Town Hall Best Restaurant In Florence SC
During my first night in Florence, I took my family to Town Hall in downtown Florence. This farm-to-table, eco-friendly restaurant was perhaps the best place I ate at during my time spent in South Carolina. Executive chef Kelly Vogelheim led a team of chefs to prepare a phenomenal meal for us, the wait staff was the epitome of polite and prompt, and the entire place gleamed with southern charm that reminds one of simpler, happier days.
First and foremost, the restaurant itself was very clean and visually appealing. The sign outside reads Town Hall in fluorescent lighting, which was very charming. Inside, the furniture, floors, and bar were crafted of all shining auburn hardwood, which created an ambience of upscale southern charm. The restaurant featured an open kitchen, which was very clean and well-lit, and you can see the chefs working hard to prepare your meal right in front of you at the chef’s table. In addition to the restaurant itself, there is a rooftop bar called The Dispensary where you can overlook downtown Florence while enjoying local beers, artisan cocktails, wine, and more!
Next, let’s talk about the wait staff. Our waitress, Jennifer, was kind, exceptionally prompt and attentive. Jennifer was great with recommendations for newbies like us who had never eaten there before. Furthermore, she truly felt like a representation of the restaurant itself, and I’m sure that if you looked up ‘southern belle’ in the dictionary, you’d see a picture of her.
We were greeted by general manager, Terell Ham. He is upbeat, excitable, and professional. He gave us a brief history of Town Hall and recommended a few great dishes to us.
Town Hall Menu Florence SC
Speaking of appetizers…the menu features ten choices of delectable apps to start off your dinner. Out of the amazing options, we chose deviled eggs and their specialty ‘mac’ and cheese. The deviled eggs were creamy and delicious, and each was topped with a fried oyster, which was savory and tasty without overpowering the subtle taste of the egg. The ‘mac’ and cheese consisted of a ricotta gnocchi drizzled over by gouda mornay sauce, resting atop delicious porkbelly. Let me just say, these appetizers were incredible! If not for the fact that we were eager to try our entrees, we would have made a meal out of these.
The entrees themselves were impeccable. I ordered the Hanger Steak, which was cooked to perfection and served with fries, truffle aioli, soy-roasted onions with a red wine jus. This was one of the best steaks I’ve ever had! One of my daughters had the surf and turf, which included filet mignon, seared scallops, whipped potatoes, and collard greens with a béarnaise. My other daughter had the seared local fish, which was served with seafood dumplings, shallots and refreshing cucumbers. Both meals were delicious, cooked just right and served with incredible sides.
For dessert, we chose two of six amazing desserts. We had an ice cream sandwich — a thick scoop of Coca Cola flavored ice cream, drizzled with a cherry reduction, sandwiched between two soft sugar cookies. We also shared fried beignets, which came with chocolate, strawberry and butterscotch sauces. This was a delicious end to our meal at Town Hall!