If there’s one thing discerning tastebuds around the state have learned it’s that when it comes to restaurants you simply can’t judge a book (or eatery) by its cover. These 11 South Carolina restaurants prove that. They may not look like much from the outside, but inside there’s a surprisingly tasty world (or at least a plate) awaiting discovery. Check them out.
1. Wen Lily's Cafe and Gift Shop - Summerton
Summerton's Main Street is home to this hidden Palmetto State gem. Both a cafe and a gift shop, Wen Lily's is the perfect destination deli for a girls' day out. Wen Lily's is located at 112 Main St, Summerton, SC 29148.
2. Callie's Hot Little Biscuits - Charleston
For breakfast or lunch, a hot little biscuit from Callie's is all the rave. Stopping into Callie's is not unlike stumbling onto a quaint, super tiny bakery in Manhattan where every available space is used. You'll agree when you arrive at Callies and realize it's literally built in an enclosed walkway that used to run between a Charleston single house and a commercial building. Callie's Hot Little Biscuits is located at 476 King St, Charleston, SC 29403.
3. No Name Deli - Columbia
Located in the heart of everything and on the corner of Marion and Elmwood Streets, No Name Deli has a Greek salad some say is the most authentic available outside of the Mediterranean. Soups and sandwiches round out the fare on the menu at this unassuming spot in the Capital City. Find them at 2042 Marion St, Columbia, SC 29201.
4. Fiddlers Seafood - Ridgeland
Big things come in small town packages and that's definitely true of Fiddlers Seafood. The fish is fresh and the food is delish. Try the Lowcounty Boil (above) or lock your chops on a fish sandwich. You just can't go wrong at Fiddlers. Located at 7738 W Main St, Ridgeland, SC 29936.
5. Sardi's Den - Clemson
Don't let the exterior fool you if it's your first time at Sardi's Den. They have the best ribs in town, the meat falls right off the bone! Sardi's Den is located on the side of the building at 520 Old Greenville Hwy, Clemson, SC 29631.
6. Cyclone Drive In - Chester
The Cyclone opened in Chester in 1976. Forty-one years later, they're still dishing up food that keeps 'em coming back for more. You'll find some Greek favorites on the menu, like this Chicken Athena shown here. The Cyclone Drive In is located at 249 Columbia St, Chester, SC 29706.
7. Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken - Hartsville
Folks in Hartsville will admit the nicest thing about the outside of Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken is the cool neon sign. But don't let the building fool you into passing this one by. Inside, there's a (honey) fried chicken experience everyone should have multiple times in their life. Yogi Bear Honey Fried Chicken is located at 514 S 5th St, Hartsville, SC 29550.
8. Donzelle's Restaurant - Conway
Located at 1703 Main St, Conway, SC 29526, Donzelle's plates up a hearty breakfast -- and at a reasonable price! Check them out in Conway asap.
9. Eddie's Italian Cafe - Longs
Eddie's is located along busy SC-9 so it could be easy to miss them in the small plaza where they're located. If you love Italian, for the real thing you have to visit Eddie's. They're located at 104 Winners Ln, Longs, SC 29568.
10. The Hub - Laurens
Touted by some as having the best old fashioned burgers in town, The Hub has been around for quite a while. If you're more into poultry, you can order the Single Bird Dog shown above. It looks delish! The Hub is located at 815 Church St, Laurens, SC 29360.
11. Castillo's Pizzeria - Walterboro
Just look at that slice of pizza. That pretty much says it all. Located in the heart of this town known for its stellar antiquing opportunities, Castillo's Pizzeria doles out pies that are to die for. Located at 334 E Washington St, Walterboro, SC 29488.
Food, fun and fellowship make for a great dining experience and so does discovering a new hidden favorite place to eat. Have you tried any of these yet? We’d love to hear all about your experience in our comments!