Michael’s Hometown Must-Eats

63 MILES | 1 hr 38 min | by Michael Stern
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Since moving to Aiken, South Carolina, I have wallowed in legendary BBQ, unsurpassed peaches, and impeccable seafood from the coast. These six restaurants are local favorites to which I return again and again. Shealy’s is BBQ’s big gun hereabouts – a massive eating hall with a cornucopia buffet. Across the river in Augusta, Perry’s Pig is a hidden gem where there’s no place to eat, but where the take-out BBQ sandwiches inspire rapture. For seafood, DeShawn’s offers the biggest crab legs around and JC’s Seafood makes a grand, classic Lowcountry boil. When it comes to dessert, the must-eat place is the Red Shed Diner, where fresh whipped cream tops ambrosial buttermilk pie. And no eating tour of the area is complete without peach ice cream at Peaches N Such, surrounded by the orchards where they’re grown.

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Shealy’s Bar-B-Que

Shealy’s is the #1 BBQ in central South Carolina, a buffet-style feast that includes pork and pulley bones and countless southern classic sides.

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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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DeShawn’s Seafood and Chicken

Top-quality, no-frills seafood and great fried chicken make DeShawn's a destination feast in North Augusta. It is renowned for all-you-can-eat crab legs.

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Perry’s Pig

At this hidden Augusta BBQ, chopped pork sandwiches are garnished with succulent bits of crisp cracklin: one of the great smoke-pit sandwiches anywhere.