach coleslaw. Sweet-toothed diners should get the pecan pie in a cup with vanilla bean ice cream to-go because that’s about the only food here that’s car friendly. With new spots in Summerville, North Chuck, Mt. Pleasant, and even the Windy City, looks like Betty is breaking out of the boxcar. —Kelly Rae Smith (Dish, Summer 2019)


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