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.
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.
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.
A humble seafood restaurant where all kinds of fish are prepared with expertise. On the side: Dixie-best soul-food vegetables.
A colorful roadside restaurant & produce stand, Graniteville's Red Shed serves hearty cafe meals and blue ribbon pies & cakes. A Roadfood favorite! *CLOSED*
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.
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.
In this town cafe with a French accent, specialties range from trout Reubens to variations of the croque monsieur. Save room for 5-flavor pound cake.