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Lexington's Eclectic Dining Options Are Fit for Any Occasion

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Lexington’s dining scene has flourished in recent years, offering visitors a variety of options sure to satisfy their every mood and palate.

Alodia’s Cucina Italiana, a restaurant already popular in nearby Irmo, opened a location in the heart of downtown Lexington, serving the same authentic Italian cuisine taken from the owner’s family cookbook. Other local favorites include Libby’s, dishing up gourmet sandwiches and pizza on its patio, and The Root Cellar, a country-style eatery serving fried Southern classics like okra, green tomatoes, chicken livers and more.

Go inside Lexington’s Historic Mill and enjoy all-day breakfast at Creekside Restaurant or fire-grilled burgers for dinner at Old Mill Brewpub.

For something a little more quaint, there's The Haven Coffee House where you can lounge on a couch with a steamy cup of gourmet coffee made with roasted beans sourced from Guatemala. If you're dreaming of a sumptuous Sunday brunch, try Café Strudel, featuring a creative menu with everything from cinnamon pancakes to their "Famous Hangover Hashbrowns.”

A restaurant with deep family roots that truly depicts the American dream is Momma Rabbit’s Nibbles and Sips. The family, made up of eight siblings, grew up on a farm learning how to grow crops and raise livestock. Named in honor of their grandmother, the restaurant features a locally sourced menu of quality food complemented by a heaping helping of Southern hospitality.

Looking for fine dining? Head to Main Street where you'll find Bodhi Thai, serving modern Thai cuisine, or East Main Street, home of Private Property, offering a classy take on Lowcountry and Cajun dishes. If you want to catch a late dinner in a fun atmosphere, visit O’Hara's Public House, an Irish pub that's popular with locals, or check out Travinia Italian Kitchen, offering drink specials all week long and live music Wednesday through Friday.

Barbeque is an absolute must in South Carolina and when dining at Hudson’s Smokehouse, deep family traditions resonate through every home-cooked style meal. The restaurant was featured on Turner South’s “Blue Ribbon Award Show” as one of the top barbecue joints in the South. What started as a hobby grew into a family restaurant and catering company that serves delicious 'cue.

Another restaurant with history is Sandy’s Famous Hot Dogs. Founded in 1979, Bud Sanderson and his family serve up his hand-crafted hot dogs using their special recipe. The certified Black Angus dogs are paired with the best local ingredients and homemade chili, coleslaw and pimento cheese. Be sure to save room for one of their enormous banana splits, shakes or ice cream cones with your choice of 32 delicious flavors.

Jordan Cutler
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.