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

Macaroni and Cheese

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


Crisp-edge, creamy-center French fries sprinkled with salt

French Fries

South Carolina’s Best Restaurants

Greer BBQ and Fine Foods - Baloney Biscuit
Greer BBQ and Fine Foods


Sgt. White’s Diner - Sign
Sgt. White’s Diner


Sweatman’s - Pork Plate


Morrison’s Burger Hut - Chili Dog
Morrison’s Burger Hut


George & Pink - Scale
George & Pink


Po Pigs Bo-B-Q - Barbecue Buffet
Po Pigs Bo-B-Q


Summerton Diner - Baked Chicken Supreme
Summerton Diner


Carolina Cider Company - Peach Cider
Carolina Cider Company


FIG - Peach & Cucumber Salad


Hominy Grill - Sauteed Shrimp On Cheese Grits
Hominy Grill


Charleston’s Cafe - Kiawah Island Potato Casserole
Charleston’s Cafe


Signe’s Heaven Bound Bakery & Cafe


521 B-B-Q & Grill


Lee’s Famous Recipe


McClellanville Diner


Dave’s Carry-Out


82 Queen


Sugar Bakeshop




Middleton Place Restaurant


Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Cafe


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A full plate of fresh oysters on the halfshell a must order at any seafood restaurant

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78-gallon cauldron of cooking hash

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Bunned sandwich of fried bologna, chili, cheese, and onions

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The original Sisters of the New South Cafe

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Anderson’s Frozen Custard - Frozen Custard

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Double bacon cheeseburger, fully dressed

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Exterior view of Dave's showing gas pumps ... legendary chili dogs

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Randy's donuts exterior view

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Spicy shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage all heaped together

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Blackstone's Cafe - Sign

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Paper-thin crepes, dusted with powdered sugar, envelop bananas, walnuts, maple syrup and brown sugar


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Laurel Diner - Corned Beef Hash

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The Varsity - Exterior Night

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The sign at Little Miss BBQ in Phoenix. AZ

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A plate of creamy grits, topped with shrimp and sided by butter beans

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Red Rice at Bertha's Kitchen

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

Hominy Grill Chocolate Pudding


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