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Florence SC dinner?

We'll be staying at the Marriott on Hospitality Blvd and are looking for some recommendations for dinner. We don't really like chains and would prefer someplace with a decent wine by the glass selection. We like just about anything except Indian food. Hoping some locals will come up with some really go suggestions!

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  1. Percy & Willie's is right down the road from your hotel. Also, try Redbone Alley which is only a couple of blocks further. If you are there past Monday night try Starfire Grill which is across the street from Redbone Alley. Those are all local restaurants.

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    1. re: brownies_rule

      If you want a real treat, drive out HWY 52 to Cades SC. Brown's Barbeque is awesome.

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      Brown's Barbeque
      805 E Ohio St, Clinton, MO 64735

      1. re: brownies_rule

        I second Redbone Alley and Starfire.

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        Redbone Alley
        1903 W Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29501

        1. re: brownies_rule

          We were beat when we arrived in Florence and decided to eat-in. We did a take-out from Red Bone Alley. I had the Mediterranean Shrimp Salad and my wife had the Fruit and Chicken Salad. They were HUGE! They were also very good. An amazingly good & big meal for less than $20-WOW! Thanks for the recommendation. We're hoping we're not too tired when when stop in Florence on our way home in April and can go to Red Bone Alley to eat there.

          1. Can anyone please tell me what, when, why PA's Restaurant shutdown? It was really good back in the day. A foodie's place before foodie was cool imo.

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            1. re: Bluemold

              It had something to do with the son/chef. There was some drama in that family but I cannot remember the details. P.A.'s was wonderful!

              1. re: Sensuous

                Thanks for the reply. I traveled to Florence on business and would go to PA's a lot. Then it was gone.

                1. re: Bluemold

                  I am from Florence and worked there a long time ago.After the owner/chef passed away it was owned partly by Victors, which still exist in a different location.I only go to Flo for holidays...probably the best casual fine dining in town(Victors) but always hit or miss.In my opinion, Red Bone Alley is too chain-like.Percy and Willie's (I think) are owned by the same people that own California Dreaming.Overall, there are not a lot of choices in Florence and it's not a foodie destination spot, but it has potential (growing rapidly).Please inform me when it does....

            2. Redbone Alley is my favorite to visit when traveling to Florence. Might be a little bit loud, but the interior is made to look like you are sitting in a courtyard and they feature innovative SC cuisine.

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              Redbone Alley
              1903 W Palmetto St, Florence, SC 29501

              Redbone's
              584 Carriage House Dr, Jackson, TN 38305

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              1. re: TimboChef

                I am intereseted to hear other selections too.....what about the Creek ratz?

                http://myrtle-beach.visitsouth.com/

                1. re: LaLa

                  I think Myrtle Beach is not an option for dinner when we're staying in Florence!

                  1. re: RAGHOUND

                    pretty sure there is one in Florence too.

                    1. re: LaLa

                      I think it was your website link that may have caused some confusion regarding location.

              2. We're now a couple of weeks away from heading south and I'm wondering if there are any updates on previous recommendations or maybe some new ones?

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                1. re: RAGHOUND

                  I've lived in Florence all of my life and agree with Micky D, Florence is not a foodie destination, but we are growing at a pretty fast clip, especially for this economy. I hope when things turn around we will find ourselves with a few new really good local restaurants.
                  Redbone is casual, but the food is fresh, local & usually quite good. Victors is OK but not nearly as good. By the way, the owner of Redbone was for a long time the owner of PA's and the one that made it into the awsome restaurant that it was in it's heyday. He sold it to the last owners that eventually had problems and sold it to Victors. There have been rumors for years that he might open another fine dining restaurant. We can only hope! Percy & Willies is OK but I find the owners to be inflexible. For example, their salads are huge, a meal in itself. They refuse to let you get a smaller or side salad. Its our way or no way. Call me crazy, but I enjoy a little salad with my meal that won't ruin my meal. They haven't changed the menu noticeably in over 15 years so its obviously very dated.
                  We do have a new, locally owned seafood & steakhouse called JP's. I haven't had the steaks, but the fried seafood has been good both times I've gone. It has a very classic "beachy" atmosphere and very good service. The owners (Florence natives) are always in the house. Open Wed - Sat nights.
                  Stephanos is a locally owned Italian restaurant that's good. The bread and soups are made fresh in-house every day. Just don't expect upscale food or atmosphere. Its mom & pop.
                  Hope this helps!

                  1. re: dawnb

                    I don't know about most folks who travel, but my wife and I don't really look for "foodie destinations" when we decide where to make overnight stops on a long trip. Driving from PA to FL, we stop in VA, SC and northern FL. As far as eating goes, we're looking for recommendations exactly like yours dawnb. If we can get 2 or 3 people to recommend the same restaurant, describing the menu, or better yet, giving us a link to the restaurant's website, that's really all we're looking for - a nice place to eat, with good, not necessarily great food, that locals patronize. We generally don't like chains, but "local" chains have proven to be pretty good. I enjoy a decent glass of wine with diner so I look for that too. My wife has some health issues and, if she's too beat from the ride, we like to be able to do take-out. We wound up doing that on our way to FL by getting a couple of huge, very good, salads from Redbone. I'm guessing that we'll be back at Redbone, or doing another take-out from there, on our return trip in April. Then again, you've made us a little curious about Stephanos, so we may wind up eating Italian. If I'm right, we'll be happy with either choice thanks to your recommendations!

                    1. re: RAGHOUND

                      The chicken salad dish at Redbone is so huge and so fresh and so delicious.

                      1. re: Sensuous

                        We were amazed at the size of the salads! My wife had the chicken salad. There was so much fruit on that dish that she had the leftovers for breakfast the next day and still didn't finish all of it!

                        1. re: RAGHOUND

                          I will be in Florence soon and cannot wait! That Redbone chicken salad and the lunch buffet at Roger's will keep me very full and very happy. Thanks to the weather there I can get outside and walk off those calories, otherwise I would be as fat as that pig on top of the Roger's sign. Raghound, another one of my favorites in Florence is a hole-in-the-wall place called Maryland Fried Chicken. I like their catfish stew over rice and their fried flounder sandwiches and fried chicken.