Some of the best restaurants in South Carolina are located either off-the-beaten-path or in other completely unassuming locations. So how do they survive when they’re so hard to find or notice? By word of mouth. Here are some of those unassuming eateries in the Palmetto State that dish up some of the best food around.
Located on the south end of Hilton Head Island, this is not your everyday Italian restaurant. Cozy and charming, Pomodori delivers more than just extraordinary italian fare. You'll also find stellar service wrapped in an atmosphere that's anywhere from casual to super romantic.
Find it here: 1 New Orleans Rd #1g, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928.
2. Boundary Street Cafe
Hiding in plain sight right on Boundary Street in Beaufort, this cafe is located in a small strip of other businesses. On the outside, it may be a little unassuming. But step inside for an outstanding breakfast you won't soon forget! They're open from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and also serve lunch.
Find it here: 1209 Boundary St c, Beaufort, SC 29902.
3. Mario's Pizza & Italian Restaurant
In the mood for some outstanding Italian fare? Mario's in the Big Lots shopping center on Cherry Road has you covered with more than just pizza. Try the mussels, wings or baked spaghetti and find out why this restaurant, in business since 2012, is a secret hiding in plain sight in Rock Hill.
Find it here: 2349 Cherry Rd, Rock Hill, SC 29732.
4. Roadside Seafood
Talk abou unassuming! Roadside Seafood started in 2012 as a food truck and got so popular they opened a full-service restaurant on James Island two years later. Hands down,
this is the best fried shrimp you will ever have in your life. Find it here: 807 Folly Rd, Charleston, SC 29412.
5. The Pita House
Yum. Step one foot inside this eatery-slash-grocery in the upstate and your nose will carry you straight to the counter to order your very own plate of yumminess. Pita House is located adjacent to a Middle Eastern grocery market on S. Pleasantburg Drive. Not familiar with mediterranean food? No worries. You can view their "photo menu"
Find it here: 495 S Pleasantburg Dr, Greenville, SC 29607.
6. Fire & Smoke Gastropub
Located slightly off the beaten path on 79th at N. Kings Hwy in Myrtle Beach, Fire & Smoke is a totally unassuming upscale eatery that will both delight and surprise you. From the outside it's wedged in between other businesses in a strip. American fusion and southern comfort food are the speciality.
Find it here: 411 79th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572.
7. A Caribbean Sweetness
As you can see from the photo above with the big red arrow, A Caribbean Sweetness could be a little hard to find if you don't know what to look for. This red house is located across the street from the Hillcrest Shopping Center and next door to Waffle House. Now there's no reason why you shouldn't hop on over for some authentic cuban fare at A Caribbean Sweetness! From beef tamales to fried plantains and the very best cuban sandwiches in town, this is one restaurant that should be packed every single day!
Find it here: 1824 E Main St, Spartanburg, SC 29307.
8. Menkoi Ramen House
Menkoi is in a building with offices for rent and has a potentially misleading "For Lease" sign right next to their door. But we can assure you, this Pho eatery is open for business and dishes up an unforgettable bowl of ramen!
Find it here: 1004 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 29201.
9. Donzelle's Restaurant
This local gem dishes up good country cooking for breakfast and lunch. They open at 4:00 a.m. Monday throu Friday and at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. They close at 2:00 p.m. and are closed all day on Saturday.
Find it here: 1703 Main St, Conway, SC 29526.
10. Becca's Soul Food
Headed to the lake? Don't pass Becca's without stopping for a bowl of their famous grits for breakfast. This unassuming restaurant is sure to become a regular stop once you've eaten here.
Find it here: 2451 Old Highway Six, Eutawville, SC.
11. Fletcher's Finds
You'll find Fletcher's not far off exit 38 on Interstate 95. Fletcher's is the epitome of unassuming. From antiques and collectibles to an amazing deli, this restaurant delivers!
Find it here:21 Castle Hall Rd # 17, Yemassee, SC 29945.