South Carolina is rich in out-of-the-way and unique restaurants from southern fried chicken to seafood and everything in between. The following are 15 places that should be on everyone’s must try list!
1. The Trappe Door (Greenville, SC )
"Food built from the flavors of the land.
Beer that knows no boundaries." That's their slogan and it couldn't be said better. Belgian food and Belgian beers on tap. Definitely a night out kind of place with a good atmosphere.
2. Original House of Pizza (Barnwell, SC)
Specialty pizzas, calzone, and traditional greek dishes like no where else! Here is a place where you get your money's worth not only in taste, but in portion size. Bring your appetite. P.S. Definitely try the antipasto salad.
3. Bush's Seafood (Granitville, SC)
This is finger lickin' good food. A close source told me that this is the freshest seafood you can get and the waitresses are the best around.
4. Hudson's Smokehouse (Lexington, SC)
South Carolina does BBQ like no where else can and we do it different in different regions of the state. At Hudson's you can get smokehouse pork that is so good there is no need for sauce.
5. Kickin' Chicken (Charleston, SC)
Their wings are to die for and even better when you can tip back a local brew to cool off that tongue. With 3 locations to serve you, you can always get to one of them!
6. SeeWee Restaurant (Awendaw, SC)
Think of your Grandmother's house with jaw-dripping good food. The style is casual and the air is sweet with relaxation.
7. Sandy's Famous Hotdogs (Columbia, SC)
Large and in charge is what you get when you visit here. The hotdogs are definitely a 'two-hander' and so much so that it is really all you need for a meal. Besides the hotdogs? Handmade shakes are on the menu. People have come from Georgia and North Carolina for these hotdogs. Time for a road trip anyone?
8. Pawley's Front Porch (Columbia, SC)
Serving up gourmet burgers and cheeseburger dip, this is a place to visit! Unique cuisine for someone who wants to try something a little different. Go and give them some love.
9. Orangeland Fish & Seafood Market (Florence, SC)
Tucked in a building on Irby Street with a huge orange on the sign, is Orangeland. It doesn't look like much from the outside, but, wow, can they fry catfish reminiscent of what my mom used to. I go there every chance I get and, yes, their catfish is always my preferred choice.
10. Mr. Fish Seafood Market
Sushi anyone? Yes, they have a menu that includes the freshest sushi in Myrtle Beach along with all the seafood dishes that South Carolina is famous for. Be prepared for a wait however, because the people line up to get inside.
11. The Tattooed Moose (Charleston, SC)
Serving up dishes such as Mike's Famous Duck Club and Duck Fat Fries. A little weird, a little quirky, definitely mouthwatering. Forget your waistline when you visit...those calories are actually worth it!
12. Yogi Bear's Honey Fried Chicken (Hartsville, SC)
This is a twist on the southern fried chicken of the South with the addition of honey in the batter. Being the only one in existence, it is a must-do on any food crawl you may be planning across the state!
13. Zesto's (Cayce, SC)
Although not authentic to South Carolina, this restaurant has been here since 1961. You definitely can't beat their hamburgers and don't forget that milkshake!
14. Beacon Drive-In (Spartenburg, SC)
Sadly, the drive-in is a diminishing breed, but Beacon in Spartenburg is still going strong and where you can still get a meal "a plenty" which means you get fries and onion rings!
15. Dukes BBQ (Bamberg, SC)
Everyone who lives in South Carolina knows that there is a difference in BBQ from the lowcountry to the upstate. Duke's BBQ does it right with mustard-base sauces, slow pit-cooked pork, and homemade hash. Oh My! It's time for me to take a trip back to my roots...
With all the unique and must-try’s in South Carolina, this list could be miles long. Instead I took a piece from every corner to give you just a ‘taste’ of what South Carolina had to offer. What are you favorite places to eat? Place a comment and picture if possible.