At Heidi and Joe Trull's comfortable crossroads café, expect true-South meals made with local produce and culinary savoir faire. Start with country ham balls or praline bacon and finish with such out-of-this-world desserts as coconut bread pudding, chocolate coconut cheesecake, Acadian fig cake, and whiskey egg nog ice cream.
Baked goods are outlandishly rich in this hospitable tea room where breakfast is served all day. Tea and its proper service are the house specialty, from simple cream tea and afternoon tea to robust four-course high tea in the afternoon (the latter available only by reservation).
What looks like a honky-tonk biker bar is, in fact, a source of excellent seafood, fried or broiled. If you are a food-focused person visiting Aiken, Harry's is a must.
The Red Shed is a colorful and welcoming roadside enterprise where you can buy local produce, eat stout meat loaf, fallapart-tender grilled chicken, and all manner of southern-style vegetables, and indulge in a spectacular selection of blue ribbon pies and cakes for dessert.
Fine Lowcountry fare and more: Start with house-made potato chips topped with blue cheese and green onions or Lowcountry bouillabaisse in which the seafood is augmented with Tasso ham and andouille sausage; feast on buttermilk fried chicken accompanied by cracked pepper biscuits, top off the meal with swoonful pecan pie adorned with vanilla bean ice cream and bourbon caramel sauce.