South Carolina Cuisine

Great southern cooking and cuisine is part of our charm

When you come to South Carolina, be sure to bring your appetite for southern cooking. Whether you’re visiting the Upstate, the Lowcountry or places in between, you’re sure to discover and savor one incredible South Carolina dining experience after another.

You’ll delight in all sorts of South Carolina cuisine, from BBQ to Gullah favorites to Charleston’s world-famous she crab soup. From little out-of-the-way places and timeless roadside diners to elegant dining rooms and unforgettable oceanfront restaurants. No matter what your budget or your tastes, South Carolina cuisine will leave you hungry for more. This is authentic southern cooking at its best!

Featured Restaurant

Scott's Bar-B-Que
If you want to see the essence of what barbecue is all about, visit Scott's in Hemingway. Their barbecue has been featured in national publications and television shows.


Featured Festival

Lowcountry Oyster Festival
Aw shucks, it's time for an oyster roast! This one is complete with an oyster-eating contest, live music and a food court.


What's New

James Beard award nominees
South Carolina claimed an impressive six semifinalist nominations in the 2014 James Beard Awards.

Explore the South Carolina BBQ Trail
If there's at least one thing South Carolina is known for in the culinary world, it's probably barbecue. With nearly 200 barbecue joints across the state, it's worth the drive to have a bite of 'cue. Download the BBQ Trail Map.

South Carolina restaurants take top honors

Seven South Carolina restaurants are among the list of OpenTable's Top 100 American Fare Restaurants

Fans loyal to Duke's mayonnaise
Duke's mayo was described in a recent Washington Post article as "Southern spread with a cult following."

Fresh on the Menu. There's an for that!
Find restaurants and recipes that feature South Carolina's freshest foods.
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Grits & Groceries featured in New York Times
Though Grits & Groceries is tucked in rural South Carolina, folks from the New York Times found this hidden treasure and loved what they got a taste of.