S.Carolina Hounds: Cross State Trip
My boyfriend and I are starting a cross-South Carolina trip this coming week-end and we will be hitting the Greenville-Spartanburg area , through Columbia and onto Charleston hitting Georgetown also. We have searched the boards and have lots of recommendations for the Charleston area but have come up a little short for the others. If you were taking a trip across the state, what are the not-to-miss spots? Budget is not a problem and of course we have a car. We are especially looking for spots that are specific to the area and cuisine of the state. Thanks
Greenville--Soby's for good Southern food with a touch of class. Their crab cakes are especially tasty. Smoke on the Water is good for bbq and veggies, but you might be getting that elsewhere...it's a good experience but certainly not the best ive ever had. If you want a good diner that stays open late or serves good breakfast, check out Stax (the best are the original up near Furman U and the one on Orchard Park.) Blue Ridge Brewing Company offers some good stuff; be sure you try their homemade ketchup, it's really something special.
Spartanburg, I second the nominations for both Ike's and Wade's. Very authentic, and delicious. The Beacon is interesting, but I don't think it's worth the intestinal distress.
Columbia, check out Bird on a Wire for great rotisserie chicken and unusual sides. Flying Saucer is part of a chain, but they have one of the greatest beer selections I've ever seen. Try Nonnah's for wonderful dessert.
My favorite restaurant in Charleston is Magnolia's. I've had a wonderful meal every time. You will probably hear lots about Hominy Grill, but I think it's over rated.