As a Sumter resident I have to sadly say that there is not much to choose from.
I guess the best local non-chain place would be Redbone Alley. It's in an old Bi-Lo plaza on broad street as you head into Sumter. It's across from the Super Walmart and Lowes. Other than that, it's pretty much chains. We used to have some decent local owned places, but I guess they couldn't compete with the chains.
If you are looking for BBQ. The try Ward's on Alice Drive. It's pretty good. No buffet. They use tomato based sauce. Their hushpuppies are great.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
Went to Katherine's on Main st..Saturday around 1:30 pm.
I had the grilled sourdough ham and cheese sandwich.
Served hot with the cheese melted. Great. Came with a side. I had a small fruit cup, which was all canned fruit, which was disappointing. My friend had the daily special - baked chicken w/ veg..Chicken, good flavor but very tough. Disappointing.
Had the chocolate genache cake. Creamy and smooth. excellent dark chocolate texture layers. Cake layer - just ok.
Great coffee. Not too strong, not too weak. Cream wasn't very fresh though.
Nice setting with tin ceilings, other architectural details.
However, the TV's were a distraction and took away the
Here's a quick update on Sumter.
1. Red Bone Alley is closed.
2. A new fine dining restaurant has opened downtown called Hampton's. I went there for lunch and was very pleased. They bake their own bread and cook their own sweet potato chips. Highly recommended as a break from the endless chains in Sumter. http://www.hamptonsfoods.net/