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.
A farm-stand cafe surrounded by South Carolina orchards, Peaches 'n' Such serves breakfast, lunch and, of course, peach ice cream and peach cobbler.
A colorful, welcoming roadside restaurant and produce stand, Graniteville's Red Shed serves great hearty cafe meals and blue ribbon pies, cakes, and puddings.
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.