There are so many hidden gems around South Carolina that are just beyond the major cities, but their food carries just as much clout! Here are some family-friendly restaurants you will definitely want to try:
What it’s known for: Just outside of Beaufort on the way to Hunting Island, The Shrimp Shack serves up its famous shrimp burgers to locals and visitors alike. You can’t miss the gray and red sign, and your kids will definitely spot the giant anchor that marks the entrance. Casual dining at its best, the Shrimp Shack is a perfect family lunch spot.
Style: Casual, family-friendly, seafood, lunch
Address: 1925 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island
What it’s known for: Famous for its unique “bird dog," a chicken finger in a hot dog bun smothered in bacon, shredded cheese and honey mustard, the locals flock here, usually more than once a week. With other classics like burgers, club sandwiches and a sweet chicken salad, everything is good here, and your kids will think so too.
Style: Casual, family-friendly, lunch, dinner
Address: 11011 Anderson Road Suite A, Piedmont
What it’s known for: One of the few restaurants that still offers curbside service, the Beacon has been serving families “a plenty” since 1946 and is a Spartanburg tradition. They’re famous for their sweet tea with a splash of lemon, and they sell more of it than any other restaurant in the country. Come grab a bite, play some mini golf and take a picture with your beacon paper hats.
Style: Casual, family-friendly, drive-In, lunch, dinner
Address: 255 John B. White Sr. Blvd., Spartanburg
What it’s known for: In the small Upstate city of Walhalla, the Steakhouse Cafeteria does family-style right. Everyday a variety of Southern specialties such as hamburger steak with onions, and cheese and strawberry shortcake are lined up, fresh for the taking. Anything you see is up for grabs and sold individually, so just be careful not to let your child’s eyes get too big for their stomach. Make sure to try the fried chicken. Some say it's the best in the state.
Style: Casual, family-friendly, cafeteria, lunch, dinner
Address: 316 E. Main St., Walhalla
What it’s known for: For a seriously good lunch, try Bistro 217 on Pawleys Island. They have all different types of dishes, so whether you’re in the mood for a quesadilla, a burger or even shrimp lo mein, you’ll find something you love on the menu. Children’s menus are available too, but everyone should try a bite of their award-winning Monster Bistro Burger.
Style: Eclectic, family-friendly, lunch, burger
Address: 10707 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island
What it’s known for: Open Thursday through Saturday, the Smokin’ Pig is famous in the Upstate. Families drive for miles to get some of their smoked barbecue. It’s always busy, but well worth the wait. Order at the window and then have a seat in their cozy dining room. And if you can’t decide between the sweet potato crunch, fried okra or Brunswick stew, just order them all.
Style: BBQ, Southern, casual, family-friendly, lunch, dinner
Address: 6630 Clemson Blvd., Pendelton
What it’s known for: Using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, Wagon Wheel creates delicious, farm-to-table meals for families all throughout the week. Whether you order a hand-cut steak or fried chicken, every meal comes with their baked-in-house bread and fresh salad bar, and we recommend you order the fried squash – delicious.
Style: Casual, family-friendly, farm-to-table, lunch, weekend dinner, Sunday buffet
Address: 5724 Lancaster Highway, Fort Lawn