Best places to eat in South Carolina?
I'm going to be in SC for about 2 weeks crisscrossing the entire state traveling and visiting various family (and doing a little relaxing too). Would love to know a few of the best of the best around the state - everything from dives to fine dining. I don't mind driving out in the middle of nowhere for some good bar-b-cue either. So I'm looking for any and everything here - but hopefully just the best of the best.
For a killer experience, stop in at the Mennonite restaurant for lunch near Blackville. It is a typical meat and three joint, but how many times are you able to have a nice meatloaf and sides under the watchful eye of a Mennonite family? In the adjoining store, they sell their fresh bread that is made on-site daily. When I'm in the area, I like to stock up on that stuff (it keeps in the freezer). Just up the road (north about 5 miles -- ask at any gas station) is a historical marker marking "Healing Springs", or "God's Little Acre." This is natural spring water that is rumored to have curative powers and people flock from all over SC to fill up water bottles there. It makes for an awesome afternoon.
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If you are visiting Charleston, here are my suggestions:
Johns Island: Fat Hen - French restaurant, best fried seafood in town. Good wine and beer selection, wonderful specials and of course the Sunday brunch is also a sure bet.
Mt. Pleasant: Landgon's, get the grouper, it's fantastic
Red Drum - fish tacos and chicken enchilada's
Downtown Charleston: Anson, get the crispy flounder;
Basil - anything is good, trust me
Monza - pizza
Chai's - Tapas, get the angus mini burgers and rock shrimp
Sullivan's Island: Poe's, get a burger and fries and a cold beer
West Ashley: Al Di La, Italian...make a reservation if you want to eat. get the fig app, pork shoulder, pork tenderloin and usually the specials are great.
Folly Beach: Taco Boy, Mexican - same owners as Poe's
James Island: Club Fez, Moroccan