Where we’re dining: Ira’s Chicken
By Ariel Turner
When you go to Nashville, Tennessee, you eat hot chicken. When a Nashville songwriter plays a show here, you should also eat hot chicken, if there’s a reputable option. Enter Ira’s Chicken.
With all the hype around chicken sandwiches these days, it’s a perfect time to revisit this fairly new locally owned restaurant that specializes in the sinus-clearing sandwich from the Music City but also has the regular fried goodness for the sensitive palates.
The fast-casual spot at 107 S. Main St., Greer, with a small menu is the ideal pre-show stop this week because of its proximity to The Spinning Jenny and also because the show is seated from 7-8 p.m., which doesn’t leave much dining time. Even if there’s a line at the counter, Ira’s will get delicious, Southern fare out to you as fast as you need it for cheap.
Small Plate or get the Large Plate to share ($8.50 or $11)
White or dark meat (Southern, Mild, Hot or Grilled) with white bread, homemade pickles, two sides
The Sandwich ($8.50)
Fried breast or thigh (get the Southern or Hot) on a brioche bun with one side and add Ira’s Sauce and Pimento Cheese
(Baked) Mac & Cheese
Sweet Potato Fries
Fried Grits & Tomato Jam
Ira’s Bourbon Pecan Pie ($4)
*Within walking distance of Spinning Jenny
What we’re seeing: Darrell Scott at The Spinning Jenny
Darrell Scott’s is a performer, instrumen-talist and songwriter of the highest order, a man who excels at just about anything musical. Even if you don’t immediately rec-ognize his name, you probably know some of his songs. Scott’s tunes have appeared on dozens of albums by artists like the Zac Brown Band, Randy Travis, Sam Bush, Garth Brooks, and a host of other country, Americana and roots-music acts.
Scott is a storyteller supreme who’s been working his magic in the Upstate for years, whether was at the Albino Skunk Music Festival or The Handlebar or, now, at The Spinning Jenny.
This is a chance to spend an evening with one of the great Americana artists of our age and hear some of the best written songs of our time, and both the artist and the material will be treated with the respect they deserve at this gem of a venue in Greer.
What: Darrell Scott
Where: The Spinning Jenny, 107 Cannon St., Greer
When: Thursday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m.
Tickets: $35 adv, $40 dos.
Info.: 864-469-6416, https://www.thespinningjennygreer.com