Driving from Atlanta to Charleston
Can anyone recommend a decent lunch spot approximately halfway between Atlanta and Charleston? I live in San Francisco and don't even know what towns we'll be driving through yet. Any input is much appreciated. I guess I'm looking for bbq or southern food or just not a chain fast food place.
I hope someone will correct me here, but your best bet is to get to Charleston as quickly as possible and eat there. Unless you want to go well out of your way, and only on certain days of the week.
I just made this drive a couple of weeks ago and I don't recall seeing anything worthwhile, but there must be something in Augusta? or around there? Needless to say, I went without lunch for that very reason. If anyone knows of something good let us know.
Haven't been in a few years now (and I didn't stop as I blazed by just a couple weeks ago), but I've had good meals at Carolina Barbecue in New Ellenton. There are also some good spots, I believe, in Aiken. Guess it depends on whether you're going I-20 to I-26 via Columbia.
I have friends who grew up in Barnwell, so I've gone via back roads several times (I-20 to Augusta, pick up 278 one of several ways there, take it to 64 in Barnwell, then 64 to 17 near Walterboro). Probably doesn't save any time, but it's a nice drive. There were fields of corn, watermelons, cantaloupe, and okra along 64 mostly the other week.
Just remember to slow down in Olar. The cops will be waiting.
My midway recommendation is Sconyers BBQ in Augusta. They have been around for years and are at US 1 on the Interstate loop on the southeast side of the city.
I have a son living in Charleston and I live near Atlanta. We find stopping at the fast food joints in Thomson, Ga. is one way. We like the Waffle House on the south (not north) side best.
As to the route, do not go on I-20 to Columbia, then I-26 to Charlston.
Instead, take the route to Aiken from Atlanta, then there is a two lane road, straight shot, directly to Charleston with virutally no traffic. It's shorter, but since you are going through some small towns, it is a little slower. Actually, the time is the same both ways. After 10 years, I've convinced my son that it is the better way to go, since I-26 is so busy, and nothing on I-20 from Augusta to Columbia anyway.
Don't eat in Aiken, but it is known as a classy town, so vittles should be good. -eeb
Poppa's Finest BBQ and Ivery's Resturant are both excellent choices. They are both off exit 172 in Thomson. Poppa's is about a mile south of the exit on the right, and Ivery's is about a mile or so farther down in downtown Thomson on Railroad St. There is also a resturant in the Best Western at that same exit.
If you're passing by Thomson GA around lunch time, this place is GREAT!!
Lunch only, Monday - Friday: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
352 Gordon Street
Thomson, GA 30824
and another option... with lunch and dinner
Hogie Joe's Sports Grill
128 Railroad Street
Thomson, GA 30824