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Gather Up Your Group and Grab Some Grub in Sumter

Allison Vile Allison Vile
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Kick off the day on your Sumter vacation by creating your own fresh meal at Aunt Ruth Ann's. This cozy hotspot serves breakfast, brunch and lunch until 3 p.m. every day except for Mondays. You can grab a quick bite, sample noteworthy confections or socialize with friends in a casual setting. Choose from a variety of breakfast meals, breakfast bowls, sandwiches, omelets, biscuits, pancakes and waffles. Lunch options include sandwiches, salads, wraps and more. With so many Southern delights on the menu, you’ll feel right at home at Aunt Ruth Ann’s.

Sidebar of Sumter will meet all of your barbecue, bourbon and beer needs. Its menu selections feature 100 percent fresh meat and all-natural ingredients. Locals will say it’s the favorite hangout in Sumter. Along with hand-crafted burgers, it's known for the Big Daddy BBQ Plate, featuring sliced smoked brisket, ribs, homemade baked beans, slaw and hush puppies. You won't go wrong starting off your meal with the cornmeal-crusted fried pickle chips served with ranch dressing. Whether you sit at the spacious bar, grab a table indoors or try outdoor dining, you're in for a good time.

Craving some comfort food? Demara’s Italian Restaurant is home to fresh pasta, pizza and subs. They’ve been a Sumter favorite for over 30 years and offer a unique dish—crustless pizza! It’s made to order, but it’s worth the wait. Fan favorites include The Godfather sub, thin-crust pepperoni pizza, homemade soups and an array of delicious desserts! You'll be impressed with the cozy atmosphere, large menu, generous portions and great service.

Simply Southern Bistro has the Southern cooking you’ve been craving but with a Cajun twist. The bistro has been open since 2009 and prides itself on serving a variety of food options for all eaters. A must-try signature dish is the shrimp and grits. Other great options include a hearty steak, juicy burger and fresh sandwiches. Simply Southern is dedicated to providing its customers with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients.

You won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to dine at Hamptons located in one of the most historic buildings in downtown Sumter. It features American cuisine with an Italian accent. With its world-class kitchen, private dining room, chic upstairs cocktail bar and large rooftop space with picturesque views, Hamptons draws customers from Sumter and beyond. Hamptons uses Italian inspiration to create new and traditional dishes that showcase fresh, seasonal ingredients sourced locally. Don’t forget to make that reservation!

If a casual dinner out is more your style, try these picks in the Sumter community: Main Street Tavern for pub eats, Shuckers for live entertainment or Melted Whiskey to meet up with friends at the neighborhood bar.

Allison Vile
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.