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Aug 4, 2007 11:20 AM

Florence, SC ?

We'll be traveling through, and staying overnight in, Florence, SC. Wondering if there's anyone who can provide some tips on dinner? We don't like "fast food joints", enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner in a relaxed, not too noisy, restaurants. Any suggestions will really be appreciated since we've never been to Florence before.

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  1. I would suggest a place called Percy and Willies. A nice restaurant with good food. Haven't eaten there in a while, but the two or three times I have eaten there the food was very good.

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    1. re: rb9999

      My folks eat at Percy & Willies once a week. It is convenient to all of the hotels just off I-95. They have pretty typical steakhouse fare. I used to work for its owner at 231 which was once a decent restaurant but I believe has since gone out of business. When I lived in Florence there were really no restaurants to have a good meal and glass of wine at (Yellow Tail was considered "fancy").

      Now if you want good BBQ Florence has a great hybrid "Pee Dee" style that I love (I guess because it is all I knew for so long).

      1. re: CharlestonChow

        CharlestonChow - what's the best BBQ in Florence? And, what's different about "Pee Dee" style BBQ?

        1. re: bucksguy14

          Well there are two in close proximity to one another (Cains &Rogers) as well as Skeets. I grew up getting the BBQ sandwich w/slaw and chicken & dumplins from Rogers. Just my preference as a kid. Skeets is somewhat of an institution. It is very much out of the way, but I guess most good BBQ is.

          Pee Dee style sauce is basically ketchup, mustard, vinegar, a little chili flakes, and black pepper. Everything outside of the Pee Dee just tastes different. The quintessential Pee Dee style sauce (in my mind) used to be CHS brand sauce. It was the sauce created by the owner of Rogers. However, my Dad was complaining about the fact that they have changed the recipe. Apparently they have started adding water (as evidenced by the comparison of the bottle under the sink to that of the newfangled not-as-tasty version Mom brought home from the grocery store). In spite of the BBQ purist complaints, the watered down version is not bad.

        2. re: CharlestonChow

          Florence actually has a few places that would fit the bill.

          Victors has a nice tapas menu and a good wine selection. They have a full entree menu as well. This would be my top choice. They have a pianist most evenings and the atmosphere is delightful.

          Following that would be Carmens, another fine dining establishment.

          Bentons now has a night menu and a nice bar.

          We also have the standard Olive Garden/Chilis/Longhorn/Outback.

          Another Florence standard for a good meal and a drink would be Redbone.

          Perhaps CharlestonChow has forgotten all of these places.

          1. re: RBelle


            Thanks for the info - tapas is always a good thing for me! And, if we stop in Florence on our back, we can give Carmen's or Benton's a try.