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Aunt Sue’s Country Corner - Pickens
107A Country Creek Dr. - 864 878-4366


Beacon Drive-In - Spartanburg

255 John B White Blvd. – 864 585-9387


Belmont Inn - Abbeville
104 E Pickens St. - 864 459-9625


Bertha’s Kitchen – Charleston
2332 Meeting Street Rd. - 843 554-6519
Sip some okra soup.


Bessinger’s BBQ – Charleston
1602 Savannah Highway – 843 556-1354
Terrific Pork BBQ from SC’s first family of swine. Order off the menu or buffet. Established in 1946, Bessinger’s is the “Home of the Original Big Joe” sandwich. Side orders include Carolina Cole Slaw, Fish Stew, Black Eyed Peas, and Baked Beans.  SC style Hash over Rice is also offered.  Desserts are highlighted by Pecan Pie, Key Lime Pie, and a daily special. Daily buffet specials include Clam Strips, Deviled Crab, Catfish, Shrimp and Grits, Roast Beef, and Country Sausage, down-home veggies, hash & rice, and red or purlieu rice (the latter is a SC staple).  The BBQ pork is outstanding which comes as no surprise, since the Bessinger name is synonymous with great South Carolina BBQ. Recommended!


Big D's BBQ Barn - Myrtle Beach [Photo]
350 George Bishop Parkway - 843 236-4666
Pork BBQ and good ole' home cookin' just across the intercoastal waterway from the Grand Strand, located adjacent to the popular Waccamaw Outlet Shops.  BBQ sandwiches are above average (add slaw for just a few pennies more).  Good all you can eat lunch buffet, although the price ($10) is slightly higher than most restaurants of its kind and include tangy BBQ Chicken breasts, a fine sweet potato casserole, and, for those daring diners, homemade pork rinds. One of the very few good BBQ joints in the Myrtle Beach area.


Big E's Seafood and BBQ – Longs
1250 Highway 9 East - 843 399-3999


Big T's BBQ - Gadsden & Columbia
2520 Congaree Road 29052, Gadsden - 803 353-0488
7535 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia - 803 776-7132!/pages/Big-Ts-BBQ/238454016551?sk=wall


Bobby’s Bar B Q - Warrenville
1897 Jefferson Davis Hwy - 803-593-5900


Bowen's Island Seafood – Charleston
1870 Bowen’s Island Road – 843 795-2757
Opened in 1946 by Jimmy Bowen and his wife, May. Rustic atmosphere is the perfect setting for their delicious Roasted Oysters. If oysters aren’t your bag, dig into the Shrimp and Grits or one of the other great seafood dishes. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 5 pm – 10 pm.


A&M Brown’s BBQ – Moncks Corner
439 Highway 52 North - 843 761-5440


Bryan's Pink Pig - Levy
Highway 170 A - 843 784-3635
Open Tuesday through Saturday.


Cain's BBQ - Florence
1502 Pamplico Highway - 843 662-8991
Buffet costs $10.45 ‘til 5pm included tax & drink; $12.65 after 5pm.  Features BBQ and Chicken Bog, a local favorite.


Cannon’s BBQ - Little Mountain
1903 Nursery Rd - 803 945-1080
Open Thursday – Saturday 11am-8pm


Circle M BBQ - Liberty
345 Martin Sausage Road - 864 375-9133
Open Thursday – Saturday 4:30pm-8:30pm


Creekside Bar Be Que - Anderson
1115 Salem Church Rd - 864 260-9093


D & H BBQ - Manning

412 South Mill - 803 433-2189
Hours: 11am-8pm Tuesday to Saturday; Sunday from 11am-2pm and closed Monday


Duke's BBQ - Walterboro
949 Robertson Boulevard - 843 549-1446
Open ‘til 9pm everyday


Earl Duke's BBQ - Orangeburg
789 Chestnut St – 803 534-9418
Thursday – Saturday 11am-8pm


Evan's Pelican Inn - Pawley's Island
506 Myrtle Avenue, 29585 - 843 237-2298
This is actually a Bed and Breakfast, not a restaurant open to the public.  However, they are worthy of strong mention due to the great meals served here. Terrific Low Country setting – rope hammocks and scenic marsh wildlife just steps from the quiet beach of Pawley’s.   Breakfast at the Pelican Inn is particularly noteworthy, with biscuits that are hard to beat.


Frank's & Frank’s Outback - Pawley's Island
10434 Ocean Highway - 843 237-1777 or 843 237-3030
Although this place doesn’t appear fancy from the exterior, it is one of the highest rated restaurants in the South … certainly in South Carolina.  Frank’s often appears in Southern Living’s listing of best small town eateries and is one of our favorites for an anniversary celebration dinner.  Open for Dinner only and reservations are highly recommended at any time of year. The food is top notch, often featuring fresh local seafood and Southern specialties.  In the Summer you can sit outside under the live oaks in Frank’s Outback Patio.


Freeman’s Bar B Q - Beech Island
1060 Sand Bar Ferry Rd. - 803 827-1623
Thursday – Saturday 11am-6:30pm


The Front Porch - Richburg
3072 Lancaster Highway - 803 789-5029
11am-9pm everyday


Garden Alley Buffet - Mullins
313 S. Main Street - 843 464-4779
Open 11am-8:30pm weekdays, 11am-2pm on Saturday and Sundays from 11am-5pm. Buffet style country cooking in a town famous for its tobacco market. Lunch features all the familiar comfort foods: beans, rice and gravy, field peas, mashed potatoes, meat loaf, yams, pork chops, cabbage, baked chicken, etc.  The buffet also features a small salad bar and a variety of delicious pies and cakes and costs just $8.00 per person.


Goodland Bar Be Que - Springfield
648 Springfield Rd. - 803 258-3511
Open Thursday –Sunday.


Gore's Bar-B-Que Country Kitchen - Aynor
818 N Main St - 843 358-1150
This tiny BBQ joint about a ½ hour from the hustle and bustle of Myrtle Beach should not be overlooked. The menu features pork BBQ, fried catfish, and some tasty cornmeal hot cakes.  Gore’s also does a good bit of catering, often serving up his famous deep fried turkeys.  Sop by and say “Howdy” … and don’t leave without an extra supply of the tangy BBQ sauce.  Mr. Gore will tell you that it cuts right through the meat before you can put it in your mouth!


Gullah Grub - St Helena Island

877 Sea Island Parkway - 843 838-3841
Authentic Gullah and Low Country cooking.  Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday for lunch and dinner and again on Sunday for Brunch.  Call to schedule a traditional Gullah cooking demonstration followed by a food tasting. 


Harold's Country Club - Yemassee
97 U.S. Highway 17A & 21 - 843 589-4360
Check the website for hours and menu


High Cotton - Charleston

199 East Bay Street - 843 723-3424;
More good eats from our friends at Maverick Southern Kitchens.


Jackie Hite's Barbecue – Batesburg-Leesville
460 East Railroad Avenue - 803 532-3354


Hog Heaven - Pawleys Island
7147 Ocean Highway - 843 237-7444
Open every day at 11:30am. Very good South Carolina BBQ with a nice kick to the sauce. Outstanding lunch buffet featuring everything from BBQ to Fried Chicken to Chicken Bog. Tasty Southern style veggies. Save room for the Cobbler for dessert. Good stuff!


Hot Fish Club - Murrell's Inlet
4911 Business 17 - 843 357-9175!/HotFishClub?sk=wall


Hudson’s Smokehouse - Lexington
4952 Sunset Blvd. - 803 356-1070!/pages/Hudsons-Smokehouse/144849306483?sk=wall


Inlet Crab House & Raw Bar - Murrells Inlet
3572 Business Hwy 17 - 843 651-8452!/pages/Inlet-Crab-House-and-Raw-Bar/271463448908?sk=wall
A local’s favorite, Inlet Crab House is one of only a handful of area restaurants actually serving local catch.  Try their award winning She Crab Soup.  Off the wall appetizer is the Crab Pizza Dip.  Good Po-Boys and above average sweet tea.


Jack’s Cosmic Dogs – Mt. Pleasant

2805 Highway 17 North @ Highway 41 - 843 884-7677!/pages/Jacks-Cosmic-Dogs/273646724712?sk=wall
Open 7 days a week: “cruise over to Jack’s and travel back to your future.” Hot Dogs, as you may have guessed, are the specialty here with choices including names like the Earth Dog, Astro Dog, Krypto Kraut, Omega Dog, and Galaxy Dog. An unusual offering is the one and only Cosmic Dog, served up with Blue Cheese Slaw & Sweet Potato Mustard…yummy! Jack’s uses nothing but Boar’s Head premium all-beef hot dogs.  Compliment your dog with Old Dominion Draft Root Beer, Zapp’s Potato Chips (the best!), and Eskimo Pie brand Ice Cream.  Don’t like dogs?  Then try the BBQ, Meatloaf, and Buffalo Chicken strips.  Please check this unique joint out!!!


Jestine's Kitchen - Charleston
251 Meeting Street - 843 722-7224
Named for Jestine Matthews, who died in 1997 at the age of 112! Truly a restaurant serving southern food with lots of soul.  Food includes crab & corn soup, fried green tomatoes, pecan fried whiting, crispy fried okra, black-eyed peas, macaroni and cheese and Coca Cola cake.  An unusual meat loaf sandwich is also offered.  Daily lunch specials are fantastic: BBQ Chicken, Gumbo, Shrimp and Grits, etc.  Closed on Monday.


Jim 'n Nicks - Charleston
288 King Street - 843 577-0406
Pork, chicken and brisket,cheese biscuits, creamed spinach, and mac n cheese.  They even offer a BBQ stuffed potato.  Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.  Take a break from high-brow shopping with a down home feed at Jim 'n Nicks.  Almost 30 new franchised locations, but you’ve got to eat at this original.


John D. Hite & Son – Dixieana (West Columbia)
240 Dreher Road - 803 794-4120
Take out only.  Open Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 8am-7pm.  $7 plates and $3.50 sandwiches or you can purchase by the pound.


JoMars Family Restaurant - Lancaster
278 Hwy. 9 Bypass East - 803 286-6482


Juanita Greenberg's Nacho Royale - Charleston
439 King Street - 843 723-6224!/juanitagreenbergs?sk=wall
Fresh, affordable Mexican food in a rather eclectic environment.  A popular with college kids at the College of Charleston.  Choose from Bean, Chicken, Steak, or Sausage.  Quesadillas are also featured on the limited menu.  Wash it all down with a locally brewed Palmetto Amber Ale. Open for Lunch and Dinner, 7 days a week.


Kingsman Restaurant – Cayce
936 Axtell Dr. - 803 796-8622
Grab a pimento cheese burger


Lee's Inlet Kitchen - Murrells Inlet
4460 Business Hwy 17 - 843 651-2881
This great little family restaurant has been operating since 1948.  Opened by Eford and Pearl Lee, Lee's Inlet Kitchen is still run by the Lee family.  Start with homemade she crab soup or oyster stew.  We strongly recommend the "Grilled Choice Platter." Ours came with a meaty crabcake, plump scallops, and fantail shrimp ... all were delicious.  Service is prompt and the atmosphere homey.  Fresh seafood entrees range from $19-37. Call for seasonal hours


Little Pig's Barbecue of Anderson - Anderson
1401 N. Main Street - 864 226-7388


Lone Star Barbecue and Mercantile – Santee
2212 State Park Rd - 803 854-2000
Open for lunch and dinner, Thursday through Sunday.


Luvan's Old South Fish Camp - Conway

3951 US Hwy 701 - 843 397-5454


McCabe’s Bar B Q - Manning
480 North Brooks St. - 803 435-2833


Magnolia's - Charleston
185 E Bay St - 843 577-7771!/pages/Magnolias/175452662496454?sk=wall
This is an upscale restaurant but worthy of mention because of the unique approach to Southern cuisine.  "Uptown - Down South" is the slogan here.  Their choices include Grits Cakes with Tasso gravy, Blackened Green Tomatoes, and an excellent Veal Meatloaf with Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom gravy and Tobacco Onions.   There’s even a "Down Home Egg Roll" incorporating collard greens and peach chutney.  Most dinner entrees are in the $20 range – and worth it! Highly recommended.


Martha Lou's Kitchen - Charleston
1068 Morrison Drive - 843 577-9583
Outstanding Southern fare prepared fresh daily.  The Fried Pork Chops here are nearly legendary.  Open Monday through Friday, 8am-5pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm.


Maurice's Piggy Park - Columbia

1600 Charleston Highway - 803 791-5887!/MauricesPiggiePark?sk=wall
One of the South’s true BBQ Meccas, People Magazine once rated Maurice’s “the best all-in-one BBQ restaurant in the US.  They use an extremely lean BBQ topped with their own delicious mustard based sauce (Carolina Gold!). Highly recommended.  Good sweet tea to boot! Maurice’s BBQ is available via mail order (The Flying Pig Express) by calling 1 800-Maurice or online.


McClellanville Diner - McClellanville
9905 North Highway 17 - 843 887-4499!/pages/McClellanville-Diner/174935524901?sk=wall&filter=2


Melvin's Bar B Que – Charleston
925 Houston Northcutt Blvd - 843-881-0549
Second location: 719 Folly Road – 843 795-6794
Hand-pulled BBQ pork, Carolina hash, hand-dipped onion rings


Midway BBQ - Buffalo
811 Main Street - 864 427-4047
Beef hash and chicken stew shine here.


Mill Pond Restaurant - Rembert
84 Boykin Mill Road - 803 425-8825!/pages/Millpond-Steakhouse/148519177498?sk=wall


Miller's Bread Basket - Blackville
483 Main Street - 803 284-3117!/people/Millers-Bread-Basket-Millers/100002406287168?sk=wall


Moe's Chick’n - Bennettsville
216 Broad Street - 843 479-7868
Highly recommended fried chicken joint.  Nothing fancy, just good eats. Take that, Colonel Sanders!


Mr. Friendly's New Southern Cafe - Columbia
2001-A Greene Street - 803 254-7828!/profile.php?id=100000253323008&sk=wall
In business since 1995, they refer to themselves as an "American bistro with Southern flair." Dinner menu is highlighted by Pecan Crab Cakes, Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Ketchup, and Grits with Blackened Shrimp or Fried Oysters.


O'Haras Restaurant - Mullins

123 East Wine Street - 843 464-7287
Buffet lunch Monday - Friday. Prime rib and shrimp buffet Friday - Saturday nights. Excellent Southern home-style food with the best home cooked dessert bar you will ever walk up to.


Old McDonald’s Fish Camp - North Augusta
355 Currytown Rd. - 803 279-3305


Old Post Office - Edisto Island
1442 SC Highway 174 - 843 869-2339
Dinner served Tuesday through Saturday.  Housed in the island's former post office with great views of Low country creeks and marshes.  Relaxed atmosphere with gourmet cuisine.


Pappy's - Hanahan

5804 Carolyn Street - 843 554-7447
Popular meat-and-three diner. Open 24/7.


Pawley’s Island Tavern - Pawley's Island 

10635 Ocean Highway - 843 237-8465!/pawleysislandtavern?sk=wall
Formerly known as the Island Country Store, located near the world famous Pawley’s Island Hammock Shops. Rustic island setting with no frills but the ladies in the kitchen know a thing or two about soulful cuisine.  Go for the daily lunch special, which typically features a meat, 2-3 vegetables, bread and dessert at a great price.


Poogan’s Porch – Charleston

72 Queen St. - 843 577-2337


Radd Dew’s BBQ – Conway 

3430 Highway 701 South - 843 397-3453


Russell's - Murrell's Inlet

4700 Business Hwy. 17 - 843 651-0553
Fresh local seafood in South Carolina’s seafood capital,  Residents seem to prefer Russell’s to some of the other, more touristy eateries on the inlet.  That alone speaks volumes.


Sara J's - Garden City
314 Atlantic Avenue - 843 651-1657


Scott’s BBQ – Hemmingway, SC


Sea Biscuit Café – Isle of Palms
21 J.C. Long Boulevard – 843 886-4079
Most famous for their hearty breakfasts and homemade corned beef hash.


Sea Captain's House - Myrtle Beach [Photo 1 | Photo 2]
3002 North Ocean Boulevard - 843 448-8082
Consistently voted one of the best seafood eateries in the South by the readers of Southern Living.  It is not cheap here, and you can expect to wait in the summertime.


Sea Shack - Hilton Head
6 B Executive Park Road - 843 785-2464
Good, fresh seafood.


Seewee Restaurant – Awendaw
4808 Highway 17 North – 843 928-3609
Open for Lunch and Dinner, 7 days. According to the menu, the name Seewee came from an Indian tribe in the Awendaw area. The Seewee was built as a General Store in the early 1920’s. Seafood and home cooking are the focus. Start your meal with a Crab Salad or a bowl of She Crab Soup, a South Carolina treasure. Specials include Roast Pork Loin, Chicken Breast (Fried or Grilled), Pork Chops and Country Fried Steak. The reasonably priced specials come with your choice of three sides, highlighted by Butter Beans, Fried Green Tomatoes (hard to find in SC!), Fried Okra, Steamed Squash, Collard Greens, and Sweet Potato Casserole. Desserts are made fresh daily. Major credit cards are accepted; recommended!


Sgt. White's Diner - Beaufort
1908 Boundary Street - 843 522-2029


Shealy's BBQ House - Leesville
340 East Columbia Avenue - 803 532-8135


Shrimp Shack - St. Helena Island
1925 Sea Island Parkway - 803 838-2962!/pages/The-Shrimp-Shack/112103828813264?sk=wall
The owners have been professional shrimpers since 1945 and their boats continue to supply the Shack with some of the best shrimp along the SC coast.  Rustic setting only adds to the experience.


Shuler's B-B-Que - Latta 
419 Highway 38 West - 843 752-4700
Excellent, all-around pork and chicken BBQ. Thursday - Saturday, Opens at 4:30.


Skin Thrasher’s Hot Dogs – Anderson
203 Hudgens St. – 864 225-9229
Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6:30 pm.  Check the website for all of their newest locations.


SNOB (Slightly North of Broad) – Charleston
192 East Bay Street; 843 723-3424;!/SlightlyNorthofBroad?sk=wall
High-end Southern Cuisine done right in SC's most charming city.


Soby's New South Cuisine – Greenville
207 South Main – 864 232-7007!/pages/Sobys-New-South-Cuisine/190312780780?sk=wall
Great downtown hangout.  Check them out!


Somebody’s House – Hodges
5200 Emerson Street – 864 374-7434
Open only on Sunday, for $12.95 buffet lunch, from 11am-2:30pm.


Summerton Diner - Summerton
32 Church Street - 803 485-6835


Sunset Grille - Hilton Head Island
43 Jenkins Island Rd. - 843 689-6744


Sweetery, The – Anderson
1814 East Greenville Street – 800 752-1188
One of our favorite bakeries also serves lunch.  Simple but tasty sandwiches from $6.95 to hot deli sandwiches and salads.


Thomas Café – Georgetown

703 Front Street – 843 546-7776
Down-home diner atmosphere along the dock of a quaint port town.  A local’s favorite.  This part of the country once was a thriving plantation area with rice and indigo as the primary crops.  Look for the traditional rice pilau dishes that is often offered at Thomas’.  One such recipe is listed below



1 lb smoked sausage
½ cup diced onion
½ cup diced celery
½ cup diced green pepper
2 cups raw rice
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper to taste

Cut up one whole chicken and parboil until the mean pulls away from the bones. 

Discard bones, strain broth and set aside to cool. 

In a large pot, saute the sausage, onion, celery, and green pepper in a small amount of oil. 

Add the rice, thyme, red pepper, salt and pepper and

 saute 10 minutes or until rice is brown. 

Add pulled chicken meat and two cups of broth. 

Let simmer on low for 45 minutes.


Tomato Shed Cafe & Stono Market- Johns Island
842 Main Road - 843 559-9999
Highly regarded roadside cafe, bakery and produce market serving up soul food featureing Tomato Pie, Squash Casserole, Collards, Mac and Cheese, and a lot more.  The cafe operates it's own shrimp trawler, so don't overlook seafood specialties like their famous crab cakes and shrimp salad.  Homemade pies for dessert --- don't miss them. Open Monday - Saturday from 11:30am to 3pm.


Wade’s Family Restaurant – Spartanburg

1000 N Pine St - 864 582-2800


Websters Manor – Mullins
115 East James Street – 843 464-9632
Buffet lunch Monday through Friday.  Excellent southern home-style food.


Wreck, The – Mt. Pleasant
106 Haddrell Street – 843 884-0052
Lots of atmosphere at this hard to find dive (pardon the pun) with a screened porch, plastic patio chairs, etc.  Boiled peanuts are served as a starter.  Try the Fried Seafood Platter.  Cash and checks only - no credit cards!

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