8 SC Restaurants Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

By:Gwen Fowler


The Beacon in Spartanburg
The Beacon in Spartanburg is one of South Carolina’s most popular restaurants, serving up burgers, fries and piles of crispy onion rings for the past 67 years.

Want to follow the trail of Guy Fieri, the spiky-haired guy who travels the country in his red Chevy Camaro looking for the best “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives?”

Fieri has featured eight SC restaurants on his Food Network show, ranging from farm-to-table fare cooked at the farm to giant burgers with a Southern twist. Most of the episodes are online, too.

Harold’s Restaurant in Gaffney. Fieri pops in for a chili burger and talks about Harold’s chicken stew, homemade pimento cheese and “something called fatback” served on Pinto Bean Wednesday (Season 1, episode 10, “Worth the Trip”).

The Beacon Drive-in in Spartanburg. The specialty here is the A-Plenty, your choice of sandwich or meal buried under a pile of fries and onion rings (Season 1, episode 11, “Diners A-Plenty”).

Pawleys Front Porch in Columbia. Fieri visits to try the “out of bounds burgers,” such as the Fripp Island burger, made with fried green tomatoes, Boursin cheese and a Southern salsa made with cowpeas, or the Sullivan’s burger, with grilled pineapple, citrus jalapeno mayo and pepper jack cheese. The Diners, Drive-ins and Dives website includes the restaurant’s recipe for roasted jalapeno pimento cheese (Season 8, episode 9, “And the Kicker is…”).

Tattooed Moose in Charleston. Owner/chef Mike Kulick shows Fieri how to make a duck confit club sandwich (Season 13, episode 6, “Meat Madness”).

Watch it here.

The Early Bird Diner in Charleston. Fieri gets a taste of the chicken and waffles. The DDD site has owner Dexter Haigler’s recipe for deep fried pork chops with sweet and spicy red pepper jelly (Season 13, episode 8, “Multitaskers”).

Watch it here.

Fuel Charleston Fieri watches chef/owner Justin Broome combine 37 ingredients for his jerk chicken, and he finds the wait is worth it. Broome’s recipe for sweet onion relish is on the DDD website (Season 13, episode 10, Old Faves, New Craves)

Watch it here.

The Glass Onion in Charleston. Fieri visits chef/owners Sarah O’Kelley and Chris Stewart, who he calls “fine dining veterans bringing high end food to everyday people.” Stewart demonstrates how to make the crispy chicken leg, which actually is confit, and the smoked pork loin po’boy. The recipe for the sweet onion relish that goes on the po’boy is on the DDD site. (Season 13, episode 11, “Long Standing Legacies)

Watch it here.

Dixie Supply Bakery & Café in Charleston. Fieri samples the chicken fried biscuit and the shrimp BLT (Season 14, episode 13, “Coast to Coast Chow”).

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