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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.

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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. i was thinking augusta is halfway. this place got good reviews: http://www.10best.com/Augusta,GA/Rest...

          near walterboro are the absolute best boiled peanuts. http://www.chowhound.com/topics/43024...

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          1. re: alkapal

            Sadly, BC Davenports closed. I will be in Augusta this weekend and was encouraged that their may be some chow there after reading your post. I did a search for Davenports and found an article saying they closed. Ugh.

          2. 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.

            1. 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

              1. 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.

                1. Bumping this to see if anything might have changed in the last 5 years. Doing the reverse trip though...charleston to Atlanta.

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                    1. re: wallyg

                      If you're passing by Thomson GA around lunch time, this place is GREAT!!

                      Sweet T's
                      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

                      1. re: emvance

                        Unfortunately, doing this drive on a Sunday...