Adam Richman of Man v. Food fame on the Travel Channel keeps coming back to Charleston. He’s been to Bowen’s Island Restaurant near Folly Beach to shuck some local oysters (he even harvested some tasty bivalves), Charleston City Market for Lowcountry and Gullah ingredients, Charleston’s Bushido Japanese Restaurant for a spicy-tuna-roll challenge and the Holy City’s beloved Hominy Grill for Chef Robert Stehling’s Big Nasty Biscuit (fried chicken breast, cheddar and sausage gravy).
But it’s Food Network superstar Guy Fieri who has the softest spot for South Carolina. Fieri’s first-ever Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
was filmed in Spartanburg at the Beacon Drive-in
(home of Chili Cheese A-Plenty that has to be seen—and ingested—to be believed). Over the years, Fieri has been sampling SC favorites.
Dixie Supply Bakery and Café Charleston • Wadmalaw shrimp, bacon and fried-green-tomato sandwich
Tatooed Moose Charleston • Lucky #1 Sub featuring braised pork belly, housemade kimchi and wasabi mayo
Fuel Charleston Charleston • Braised-pork tacos and the jerk-chicken sandwich
The Early Bird Diner Charleston • Chicken and waffles with honey mustard and pork chop with pepper jelly
The Glass Onion Charleston • Crispy pan-fried confit chicken leg with local greens and mashed potatoes
Perfectly Franks Summerville • Sweet-tea-marinated pork chops
Farmer’s Shed Lexington • Shrimp and grits with tasso gravy
Pawleys Front Porch Columbia • Fripp Island, Sullivan’s and Caw Caw Creek burgers
Harold’s Restaurant Gaffney • World Famous Chili Burger and World Famous Hot Dog