About 4 years ago, John and Debbie Wilson opened The Hungry Drover and began serving up homemade southern classics in Travelers Rest, SC. Enjoying breakfast, lunch, or dinner at The Hungry Drover can be best described as “a farm fresh eating experience”. John and Debbie pride themselves on using fresh, local ingredients in all of their dishes, and it makes quite a difference!
Hungry Drover is located on Tigerville Road at the intersection just past Sandy Flat Berry Patch. The charming building looks very similar to a farmer’s market with red brick and a blue metal awning. Once inside, you can check out all of the local crafts and products for sale such as fresh dairy and paintings by artists around the upstate.
Their lunch menu offers sandwiches, hot plates, small plates (same great food, just not as much), and salads. The Drover Cuban Sandwich caught my eye with BBQ, ham, dill pickle, Dijon mustard, and Swiss cheese, grilled on homemade Cuban Bread. They offer three hot plates that all sound equally tasty: the BBQ Plate, Tomato Pie, and Smokey Gouda Bacon Tomato Pie. Their salads are all made with the freshest ingredients such as the Jerk Chicken Salad served on a bed of greens with red onion, dried cranberries, feta cheese, toasted pecans, and seasonal fruit. Their dessert menu changes daily, but some choices include cinnamon swirl bread, ganache brownies, and key lime cake.
My mom and I shared the classic Tomato Pie plate with a house salad and the BBQ plate with coleslaw and baked beans. The first thought that came to my mind when the food came to the table was that I felt like I was at my grandma’s house. Everything is prepared exactly how you would expect and with no fuss. The tomato pie was rich and savory with a buttery crust that still kept a nice crunch despite all the creamy goodness. No ordinary tomatoes went into this tomato pie! The vibrant, ripe tomatoes were layered all through the pie, and were delicious sliced on top of the house salad with lemon vinaigrette. Look at those tomatoes!!
The pulled pork BBQ was perfection. It literally melted in your mouth! I would love to know their secret of getting the pork so tender, smoky, and flavorful. They served the barbecue with a sweet/tangy mustard based sauce that we drizzled over everything. A real bonus to this classic BBQ plate was the homemade, buttery toasted bread served on the side. Top that crispy bread with the barbeque, sweet baked beans, and tangy coleslaw and you’re in for a one amazing bite.
Don’t leave Hungry Drover without trying one of their homemade, scrumptious desserts! We shared the Key Lime Pie Cake and it exceeded my expectations. Imagine a thick piece of dense, moist pound cake with a hint of lime topped with a sugary lime icing. My mom and I were both blown away by the sheer decadence and simplicity of this cake.
Lunch isn’t your only dining option at Hungry Drover! I’ve heard their breakfast serves up some pretty phenomenal omelets, biscuits with gravy, and sourdough French toast to name a few. They are also open for dinner on Friday nights and the menu changes weekly offering two or three entrée choices. If you love food that is simple, fresh, and just downright good Hungry Drover is the place for you.