South Carolina is home to so many restaurants with world-class cuisine. We’re lucky that way.
When people visit from out of town, one question they always have is: where are the hidden restaurants where the locals eat? Here are 11 great restaurants in South Carolina where you’ll always find locals.
1. Long Island Cafe (Isle of Palms)
1515 Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Locals on the IOP have been hitting up the Long Island Cafe on a regular basis since 1986. By the looks of this Grouper entree we can see why!
2. Stella's Southern Bistro (Simpsonville)
684 Fairview Rd, Simpsonville, SC 29680
Only a few minutes from that state's most up and coming city (Greenville), Stella's dishes up amazing American fare.
3. Captain John's Seafood Bar & Grill (Pawley's Island)
13057 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Try the Seafood Platter at Captain John's Seafood Bar & Grill...you won't be disappointed. And if you have a hankerin' for red meat, they have that too!
4. Horry's Restaurant (Longs)
1155 Hwy 9 E, Longs, SC 29568
Nestled over on the banks of the Waccamaw and Buck Creek, Horry's has been a family tradition on the outskirts of Myrtle Beach since 1957.
5. Cribbs Kitchen (Spartanburg)
226 W Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29306
Cribbs on Main is a staple in Spartanburg. Locals love the family atmosphere and American cuisine enough to come back again and again.
6. Montague's Restaurant (Greenwood)
115 Hampton Ave, Greenwood, SC 29646
Montague's is a hidden gem in Greenwood, but the locals certainly know.... After one bite of a meal like this they're hooked at Montague's.
7. Old Village Post House Inn (Mount Pleasant)
101 Pitt St, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
The Post House is never one to disappoint. From the upscale atmosphere to the delicious eats, this long-standing Old Village restaurant has been living up to the local's standards for many decades.
8. Chestnut Grill (Orangeburg)
1455 Chestnut St, Orangeburg, SC 29115
The Chestnut Grill has been a locals favorite since the mid 1980s. Here, you'll find something for everyone, even little ones.
9. Ebenezer Grill (Rock Hill)
1525 Ebenezer Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732
This local favorite for lunch has the best hotdogs in Rock Hill, probably due to the popular menu item called "The Big Wienie." Breakfast looks yummy, too.
10. Malia's (Aiken)
120 Laurens St SW, Aiken, SC 29801
Malia's is a huge favorite in Aiken. They've been in business for 26 years and have an impeccible reputation for serving up only the best.
11. Red Bone Alley (Florence)
1903 W Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29501
Locals flock to Red Bone Alley for the unique atmosphere as well as the food. Check out this plate of Fried Green Tomatoes covered in Spicy Shrimp that a Yelp user posted with a great review.
So many choices, so little time! What’s your favorite local restaurant? We’d love to know in the comments.