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SC Restaurants Featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

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Want to follow the trail of Guy Fieri, the spiky-haired guy who travels the country in his red Chevy Camaro looking for the best "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives?"

Fieri has featured several SC restaurants on his Food Network show, ranging from farm-to-table fare cooked at the farm to giant burgers with a Southern twist. Some of the segments are online; others continue to be rebroadcast. Here are 7 of the SC restaurants featured on the show.

 

Harold's Restaurant, Gaffney

Gaffney is home to the ever-popular Harold's Restaurant.

Fieri pops into town for Harold's famous chili burger and talks with the diner's owner about chicken stew, homemade pimento cheese and "something called fatback" served on Pinto Bean Wednesday (Season 1, episode 10, "Worth the Trip").

Watch it here.

 

Beacon Drive-in, Spartanburg

The Chili-Cheese A-Plenty is a crowd favorite at Beacon’s Drive-in.

The specialty at Beacon's is the A-Plenty, your choice of sandwich or meal buried under a pile of fries and onion rings (Season 1, episode 11, "Diners A-Plenty").

 

Pawleys Front Porch, Columbia 

Sink your teeth into Pawleys' Fripp Island Burger.

Fieri visits Pawleys in Columbia's Five Points dining and entertainment district to try the "out of bounds burgers," such as the Fripp Island burger, augmented with fried green tomatoes, Boursin cheese and a Southern salsa made with cowpeas, or the Sullivan's burger, with grilled pineapple, citrus jalapeño mayo and pepper jack cheese. The Diners, Drive-ins and Dives website includes the restaurant's recipe for roasted jalapeno pimento cheese (Season 8, episode 9, "And the Kicker is...").

 

Tattooed Moose, Charleston

The blue cheese duck fat fries at Tattooed Moose are a guilty pleasure.

Tattooed Moose owner/chef Mike Kulick shows Fieri how to make a duck confit club sandwich (Season 13, episode 6, "Meat Madness").

Watch it here.

 

Early Bird Diner, Charleston

Chicken and waffles is a signature dish at Early Bird Diner.

Fuel Charleston

Chow down on tis plate of hand-cut fries, taco spice, braised pork, quest, pickled red onion and pico de Gallo at Fuel Charleston.

Fieri watches Fuel Charleston chef/owner Justin Broome combine 37 ingredients for his jerk chicken, and he finds the wait is worth it. Broome's recipe for sweet onion relish is on the DDD website (Season 13, episode 10, Old Faves, New Craves).

Watch it here.

 

The Glass Onion, Charleston

Top off your dinner at the Glass Onion with a delicious dessert.

Fieri visits The Glass Onion chef/owners Sarah O'Kelley and Chris Stewart, who he describes as "fine dining veterans bringing high end food to everyday people." Stewart demonstrates how to make the crispy chicken leg, which actually is confit, and the smoked pork loin po'boy. Get the recipe for the po'boy and more in their More Glass Onion Classics cookbook. (Season 13, episode 11, "Long Standing Legacies)

Watch it here.

 

 

Gwen Fowler
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.