Favorite Places To Eat On a Visit To Clemson

By:Gwen Fowler


If you’re headed to Clemson University for a campus visit, one thing you won’t have to worry about is finding lots of nearby places to get some delicious food.

Tim Todd, a Clemson alum and the executive director of Upcountry South Carolina, came up with this list of a dozen of his favorite places to eat in Tiger Town.

Mac’s Drive In: “This is the place where anyone who’s anyone at Clemson can be found!” The walls of Mac’s are covered with Clemson memorabilia, and legend has it that you can’t graduate from Clemson if you haven’t eaten here. It doesn’t have a website, but you can watch a documentary about it.

Sardi’s Den: Another great locals place, Sardi’s serves “incredible ribs!”

The Smokin’ Pig: “One of the best barbecue joints around.” There’s also a location in Williamston.

Pot Belly Deli: serves great sandwiches and soups.

Calhoun Corners: a great choice for fine dining, with entrees like prime rib and lobster.

Skin’s Hot Dogs: where to go for hot dogs because that’s the only dish on the menu. The Clemson location is one of about a dozen across the Upstate.

Palmetto Smokehouse and Oyster Bar has an “Everything South Carolina” theme, with menu choices from the Lowcountry, Midlands and Upstate. A second location has opened in Anderson.

The Esso Club has sandwiches, salads and appetizers (Tiger Tidbits). “This is probably the most iconic bar/restaurant in Clemson!” This popular college bar began life in the 1930s as a gas station.

Seasons by the Lake has “great food and a great lakeside atmosphere right on campus!” There’s a great view of Lake Hartwell.

Dyar’s Diner is a great “meat and three,” where you’ll think they know you as soon as you walk through the door and are greeted with a friendly, “Hey! How are y’all today?!”

Red Minnow Dinner Club specializes in trout, prepared 15 different ways.

Nami is near Anderson on Lake Hartwell and has the best sushi around.

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