by Joyce Deaton
If you’re heading out for a day of fishing or just drifting on Lake Wylie, there’s a place you should try for a good homemade breakfast or lunch. It’s Warren’s Grill, inside a small convenience store about one block off the lake at 5800 Charlotte Highway near Clover.
Owners Ray and Susan Warren are continuing the business started by Ray’s dad at this spot in 1956. For years it was just a service station and convenience store. Ray and Susan added the grill around 2000, and since then “the grill is what keeps this place rocking,” says Susan.
Open weekdays from 5:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 6:30 until 3, Warren’s features a full breakfast with eggs, grits, sausage, country ham, steak and biscuits. Lunchtime favorites include a roast beef, ham and turkey club, cheeseburgers and a hot roast beef sub. Other picks include homemade pimiento cheese, chicken salad and egg salad sandwiches, as well as hot dogs, corn dogs, chicken tenders and pork chop sandwiches. All orders come with French fries, beer-battered onion rings or potato wedges. Because the pimiento cheese is so popular, the Warrens have also created two items you probably won’t find anywhere else: the pimiento cheese and bacon sandwich and the pimiento cheeseburger.
“It’s just dependable, good food,” says Susan, between conversations with customers as she runs the cash register during a recent busy lunchtime. It seems she knows everyone. “That’s true,” she says with a smile. “Most of them are local people, and some we’ve known all their lives. We just pick up where we left off talking last time. It’s like family.”
The Warrens cultivate that atmosphere in a place where you can also pick up most anything else you need – from a gallon of milk to a quart of oil. “It’s a friendly place,” says Susan. “We’re glad you came, and before you leave, you’ll know we’re glad you came.”