Aiken, South Carolina, Horse Country

10 STOPS | 48 MILES | 1 hr 22 min
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Aiken has long been a vacation destination for the horsey set – back in the 1950s, weekly non-stop train service direct from New York served wintering horses, horse owners, and their staff. It remains a destination for horse people of all kind. If riding (or watching) the four-legged athletes conjures up an appetite, there is a great choice of eateries in town and nearby.

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Track Kitchen

Aiken's thriving horse community gathers at the Track Kitchen for handsome omelets and exquisite baked bacon. Help yourself to coffee in the kitchen.

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Harry’s Local Bar and Restaurant

What looks like a honky-tonk biker bar is a source of excellent seafood, fried or broiled. Harry's is a must for food-focused folk in Aiken, South Carolina.

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JC’s Seafood

Hail the Low Country boil! JC's makes it with seafood from the coast along with succulent sausage, corn, and potatoes, all veiled in one of 3 degrees of spice.

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Dukes

Dukes is an Aiken, South Carolina all-you-can-eat BBQ buffet, featuring pulled pork plus terrific fried chicken and a couple dozen exemplary side dishes.

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Carolina BBQ

A family-run restaurant since 1969, Carolina BBQ is a traditional all-you-can-eat pig pickin: smoky pulled pork plus a constellation of side dishes around it.

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Bush’s

A humble seafood restaurant where all kinds of fish are prepared with expertise. On the side: Dixie-best soul-food vegetables.

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Freeman’s Bar-B-Q

A third-generation BBQ serving superb South Carolina-style 'cue, Freeman's has ribs, chopped or sliced pork, and chicken -- all with wickedly flavorful sauce.

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DeShawn’s Seafood and Chicken

Top-quality, no-frills seafood and great fried chicken make DeShawn's a destination feast in North Augusta. All-you-can-eat crab legs are immense.