Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of finding a new favorite local restaurant. I had just finished moving (which is always a stressful time) and needed an oasis. I found that oasis at Stone Soup in Landrum.
Suzanne Strickland, the proud owner of Stone Soup, named her restaurant after the folk tale in which neighbors come together, each bringing a small offering to the table, and discover their offerings are multiplied into enough food for the village. She could not have picked a more appropriate name. Stone Soup is truly a community based restaurant and Suzanne cares about everyone who walks in the door.
The Stone Soup experience is pleasing from the moment you see the restaurant. A charming building tucked amidst bushes, trees, and flowers, Stone Soup is a perfect combination of elegant and down-home. You can choose to sit outdoors and enjoy nature or sit inside amidst pictures of proud horses and their owners. Landrum is horse country and Stone Soup reflects the people who live in the community. Aesthetically pleasing in every way, including the tablecloths unique to each table, and the multiple small dining areas rather than one large dining room, the atmosphere is one that fosters conversation and connection. Our server, Jonathan, was perfectly delightful and added to the enjoyment of our experience.
The food at Stone Soup is hands-down the best I have ever had in the Upstate. My husband and I stopped in for lunch and he enjoyed the Stone Soup Burger and potato salad while I relished the daily panini and soup. The Stone Soup burger is made from local meat and has fried green tomatoes, goat cheese and a special sauce. My husband opinion? “I don’t know if I’ve ever had a burger this good and I’ve had a lot of burgers.” (Direct quote from him.) The panini for the day was a delicious combination of bacon, spinach, tomato, avocado, and three cheeses. The orzo meatball soup with mushrooms and red peppers was indescribably scrumptious. You just have to try it.
Stone Soup is a perfect place for a romantic dinner or lunch with friends. The wine list is extensive and a variety of beers are available, including some local brews. Suzanne sources as much food as possible from local farms which means her menu is splendid and good for the community. She is also planting an onsite garden. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner, Stone Soup truly has something for every palate. When friends or family visit and ask me to recommend a must-visit restaurant, Stone Soup will now be first on my list. It is absolutely worth the drive!
Stone Soup is located at 1522 E. Rutherford Street in Landrum.
Hours: Lunch: 11:30 am-2:30 pm (Tuesday thru Saturday), Dinner: 5:00 pm-9:00 pm (Tuesday thru Sunday), Sunday Brunch: 11:00 am-2:30 pm
For more information visit the Stone Soup website.