Restaurants in South Carolina

A land of majestic barbecue and fascinating diverse sauces, including a unique mustard-powered sauce in the center of the state, South Carolina also boasts shrimp, flounder, and oysters that are second to none (shrimp and grits really should be the official state dish). Oyster roasts are big all along the coast, as is the festive sausage-shrimp-corn-potato gallimaufry known as Frogmore stew or Low Country boil. Here in the Low Country, rice is the important starch, and authentic dining experiences range from roadside Gullah cafes to temples of fine Dixie dining in Charleston. South Carolina produces more peaches than nearby Georgia, so its peach cobbler, peach ice cream, peach ham glaze, and peach pie all are noteworthy. The South’s beloved pimento cheese is big in every county; the state capital, Columbia, is where the pimento cheeseburger was invented (and where the best one is served).

South Carolina’s Most Famous Dishes

Burger on a tender bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo ... car hop service

Grilled Hamburger

Macaroni & cheese, spangled with herbs, comes in a small cast-iron pot

Mac N Cheese

Salad plate includes slices of orange drizzled with dark balsamic vinaigrette.

Salads

Fried chicken drumstick and thigh rest upon greens and corn

Fried Chicken

South Carolina’s Best Restaurants

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Great South Carolina Recipes

A crockery cup holds midnight-dark chocolate pudding topped with snowy-white whipped cream.

Hominy Grill Chocolate Pudding

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