You can leave I-85 and turn south into Anderson, S. C., proceeding down U. S. 176 into town until you intersect Concord Road. Hang a left (east) there, and immediately on your left will be Pete’s On Concord. This is a short-order place, yes, but it’s a prime candidate for World’s Best Onion Rings.
Another such similar place is The Time Drive-Inn on OLD U. S. 123 (business route) in Seneca, South Carolina, but it’s a ways off the Interstate.
Let us know what you find, especially if you manage to hit on something in or around Gastonia. There are a plethora of great, undiscovered-here, Greek-family-run Roadfood-worthy eateries along your path. Greenville, S. C. alone must have 35 to 50 such places that I’ve never been to: so many that I couldn’t hope to visit them all if I lived to be 100!
Uncodgerly, Ort. Carlton, By Whacky in Athens, Georgia!
Recently featured in the Jan. Southern Living was Wade’s Restaurant in Spartanburg. They’ve been open since 1947 and the food is wonderful. I just happened to be in the area today and stopped for lunch. The place was packed and I had to wait about 20 min. They specialize in Southern food and hamburger steaks. I had a hamb. steak w/ grilled onions and mushrooms and a nice salad and fresh rolls or cornbread. The ice tea was super – and they ask of you want a to-go cup of tea. If you can’t make the Beacon – I recommend Wade’s. I’m going to plan my stops to include one of these places in my frequent travels to Rock Hill. I’m also itching to try the Peach Blossom in Spartanburg as well as this place seemed to be packed everytime I went past it.
Meeting Place in downtown Anderson, SC. Not too far off Hwy 85. You will not regret. Great southern cooking, great prices. Cafeteria style/authentic. Would always stop when traveling in area (now live in Texas). Phone is 864-226-3162 (a good rule on any Roadfood suggestion – – confirm they will be open before getting off highway). The Beacon is an experience, but more quick lunch/fast food.
Oh yes … Welcome to RF theresact622.
… note the hours.
Hello theresact, Ceci is on the ball as usual! Here’s my picks on your route:
** Bridges’ BBQ Lodge, Shelby, NC: http://roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=192
** Greer BBQ, Greer, SC: http://roadfood.com/Reviews/Writeup.aspx?ReviewID=144&RefID=144
** The Beacon, Spartanburg, SC (never had the BBQ, but as Ceci said, this is a must-stop for every RFer): http://roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=154
** Spoon’s BBQ, 5524 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC (call ahead for their hours)
** BBQ King, Charlotte: http://roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=139
** Price’s Chicken Coop, Charlotte: http://roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=5200
Now that’s some good eating! [:p] Again, be sure to call ahead for hours of operation…Chris
Welcome to RF, theresact622!!!
I hope Ayersian sees this… (and he’s from CT like you, but grew up in SC).
Funny, this is the 2nd question on eating en route to a bowl game that I’ve seen (and I bet there are – or will be – more!).
Anyway, Chris (Ayersian) told me to have Spoon’s BBQ on South Blvd in Charlotte, but they’re only open for lunch. I ended up at a place from the reviews here on the site called the Penguin Drive-In. It was VERY good. http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=5051
I can see you’ll probably be on 85 through Greenville & Spartanburg. As you might have seen on the thread "Single Greatest Roadfood Joint of 2007", mine was the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg. TOTALLY worth the stop, not hard to find either (they named the road it’s on after the founder!). FWIW I like Pepe’s too, as do Chris & Amy I believe.
Here’s the RF link: http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=154
You can read about it in my trip report too, the thread is called … oh heck it’s easier to link it:
I’ll make sure Chris sees this as he surely has more suggestions!
I’m visiting family in the Atlanta area, and on 12/29 we will be driving from Suwanee, GA to the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC to attend the Meineke Car Care Bowl game.
We would like suggestions as to where we can stop for dinner on the way home. Our preference is BBQ/Southern-styl cooking for people on a "budget". Hey, we may be cheap, but we aren’t proud.
12/29/07 Road Trip – Suwanee, GA to Charlotee, NC
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