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Barbecue Is King in Orangeburg

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Perry is a former photojournalist who now serves as the Interactive Manager for
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Whether you're in the mood for a steak dinner, fried chicken or a quick bite of pizza, Orangeburg has you covered. And don’t forget the barbecue! Orangeburg has some great examples of South Carolina barbecue you don’t want to miss.

Here are some great dining choices:

Chestnut Grill has been offering down-home lunch and dinner for over 25 years. This is a top pick for steaks, seafood, prime rib, sandwiches and salads. The chicken salad is a must, too. Oh, and the croissants!

Dukes BBQ restaurants can be found in every corner of South Carolina—all of them run by family members. In Orangeburg, Dukes is an institution. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday, this iconic barbecue spot was established in 1955 and serves traditional chopped 'cue.

Antley’s Bar-B-Q offers all of the staples you would expect at a barbecue joint, but there’s something different about its signature sauce. Known as the “Orangeburg Sweet Sauce,” it's sweeter than the usual mustard-based sauce found in the Midlands of South Carolina. It’s also redder, with a touch of ketchup.

Sweatman’s Bar-B-Q in nearby Holly Hill has been smoking pork since 1977. It has been featured on the Travel Channel’s “No Reservations,” “Food Paradise” and “Bar-B-Que Crawl” as well as the Cooking Channel’s “Man, Fire, Food.” It's only open Fridays and Saturdays.

Biddie Banquet is old school and simple. But the fried chicken is legendary. Bring cash as credit cards are not accepted here.

Got a hankering for pizza? Try the Original House of Pizza. It has been serving up pies, strombolis, calzones and salads in Orangeburg since 1981 and is a local favorite.

Perry Baker
Perry is a former photojournalist who now serves as the Interactive Manager for